Forging joy and stronger communities by serving the the spiritual, mental and physical needs of individuals and families.
Dr. Greg Kiene and Dr. Chris Merkley believe tangible joy comes more from what you give than what you receive. At Valor Dental, our team measures our success by the legacy of service we give to our community. Patient interaction brings Drs. Kiene and Merkley a sense of joy, and the greatest compliment they can receive is the referral of their patients’ friends and family.
Chris and Greg met at Fort Leonardwood in Missouri. They were both serving on active duty for the US Army after their dental residencies. They both had large families, where their kids and wives bonded and became lifelong friends. Similarly, they worked at the same dental clinic with their respective offices right across the hall! This solidified a strong friendship that grew quickly, but it wasn’t until later that they realized they both had ambitions to become dental practice owners, and dreamed of moving to Texas to attain those goals.
After realizing they had similar dreams, Greg decided to ask Chris where he wanted to start a practice. Surprisingly, they both had the same thing in mind. That’s when they knew they had to take the leap and go after their dreams of owning a dental practice, it was all fitting together too perfectly for them not to. This three-year journey to establish Valor Dental in Justin, Texas is the living embodiment of reaching their dreams.
Over the years, Chris and Greg have grown closer as friends and continue to build a strong partnership in their business. They feel blessed to share similar beliefs, interests, careers, and dreams. They look forward to serving and forging joy in Justin, Texas for years to come. Becoming a patient at Valor Dental means you will be greeted with the hard work and dedication it took to create a practice that is built on friendship, mutual respect, and high-quality dentistry.
At Valor Dental, we believe that the path to a healthy mouth starts with a comprehensive exam and X-rays. This will give us a solid idea of the type of cleaning you need and alerts us to any areas of gum disease or decay. Once our dentists in Justin have evaluated your overall oral health, we can clean your teeth more efficiently.
At Valor Dental, we believe that a strong community starts with the individual, and to that end, we proudly support those in our community with mental disabilities and their families. We work with adults and children with autism, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophies, and more. We follow through with our core values by donating to Camp Summit for every new patient who comes to our practice.
Dr. Merkley has a brother who is autistic. He grew up experiencing the blessings and strains that most families endure. His brother was unable to experience the camps that Dr. Merkley attended simply because most facilities are not trained and capable of supporting people with disabilities. After seeing this, Dr. Merkley knew that he wanted to find ways to shape the world into a better, more inclusive place for all. Dr. Kiene has always been passionate about this cause as well. After following his wife up to Idaho for her internship, he got a position as a summer camp counselor for Sun Valley Adaptive Sports where he found purpose in helping individuals with disabilities.
These are just a few reasons why we’ve partnered with Camp Summit. Camp Summit is an inclusive, unique camp where individuals with disabilities can participate in recreational, therapeutic, and social activities. Partnering with Camp Summit is at the core of why Valor Dental was created. As stated in our mission statement “Forging joy and stronger communities by serving the spiritual, mental, and physical well-being of families and individuals.” Raising money for camp tuition and volunteering at events at Camp Summit is an incredible source of Joy for Dr. Chris, Dr. Greg, and their families.
We want our new patients to start off with the best care available. Schedule an appointment today to set your smile up for success!
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