Dr. Katie Guelos Gibson

Dr. Katie Guelos Gibson

Rock Dental Brands Doctor of the Month

We are proud to showcase Dr. Katie Gibson of our Westrock Orthodontics clinics in Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Russellville as our March doctor of the month! Dr. Gibson is an Arkansas native and grew up in Jonesboro. When she’s not in the clinic, she enjoys traveling near and far, spending quality time with family and friends, attending concerts, and being outdoors. She loves being back home in Arkansas and going camping, hiking, and kayaking. She has two dogs, a lab and a husky, so you can look for her on the local trails with them!  

Dr. Gibson has wanted to be an orthodontist since her experience with braces as a young teenager. She expressed that even at a young age, she knew that it would be such a cool job to be able to help people get the smile they’ve always wanted. Dr. Gibson says, “Braces certainly changed my smile drastically, and the entire journey had a big impact on my life at a very crucial stage. I wanted to not only help others with their smiles, but I also wanted to be a positive influence in their lives and help them gain more confidence in themselves.”

When asked about her favorite memories as an orthodontist, Dr. Gibson loves the opportunity that she and her team have to create a “favorite memory” almost every single day. She describes how her patients cannot contain their excitement when they get their braces off and see their new smile. Sometimes these favorite memories consist of parents coming to her and finally starting treatment after their kids have finished up. Other favorite memories are when a child comes to her and expresses their interest in her work and tells her they want to be an orthodontist just like her someday!

Dr. Gibson’s favorite thing about being an orthodontist is connecting with her patients and their families. She enjoys seeing patients come out of their shell as their smile continues to change in a way that they are proud of. Her absolute favorite part of her job is the moment when a patient’s braces are ready to come off and their new smile is revealed. She considers herself lucky to share this experience with patients often. 

When asked about her clinic’s partnership with Rock Dental Brands, she says that Rock Dental encompasses a group of dental professionals who are able to work together to better serve their patients. Dr. Gibson says, “It has created a support system and network of other dentists and specialists that I am able to call on at any time to assist in providing the best possible care to patients. I have benefited from mentorships, continuing education, and working with professionals in the support center so that my focus can be strictly on patient care every single day. With so many mentors from various experiences and backgrounds available to me, it’s as if my patients get the benefit of all that combined experience, and that is really exciting!”

Dr. Gibson is hard-working, vivacious, and brilliant. We are lucky to have her as a part of our Rock Dental Brands team of doctors. Thank you, Dr. Gibson, for making each of your patients feel like family when they come into your clinic by providing the best service and care possible.

Education:

Dr. Gibson completed her undergraduate studies at Arkansas State University before advancing to complete her doctor of dental surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She went on to earn her Master of Science and Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Bryan Downing

Dr. Bryan Downing

Rock Dental Brands Doctor of the Month

We are proud to showcase Dr. Bryan Downing of Kidz Choice Dental in Fort Smith as our February doctor of the month! Dr. Downing is an Oklahoma native. When he’s not in the clinic, he enjoys taking sunrise walks with his wife of 35 years. He is the proud father of two twin boys and a daughter. His daughter followed in his footsteps and is also a dentist. 

When asked about his fondest memory as a dentist, Dr. Downing expressed his love for learning and the sense of accomplishment that he felt when graduating from dental school. He was thrilled to finally be in practice and get the opportunity to build relationships with patients. 

Dr. Downing’s favorite thing about being a dentist is helping children. He is passionate about teaching children the importance of oral health. He strives to create a kid-friendly atmosphere and truly enjoys playing a role in each child’s journey to a beautiful and healthy smile. 

When asked about his clinic’s partnership with Rock Dental Brands, he discussed the support staff and how their work allows him to focus on serving his patients and making a life-long impact on their oral health. He enjoys coming to work every day because of the people that he is able to work with. 

Dr. Downing is a vital asset to our Rock Dental Brands team of doctors. We love his passion, diligence, and joy when serving his patients. Thank you, Dr. Downing, for your dedication and for making the dentist a fun experience each and every child you meet!

Education:

Dr. Downing completed his undergraduate studies at Eastern Oklahoma State College before advancing as Pre-Dental at Northeastern State University. He went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Oklahoma University College of Dentistry.

 

Fidel & Co. Joins The East Village Community

Rock Dental Brands is thrilled to officially share a space with Little Rock’s newest coffee shop, Fidel & Co

Merritt Dake, CEO of Rock Dental Brands, comments on the companies new neighbor: 

“Great neighbor. Of course, it’s right in our lobby. It’s really nice to go and get coffee,” Dake said.

Many of Little Rock’s restaurants and businesses have seen tremendous potential in relocating to East Village

“We just got excited about what was happening over here and kind of the growth opportunities,” Dake said.

Fidel Samour, the owner of Fidel & Co., was intrigued by the growth of this area and saw an opportunity to be a part of something big for the city of Little Rock and the fast-growing neighborhood of East Village. 

Read the recent article by Little Rock’s THV 11 to hear from Samour and Dake on this exciting new addition to the East Village community. 

 

Rock Dental Brands CEO Named Among Arkansas 250

Merritt Dake, Chief Executive Officer

Rock Dental Brands Chief Executive Officer, Merritt Dake, was named among 250 of Arkansas’ most influential leaders by Arkansas Business. This distinguished group of individuals are selected from every region of the state and represent each major industry throughout Arkansas.

Dake is listed in the company of leaders in Education and Healthcare. These industry pacesetters are working diligently to bring citizens of Arkansas the highest quality programs in schooling and personal health and well-being. Under Dake’s leadership, Rock Dental Brands doctors, clinical staff, and support center are equipped to serve each patient’s dental and orthodontic needs.

“Rock Dental Brands is proud to be represented in this publication by a humble and kind leader like Merritt. He leads with integrity, commitment, and passion in all that he does. He encourages collaboration and inspires an innovative and autonomous culture that produces respect and trust among all levels of employees throughout the company,” said Kristi Crum, Rock Dental Brands Chief Operations Officer.

We extend our most sincere congratulations to our fearless leader for this great accomplishment.