Dr. Birdwell majored in chemistry at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated from the College of Dentistry at University of Tennessee in 1972. He has been serving patients in Anderson, Knox, and surrounding counties in a solo dental practice since that time. He has volunteered for many years with Remote Area Medical and more recently with Volunteer Ministries. He has provided dental care and training to patients and trainees in Central America and Asia. He enjoys sailing, water skiing, scuba diving, and hiking.