John Harris DDS June 2019



JUNE 2019


Our Journey to Where We Are Today

While we were busy celebrating National Small Business Week at the beginning of May, we didn’t realize that you may not know the full story of how our practice started. When I first moved here in 1984, I basically started from scratch with my own office. Interest rates were through the roof, and my young age wasn’t doing me any favors, either. I remember sitting down with my wife, and we both decided we would find a way to make my own dental practice work. It’s hard to believe there was a time when the future of this office was uncertain because, today, our dedicated staff and clients make coming to work an exciting prospect each and every day. We strive hard to make a difference, no matter how small. By taking a few risks along the way, we have been lucky enough to do just that. Back when we first started, dentistry wasn’t the same as it is today. We didn’t have 3D printers, and we certainly didn’t have smartphones at our disposal. As such, getting the word out about a new business wasn’t always easy. Giving a new dentist your business takes a lot of trust, especially after you’ve been going to another one for so many years. That’s why I worked so hard in the beginning to build a brand people could be proud to support. Our small staff was as friendly as ever, and our wonderful staff today are the same way. Some things never change. As always, I made sure to build relationships with our patients and take the time to see what was going on in their lives. I think that effort made all the difference. From a business standpoint, we had some hurdles to overcome in the beginning. I was determined to branch out on my own and make something of myself in the dental industry. We both worked hard to make it work, even though we had some setbacks in getting all the necessary equipment to run a proper dentist’s office. However, we knew we would be fine once we made the right impression and got the right materials. Slowly but surely, I like to think we did just that. After five long years at the office we started in, we were able to

upgrade and move into a bigger and better space — the same space we’re in today. What started as just me is now a group of five team members we have on staff today; we grew over the years to fit our client base.

Owning a small business has been one of the most rewarding experiences of

my life, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Now, over 30 years later, I know we made the right choice back then. Being my own boss all these years has

given me the ability to take care of my four beautiful children and set an example that shows them they can do whatever they want, as long as they believe in themselves enough to put the work in. We are so proud to be a part of our little community here, and we’d love to show you just how thankful we are for all your years of continued support. To see how we can help you with dental maintenance or problems you may be experiencing, give us a call at 817.732.4041. Here’s to 30 more years! –John Harris, DDS


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