Had a great high school, went to college. Went to University of Arizona, loved every minute of it. Great place to go to school. Went to University of Illinois Dental School, had fantastic experience there too. My sister went to medical school down the road, and my brother went to law school on the East Coast. We were a very blessed family. The way we were raised also, I think, is very important because we're not the kind of people that are going to sit there and be average. That includes everybody that I grew up with, and my brother, and sister, and my mother and father.
We were not expected to be average. What that means is you had better be the best you can be—always. What that to me means is that I will not be average for my patients. I will not deliver average healthcare. I will not have an average office. I will not have anybody ever come to our office that does not have excellence delivered to them. That's really why our byline is "We are excellence in the art and science of dentistry," because dentistry is an art.
Dr. Beckham’s family rule growing up was that he had to work or play sports. He played high school football and, in the summer months during high school and college, worked at factories on the south side of Chicago. After graduating from high school, Dr. Beckham attended the University of Arizona for his undergraduate degree. He went back home to Illinois to attend dental school at the University of Illinois before moving to Phoenix in 1981, where he was an associate dentist for two years.Dr. Beckham on why he chose Dentistry
Dr. Beckham decided to start his own practice after watching patient after patient not get the care and service they deserved. After 25 years, he sold his practice and started Beckham Dental here in Cave Creek. One of the most rewarding parts of his job is when he is able to take a patient who has been treated poorly in the past and give them the dental care they deserve. When he cares for these people, restores them back to function, and provides them with a beautiful new smile, it is life-changing for both him and the patients.
Dr. Beckham has been married to his wife, Renee, for the past 20 years. They have two sons: Their older son works as a water resource manager, and their younger son is a sophomore at Northern Arizona University. They have three cattle dogs who love to chase tennis balls outside and a 20-year-old African Grey Parrot named Joey, whose favorite activity is riding on the handlebars of Dr. Beckham’s bike. Dr. Beckham’s other interests include hiking, running, and hanging out in Cave Creek.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Central Arizona Dental Society
- Arizona Dental Association
- American Academy of General Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Facial Esthetics
- Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation