Karl Jobst DDS is the founder of Grand Lake Dental, a dental practice providing comprehensive treatment options to patients living in the area surrounding Grove, Oklahoma. Opened in 1998, Dr. Jobst’s decision to start his practice in the Grand Lake area was the result of his longtime familiarity with the locale as a frequent visitor from nearby Lamar, Missouri. The practice has developed a reputation as one of the most technologically advanced in the region, and Dr. Jobst holds a number of professional certifications that make him one of the most highly qualified and frequently sought-after dentists in the state of Oklahoma.

In addition to an undergraduate degree from Missouri State and a doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Dr. Jobst has completed several postgraduate programs from both the University of Southern California and the Las Vegas Institute. One of just a limited number of dentists permitted by the Oklahoma Dental Board to administer IV sedation, Dr. Jobst also received Fellowships from the International College of Oral Implantology and the Academy of General Dentistry.

The founder of one of the most technologically impressive dental practices is also a proud member of his church and an active member of the community. During his time away from Grand Lake Dental, Dr. Jobst is quite fond of flying and has racked up over 600 hours of flight time as a licensed private pilot. A resident of Grove, Oklahoma, Dr. Jobst lives quite close to his dental practice in the home he purchased shortly after opening up his private practice back nearly 20 years ago.

In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?

I’ve lived and practiced in Grove, Oklahoma, ever since I graduated from dental school, but I didn’t buy my first home until after the practice was firmly established and running smoothly. This would have been right around the year 2000.

What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?

I commuted from my hometown of Lamar, Missouri, at first, but only until I was able to find a place to rent in the Grand Lake area.

What motivated you to purchase your first house?

I’ve always been incredibly fond of Grove and had no doubt whatsoever that I wanted to live in this area on a permanent basis, so there was no rational reason to rent for any extended period of time.

How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?

I had done a great deal of advance planning going all the way back to the summer after I graduated from high school, so during my undergraduate years I was already working on getting the funds together to open my practice. When I got to dental school, I had progressed to working on saving up the money to buy my future home. Once I felt confident about the direction of the practice and its future profitability, I set out to look for a property within the price range I had outlined.

When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family. Please elaborate.

I considered both factors more or less equally. I knew that I wanted to be able to grow into the home and eventually raise a family, but I also factored in its long-term investment potential as well.

What are 3 things you liked most about the house?

I have always loved the general area as a whole along with the specific neighborhood in which the property is located. The layout of the home makes it feel even bigger than it is, and the way the windows are oriented ensures that every room gets plenty of natural light throughout the day.

Was there anything you didn’t like about it?

It was an older home, so I was worried that it would be difficult to make it highly efficient from an energy use perspective. There were some difficulties we encountered, but ultimately it was not all that difficult.

Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?

The only renovations we made were specifically to improve energy efficiency in the home. There have been many plans over the years, but my busy schedule has made it difficult to complete any major undertaking.

Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.

I have a screen door in the back of the house that I replace every other month because my dog refuses to believe that the door is ever closed. He just keeps barreling right through it.

Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?

I still live there today, and I really don’t see myself ever letting go of that property.

What advice would you give other first time home buyers?

I spent years upon years planning and saving so I could afford to open my practice and buy my first house shortly thereafter, and the result of my long-term planning allowed me to avoid taking on the significant debt that can quickly accumulate when opening a business and buying a house within just a few years. If it is possible, take the time to save far more than you’ll need for the down payment, and use that time to really consider what you want out of your home.