Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry celebrated its 25th anniversary Thursday evening with the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce.
The practice initially came to Midlothian with the Morgan family, as Davis Morgan, DDS, had worked at a practice in Red Oak when he and his wife, Trina, decided to move to Midlothian 25 years ago.
“It’s been awesome. Midlothian is an awesome community,” said Trina, the practice’s systems manager. “It is a great place to hire people. Our patients are equally as wonderful.”
Trina Morgan said the practice has grown with Midlothian over the past two-and-a-half decades and has watched the city around them change.
“He still loves dentistry. He loves changing lives,” said Trina of her husband. “He loves the practice. He is continually working to improve it and make it what he wants it to be.”
The office is located at 102 South 7th Street in Midlothian and employs eight people outside of Trina and Davis.
Granted, that number decreased by one after Thursday’s celebration, as the practice said goodbye to Dee Jones.
Jones had served as a hygienist and worked for Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry for 22 years before her retirement. She met the Morgans at a seminar in the Dallas area a couple of decades ago after getting her associate’s degree in applied science dental hygiene from Parkland College in Illinois.
“She has been an amazing person to work with. She is truly family to us,” Trina said. “She’s been a huge influence. She has really shaped the atmosphere in the office.”
Davis said Jones had ideas of the people she wanted to serve and the way she wanted to do it, and she was a perfect fit for his practice.
“Little did we know fate would have us cross paths,” he said. “She kind of hired herself.”
After the trio met at a seminar, Jones later ran into Trina at Target and then at a local shopping mall — and she took that as a sign. After the string of coincidences, she decided to work at the practice.
“Dee, you have helped me to realize my dreams of being a dentist,” Davis said. He noted she helped him realize the type of patients, quality of service and the staff he wanted to make all that happen.
Jones said she moved to the metroplex and spent a lot of time at temporary jobs hoping to find a dentist she could work with.
“Lord can I find a dentist that wants to practice like I do,” she said before meeting Davis at that seminar.
The rest is history.
“It has truly been an honor,” Jones said. “Your patients are amazing and to end my career on this high note is truly a blessing.”
Since Thursday’s celebration, Jones and her family have moved back to Illinois.
Samantha Douty, @SamanthaDouty