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.

 

Rock Dental Brands Annual Event 2019

Every year, Rock Dental Brands hosts an event that brings our doctors and clinical staff together for a few days of relationship building and learning.  Our Annual October Event is designed to keep our doctors, hygienists, and treatment coordinators ahead of the curve on the newest methods and technology. Our doctors had the chance to speak directly with vendors to get hands-on knowledge about the latest dental and orthodontic technology.   

We love hosting an event that brings together our staff from 66 locations across Arkansas and Missouri. We appreciate each person that brought this event to life. A special thank you to our providers who constantly invest in their education and training so that their patients receive the highest quality and standard of care. 

We will see you all again, soon!

From Tears of Pain to Tears of Joy

Over 50 Conway Patients Served In

Central Dental’s Free Extraction Day

Central Dental and Kidz Choice Dental of Conway hosted their first annual Free Extraction Day on September 5, 2019. With the help of their amazing clinic staff, Dr. Ethan Ake, Dr. Wesley Buchman, and Dr. Alyssa Lambert served over 50 patients and extracted almost 80 teeth. 

Free Extraction Day was held for patients with dental needs who may not have insurance or are unable to afford routine dental care. Patients received x-rays, a consultation, and extractions at absolutely no charge.

Men and women of all ages from across the state that have experienced oral pain formed a line around the building to see one of the dentists. The first patient arrived at 4:00 a.m., four hours before the doors opened, to ensure she would receive an appointment.

Patients lined up around the building before the doors opened.

The atmosphere in the clinic was electric. At 8:00 a.m. the doors opened and each team member was at their assigned station. There was someone to welcome patients, hand out paperwork, perform x-rays, and seat patients for an exam by the dentist. The team did a wonderful job tending to nervous patients and celebrating with them after their extractions. Tears of pain turned to tears of joy as many patients experienced relief from their previous oral pain for the first time in months. Many hugs and high-fives were exchanged. 

 “Giving back is very important to me. I’ve helped other clinics with free extraction events and I often serve with Arkansas Mission of Mercy, but I was so excited to host this Free Extraction Day in Conway to serve my community. Everyone deserves access to excellent care.” – Dr. Ethan Ake

 “I loved being part of Free Extraction Day. My team and I felt so honored to provide care for patients in need.” – Dr. Welsey Buchman

Hygienist Sarah Cowle (left), Dr. Buchman (middle), and Dr. Ake (right) comforting patients.

Free Extraction Day was a huge success! We are so thankful for the opportunity to serve these patients. A big thank you to Dr. Ethan Ake, Dr. Welsey Buchman, Dr. Alyssa Lambert, and their teams for their service to the community of Conway. Lives were changed in your chairs at Free Extraction Day.

Central Dental and Kidz Choice staff.

 

Central Dental & Kidz Choice are part of Rock Dental Brands. Rock Dental Brands is a group of doctors, founded by specialists, who provide multidisciplinary care in Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, General Dentistry, and Oral Surgery. Rock Dental Brands is dedicated to supporting doctors so they can strive to set the highest standard of care possible throughout the lifetime of their patients. These doctors are able to focus solely on providing high-quality, patient-centric care through collaboration, quality assurance programs, continued research and educational development, and exceptional performance.