Dr. Thousand was born in St. Louis Missouri and married his childhood sweetheart Jane. They had one child (Dr. Robert Thousand III) and both worked full-time jobs while attending the University of Missouri and Washington University. Dr. Thousand graduated from Central Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and additional minors in both Physics and Math.
Directly after college, both Dr. Robert Thousand Jr. and his brother Dr. Dennis Thousand served in the United States Army as drill sergeants during the Vietnam War. While serving in the Army, Dr. Thousand attended dental school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City with a full scholarship. He graduated with honors from the oral surgical department and cultivated an interest for the surgical aspects of dentistry.
After dental school Dr. Thousand and his family moved to Lincoln Kansas to practice general dentistry. While in Lincoln, Dr. Thousand operated as chief dental surgeon for the Lincoln County General Hospital. Continuing his interest in surgery, Dr. Thousand applied, and was accepted for, one of two positions at the University of Florida Dental School Department of Periodontics.
After residency, Dr. Thousand stayed in Florida where he has practiced for the past 35 years. Dr. Thousand has owned and operated multiple periodontal specialty practices in Palatka, Saint Augustine and Palm Coast. During this time Dr. Thousand also served as the chief dental surgeon at Putnam County General Hospital, Saint Augustine General Hospital and Flagler Hospital. He has lectured over the last 30 years both nationally and internationally on topics of periodontal surgery and surgical techniques for regeneration.
Dr. Thousand’s 35 years of extensive clinical experience have allowed him to expand his surgical skillset to include techniques ranging from traditional periodontal surgery to advanced bone grafting, dental implants, and soft tissue grafting.
Dr. Thousand and his wife Jane are both pilots and love the outdoors. They both enjoy fishing, sailing, boating, scuba diving, horseback riding and skiing. Dr. Thousand and his wife Jane have lived in Saint Augustine for the past 25 years.