Our practice has been taking care of patients for more than forty years!
Dr. Richard Thomas moved to Crestview with the Army more than 40 years ago. He purchased two adjacent homes on Alabama Street, and joined them by constructing the building as it stands today, and which he named after his parents Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Thomas.
In addition to being a wonderful dentist, Dr. Thomas is also an amateur historian. What began as a love for the old west and its timeless figures like Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, gradually grew into a formidable museum collection of old west historical items, the crowning jewel of which was Doc Holliday’s actual dental chair and drill. A museum room located in the waiting room of the practice, and dedicated to Doc and his friends, housed these artifacts for many years. During those years, Dr. Thomas, or “Richie” as many call him, hosted historical lectures and re-enactments, community banquets, and multiple 5k “run from the law” races to memorialize Doc Holliday, and at his retirement party, hats were distributed quoting Doc’s character in the movie Tombstone: “I’m in my prime.”
It was a happy coincidence when Dr. Ure–who was also transplanted here by the military–met Dr. Thomas, and they discovered that they are from the same small hometown of St. George, Utah. It felt like more than a simple coincidence when, after connecting over their shared hometown, they discovered that Dr. Ure’s late mother and Dr. Thomas had been the best of friends while attending Dixie High School (so named because St. George became known as “Utah’s Dixie” due to its cotton production during the 1800s). A friendship was struck that continues to this day, and Dr. Thomas is a frequent visitor at the practice, as Dr. Ure picks up where he left off.
Although the decorations and technologies may have changed, our desire to contribute to the community and care for our patient “family” has not. We love taking care of our patients and appreciate the trust you place in us as your dental care providers.