By GREG RUSSELL, Register Staff Writer
Gainesville Daily Register
Collin Campbell, DDS, a dentist new to the area, said he and wife Minah opened Campbell Dental in September 2010 to a community in bloom.
“Gainesville is a nice little town,” he said. “I see a little bit of renewal going on downtown, with some of the businesses. I’d like to see that trend continue.”
Campbell, 31, operates the general family practice at 734 N. Grand Ave. with dentist wife Minah, who is expecting their first child in November. He explained he earned his credentials from the University of Michigan and had been working as an associate dentist in Plano before deciding to take a chance on his own.
“My dream isn’t to work for somebody else,” he said. “It’s to work for myself.”
So it seemed Gainesville was a good place for this dentist to start his career as an independent practitioner who launches a company as the community at large appears to be developing around it.
He compared the city, and its blend of the old-fashioned and advancing, to Weatherford at an earlier stage.
“It’s keeping with tradition but it’s also getting new businesses and getting new growth,” he said. “I like to see that. I’d like to see more young families come into the area and I’d like to see the school systems continue to improve, because that’s kind of a draw.”
And with those factors in place, Campbell Dental has gotten off to a fine start.
“It’s better than I expected and I think people were skeptical of a young dentist,” he said. “But then maybe they thought, ‘Hey — it’s someone who’s gonna be here a long time.’”
The practice offers general dental care such as whitening, dentures, extractions and X-rays. The Grand Avenue office, which has seven employees, should soon expand to six dental rooms, which can accommodate a high patient rotation. Campbell added that his all-digital equipment is kept as current as it gets.
“Everything you could ever want, we have,” he said.
Campbell also admitted that as a dentist, his approach is to treat all patients as he would his own mother. This means he’s not only friendly but simply sticks to offering customers the services they need rather than the services he wants to sell them.
“I treat people like I want to be treated,” he said. “Our job is not to sell dentistry. Our job is to inform the patient of what their basic needs are.”
Ultimately, Campbell and his wife are young dental professionals who have learned from more established ones. They hope to demonstrate their skills and solve problems in a warm and inviting atmosphere, consistently making all their patients feel welcome.
“I think a lot of people feel guilty that they haven’t gone to the dentist in a long time,” Campbell said. “Basically, when you show up, we’re happy to have you and happy to help you solve some of your oral health needs.”
Appointments are available six days a week. For more information, call (940) 668-9000.