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It was during my fourth year of dental school that I decided I was coming back to Southern Indiana. Before then, I never pictured myself as a small town dentist. I thought by practicing in a more rural setting I would be somehow be limiting my practice or myself. But once I began to really practice dentistry I realized that you could make your practice what you want it to be, and I wanted to be in a place where I felt a true sense of community. I was raised in Spencer County, and it felt right for me to return and help the area grow.
When I graduated from dental school I felt completely unprepared to start my own business, so I worked in a group practice in Evansville, Indiana. As an associate I not only learned a lot about the real-world practice of dentistry, but some of the business aspects as well. After three years I was offered a partnership and had to decide if I still wanted a practice of my own.
With the help of a great dental rep and an orthodontist friend I began to assemble what is now Santa Claus Family Dentistry. Starting a practice from scratch initially felt like a huge gamble, but now I cannot imagine my life any other way. The practice surpassed every goal I set for the first five years. The fact that we recently added a third operatory in this economic climate makes me feel as if we provide services that people need, and have impacted the community in a positive way. The office currently has three fully operational rooms, but we have the potential to grow in the future to six operatories.
I enjoy the “people” aspect of dentistry, and I don’t want to ever be so busy that I don’t have time to connect with my patients. That is, after all, what brought me back to Santa Claus.
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