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Mary Feekart checks On'Dre Mitchell's teeth during an exam at Anderson Family Dental on Wednesday. Gentle Dental Care will become a part of Anderson Family Dental.

Name of business: Anderson Family Dental

Location: 777 Broadway, Suite B, Anderson

Phone: 642-3124

Website: www.andersonsmiles.com

Owners: Heartland Dental Care, Inc.

Opened: Sept. 1, 1999

Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and by appointment

Employees: 17

Services: Exams, cleaning, x-rays, extractions, periodontal treatment, oral cancer screenings, intravenous sedation, wisdom tooth extraction, bone grafting, implant placement, composite white fillings, crowns and in-office whitening, teeth straightening with Inviaslign, oral surgery, orthodontics and endodontics.

According to the owners: Anderson Family Dental and Gentle Dental Care merged their practices, effective June 1.

The partnership makes Anderson Family Dental one of the largest dental facilities in Anderson and provides new opportunities for the practices to serve their patients.

“It is my passion to deliver a high quality dental experience and treat each patient with dignity. Our standards for quality care are high, meaning our patients always come first,” dentist Kelly Horvath said on the practice’s website.

“A patient-focused approach to dentistry gives patients confidence and allows me to provide the level of care that goes beyond what people may have experienced in the past,” she added.

Horvath began her career as a dental hygienist in 1993. She graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2011.

Mary Feekart, another dentist in the practice, said the dentistry allows her to use her artistic and creative abilities and provide patients with healthy smiles.

“Dental health is critical to overall well-being. The health of your teeth and gums impacts your overall health, and the look of you smile can affect the way you feel about yourself,” she said.

Feekart received her dental degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. She holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.

Raymond Lee, a dentist and oral maxillofacial surgeon in the practice, called dentistry important not only for oral health but also for the well-being of the body’s major organ systems.

“Providing comforting, proficient care to my patients while alleviating their pain is what I strive to do every day,” he said.

 “I take pride in knowing that I can help people by providing them with high quality dental care,” said dentist Jason Simms. “When my patients have a bright and healthy smile, I know my dental team and I have done our very best.”

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