Two dentists, Dr. Nate Leinen and Dr. Brad Millard, who are co-owners of Summit Family Dental, are taking over the office, at 936 Seventh St., that formerly housed the practice of retiring Nevada dentist Dr. Daniel Hobt.
Leinen and Millard, both 38, have been providing dental care in the Des Moines area for 13 years and in the Ankeny area for the past six years. Last year, they became partners and opened Summit Family Dental in Ankeny. The addition of the Nevada office satisfies their desire to expand their geographic region and also to find a smaller community where they can be actively involved.
“We met Dr. Hobt through a mutual friend and were immediately excited about this office and Nevada as a community,” said Leinen. “He (Hobt) has done an amazing job serving Nevada for 30-plus years, and we want to carry on his legacy.”
The way they will operate their practice, the two dentists say, is that Millard will be in Nevada on Mondays and Tuesdays, Leinen will be in Nevada on Wednesday and Thursdays and they will switch off being in Nevada every other Friday. They will maintain the exact opposite schedule in Ankeny.
They are glad that a couple of Dr. Hobt’s assistants will be staying with their practice in Nevada. “We are very excited that Kristie See and Nicole Timmerman are both staying on with our office. They are a great part of the team, and we are lucky to work alongside them,” Leinen said, adding that the two have been an integral part of Hobt’s practice for many years.
The two also wish Lynne Wilkinson well. Wilkinson was Dr. Hobt’s longtime hygienist, who has now retired. “Our current hygienists — Julie Meter and Megan Sams — in our Ankeny office will be stepping in and taking on that role,” Millard said.
The two started in Nevada on April 3, but had a great chance to meet more members of the community on April 8 during a retirement open house for Hobt and Wilkinson, which was also a welcoming event for the two dentists.
Millard grew up in Altoona and went to South East Polk High School. He served as an Army Ranger for seven years and then went to the University of Iowa for undergrad and dental school.
“I have wanted to become a dentist since I was a child,” Millard said. “I enjoy helping people achieve their oral health care goals. I like to take people out of pain and help them improve their smiles.”
Leinen grew up in Spencer and went to Spencer High School. He attended the University of Iowa for undergrad and dental school.
“I got into dentistry because I had a passion to help people. I also love to problem-solve and use my hands,” Leinen said. “Being able to deliver high-quality dental care for my patients combines all of these things … I get a chance every day to help people achieve their health care goals.”
Summit Family Dental will offer some expanded services in Nevada. “We are upgrading the office to digital X-rays that are computer-based. This will allow us to use less radiation when taking X-rays and we are able to see more detailed images,” Leinen said. They will add a Panoramic Dental X-ray unit to the office, also, which will help them look at the head and neck to see possible abnormalities or specifically at the jaw joint or wisdom teeth.
“We will also offer other services like root canal therapy, extractions, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) and teeth-whitening,” Millard said.
Summit Dental is accepting new patients in Nevada. People can call 515-382-6960 or 515-218-2074. The practice is also online at: www.SummitSmilesIowa.com, and can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter@SummitSmilesia.
“The people and the community of Nevada have been amazing so far. They have been welcoming and excited that we are carrying Dr. Hobt’s office. This is a great community that we can’t wait to serve and be involved in,” Millard said. He and Leinen thank Nancy and Dr. Hobt for entrusting them to care for the patients they have served for many years.