Summit State Bank

Profiles of Sonoma: Dan Sullivan, D.D.S.

Practicing the Art of Family

Dan Sullivan has been around the world in his forty years. Born in Chicago, he traveled to Japan as the son of a Navy physician, served a missionary tour in France and Switzerland, and attended dental school a stone’s throw from Washington, D.C. But ask him where home is, and Dan will tell you: “There’s no place in the world like Sonoma County — the beauty of the land, the climate, the attitudes of the people. I’ve known all along I’d live here all my life.”

A three-year basketball star at Santa Rosa High and a 1987 alumnus of Brigham Young University, Dan followed his heart home shortly after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia in 1991. Today he oversees a thriving practice in Santa Rosa, specializing in family and cosmetic dentistry. “I really am blessed with a wonderful practice,” Dan says, with a smile that makes you believe him. “It’s exciting because of the great people I see every day — from old-time Santa Rosans to young families. What I love most about dentistry is the long-term relationships I enjoy with my patients.”

As much as Dan loves dentistry, he loves his family even more. He and his wife Julie dote on their four children, ages four to 13. Dan often finds himself “running around town picking up kids” from athletic fields, dance classes, and drama rehearsals. Family is also part of Dan’s connection to dentistry and medicine — his father is Dr. William Sullivan, a prominent Santa Rosa physician, and his brother Scott is also a local dentist. “I’m fortunate to have a career that provides me so much time for my family,” Dan says. “That’s very important to me.” Even with his active home life, Dan finds time to volunteer at Hanna Boys Center, coach a youth soccer team, and aid his church as a young men’s leader.

Dan’s personal approach dovetails perfectly with his role on Summit State Bank’s advisory board. “They’re great people, and it’s a great bank,” he says. “Everyone at Summit really cares about each person that walks in the door. They bend over backward to help.” We appreciate Dan’s constant reminder that the community and people we serve are our most important assets.

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