Celebrating 30 Years With 30 Days of Thanks

This year, during the month of November, we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the creation of our dental practice in Hillsborough.  In November of 1984, we opened a single operatory office on route 206 in a space currently occupied by a hair salon. I say “we” because the practice was originally a partnership between me and a fellow graduate from my dental school class.  The plan was for each of us to work in the practice three days each week until our practice grew to the point where we would both work in the office full-time. Our official first day was mine alone and there were two patients scheduled that day. There was no receptionist, dental assistant or hygienist. There was just me, and I clearly remember waking that day with a nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach, probably not dissimilar from stepping out of a plane on your first skydive. Needless to say, the day ended extremely well owing mainly to the wonderful first two patients, one of who is still in our practice today!

30 Years of Thanks

While I was busy working on setting up this practice, I had a job with a dental clinic in Wayne, New Jersey where there was an amazing assistant whose name was Liz. I really enjoyed working with this particular dental assistant and asked if she had any interest in working in my new dental practice. Her response was an enthusiastic “yes” and she began working with me in early 1985 as our first and only team member.

As you may have figured out, the partnership with my classmate lasted only about a year at which time I decided to continue on alone. Over the next couple of years, our team grew with the addition of another dental assistant freeing Liz to become the receptionist.  Next, we hired a part-time dental hygienist and we were all set with a solid team and growing!  Those first several years were the happiest of my life. I absolutely loved working on my practice – watching it grow and prosper – and always enjoyed the patients who provided our team with such a sense of fulfillment and friendship.   Many of them remain our close friends today. 

We outgrew that first office in a couple more years and moved to our second office on Amwell Road, not far from where we are today. In that second office, we grew from two operatories to three and remained there for over 10 years. Then, in the early 2000’s, we moved to our current location where we built an office which works beautifully for us.  It expresses who we are and our patients find it to be both attractive and comfortable.


30 Years of ThanksEverything good that happened with regard to the success and growth of our dental practice has been due to  many, many people to whom we wish to express our gratitude during the month of November. In planning for this “30 Days of 
Thanks”, I had the opportunity to think back on all the wonderful times which were shared with my evolving team, patients, vendors, and mentors. I plan to share many stories with you during the month of November by writing public thank you notes to many of those wonderful people. I hope that you enjoy these stories and stay tuned for your turn to be thanked during next month.  Please watch our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/nadlersmiledentist – and our newsletters for information about the various prizes and giveaways which will also occur during our 30th Celebration Month. 

The last 30 years have been an adventure, a joy, a challenge, and a passion.  I look forward to this opportunity to formally thank so many of you who have become our friends over the past 30 years. All the best to you during this Thanksgiving month and throughout the Holidays!

8 thoughts on “Celebrating 30 Years With 30 Days of Thanks

  1. Rich, CONGRATULATIONS on your 30 Year Anniversary!!
    I am always so grateful to you and your team for having had the opportunity to be a patient of yours over these years.
    In my book, YOU’RE THE BEST!!
    Thanks.
    Jim

  2. Congratulations Dr. Nadler, Liz, Maria, April, and the rest of the excellent Designs for Dental Health team! Wishing you many, many more happy and successful years!

  3. Congratulations Richard and Liz! You did build a wonderful practice which focuses on the patients ensuring we have the very best experience. The result of your efforts here have only been outdone by the shining example of your marriage. Like many of us, you do have much to be thankful for and I am thankful to have been a small part of your last 30 years and hope to be with you for the next 30 as well! Congrats!!

  4. my neighbor recommended Dr. Nadler, almost 10 years ago and I have been happy with him and his office staff. Now my two daughters are also going to the office and are happy as well. Thanks for giving me and my daughters the warm service we need when going to the office. The staff is just amazing!

  5. I have been your patient for at least 25 years. I remember you coming to my classroom in Triangle School to talk to my class during Dental Health month. You, Liz, and the rest of your staff have always been wonderful to me. You took away my fear of dentists developed because of a horrible dentist I had growing up. Thank you for all you’ve done for me, and since 1999 when she was only 3, my daughter. Congratulations!

  6. I loved your story about how your first years began in regards to building your dental practice. I look forward to hearing more stories. As you know Paul and I and later Aaron have been patients with your office since 1995. As far as we are concerned, you are the best in the field with keeping your office on the cutting edge. We never thought to go anywhere else!

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