A Mind For Dentistry A Heart For Giving

A Mind For Dentistry A Heart For Giving

A Mind For Dentistry A Heart For Giving

by Steve Gamel

When it comes to giving back, there are plenty of community-minded, Patriotic business owners who selflessly go out of their way to get more involved. Dr. Matthew Artho and his staff at Country Lakes Family Dental are no different, but if you aspire to emulate a page from their deeply rooted community playbook, you better be prepared to take two.

That’s because the list of organizations and charitable causes this practice supports each year financially is seemingly endless, not to mention the time they spend donating their time on the front lines at local events.

As Dr. Matt explains, there’s no magic pill to being so rooted in the community. It’s simply what they do.

“When you look at our practice and the way we do things in this office, we are extremely focused on our patients. But our patients have lives outside of our office, and we want to support those as well,” Dr. Matt said. “I take being rooted in our community very seriously, but it’s not just me. My wife, Leigh Ann, is also active, and our staff certainly involves themselves as well. It’s not about me; I think we are all called to be charitable.”

A short list of the organizations they support is a veritable who’s who that includes Mission Moms, Ranch Hands Rescue, Grace Like Rain, the Argyle Education Foundation, Lantana Youth Football Association, the Sadie Keller Foundation, the Unite Festival that supports the Lantana Elementary Schools, the Great Inflatable Summer event in Harvest, the Argyle Booster Club, and various school activities. These organizations and so many more allow Dr. Matt and his staff to touch the lives of everyone from underprivileged children and their families who desperately need a helping hand to local school districts, youth sports teams, neglected animals, and churches.

Just recently, Dr. Matt joined the board of directors for the Argyle Education Foundation. He and Leigh Ann were also honored with the Hero Award for their work with Ranch Hands Rescue, and the practice itself has been recognized as a Best of Denton County winner for the last six years in a row.

“Giving back is just something you should do,” Dr. Matt said.

That mindset has been at the heart of Country Lakes Family Dental since it opened in Bartonville more than five years ago to serve Bartonville, Argyle, Lantana, and the surrounding areas. Along with his advanced education and over 500 hours of continuing education, Dr. Matt has the ability to do everything from root canals, pediatric dentistry, dental implant placement, cosmetic dentistry, and even full-mouth restorations.

He can help children with special needs, provide in-office sedation, educate his clients, and is proficient in common services like composite fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures.

Dr. Matt actually began his working career as an electrical engineer but eventually wanted to pursue a more personal vocation and began carving a new path in dentistry. After receiving his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry, he pursued and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency – also at Baylor – giving him the training to provide complex specialty dental services.

During that time, he joined the Army National Guard and only recently stepped away to focus on his practice and family. Taking a step back from his military obligations is something Dr. Matt still misses and was a bit of a culture shock for a guy who not only encourages community involvement but also bleeds red, white, and blue.

“I’m a huge patriot … I really am,” Dr. Matt said with a laugh. “I am constantly encouraging patriotism from everyone, and if you look at my cell phone, the screen is a bald eagle with the American flag. I’m very proud of my time in the military.”

Before he left the guard, Dr. Matt was diligent in his efforts to help as many people as he could and even spent
nearly two weeks stationed in Houston shortly after the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

He currently hosts a Christian men’s group on Friday mornings that covers fatherhood and other important topics.

“As someone who has a big family, I realize there are a lot of people and families who need support,” Dr. Matt said. “It was really difficult leaving the guard, but being out of the military now allows me to ramp up how much we do here.”

It’s a rooted-in-the-community mindset Dr. Matt refuses to take for granted.

“It’s one of the reasons I got into family dentistry; to be closer and more involved with people,” Dr. Matt said. “We’ve set our own standards here as a charitable practice, and our goal is to support as many organizations
as we can.”

940.455.7645 | www.CountryLakesDental.com | info@countrylakesdental.com | 74 McMakin Rd. • Bartonville, TX 76226

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