Dr Alan Longfellow Retires After 45 Years

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TEMPE, AZ (September 5, 2018) – Dr. Alan Longfellow always knew he wanted to be a dentist and decided at about age nine that a career in dentistry was in his future.  Years later, in October 1973, Dr. Longfellow placed his first colorful shingle on the front of his office building on South Lakeshore Drive and saw his first pediatric dental patient.   Focusing specifically on pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, he quickly learned how rewarding it was to help children develop good dental habits and to gain their trust as their fears melted away.   

That first office provided many years of service for children in the Tempe area and surrounding communities.  Eventually, the growth of the practice led to the current office at 7360 South McClintock Drive which has been host to many smiles for over 20 years.   Although the addresses changed over the years, his commitment to his patients, families and to the community remained steadfast.  Fostering an atmosphere of community service, Dr. Longfellow participated in local and global outreach efforts.  In recent years, he made a difference in Arizona, Africa, Argentina and Mexico. 

As Dr. Longfellow prepares for retirement, he is grateful to his business partner of over 20 years, Dr. Mercedes Padilla, for her longstanding support and professionalism. “While I’m sad to see Dr. Longfellow retire, I am grateful for his many years of friendship and support,” said Mercedes Padilla, DDS.

“I am pleased to announce that Dr. Clinton Lepetich will be expanding his time at Children’s Dental Village and joining Dr. Padilla as co-owner while I transition into retirement,” said Dr. Longfellow.  “Dr. Lepetich is a fantastic dentist and is as passionate about dentistry as Dr. Padilla and myself.  I look forward to all that retirement has to offer and the additional time I will be spending with my family and friends.”

The team at Children’s Dental Village will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, November 1st from 4-6pm for those who want to wish Dr. Longfellow a happy retirement.  

Children’s Dental Village, 7360 South McClintock Drive, Tempe AZ  85283 ~ www.ChildrensDentalVillage.net ~ 480.838.6949

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