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A Place to Call Home

Discover how Aspen Dental is helping patients throughout Arkansas get the care they need, today. If you’re looking to have a flourishing career and join a community that thrives on collaboration and has fun while doing it, this is where you belong. Discover what the Natural State is all about and why these practice owners said yes to a career with Aspen Dental in Arkansas!

Dr. Darryl Ragland

“Working with Aspen Dental has continuously provided me with access to ongoing training and new technology so that we can provide the most innovative treatments and procedures to underserved communities.”

Dr. Darryl Ragland
Owner, Aspen Dental, Little Rock, AR

About Dr. Ragland:

  • Graduated from the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry in 1987
  • Was a dentist in a traditional private practice setting in Sacramento, CA for almost 20 years
  • Relocated to Arkansas to join Aspen Dental for ownership opportunity and to treat a population that has minimal access to dental care
  • Became the owner of the Aspen Dental practice in Little Rock, AR in 2018

His Arkansas Favs:

  • Loves the beauty, history and natural landscape of the state
  • Connects with the people of the state who are passionate and proud of where they call home
  • Enjoys being part of the growth of the Aspen Dental model into the Arkansas market and being able to make an impact on the lives of local communities who have been denied access to care due to financial situations and other barriers

Dr. Allen Williams

“Working with Aspen Dental has allowed me to focus entirely on clinical dentistry and not worry about the dynamics of running a successful practice, all while earning a great income.”

Dr. Allen Williams
Owner, Aspen Dental, Searcy, AR

About Dr. Williams:

  • Graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 2016
  • Joined Aspen Dental in 2017 in Tennessee
  • Relocated to Arkansas for ownership opportunities
  • Became the owner of the Aspen Dental practice in Searcy, AR in 2018

His Arkansas Favs:

  • The outdoors – between the flat delta along the Mississippi to the rolling hills of the Ozarks, Arkansas offers great camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, boating and more for the explorer in you.
  • The people – Arkansans are hard-working, grateful and hospitable. They make for great friends, patients and colleagues who immediately make you feel at home.
  • The weather – you experience all four seasons without the extreme climate changes. Spring and Fall are comfortable and gorgeous, you can enjoy water activities in the Summer, and enjoy the occasional snowfall and campfires in the Winter. If you don’t like the weather today, tomorrow most certainly will be different!

Cost of Living

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The cost of living in Arkansas is less than the national average. Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference, with the median home cost of $120,000 compared to the U.S average of $216,600.

Real Estate

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The median home cost in Arkansas is $120,000, with a low property tax rate of 0.62%, Arkansas is an ideal place to buy and invest in a house.

School Systems

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There are 245 school districts, 280 high schools, 11,500 full-time teachers and more than 143,000 students enrolled in public schools throughout the state of Arkansas. There are 94 Arkansas schools honored in the 2018 U.S. News Best High School rankings: one gold medal school, 26 silver medal schools and 67 bronze medal schools. Former President Bill Clinton graduated from Hot Springs High School in Arkansas. Prior to becoming President, Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas, and his wife, Hillary Clinton led a task force during that time whose recommendations helped reform Arkansas’s public schools.

Opportunities for Ownership

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There are opportunities for ownership and partnership in the region with existing practice owners who have experience developing and growing dentists into successful business owners. There are also multiple Large Group Practices throughout the region, meaning an office isn’t owned by a practice owner yet, creating opportunity for new dentists to acclimate within the Aspen Dental model and determine if the path to ownership is the right fit.

Mentorship & Student Loan Reimbursement Opportunities

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As a dentist in this region, you’ll work in offices that provide a full range of dental and denture services, emergency dental and specialty dental services, as well as cosmetic dentistry services. Some examples include: crown and bridge, fillings, sore gum relief, root canal therapy, digital radiology, advanced screening for oral cancer, veneers, dental implants, tooth whitening, and the ability to become certified in offering Invisalign treatment. If a mentor is what you desire, you’ll have access to successful and experienced dentists who have been trained on how to best hone your clinical and leadership skills to help you achieve your goals.

Student Loan Reimbursement packages are also available for many locations throughout this region to help you pay down your debt faster so you can focus on what you do best: practicing dentistry.



Found in most Arkansas waters, catfish is a popular dish in The Natural State.

Seafood Buffet

Dondie's White River Princess is a seafood restaurant that looks like a riverboat.

Possum Pie

Cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream. Possum not included.

The Purple Cow

A purple 1950s-themed-diner with gourmet burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes.

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