Hsuan-Li Lin, a dentist, is the son of Ling-Lan and Hwa Lin. Dr. Lin’s father, Hwa, came from Taiwan to the United States in 1980 in search of a better life for his family. Hwa worked in the restaurant business in New York City and then on to Indianapolis. His final move was to Ohio in 1988 where he established the first Chinese restaurant in Galion, China Wok.
Hwa Lin was anxious to bring his family to the U.S. At 7 years old, Hsuan-Li was placed on a plane in Taipei, Taiwan, and flew across the Pacific to America. His mom, Ling-Lan Lin came to Galion about half a year later.
When Hsuan-Li arrived in Galion, it was the start of a big adjustment. His hometown of Taipei was a metropolis filled with skyscrapers and a bustling city life. He imagined America to be the same. He soon realized Galion is a very small town. In addition, he did not speak English. It was challenging to have to learn a new language and culture. He also missed his extended family and friends back home.
During the time when he arrived in America, his parents were new business owners. In order to succeed, his parents worked an average of 80 to 100 hours per week. As a kid, Hsuan-Li would help at the restaurant after school by setting up the tables. He also did his homework there, sitting at the corner table. By the time he was in high school, he ran the dining room — from being a server to hiring staff. During his high school years, he still did his homework there, in-between taking customers’ orders.
Looking back, Hsuan-Li is forever grateful for all the teachers and family friends who took him under their wings and made his transition to America easier. He was taught by the nuns and teachers at Galion St. Joseph to read and write English. There were also numerous teachers at Galion Middle and High schools that were positive role models. But the biggest role models for Hsuan-Li were his parents. They are the hardest working and most courageous people in his life. It took tremendous courage to come here in search of the “American Dream,” and it takes an exceptional work ethic to turn that dream into a reality. He is grateful to his parents for the experience of working alongside them and for the sacrifices they’ve made. He developed discipline, work ethic, and dedication by working at the restaurant, characteristics that have helped him succeed in life.
Hsuan-Li became interested in dentistry while having orthodontic treatment done by Dr. Shadeed in Galion. He learned that dentistry was not only a profession that restores oral health, it is likewise a unique blend of art and science. As a ninth grader, he realized that dentistry was the career that matched his talents and interests.
After graduating from Galion High School, Dr. Lin enrolled at OSU, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in zoology. Throughout undergrad, he worked part-time as a dental assistant at OSU dental school. He went on to receive his dental degree from The Ohio State College of Dentistry, graduating cum laude in 2006. After practicing in Columbus for four years, he had the desire to come back to Crawford County to serve the community. He took over Dr. Ronald Palenshus’ practice in 2011. The office, Bucyrus Dental, is at 314 W. Warren St. in Bucyrus.
Dr. Lin is thankful for the privilege to serve the people of this great area. He gives credit to his amazing team at Bucyrus Dental, which has made a valuable impact on the oral health of the community.
Dr. Lin is also proud that Bucyrus Dental has helped mentor numerous students who aspire to join the dental field. Bucyrus Dental has helped five students get accepted into dental school thus far, through the philosophy of dreaming big, working the hardest and never giving up. Four out of the five are now practicing dentists.
Dr. Lin met his wife, Lyndsey, when they were undergrads at Ohio State. Lyndsey has a master’s degree in education and was a first-grade teacher. They have two children — Noah, 8, and Zeke, 5.
Most importantly, Dr. Lin says that his faith in Jesus is the foundation of his life. The unconditional love of Jesus inspires him to want to make a positive difference in the world.
In closing, Dr. Lin said he wants you to know that God loves you infinitely and sees you as worthy, and that you are perfectly made and a priceless treasure to God.
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