Southern Hospitality

Explore how Aspen Dental is helping patients throughout Georgia 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 Southern Hospitality is all about and why these practice owners said yes to a career with Aspen Dental in Georgia!

Dr. Lauderdale

“Working with Aspen Dental will provide you with so many great experiences all over the country. If you’re driven, looking to expand your skills, and love to have fun at work, then Aspen Dental is the place to be!”

Dr. Candace Lauderdale
Owner, Aspen Dental, 4 offices across Georgia and Alabama


About Dr. Lauderdale:

  • Graduated from Medical College of Georgia’s School of Dentistry
  • Began career as a dentist in a traditional private practice near her hometown
  • Relocated with husband and daughter to open a brand new Aspen Dental office and for ownership opportunities
  • Became an Aspen Dental practice owner in 2014

Her Southern Georgia Favs:

  • Enjoys being part of a smaller community where she can safely raise her young daughters
  • Loves working with her teams to treat patients who are in desperate need of her dental care expertise
  • Financial flexibility - ability to make more money in a place with a lower cost of living

Dr. Ezeja

“Being a dentist with Aspen Dental gives me the opportunity to focus on dentistry because I don’t have to worry about the administrative responsibilities.”

Dr. Ejike Ezeja
Owner, Aspen Dental, Valdosta, GA

About Dr. Ezeja:

  • Practiced dentistry in Nigeria for about eight years before coming to the U.S.
  • Graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2014
  • Joined Aspen Dental in Carrollton, GA in 2014
  • Became the practice owner of the Aspen Dental office in Valdosta, GA in 2017

His Southern Georgia Favs:

  • Really nice weather, it’s never cold
  • A very peaceful environment with a nice, laid-back community
  • A nice place to raise a family
  • Enjoys caring for patients who need all kinds of dental treatments

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Georgia is less than the national average. Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference, with the median home cost of $172,200 compared to the U.S average of $216,600. Georgia utilizes a relatively simple progressive income tax system, with rates ranging from 1% to 6%.

Real Estate

The median cost to buy a home throughout Southern Georgia ranges from about $110,000 to $250,000, depending on what type of home and neighborhood you prefer to live in. In general, property taxes in Georgia are relatively low. The median real estate tax payment in Georgia is $1,413 per year, about $800 less than the national average. The average effective property tax rate is 0.93%.

Georgia Schools

The cost of living in Georgia is less than the national average. Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference, with the median home cost of $172,200 compared to the U.S average of $216,600. Georgia utilizes a relatively simple progressive income tax system, with rates ranging from 1% to 6%.

Opportunities for Ownership

There are significant 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 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

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 select locations throughout this region to help you pay down your debt faster so you can focus on what you do best: practicing dentistry.

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