New owner for Ten Mile Dental in Frisco
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When dentist Mitch Hopkins began looking for a place to buy a dental practice, he started looking for somewhere “cool.” After searching for a year, he finally found what he wanted at Ten Mile Dental in Frisco. Hopkins recently bought the business from Jeff Gourley, who has owned the practice for six years.
Hopkins said he came out in September from his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., to check out the practice and bought it within the next month. He graduated from school in May of 2008, and has been practicing dentistry for two-and-a-half years.
Ten Mile Dental will have been here for 10 years this summer, and was originally opened by Jason Luchtefeld.
This is Hopkins’ first time running a dental practice. He said his job as a dentist is still the same, but he’s still getting used to the administration end of things.
“The dentistry stays the same,” Hopkins said. “Running a business, having staff and answering questions as an owner is different. I’ve always been an employee before. That’s the biggest change.”
Despite the learning process regarding the business end of the practice, Hopkins said he’s having fun. He said his new clients and Summit County locals “have been the best part about it.”
“I was really nervous coming into it,” the new business owner said. “How (patients) were going to respond; if they were going to be hesitant about wanting to switch dentists. But everyone’s been really welcoming into the county. I think it’s been a pretty smooth transition.”
Hopkins said he wanted to thank the community for being so welcoming to him, and letting him know he can help them.
Hopkins has a wife and 8-year-old daughter who are both still living in Kansas City. He said his wife, a family physician, is finishing up with some business before she and their daughter move out. He said he can’t wait to get his daughter on the mountain, and is excited to get settled into the Summit County lifestyle. Hopkins said he enjoys skiing and mountain biking, and is interested in learning more about kayaking.
“I like it when I meet people that have been here for 20- or 30-plus years,” he said. “I’m excited to be one of those guys some day.”
Gourley will remain with the practice during a transition period and then said he’s leaving to pursue other opportunities.
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