Andy Alas is a different kind of dentist. He gives you something to smile about before he goes to work fussing over your cavities and your failure to floss.There on the walls of his La Verne practice are handsomely framed photos of him with former first lady Barbara Bush, Barbara Eden ("I Dream of Jeanie"), Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and the gyrating Chubby Checker, inventor of the "Twist." A check in his vast library of photos will show he's met every U.S. president from Nixon through Clinton.
For anxious patients, looking at fun celebrity photos sure beats thumbing though old issues of Prevention, Family Circle and Good Housekeeping magazines, the usual stock and trade of most dental offices.
Dr. Alas' gallery of stars numbers in the hundreds. It is so extensive in fact that he has to regularly rotate the photos. What's his secret to gaining access to so many celebrities? Was he a former bodyguard, CIA operative or Secret Service agent before becoming a dentist?
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