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Left to right: Dr. Suketu Patel, DMD, MD, Dr. Rod Uribe, DMD, Dr. Jeremy Hammond, DMD and Dr. Mark Clayton, DDS. - photo by Special

The healthcare market in Statesboro continues to be very strong. Over the past few years there has continued to be extraordinary growth in all sectors of healthcare. With the continued population growth of Bulloch County and an overall aging population, this is a segment that should continue to see an upswing in growth.

One segment in the healthcare industry that is experiencing this is the dental and oral surgery sector. Statesboro has the second multi-market dental practice, Aspen Dental, entering the market. Aspen Dental will be located in the new construction in the former location of Checker’s. Howard Dental entered the market a few years ago. 

Even with this entry, we have continued to see local dentists grow their practices by adding additional dentists and staff and also building new offices. Dr. Richard Marz, DDS, recently cut the ribbon on his new office, Premier Dental and Wellness, located in the Market District.

Earlier this month, Dr. Troy Lawhorn, DMD, of Statesboro Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Implant Center held an open house for his new surgery center on Country Club Road directly across from his former office. Instead of adding another physician to help keep up with the strong growth, Dr. Lawhorn added a certified registered nurse anesthetist, Cameron Durden, CRNA, to his team. This is unique in the industry and allows Dr. Lawhorn to manage patient flow more efficiently.

Dr. Suketu Patel, DMD, MD, announced this week a major expansion of his practice, East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, with the construction of new surgery center in the Market District which will more than double the size of their current 6,000-square-foot office.

Statesboro Oral also added their fourth doctor, Dr. Jeremy Hammond, DMD, a few months ago.  Dr. Rod Uribe, DMD and Dr. Mark Clayton, DDS are also practicing with the group.  Dr. Uribe practices primarily in their Swainsboro office.

Dr. Hammond grew up in the area and attended Truett McConnell on a baseball scholarship and completed his undergraduate at Armstrong. While waiting for dental school to begin at the Medical College of Georgia he traveled to China to teach spoken English. It was in China that he met his wife Christie, who grew up in Oklahoma and was teaching English, too. 

Dr. Patel’s wife, Dr. Anjali Patel, DMD, who is a pediatric dentist, grew up in Milledgeville.  When Dr. Patel, a Chicago native, purchased the practice in 2013 from Dr. Uribe, it was a perfect fit for many reasons, but being this close to his wife’s family was an added bonus.

Dr. Angali Patel is currently practicing as a pediatric dentist with Dr. Jimmy Bellamy, DMD, in Swainsboro.  Once the new East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery facility opens next year, Angali will renovate the current EGCFOS office and open a pediatric dentist office in Statesboro.

When open, this will be the third pediatric dental office in Statesboro. Currently the community is served by Dr. John Wasdin, DMD, at Statesboro Dental Center and Dr. Cecil Bray, DMD, and Dr. Sally Young, DMD, who practice together.

“Statesboro is a wonderful community to live, work and raise a family,” said Dr. Suketu Patel. “There is lots of solidarity here. It is an easy community to get plugged into and easy to make a difference here. We like that about Statesboro and that it is a very tight nit and welcoming community. We look forward to this expansion and continuing to serve our patients and friends in Statesboro and the surrounding communities.”

 

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