Connections are something that have literally moved Dr. Dan Carson.
It was a connection to friends in Memphis, Tenn., that moved the dentist and his family to the South.
And it was an Internet connection that hooked the dentist up with a practice in Denver sight unseen.
Sitting in his office on N.C. 16 near the intersection of Pilot Knob Road, Carson said he admits the whole adventure is gutsy and unusual.
What he wanted â€“ not only for he but his family â€“ was anything but unusual.
â€œI had a thriving practice in northern Virginia, but I wanted something better for my family,â€ said Carson.
His family moved to the Sailview community in July and Carson took over for Forrest Norman III at Normanâ€™s office.
The whole motivation for the move, Carson said, was his family. Especially his girls â€“ Brittany, 10, and Ashley, 8.
â€œI wanted my girls to grow-up in a small town environment,â€ said Carson. â€œTheyâ€™re now in a rural area that has a hometown feel. Itâ€™s safer here.â€
Carson said he didnâ€™t want a large practice like the one he left in Virginia.
â€œI wanted an active practice that had room for growth,â€ said Carson, adding Lake Norman Family Dentistry is for the whole family, children and adults alike.
He chose the name because he wanted to show attachment to the west side of Lake Norman.
â€œItâ€™s the cool side of the lake,â€ said Carson.
According to Carson, technology plays a role in growth of any business, especially one that offers health services.
Carson said the knowledge base in dentistry changes about every three years.
â€œSome of the things Iâ€™ve put in the office werenâ€™t here eight years ago,â€ said Carson.
The changes include an educational system known as The Smile Channel.
The Smile Channel is a place where patients can get up-to-date dental news, education and information on procedures, Carson said.
â€œMost people will watch it and see things they want done,â€ said Carson. â€œWe have a similar system called the Casey System, which is a DVD in the operatory area to help answer patientâ€™s questions.â€
A vital part of Carsonâ€™s business involves the computer.
Carsonâ€™s office can e-mail X-rays and other important medical information collected through an intraoral video camera.
Technology isnâ€™t just important for insurance and paperwork but for the patientâ€™s education as well.
â€œWe can show them before and after procedures as well as point out problem areas,â€ said Carson.
Carson also uses magnification vision when treating patients, which enables him to see more than four times the normal size.
Magnification is the future of dental care, he said.
â€œItâ€™s where the standard of care is going,â€ said Carson. â€œIt would behoove any dentist to get that technology.â€
Carson said heâ€™s surprised by the number of Denver residents who want up-to-date treatment.
On average, Carson said heâ€™s seeing up to four new patients per day.
When Carson and his wife, Stephanie, have time, the couple likes to travel.
â€œWe like visiting different parts of the state,â€ said Carson. â€œWeâ€™ve been to Raleigh-Durham, Asheboro and the zoo and Hickory. We bought furniture there.â€
As to why dentists take Fridays off, Carson admitted he didnâ€™t know the answer.
â€œI like this eight-to-five system,â€ said Carson. â€œI have good people and it works for me.â€
Office hours for Lake Norman Family Dentistry are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, call (704) 489-1777.
by Jon Mayhew