Raised in Detroit, Jon’s dental studies carried him west, first to Flagstaff, AZ, to work on the Navajo Reservation, then to a residency at the U Hospital, and finally to Park City as a contracted dentist before opening Silver Creek Dental in 2005. "I'd tell my students at the Naval Hospital, 'You are going to be a country doctor when you deploy out there, and I'll teach you how because that's what I've been my whole practicing life,'" he smiles.

Retired and home in PC for good, Jon's Mountain Town Band is a local fixture. "My influences are folk, Grand Ole Opry, and R&B," he avers. He still savors community service, keeping a "one-chair charity office" in Prospector and near his ranch in St. George for "old timers, our Spanish speakers, ranchers, local tribal members and folks who want a second opinion from a country doctor."

Just don't expect him to whistle while he works. "I can play you a thousand country songs, but I can't whistle to save my mother’s life," he laughs.