May 25, 2022

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Aspen Dental opens new practice in Asheboro

Two dentists opening and leading Asheboro’s newest dental practice didn’t have traditional introductions to the profession. However, their interactions with dentists at young ages made an impact that drew them both to what they consider more of a calling than a career in dentistry.

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Dr. Katie Heald, who hails from Greensboro, has opened her sixth Aspen Dental practice at 1429 E. Dixie Drive. Dr. Nayan Patel will lead the practice with a full staff of hygienists, dental assistants and office personnel. Heald’s other Aspen practices are located in Morganton, Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville and Fuquay-Varina. There are more than 25 Aspen Dental practices in North Carolina.


“I had a lot of dental work done when I was young,” said Heald, a Grimsley High School and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry graduate. “I had to have a lot of reconstruction work, so the dentist’s office was not my favorite place to be …. When I was finally finished at age 16 it was life-changing.”

Heald had enamel hypoplasia a condition where the baby and permanent teeth lack enamel, the hard, protective outer layer of the tooth. This can create conditions ripe for decay, produces white spots and pits on the outer surface and other disformities.