Dental practices to merge in 2017

Staff Reports • Updated Dec 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM

MURFREESBORO – Ronald T. Wright and William R. “Roy” Thompson announced the merger of their general dental practices in Murfreesboro, effective Jan. 1. 

At that time, they will begin practicing together at 122 Heritage Park Drive, the current location of Thompson’s dental practice. With a tradition of excellence, Wright and Thompson have practiced general dentistry in Murfreesboro for 42 and 38 years, respectively.

 “I’m excited about the opportunities this joining of our practices presents for all of our patients.” said Wright. “We have similar practice philosophies. This should be a seamless transition.”

Thompson said, “Dr Wright and I have known each other for 38 years and practice very similarly. The mix of services we offer our patients compliments each other, and our focus on long-term relationships with our patients and the community are equally aligned.“

 “This merger gives both Dr. Thompson and myself options for the future,” said Wright. “Dr. Thompson travels with the American Dental Association, so my presence in his practice will benefit him and his patients. Both of us will continue to practice full time. This arrangement benefits everyone – our patients, our teams and each of us.”

In 2015, Thompson received the Jack Wells Memorial Dedication to Dentistry Award of the Tennessee Dental Association. Thompson’s contributions to the community were recognized by numerous organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, headquartered in Chicago, Ill., which presented the its prestigious Humanitarian Award to Thompson at the AGD 2014 annual meeting. Key to both awards is Thompson’s dedication to Nashville’s Interfaith Dental Clinic, which delivers low-cost, comprehensive dental care to low-income and uninsured individuals in Middle Tennessee, and his establishment of the Interfaith Dental Clinic in Rutherford County. On its board since 2009, Thompson served as chairman of the clinic’s board of directors in 2014.

In 2013, the AGD presented Thompson with the Academy of General Dentistry Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition. In addition, he received the Rutherford County Impact Award in 2013, the Mary Catherine Strobel Innovator of the Year Award in 2013 and the Hands On Nashville Board Member of the Year Award in 2012.

Thompson graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1978 and has practiced general dentistry in Murfreesboro since that time. He teaches for a local dental assisting program, and his office has been a site for the program’s clinical rotations for more than 16 years. Recently, Thompson was elected to the board of trustees of the American Dental Association.

Active in the professional community, Wright is a life member the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Tennessee Dental Association, Fourth District Dental Society, and past president of the Murfreesboro Dental Society. He was selected as one of the Top Dentists in Middle Tennessee as published by the Nashville Lifestyles Magazine in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Also involved with the Interfaith Dental Clinic, Wright was recognized as a Dentist of Distinction, and is a supporter of the Interfaith Dental Clinic of Rutherford County. 

For more than 20 years, Wright served on the Board of Trustees of Middle Tennessee Christian School and served two terms as chairman of the board. Wright has been a deacon at North Boulevard Church of Christ for over 20 years and an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America for 35 years. Wright currently serves on the Rutherford County Board of Health.

Wright began practicing dentistry in Murfreesboro in 1974, and is currently seeing third generation families. Originally from Cookeville, he is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and Tennessee Technological University with a bachelor of science degree in biology. He earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry in 1972. He served as a U.S. Naval dental officer at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C. from 1972-74.

For more information, call 615-896-1330 or visit drroythompson.com. Wright and his entire team will move to Thompson’s location from 1280 Dow St., in Murfreesboro and can be reached at the same number, 615-893-9433 or visit ronwrightdentist.com.

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