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Tru Care Dental: A cut above the rest

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 8:00 AMKeisha Hill
From left: Patricia McGlashan, manager of Tru Care Dental Limited; Dr Prince Morgan, Shantelle Senior, hygienist; and Kapricia Wilson, business development officer.
Dr Prince Morgan works on patient Georgia Johnson as an assistant keeps an eye on the process.
Dr Prince Morgan and patient Georgia Johnson at Tru Care Dental Limited.
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Tru Care Dental, located in the New Kingston Business Centre, is all about surpassing expectations. The team, headed by Dr Prince Morgan, delivers first rate service. Morgan says the objective at Tru Care Dental is to make a difference in the lives of Jamaicans, ensuring that they understand that investing in their oral health is important.

"The mouth is essentially the pathway to health, and what comes out of the mouth impacts your mental and spiritual wellbeing. What goes into the mouth impacts your health and the state of your mouth is an indicator, a snapshot, of what's happening inside," Morgan said.

"We have seen an increase in oral cancer cases in Jamaica and we cannot emphasise enough how important it is to have a dental check-up every six months," he added.

Morgan, a former Knox College and Manchester High School graduate, spent his adult years learning and honing his craft in the United States. He graduated summa cum laude from Benedict College with a BSc in biology in 2004 and earned a Deans Merit Scholarship at the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 2008.

Lead dental hygienist Shantelle Senior holds a degree in dental hygiene from the University Of Technology and also studied at the Jamaica Dental Training School.

"I absolutely love my job," said Senior. "I feel good knowing that we help to make someone feel better about themself. There is nothing that makes you feel as good as a fresh cleaning."

With convenient, secured and covered parking and wheelchair access, Tru Care Dental is open Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

They offer special packages and discounts to clients with more than one child and discounts are available if you are employed to any of their partner companies and businesses.

They can be reached at 960-7410 or 968-5290 or email trucaredentalja@gmail.com.

As a young boy, Prince Morgan often visited the offices of Dr Lesline Cameron-Adizua at her general dentistry practice located in Mandeville. He was fascinated about the world of dentistry and would, at every available opportunity, quiz his mentor about the field.

 

Unsure about career

 

But despite his obvious interest, Morgan remained unsure that dentistry was his career choice. "I thought about different things. At one point, I wanted to become a pilot because I thought flying would be fun. I pursued flying, but it didn't grab me, so I turned to marine biology - but I wasn't intrigued by that either," he said.

Despite his many interactions with Cameron-Adizua, Morgan remained unconvinced about dentistry, pondering the idea for several years while studying biology in the United States.

Finally, Morgan made his decision after a visit home during which he observed his mentor in action. He also credits Dr Noble Cooper, another of his mentors, for guiding him through the completion of his studies.

"I received positive influences from other dentists, including Cooper, who encouraged me when I chose to become a dentist. Everything gelled when I started treating patients and then I knew I had chosen the right career," Morgan said.

While honing his skills in the United States, it was always at the forefront of Morgan's mind to return to Jamaica. When the opening at Tru Care Dental Limited became available, he applied and got the job.

"I wanted to come back home. My family is here in Jamaica, including my parents. When my brother saw the advertisement, I applied immediately and we had discussions for more than a month before I started here in March," Morgan said.

The young dentist has been settling in and among his long and short-term goals is to make Tru Care Dental a household name in Jamaica.

"The transition back to Jamaica has had its challenges, but the patients' reception has been excellent. Their response has kept me going. I like to make my patients understand the effectiveness of oral health and how it is incorporated into general health. They have been very receptive," Morgan said.

Morgan is working to ensuring that his patients continue to receive exceptional care.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com