I had gotten into dentistry—I was a biology major in Illinois and had a very good friend who was a dentist, his name is Patrick. I also have an art minor, did some sculpting work, and some other work as well, too. And I liked being in health services, but being able to work with my hands, it built up very well for dentistry for me. So, I decided that was the route that I was gonna go through.
I took the MCAT and the DAT, scored well on the DAT. Was accepted to Northwestern University Dental School in 1991. Stayed there, picked up two certificates, one in geriatrics and the other one in advanced work. I also carried a license for forensics for a while. I've worked at labs over the years, I don't do as much as I used to with it, but I did enjoy it. I do enjoy the work.
The most rewarding part for me for doing dentistry is the after effect. I get to work on people, help with their smile, confidence. I enjoy the work because I'm starting and finishing the work as well. I get to see before and after, which I do enjoy not sending them somewhere else to have done with it, and I enjoy working with people, and this is a job where I can do a lot of interaction with people.
Shawn Keahey, DDS was born and raised in Chicago, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Illinois Benedictine College. He was immediately invited to attend Northwestern Dental School, where he acquired his DDS in 1996. Dr. Keahey continued his education at Northwestern Dental School for two more years, being awarded Certificates of Achievement in Advanced General Dentistry and Geriatric Dentistry.
A significantly rewarding time in Dr. Keahey’s career was the opportunity to serve with Poor Handmaidens of Christ, volunteering his dental services to underprivileged villages throughout Central America.
Since his induction in 1992, Dr. Keahey has maintained his membership with the dental fraternity Delta Sigma Delta. He was a member of the Chicago Dental Society and the Fox River Dental Society through his years of practice in Chicago. He continues to be a long-time member of the American Dental Association and has been a member the Alabama Dental Association since moving to Alabama in 2003.
Dr. Keahey met his wife, Kimeran, through mutual friends while they were living in Chicago. They relocated to Kimeran’s home state of Alabama in 2003 to be closer to family. Married in 2003, they live in a historic Victorian home in Tallassee with their four children: triplets Connor, Ava, and Ethan, and Claire.
Although there is never a dull moment, in his spare time Dr. Keahey enjoys woodworking, landscaping, gardening, and model building.