Sam Beavers Little Rock, AR 1945 – 2011
Dr. Sam Beavers of Little Rock, Arkansas died Sunday night, August 7, 2011. Dr. Beavers was the owner and senior dental professional of Arkansas Dental Health & TMJ Therapy Center, LLC in Little Rock and Jacksonville. He was born on April 28, 1945 and resided in Little Rock for most of his life.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ruby E. and Samuel Graydon Beavers, and his brother, Billy Mack Beavers. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; son, Samuel L. Beavers, II (“Beau”)and his wife Trisha; niece, Natalie Hendrickson; and nephews, Wade Hendrickson and wife Malea and their daughter, Rylin; and Daniel J. Beavers, DDS and wife Nancy Ann.
Dr. Beavers attended Little Rock Public Schools excelling scholastically and athletically. He was a 1963 graduate of Little Rock Central High School, and graduated from Baylor University in 1968. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry, Memphis, Tennessee in 1971. Dr. Beavers began his dentistry practice in 1971 and over his forty years of practice was the owner of three different dental practices and was employed by two others. Dr. Beavers served as a Major in the Arkansas Army National Guard until 1981. Dr. Beavers was very interested in the inter-disciplines of the medical and dental treatment in patient care. He completed the requirements for a Doctor of Integrative Medicine degree from Capital University of Integrative Medicine, Washington, D.C. in 1998. He accumulated over one thousand post graduate hours with an emphasis on temporomandibular joint disorder (“TMJ”), pain management, orthodontics and integrative medicine. During the past 20 years, he worked principally with patients with TMJ, complicated orthodontic procedures, and reconstructive dentistry.
He was a member of numerous dental and professional organizations, some of which are the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Past President of the International Association of Orthodontics, serving on the Executive Board and as its Chairman of Education; International Association of Gnathological Orthopedics, Institute of Myofunctional Therapy, and the American Dental Association. He was a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally at various professional meetings of dentists, doctors, and educators. He wrote a number of articles for dental professional journals and other publications. His teachings and lectures focused on the neuromuscular approach to dental care and the oral systemic connection. Dr. Beavers was proud of the dental professionals and staff with whom he worked, mentored, and befriended during his years of practice. He loved his patients, many became close friends. Dr. Beavers’ emphasis on continued education, use of new technology, and the introduction of new treatments resulted from his dedication to being able to help relieve patients’ pain and correct dental disorders. He served patients not only in Little Rock, but throughout Arkansas and many surrounding states. He was especially proud of his current staff of dental assistants, hygienists, technicians, and office staff and felt that they were one of the best possible groups assembled for the multi-disciplined dental health services that Arkansas Dental Health & TMJ Therapy Center offers.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Pkwy, Little Rock, Ark., with burial immediately following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Cabot, Ark. Noel Cwenar, pastor of the Gospel Light Baptist Church, Rogers, Ark. will conduct the funeral services. Memorials can be made to Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.