CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Many employers would be envious of the longevity Charleston dentist Mark Simpson has achieved with some of his employees.
He certainly counts his blessings and readily praises the longtime service of Judy Maynor, who has been there 25 years, and of Tammy Beasley, who has been there 36 years.
Simpson nominated both for listing in the dental trade magazine Dental Products Report's Top 25 dental professionals. And both women made the cut - Maynor in 2010 and Beasley this past September.
Maynor, a native of Roane County, was working in a convenience store when her boss encouraged her to seek better employment; he recognized she was smart and capable of more.
She came to work for Simpson's dad, Robert R. Simpson, at age 24, without any experience and was put to work pouring models in the office lab.
"This was a place I knew I was going to stay," she said. "It became a part of my life."
Maynor said the elder Simpson was passionate about lab work and was eager to teach her how to do things to his high standards. Today, she follows the same exacting standards of Dr. Mark, as the staff calls him, and his daughter, Christen Simpson, also a dentist.
Maynor heads the high-tech lab at the office, which makes more than 2,000 crowns and bridges each year, along with 350 dental implants and implant-supported dentures and partial dentures.
Her job has evolved along with the technology, and Maynor said it is gratifying to do work that helps people.
She's never forgotten an early experience she had with restorative dentistry. When she was 12, Maynor chipped her teeth and suffered for two weeks before they were repaired. And when they were repaired, Maynor was self-conscious of the results, which weren't good quality.