Hurricanes Leave Doctors', Dentists' Lives in Limbo

Medicine was a second career for Ross, who graduated medical school at age 46 and started practicing medicine in 1992.

Rather than rebuild his 5,700-square-foot house and try to build his practice from the ground up again, he thinks this may be a hint.

"I think it's a sign that higher sources are making the decision for me," he said.

Despite the devastation to her community, Elenbaas says she and many of her colleagues plan to stay.

"I won't be building in the same place I was before, but we're going to stay," she said. "I think that's generally the sentiment of most dentists around here."

Areas ravaged by Katrina and now Rita can only hope that attitude holds true for both dentists and doctors, as so many in the medical community were displaced by the storm and it could be devastating if they don't stay.

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