One chilly, English winter evening, two friends (both dentists) attended a youth activity for their church. They had both been stationed at RAF Lakenheath in England with the United States Air Force. As they chatted that night, they began discussing their decisions to “separate” from the Air Force and enter back into civilian life in private practice. In that discussion, they acknowledged the greatest benefit of being a dentist in the Air Force: colleagues with whom they could collaborate! One of the dentists suggested that they should form a partnership after separating from the Air Force. The other, intrigued by the idea, began exploring the possibility, and before he knew it had invited two other friends (with complementary skill sets) into this non-existent partnership! The task at hand turned to finding an opportunity for four young, well-trained dentists to start a group practice together where they could enjoy the same camaraderie and collaboration they enjoyed as fellow officers in the US Air Force.
All four dentists were of like mind and philosophy in life and in the practice of dental medicine. They had each adopted the core values of the US Air Force: “Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in All We Do”. They were all devoted husbands, fathers and men of faith, deeply involved in serving their respective church congregations.
Making their dream a reality was easier dreamed than done! For twelve months they met regularly to review opportunities and create a structure that would maximize the utilization of their specific expertise. Countless late night meetings later, the reality of this dream began to take shape. After many hours of searching for opportunities and meeting with advisers, they finally found an opportunity in the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh and its suburbs—an area renowned for its family-friendly culture). This led to the name that they would call their practice: “Royal Oak Dental Group”. “Royal”, from their collaboration and conception at ROYAL Air Force Lakenheath, and “Oak”, from their translocation to the “City of Oaks”.
A lot has transpired since that initial conversation many years ago. New doctors have been added and new locations opened, all in an effort to improve access and convenience for our patients. The Royal Oak standard of excellence continues. We are very excited about what we have built and even more excited for what the future holds in store! The opportunities to care for and attend to the dental needs of our patients bring us great satisfaction and pride. Our responsibility is to create an environment making every dental encounter as pleasant as possible. We are a group of caring clinicians who find joy and pride in providing the highest quality of dental care. Know that by choosing Royal Oak, you will be treated by a team dedicated to practicing dentistry to the highest standards, with maximum comfort, and providing you, the patient, with the information needed to take ownership of your care. We believe that there is always more than one treatment option. Ultimately, our greatest desire is that you feel like part of our family. Welcome to the family!