By Pat van den Beemt
Christopher Parsons opened his office on Jarrettsville Pike, across from the Phoenix post office, in November and said he already feels at home.
"I've met so many nice people out here," said Parsons, 28, who lives in Catonsville with his wife, Tera, a third-grade teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School.
His 2,300-square-foot office has two treatment rooms, with space for an additional three. Televisions loom over each treatment chair.
Parsons can also display X-rays on the television screen and even show patients live views of their teeth. Using an intra-oral camera, Parsons can show a patient a cracked tooth or loose filling.
Parsons sent out flyers promising free teeth-whitening for life, and that got Julie Jones of Glen Arm in as a patient.
"I called as soon as I got the flyer and I was very impressed when I went in for an appointment," Jones said. "You could tell he knows all the up-to-date products. And he is the one who cleaned my teeth."
Frank Reynolds, who lives in Jarrettsville and works in Sparks, said the convenient location prompted him to become a patient, along with his wife and two children.
"We've been very happy so far," Reynolds said. "He definitely has state-of-the art equipment."
Parsons grew up in Annapolis and said he wanted to be a dentist since high school. Several friends' parents were dentists.
He majored in biology at the College of William and Mary and received his dental training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. He earned a Masters of Business Administration at the same time at the University of Maryland.
Parsons then joined a dental practice in Ellicott City for two years before deciding to look for space to open a solo practice.
Parsons hired "two Lisas" to work with him, Lisa Kielek, of Fallston, who works the front desk, and Lisa Montgomery, of Forest Hill, his dental assistant.
"I don't know why I even have magazines in the waiting room, because everybody just ends up talking to the Lisas," Parsons said.
He and his wife are both familiar with North County as they used the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail to train for the Marine Corps Marathon.
The office, at 14333 Jarrettsville Pike, is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parsons devotes his Fridays to catching up on office work.
For more details, call 410-628-0555 or go to www.ReservoirDental.org.