John Harris, DDS - February 2019





A Dental Visit Doesn’t Have to Be Like Pulling Teeth

My travels have taken me around the world and back, but there’s nowhere I’d rather be than the place I call home today. You can keep your passport stamps and souvenir hats; I have plenty of them. The only borders I want to cross now are those which allow us to create and cultivate new relationships with those who matter most. After more than 30 years spent practicing dentistry in Fort Worth — a city with nearly a million residents to its name — I’ve come to realize that a place can feel as large or as small as your passion allows, and the same goes for a family. Every time we greet a new client walking through these doors, I know I’m not alone in feeling that our family just got a little bit bigger. Growing up, I didn’t really have much of a say in where I planted my roots. I was a certified military brat. My father, an Air Force pilot, flew in both WWII and Vietnam and was a bona fide hero. I was born in Greece, and we moved around to bases all over the U.S. before we finally settled in Texas, which was where I decided to follow in his footsteps and become a pilot. However, my less-than- perfect eyesight meant that I would do no such thing. Luckily, living in a small town afforded me the opportunity to pour myself into sports, and I did just that. From basketball to football to golf, I focused my sights on becoming the best I could be. I decided to turn my passion for helping people into a career in dentistry. I went to Baylor University in Waco and earned a dental degree from Baylor Dental College — now a part of Texas A&M’s Health Science Center — and set out on my career path. After about a year and a half spent working under another dentist, I decided I needed to be my own boss, which was something I’d wanted for a long time. After I completed my tenure as clinical instructor at my alma mater, I did just that — opening my own practice right here in Fort Worth — and I’ve been practicing out of the same office since 1995. If something feels perfect, don’t change it. Find your niche and dig in. While I was busy paving my way for a lifelong career, I was even busier building a family. With the help of my loving wife, with whom I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing many beautiful years of marriage, we’ve raised four wonderful

daughters and blessed with a beautiful granddaughter. I’ve made it my life’s work to be as involved in their lives as I can, all the while trying in turn to

instill the values my parents passed down to me. We’re not finished quite yet, because although

our daughters are all grown up and out on their own, we have a house full of four-legged children — our precious dogs. Raising a handful of “Doodles”. When the chance arises, I enjoy some quiet time on the lake fishing or being outside playing a round of golf with friends. My ultimate goal is for you to find as many reasons to smile as I have through the years. If you think you may need a little help with that smile, it may be time to consider joining the John Harris Dental family. Our tightknit staff of five employees have been here almost two decades now, and the assurance that brings to the office is sure to show. By establishing rewarding relationships with our customers, we aim to take the guesswork out of dentistry and provide an environment that you’ll want to come back to again and again.

- John Harris, DDS


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