Tillman Smiles December 2018





“F asten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night”was a Betty Davis quote from her 1950 hit, All About Eve. However, it just as easily could have described this past year. But I want to remember 2018 for the many blessings I received during this tumultuous year. It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of the Christmas season: decorations to hang, gifts to buy, relatives and friends to visit, and parties to attend! Yes, this chaotic time can cause us to lose sight of what is truly important this time of year: gratitude. My team and I certainly are grateful to God for the overflowing love, prayers, and gifts we have received in 2018. At the office, our team has been blessed with some wonderful arrivals. We have several new employees. Melissa and Meledy are hygienists who have joined our team. Ashley, our most recent employee, is a dental assistant who is also a wonderful addition. And two of our hygienists, Melissa and Karissa, and our front desk assistant, Sam, all welcomed beautiful babies this year. Our third hygienist, Meledy, also found out she is pregnant and will welcome her first baby in May. In addition, we are finally going to move to our new office location a mile away on the corner of Lake Street and Rosedale. We purchased the land in 2010 and began building a mixed residential two-story building in 2015. Unfortunately, the builder and bank couldn’t get along, and after the bank quit funding the project and threatened to foreclose, we spent last year acquiring new financing, got a new contractor, caught up with new city zoning requirements, and corrected many things that the original contractor screwed up. Yes, it was a bumpy ride! But in the end, we will more than double our office size, double our treatment rooms, and gain more needed work space so we can improve the care we give to our wonderful patients. What a blessing! Personally, I have also been blessed. My oldest son, Harrison, is doing well running track for Texas A&M University. Brendan, my senior at Aledo High School, is playing basketball, having a blast as the school’s mascot, and completing college applications.

My daughter, Tristan, made the Ace National 16 Volleyball Team! My wife, Julie, somehow spends time at

the office and gets the kids where they need to be. She and my family are such a blessing for me!

But I personally experienced a big bump along 2018’s road. In April, I was

diagnosed with leukemia and went through several rounds of chemotherapy and, on Aug. 18, received a bone marrow transplant. So today, you can call me “baldy” or even “fuzzy.” But I call myself blessed for having great doctors at UT Southwestern, an incredible wife and family, a wonderful Birchman Baptist Church family, and a God that has given me life. And I can’t help but feel so thankful to all of our loyal, supportive patients who have blessed me throughout the years, especially in 2018. Whether you are a recent patient or have been faithfully with us for many years, we are so grateful for the opportunity to serve you and forge great friendships with you, your family, and referred friends. You have certainly made 2018 a year of blessings. Let’s make 2019 even better!

—Dr. Tillman, DDS


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