Dental Care Alliance Expands Footprint with New Affiliation in Arkansas
Sarasota, FL – Dental Care Alliance (DCA) is proud to announce its recent affiliation with Ashcraft Orthodontics. Led by Dr. Michael B. Ashcraft, Ashcraft Orthodontics provides high quality orthodontic care to children, teens and adults from two practice locations in Little Rock, AR and Jacksonville, AR. The practice offers a wide range of treatment options, including traditional braces, clear/invisible braces, Invisalign® and more. This is the first dental practice affiliated with Dental Care Alliance in the state of Arkansas.
Dr. Michael B. Ashcraft was born and raised in Rison, AR. He earned his dental degree from the University of Tennessee before being certified by the Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners. He later completed his orthodontic residency at the University of Tennessee at Memphis, where he also earned his Master of Science in Orthodontics. Dr. Ashcraft has been serving patients since 1990 and is an active member in the American Association of Orthodontists and the Arkansas State Dental Association.
“We are proud to be the trusted partner of choice for the dental industry’s top professionals. Dr. Ashcraft is no exception, as he is committed to providing high quality orthodontic care to his patients. We look forward to growing stronger together,” said David Pegg, Chief Development Officer at Dental Care Alliance.
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Founded in 1991, DCA is one of the largest multi-branded dental support organizations in the U.S. with more than 320 affiliated practices in 20 states. DCA-affiliated practices provide patients with a wide range of dental services including general dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and periodontics. DCA provides dentists with clinical autonomy, career satisfaction, and growth opportunities by reducing day-to-day administrative responsibilities so they can focus on providing the best clinical care to each patient.
I am humbled this week at the care we have been able to provide to our communities in need as we remain open to emergencies during this crucial time. We are accepting every patient with an emergency that calls or knocks on our door.
I hear repeatedly from patients that they are struggling to find any open dental practice in our area, and can hear the relief in their voices when we tell them we can see them right away.
On Tuesday at ADC Clearwater, we started the day with three emergency patients scheduled – two with broken teeth and one who had fallen on her face and came in with a black eye and broken anterior teeth. We were happy to treat each of these patients with same day care, but before we knew it the phone was ringing off the hook with patients in pain.
As these patients began rolling into the office, I saw them in tears, rocking back and forth in the waiting room in agony — I provided Motrin tablets and water as they waited, and helped turn over rooms and seat patients. Dr. Emily Relkin and her assistant, Kim Ross, worked quickly and efficiently to help every patient I put on their schedule – back to back, they worked through their lunch without complaint.
After our fourth or fifth emergency checked out, thanking us profusely for being here, I felt myself become slightly emotional at the impact our teams that are still out there working and providing care are making on our patients’ lives.
In these hopeless times, we are staying focused and energized knowing we are doing our part to serve our communities.
We know we are not alone working tirelessly right now, and want to thank all of you that are still open and seeing patients — we are all comrades in this together!