Grin & Bear It

In Edmond, it’s a well-known fact that Dr. Charles Hetrick is in the business of smiles – he’s owned a successful dental practice, Hetrick and Holloman, D.D. S., at 218 E. 10th St. Plaza for 30 years. What few know is that much of his after-work hours and weekends are spent on a bicycle, which earned him the title of 2009 Oklahoma Cyclist Champion.

“Cycling is a coping mechanism for the stresses and strains of life. I enjoy the competition a little bit, but I enjoy the side effects of the exercise more than anything,” he says. “I think physical and mental health run hand in hand. I think you can deal with life’s stresses easier when you’re physically fit and mentally fit.”

Dr. Hetrick looked to sports to help him stay focused after he heard stories of dentists falling prey to the pressures that come with their line of work. Fellow dentist Dr. Jeff Baggett announced one day in 1985 that he’d signed them both up for the Tulsa Triathlon. “I said, ‘What? I can’t even swim!’” recalls Hetrick.

With a little bit of training, Hetrick became an able swimmer, but he was still not good enough to keep up with the natural-born mermen they were competing against. “That was my downfall,” he says. “When I started, swimming was my weakest event. When I finished, I liked it as much as anything.”

Hetrick and Baggett took on triathlons for the next seven years, including the Ironman Vineman, located in Santa Rosa, California with a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, followed by a full 26-mile marathon.

“I’ve always been athletic,” Hetrick says. “I was on a w