Every day, Dr. David Moore writes his goals down on a 3-by-5-inch index card.

"It's something I've done for a long, long time," Moore said, noting the stack of cards he has on his desk. "I'm very goal-oriented - that's a foundation of everything I do."

His uncle passed along the motivational technique. The idea is that the most successful people in life are those who are constantly aware of what they want to accomplish every day.

In Moore's case, the practice pays off.

After graduating from West Valley High School, he majored in biology at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., before going to the University of Washington School of Dentistry.

His goal was always to return to Yakima, to start a family and to be involved with the community. And that's just what he did.

Upon his return, he completed a two-year contract with Neighborhood Health - "I got to serve a portion of the community that has a lot of need" - and worked as an associate of Tom Holbrooke. When Holbrooke retired, Moore took over the practice.

"We kind of pride ourselves on not being a medical manufacturing plant," he said. "I've always hated that model, in medicine or dentistry. We kind of have taken a little bit of a different approach. It's a slower pace, more time with patients, a family atmosphere. We're getting to know kids and parents - where you work and who you are.

"I love dentistry, but in my mind, that's the best part of my job - getting to know people, and I think patients really appreciate that."

There doesn't seem to be a way Moore isn't constantly giving something back to the community. In addition to practicing at Moore Family Dental, he's also worked with his brother on high school sports broadcasting and pushing for local school funding. He volunteers with a number of local organizations, including the Union Gospel Mission and Yakima Veterans Stand Down.

He helps at Camp Prime Time, where he and his family organize retreat weekends once or twice a year that allow children who have specific ailments to be around others going through the same thing. And then there's the way Moore is hoping to inspire the next generation by serving on the board for the dental hygiene program at Yakima Valley College.

But for Moore, who believes in the power of positive energy and putting good things out into the universe, all the hard work, dedication and adherence to his goals continue to pay off.

"I get inspired by people pursuing worthy goals," he said. "I love enthusiasm. I love energy. I love the work. I love seeing people taking on things and tackling them. It's really inspiring. I hate the negativity - 'I can't do that, that'll never work' - I hate that. I'm more of a problem solver than someone who dwells on the problem as it is."

Moore believes people are often at their best when they're working to achieve the goals they set for themselves. And once a goal is achieved, they move on to the next one.

"That's my idea of success - just the continued pursuit of my goals," Moore said. "I believe it really pays off."

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