As a teenager and young adult, Ed Richardson pushed back against entering the “family business.”
However, since 2006 he has carried on the tradition of practicing dentistry in Eufaula, while forging his own identity and business.
Richardson initially graduated from Auburn with a degree in engineering, but after working for a few years at International Paper in Selma, he wanted something different. The career change all boiled down to one key reason.
“My wife and were living in Montgomery, but we just didn’t have a feeling of community or home,” said Richardson.
After weighing options, Richardson eventually decided to pursue a career in being a dentist, something his father had been doing for more than 30 years.
In fact, Richardson became the fourth generation of his family to practice dentistry in Eufaula.
“I had avoided dental school in the past just because everyone had told since I was four years old that I was going to be a dentist because of my family,” said Richardson. “I looked in to it and went back to dental school in 2006. I finished up and came down here to join my father, who had been practicing for 35 years.”
Richardson’s great grandfather operated a dentist office on Broad Street years ago, and his grandfather built the office on Orange Street than he operates out of today. His father, Bill, served Eufaula for more than 40 years as a dentist.
Being a fourth-generation business, Richardson takes great pride in making sure his patients get the quality care they expect and deserve. Seeing the same faces on multiple visits through multiple years is something he enjoys and values.
“I enjoy what I do,” said Richardson. “It’s good to see and hear from patients that saw all four generations in practice. The fact that they keep coming back means a lot to me. I try to live up to the legacy they started and want to leave my own as well.”
When he left the engineering business years ago, Richardson knew he wanted to get back to his roots – in a small town.
While Eufaula wasn’t on the radar at the time, he is thankful and proud to be plying his craft in his hometown.
“I just want to help people and serve my community. When I was in dental school, I knew I wanted to be in a small town. The way things worked out, we ended up back here in Eufaula. It becomes more and more evident all the time that God called me back to Eufaula for a reason. I am supposed to be here to take care of the good people here.”
For more information on the services offered at Family Dental Care, call 334.687.4613 or visit www.EufaulaFamilyDental.com