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Success Story- Practice Owner

lauderdaleDr. Candace Lauderdale began her dental career as an associate dentist at a traditional private practice in southern Georgia after graduating from the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Dentistry in 2009. A native of Georgia, Dr. Lauderdale knew the Peach State was where she wanted to practice dentistry and raise her family.

After spending a few years in private practice, Dr. Lauderdale was drawn to Aspen Dental because of the clear ownership path and the opportunity to treat a patient population that didn’t always have the easiest access to dentistry.

In 2012, Dr. Lauderdale, her husband and young daughter relocated from southern Georgia to western Georgia so she could begin her career with Aspen Dental as the lead dentist in a brand new office where she developed as a clinician and a leader. It was this experience that convinced her to invest in the Aspen Dental brand. In 2014, Dr. Lauderdale purchased her first Aspen Dental-branded practice in Columbus, GA. Today, she owns four offices – two in Georgia and two in Alabama.

“If you’re looking for mentorship and development opportunities, like to have fun at work, and are driven to grow within a great organization, Aspen Dental is the place to be,” Dr. Lauderdale said.

When Aspen Dental began the Healthy Mouth Movement, Dr. Lauderdale was one of the first dentists with Aspen Dental to volunteer on the MouthMobile – a 42-foot long dentist office on wheels. Dr. Lauderdale’s dedication and commitment to this program was integral in its success. Since 2014, the Healthy Mouth Movement has donated over $13 million in free dentistry to more than 20,000 veterans – a population which lacks access to much needed dental care.

“I love Aspen because of the teams I get to work with and the patients I get to take care of,” said Dr. Lauderdale. “Aspen Dental has opened the door to so many great opportunities – networking with over 1,000 dentist peers, VIP experiences at sporting and entertainment events, and volunteering to care for veterans in my local community.”lauderdale