R2 Center for Dentistry opened June 19 at 535 S. Main St. in El Dorado, the former office of Dr. Jess Plummer, DDS. Plummer retired May 22, and R2 owners Drs. Ty and Terra Reusser subsequently purchased the office space.
Terra explained that she and her husband want to continue the same kind of experience Plummer provided, but in their own unique way.
"Our big goal in El Dorado is ... we really value the relationship with the patient. Not just dental health, but the overall health of our patients. We want to make patients feel like they found their dental home," she said.
Ty and Terra have have been practicing dentistry for 20 years. In addition to the new El Dorado location, they have two R2 locations in Wichita and one in Marion. They will both be practicing in El Dorado, along with their associate dentist Dr. Michael Adams. Adams started at R2 earlier this summer. Dr. Nolan Andrews is also part of their team and may see patients there occasionally.
Being available for local patients is a primary focus at R2.
"A lot of rural, small towns sometime struggle with small practices shutting down and closing. So, it's nice to be able to offer something so local patients don't have to drive somewhere else," Terra said.
The Reussers' immediate plans for the El Dorado office are to update the equipment and continue the growth of the practice. They've already upgraded to digital X-rays and converted to paperless charting. They may also be doing some small cosmetic changes at the office in the near future. El Dorado might start to see some "R2 Cares" activities in the community at some point as well.
R2 Center for Dentistry can do root canals, orthodontics and implants. They see children and can treat sleep apnea, too. Because of R2's range of care, their patients will very rarely have to go see a specialist. All R2 locations are accepting new patients. Office hours in El Dorado are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.