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By Yelena Serrato/The Hesperian-Beacon —
FLOYDADA—Following in her father’s footsteps, Dr. Summer Ketron Roark has pursued a career that makes people smile.
“My dad is a dentist in Lubbock. I was inspired to go into dentistry because of him. I grew up around it and got to see the benefits of it,” Roark said. Her father is Dr. Jay Atkins.
Roark purchased her father’s Lubbock practice about a year and a half ago and soon began expanding her network, which lead her to Floydada where she purchased Dr. Randall Griffin’s practice.
Roark, along with Dr. Natalie Anderson and the staff at Canyon Ridge Family Dentistry, have been hard at work for five weeks since opening their doors and beginning to offer services to residents.
“There is really just about nothing that we can’t do,” she said. “We do cleanings for kids and adults of all ages. We do fillings, crowns, bridges, cosmetics, wisdom tooth extractions, sedation, root canals and dentures.
“The two big things we really want to highlight is that we do implants and braces. We can do both traditional and invisalign braces. Dr. Anderson does most of that and I do most of the surgical stuff.
“There’s really not much that we can’t do here so I think that’s a really nice because, with braces for example, you have to get checkups every six weeks. So if you are doing braces in the big city that is a constant drive for just a 15-minute checkup. That’s hard when you have kids in school. So for us that’s something we are hoping is going to be a lot more convenient to community members. We really feel like we have a good variety of services,” explained Roark said.
Roark was born and raised in Lubbock and received her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Texas Tech University before graduating from dental school at the University of Texas at Houston. She also completed her general practice residency at Louisiana State University.
Anderson also received her undergraduate degree at Texas Tech University, and she earned her master’s degree from Midwestern State University before graduating from dental school in Arizona.
With the opening of Canyon Ridge Family Dentistry, several people are employed at the new business, including dental hygienist and Lockney native Anna Kidd.
“Anna Kidd drove by one day and saw the sign and gave me a call out of the blue,” Roark said. “She said she had been practicing in Lubbock and would love to come back home and treat her people. So, we decided to bring her home and welcome her to our team. We love her.”
Roark said one of the team’s goals is to have somebody permanent at the new office.
“We have heard so many great things about Dr. Griffin and the Griffin family. Dr. Griffin provided great care to the community, so it was hard knowing that people were having to see a new dentist every single time. There wasn’t really anyone here on a regular basis. I know it is a struggle to get to Lubbock, so we want people to know we are coming to them, and we are going to be here permanently to serve the people here.
“I’ve always enjoyed getting to know people. Everyone here knows each other. I am excited to know that at some point I am going to know the whole town, and we are all going to be like one big happy family.”
Roark said she enjoys not only meeting new people but also witnessing smile transformations.
“I feel like it can be such a change in someone’s life. People come out and have so much more confidence from the transformation that we have made” she said.
Roark tied the knot last year with Mike Roark, and she gained a stepson. She also is the proud owner of a labradoodle named Knox. During her free time, she enjoys doing yard work and gardening which she says her husband finds crazy. She also loves going fishing at the Guadalupe River.
Canyon Ridge Family Dentistry is currently accepting new patients of all ages and is eager to build their community.
Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. A dentist will be in the office Mondays and Thursdays and a hygienist will be at the office Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Dr. Anderson will provide cleanings when a hygienist isn’t available, she said.
“We are going to take care of whatever patients need regardless,” Roark said, adding, “Dr. Jay Atkins, my dad, will come out here to just supplement if we aren’t available.
“Dr. Anderson will be here most of the time. I will come in on surgery days when there are a bunch of wisdom or implant appointments. I will try and be here on busy days and do what I can. I kind of come and go as needed” she added.
Contact Canyon Ridge Family Dentistry at 806-983-2100 to schedule an appointment.