Dr Charles Liggett grew up in Fort Smith, attending Kimmons Junior High and Northside High School. He then went on to The University of Central Arkansas, in Conway, where he played shortstop for the baseball team and had a double major in General Science and Criminology. After his baseball career was over, he attended the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, in New Orleans, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. While at LSU, Dr Liggett was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work directly under some of the most well respected dentists and specialists in the world. Upon graduation, he moved back to Fort Smith and met the love of his life, his wife Heather Anderson Liggett, who is a pediatric dental hygienist. They have two beautiful daughters together, Emery, who is now 4, and Piper, who is now 2.
The Fort Smith community is very important to Dr Liggett. He founded the Weekend Dental Clinic and the Free Extraction Day to provide those in need with free or affordable dental care. The Free Extraction day has been featured on Fox News, in the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, among other publications. The idea for these projects stemmed from his many dental mission trips to Jamaica (12 to date). Over the course of nearly a decade Dr Liggett has extracted thousands upon thousands of teeth and his team has made thousands of dentures and performed a countless number of cleanings. He holds a special place in his heart for the Jamaican community as well. Another issue Dr Liggett takes very serious is Child Abuse. He has organized and moderated discussions for the local dental community, with experts on the subject, to better recognize and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Dr Liggett is proud to have been an adjunct faculty member of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith’s Dental Hygiene School, where he taught senior students in the clinical environment. He sits on the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Athletic Advisory Board, is president of the Fort Smith Dental Assosciation, President-elect of the Northwest Arkansas Dental Society, a member of the American Dental Association, Arkansas State Dental Association, American Orthodontic Society, Academy of General Dentistry, Jamaican Ecumenical Mutual Mission, St Augustine Mutual Mission, the Independent Physicians Alliance, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Academy for Sports Dentistry. Additionally, he is a member of the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club Alumni Association, official team dentist to the UAFS, Northside, and Kimmons.
Dr Liggett is elated to be back in Fort Smith where he focuses his free time on playing the drums in a local band, attending concerts and music festivals, coaching high school baseball, playing golf, talking politics, and enjoying life in the natural state.