Despite the Nation’s economic crisis, San Marcos adds a new business and several jobs for the community. Aloha Dental opened its doors September 30, and had a ribbon cutting ceremony October 9, 2008. The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Susan Narvaiz, and Councilman Chris Jones were among those in attendance for the ceremony.”This dental clinic is going to open its doors to all community members,” said Narvaiz. “This is the type of business we want in San Marcos. It’s directly related to becoming the ‘small business capital of Texas.'”
Doctor of Dental Surgery Mark Whitney Jumper II owns Aloha Dental and said currently there are seven employees and predicts more are to come in the near future.
“We plan on getting another Doctor and two assistants as our business grows,” said Jumper. “We’re locally owned, not corporate. We are a community family clinic.” Jumper said he has seen a positive response from the community. He said everyday has been full business since the clinic’s opening.
“I believe they wouldn’t have come here if we weren’t growing,” said Narvaiz.
Dental Assistant Elena Duran said residents now have more options. “This is needed in San Marcos,” said Duran. “This type of practice is needed to keep people from going to Austin or San Antonio.”
Aloha Dental serves both adults and children, and they accept Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and most insurances. An Aloha Dental flyer states they offer, “Friendly, compassionate care, competitive pricing, short wait times, the latest in dental technology, 9 dental operatories, [and] a large children’s dental facility with flat screen TV’s.”
“It’s really easy to wake up in the morning and come to work,” said Duran. “I have a good feeling in my heart when I leave work; I’ve done something good for the community.”
by: Andy Sevilla
News Section Editor
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