Hi ! My name West Ficken. I guess you could call me the new guy…
It is quite a privilege to be associated and working with such an incredible dental family. Normally, offices consider their employees as “staff” or “team”. However, when you work with Dr. Nugent, it truly is as if you are working with family. It is quite rare to find a group of people who work so closely together in a small office setting and still treat each other so respectfully; who go out of their way to show that they care for each other and their patients; who support each other every step of every day.
As a brief introduction, I have been a practicing general dentist for 38 years, and I too, LOVE dentistry. I live in Cleveland, Texas with my wife, Rebecca, who happens to be a dental hygienist; daughter, Sydney, who is a junior at Tarkington High School and Co- Captain of the varsity cheer team; 5 dogs and 2 cats. We also have an older daughter, Jennifer, who teaches Elementary Special Education in the Humble school district; and a grand-daughter, Emma, who is 4 and plans on being an Olympic athlete, but can’t decide if she wants to be a swimmer, gymnast, or soccer player. I am a VERY proud, VERY blessed husband, father, and grandfather.
I was born in Atlanta Georgia. Our family moved to Houston when I was 5 years old after my Dad was transferred with work. I graduated from Westbury High School. My Dad always encouraged me to find a profession, so, as a young high school student; I began to consider my options.
One day, I had a routine cleaning scheduled with my family dentist. I called and asked him if I could spend that afternoon watching him work. That afternoon was all it took…..I was hooked. Through the remainder of high school, I was at his office every chance I got. He was an awesome mentor and to this day, I am grateful for his teachings, patience and encouragement.
I attended The University of Houston for my first year of college, and then transferred to Houston Baptist College for the completion of my undergraduate studies, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. I attended The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston, graduating in October, 1978.
I spent my first year and a half working as an associate with a very talented dentist in Humble, Texas. But my dream was to have my own office, and he knew it. He encouraged me to open my own office and that dream became reality in 1980.
After selling the practice, in 2012, I began working with TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries in Tomball, Texas. TOMAGWA is a Christian based medical/ dental facility for the uninsured and also serves as an external rotation for senior dental students allowing me the opportunity to mentor students in a real world office setting. In addition to TOMAGWA, I am a clinic supervising dentist at Lone Star College, Kingwood, where I supervise dental hygiene students. And I work at Interfaith Community Clinic in The Woodlands, which is another medical/dental clinic for the uninsured. I love to educate, and having the opportunity to work with senior dental and dental hygiene students allows me to share my experience, yet encourages me to remain current with the newest technology, trends, techniques, and materials.
My interests and hobbies are quite varied. Hobbies include pretty much anything outdoors. I was a white water raft guide for 12 years with Texas River Expeditions. I was a volunteer first responder/ EMT with Kingwood Area Emergency Medical Services for 12 years as well. In addition, I have served as president of the Board of Directors for Kingwood EMS since 1994. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. My wife and I have a passion for medical missions where we have worked with various organizations, particularly Operacion San Andres, doing medical mission work in Lima, Peru since 1994.
I look forward to meeting you and providing the quality dental care that you have come to expect in Dr. Nugent’s office.