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Navarro Dental Center The personal touch of yesterday with the technology of tomorrow!
By Virginia Riddle
from Corsicana NOW Magazine, June 2017

Soft, soothing colors and music greet patients who come through the main entrance of the expanded Navarro Dental Center, but the recent facility expansion also allows children to have their own entrance to the Kid's Korral that’s complete with bright colors, TV and Playstation games. “We now have 17 treatment rooms, a designated area for orthodontics, a drive-up area for patients who’ve undergone sedation and kids can have fun have in their own space,” Evie Eeds, Practice Administrator, said. Evie and her husband, Michael Eeds D.D.S. opened the new dental center in 2012 with a goal of commitment—to God, patients and the community. With the additional space, more dental professionals have joined the team. “We currently have 5 dentists on staff and a total of 30 employees,” Evie stated. Services have also expanded to include general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry as well as orthodontics. Serving the community’s needs is critical to these dental professionals who volunteer their services in many areas. Around Veterans Day the team provides free dentistry to area military veterans. The practice also hosts its annual Dentistry from the Heart Day in May to provide volunteer dental care to area residents. “These are long days, but we take care of as many people as we can during these events,” Evie recalled.

With the expanded facility, two highly experienced dentists were able to join the Navarro Dental Center team. Dr. Joshua Haden and Dr. Gary Pundt. Dr. Haden’s family has hailed from the Dresden/Blooming Grove area for six generations. He and his wife, Laura, have three children. Dr. Haden attended Navarro College, the University of Texas-Tyler and the University of Houston School of Dentistry. While serving in the military, Dr. Haden served a residency in Advanced General Dentistry at Fort Benning, Georgia. He is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a dental honor society; the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association of which he has served as president of the 6th district and received a service recognition award. “I believe in actively listening to the patient, so I can meet their underlying needs,” Dr. Haden stated. “It’s rewarding when I can alleviate pain and create beautiful smiles. I enjoy the camaraderie and fun we have here.” Dr. Pundt relocated to Corsicana with his wife, Steffanie and their two children. A native of Killeen, he attended Southwestern Adventist University and Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, graduating with distinguished recognition from the removable prosthodontics department. He served as an associate professor there and has practiced dentistry for 11 years before joining Navarro Dental Center. Dr. Pundt donates his time and talents to international dental mission trips. He is a member of the ADA and TDA. “I enjoy making a difference in people’s lives,” he remarked. “A smile makeover boosts self- confidence and brings tears of joy. My dad was a dentist, and I’m blessed to have this opportunity to help people like he did. This is a compassionate, fantastic team of dental professionals. We treat patients the way we would like to be treated—as family.”

Along with the highest quality service, convenience and affordability are earmarks of this practice. Bilingual English/Spanish staff are available. The practice accepts all major credit cards, personal checks, money orders and cash. Additionally, the Navarro Dental Center Savings Plan is available to individuals and families, and CareCredit is available to patients who wish to finance their dental needs.