The MONTHLY Smile
OUR 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
A Tribute to Our Loyal Patients
As the end of the year rolls around, I always find myself thinking about the beginning — the beginning of the year, the beginning of the practice, the beginning of relationships, the beginning of everything. Because 2018 marks Lake Oconee Dentistry’s 20th year of service in this area, I’ve found myself continually reflecting on the formative years of the practice — this year in particular.
office, as well. Once our team grew, we were able to do so. In the last 20 years, our team has grown from three hardworking individuals to a close-knit, productive, and efficient family of 30. To celebrate the changes that occurred over these last two decades and the fantastic patients with whom we’ve been able to forge relationships, we held a Patient Appreciation Event this past October. We rented out the movie theater and purchased tickets so our patients could bring their friends and family to enjoy a fun-filled evening on us as a “thank you” for trusting us with their dental care. Additionally, we had a separate event for 40 of the patients who have been coming to our practice since the very first year Patti and I opened the doors. Several of these patients shared the experiences they’ve had through the years, and the conversation made me grateful for their unwavering loyalty and friendship. Moving forward, we will continue celebrating our patients — both new and long-term — and continue our involvement in the community that has been so welcoming to us. In fact, one of the recent ways we worked to give back to the community was our Stars, Stripes & Smiles event, which took place on November 16th. We host this event annually to show our appreciation for service members and the sacrifices they have made to keep our nation and families safe. On that day, our team offered all veterans and active military personnel their choice of a free cleaning, filling, or extraction. It was a wonderful day, full of smiles. We were all happy — and humbled — to be a part of it.
When Patti and I decided to first open Lake Oconee Dentistry, we had just celebrated our first wedding anniversary. We spent the vast majority of our days trying to perfect our practice and help it grow to become an integral part of the local
“In the last 20 years, our team has grown from three hardworking individuals to a close-knit, productive, and efficient family of 30.”
community. In those early years, we had a small team of only three people: Patti, me, and a front desk manager to help us schedule appointments. Between the three of us, we handled everything. For example, before our first patient arrived in the morning, we would have been awake for hours, vacuuming the carpets, taking out the garbage, and cleaning the chairs and tools for the day. Then after the last patient left, we would do it all over again. But even when these chores were complete, we still didn’t leave the office; we just walked up the stairs to our apartment! It’s true; we literally lived at work! After those busy, but significant, early years, Patti and I realized that while living above our office helped us get ahead on the daily cleaning and preparations — and limited that dreaded morning commute time — we needed to focus on our lives outside of the
Wishing you all the best in 2019!
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