If you thought implant dentistry wasn’t daring enough, then we’ve found the perfect dentist for you.
A Santa Barbara implant dentist, Joseph Weber, likes to perform dangerous stunts when he’s not securing a crown or restoring a smile.
According to KSBY, Dr. Weber has been invited to BASE jump off of the Aizhai Bridge in China’s Hunan Province. At 1,102 feet high, the Aizhai is considered one of the world’s largest suspension bridges. The bridge was constructed as a part of China’s investment in infrastructure, linking cities that once took several days to get to and reducing the travel time down to just a few hours.
The jump invitation is nothing new for the former Green Beret dentist, who is well-known among the BASE-jumping crowd for performing 650 BASE jumps and 3,000 sky-dives. In his interview with KSBY, doctor Weber recounts the number of times he’s been arrested in the U.S., and shares stories of when he’s escaped authorities, “[I] jumped downtown Indianapolis by myself … landed in the parking lot, over the top of a cop car, cops chased me, I got away…”
Dr. Weber has filmed his some of his BASE jumps with the team he often jumps with known as “Team Body Bag” — so named because of how many members died while BASE jumping.
Here is the video of Dr Weber and Team Body Bag BASE jumping –
According to Dr. Weber’s website, he is a member of the prestigious International Congress of Oral Implantologist at the ICOI Fellowship IPS Mastership level and holds two patents in dentistry: maxillofacial prosthetics and endodontics. He is a graduate of Indiana University, and is obviously an accomplished doctor who lives life to its fullest.
The China BASE jump is scheduled for this weekend.
Dentists, are there adventurous hobbies or dangerous stunts that you attempt during your time off from your dental practice? What do you think about what this implant dentist does for a hobby? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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