STEUBENVILLE - After shadowing Dr. Howard Peterson off and on for some time, Dr. Doyoung Choi has joined his practice.
Peterson, an orthodontist, has been practicing since 1967.
"I thought it was time to slow down, get an associate in and point toward my eventual retirement," he said.
NEW ASSOCIATE — Dr. Howard Peterson, left, has welcomed his new associate, Dr. Doyoung Choi, to his practice. Choi earned her dental degree from West Virginia University in 2010 and her master’s degree in orthodontics from the school in 2013. — Linda Harris
Choi recently earned her master's degree in orthodontics from West Virginia University.
A native of South Korea, she came to West Virginia 10 years ago, studying biology at Wheeling Jesuit University from 2003 through 2006, when she won early admission into the West Virginia University School of Dentistry.
She earned her dental degree in 2010 and immediately entered WVU's orthodontics program. She graduated in April.
Choi said she'd shadowed Peterson "off and on" for some time and is thrilled at the chance to work alongside him.
"It's close to my family," she added. "My brother is still at Wheeling Jesuit (studying chemistry). All of my family went to Wheeling Jesuit, and my husband works in Pittsburgh, so it's close by."
Choi's husband is a general surgery resident at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She also has a sister still in dental school at WVU. Her uncle, Dr. J. Dyer, had been a periodontist in Wheeling before his retirement.
Though her parents still live in South Korea, she said they are able to visit them periodically.
Peterson, meanwhile, said his practice was started by his grandfather, the late L.B. Peterson, back in 1898.
His son Howard Sr. followed him into general dentistry, "but somewhere in the '30s he decided to go into orthodontics and I just followed," Peterson said.
The practice is located at 601 Brady Ave.