Our vision is to provide premiere services in general dentistry with the intent to practice dentistry for the glory of God, to honor and care for each and every patient regardless of background, and to support dental mission work both in the community and overseas.
Our mission is to treat every patient like an immediate family member, to provide premiere services which afford reliable and predictable outcomes, and to create an office environment and dental experience which they would like to share with their friends and loved ones.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
"Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue."
- Eugene O'Neill
"What's So Amazing about Grace? (excerpt)
As a writer, I play with words all day long. I toy with them, listen for their overtones, crack them open, and try to stuff my thoughts inside. I've found that words tend to spoil over the years, like old meat. Their meaning rots away. Consider the word "charity," for instance. When King James translators contemplated the highest form of love they settled on the word "charity" to convey it. Nowadays we hear the scornful protest, "I don't want your charity!"
Perhaps I keep circling back to grace because it is one grand theological word that has not spoiled. I call it "the last best word" because every English usage I can find retains some of the glory of the original. Like a vast aquifer, the word underlies our proud civilization, reminding us that good things come not from our own efforts, rather by the grace of God. Even now, despite our secular drift, taproots still stretch toward grace. Listen to how we use the word.
Many people "say grace" before meals, acknowledging daily bread as a gift from God. We are grateful for someone's kindness, gratified by good news, congratulated when successful, gracious in hosting friends. When a person's service pleases us, we leave a gratuity. In each of these uses I hear a pang of childlike delight in the undeserved. A composer of music may add grace notes to the score. Though not essential to the melody - they are gratuitous - these notes add a flourish whose presence would be missed. When I first attempt a piano sonata by Beethoven or Schubert I play it through a few times without the grace notes. The sonata carries along, but oh what a difference it makes when I am able to add in the grace notes, which season the piece like savory spices.
In England, some uses hint loudly at the word's theological source. British subjects address royalty as "Your grace." Students at Oxford and Cambridge may "receive a grace" exempting them from certain academic requirements. Parliament declares an "act of grace" to pardon a criminal.
New York publishers also suggest the theological meaning with their policy of gracing. If I sign up for twelve issues of a magazine, I may receive a few extra copies even after my subscription has expired. These are "grace issues," sent free of charge (or, gratis) to tempt me to resubscribe. Credit cards, rental car agencies, and mortgage companies likewise extend to customers an undeserved "grace period."
I also learn about a word from its opposite. Newspapers speak of communism's "fall from grace," a phrase similarly applied to Jimmy Swaggart, Richard Nixon, and O.J. Simpson. We insult a person by pointing out the dearth of grace: "You ingrate!" we say, or worse, "You're a disgrace!" A truly despicable person has no "saving grace" about him. My favorite use of the root word grace occurs in the mellifluous phrase persona non grata: a person who offends the U.S. government by some act of treachery is officially proclaimed a "person without grace."
The many uses of the word in English convince me that grace is indeed amazing - truly our last best word. It contains the essence of the gospel as a drop of water can contain the image of the sun."
- Philip Yancey
"Mere Christianity (excerpt)
When I was a child I often had a toothache, and I knew that if I went to my mother she would give me something which would deaden the pain and let me go to sleep. But I did not go to my mother ? at least, not till the pain became very bad. And the reason was this. I did not doubt she would give me the aspirin; but I knew she would also do something else. I knew she would take me to the dentist the next morning. I could not get what I wanted out of her without getting something more, which I did not want. I wanted immediate relief from pain: but I could not get it without having my teeth set permanently right. And I knew those dentists; I knew they started fiddling about with all sorts of other teeth, which had not yet begun to ache. They would not let sleeping dogs lie. If you gave them an inch, they took an ell.
Now, if I may put it that way, Our Lord is like the dentists. If you give Him an inch, He will take an ell. Dozens of people go to Him to be cured of some one particular sin. Well, He will cure it all right: but He will not stop there. That may be all you asked; but if once you call Him in, He will give you the full treatment."
- C.S. Lewis
Lord, be with me each day as I practice dentistry. May I treat with gentle care all who place their trust in me.
May my calm assurance help to ease my patient's fear and to relax a tense adult or to dry a child's tear.
May I treat each person with competence and skill, whether a difficult procedure or a tooth that I must fill.
As I diagnose and treat be with me all the while. And reward me with the beauty of my patient's lovely and healthy smile. Amen."
"Christian Dentist's Oath
With gratitude to God, faith in Christ Jesus, and dependence on the Holy Spirit, I publicly profess my intent to practice dentistry for the glory of God.
With humility, I will seek to increase my skills, and I will respect those who teach me and who broaden my knowledge. In turn, I will freely impart my knowledge and wisdom to others.
With God's help, I will love those who come to me for healing and comfort. I will honor and care for each patient as a person made in the image of God, putting aside selfish interests.
With God's guidance, I will endeavor to be a good steward of my skills and of society's resources. I will convey God's love in my relationships with family, friends, and community. I will aspire to reflect God's mercy in caring for the lonely, the poor, the suffering, and the dying.
With God's blessing, I will respect the sanctity of human life. I will care for all my patients, rejecting those interventions which either intentionally destroy or actively end the lives of the unborn, the infirm, and the terminally ill.
With God's grace, I will live according to this profession."
- Christian Medical and Dental Association
"Our Deepest Fear
Is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are adequate beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, which most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be BRILLIANT,
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people will not feel insecure around you.
WE WERE BORN to make manifest
The Glory of God
That is within us.
It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give others the permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
Our presence automatically liberates other."
- Nelson Mandella
"A dentist is part artist, part architect, part physicist, part surgeon, part therapist and part friend."
- Northwestern University Dental School, Application Catalogue