By Blake Ells | Special to the Leeds Tribune
In the early 20th century, Leeds Hospital was located at 8125 Parkway Drive. Today, the building houses Koplon Implant and Family Dentistry, a family practice that the father, Scott, purchased from Dr. Harold Fendley in 2000. Scott had worked for Fendley for the previous decade. Fendley purchased the building from Dr. Clayton around 1950.
Scott Koplon and Harold Fendley ate lunch together every day for 10 years. Fendley would regularly declare that one day, he was going to let Koplon buy the practice.
“One day out of the blue, my accountant called me and said that Dr. Fendley had sent him a letter and wanted me to buy the building,” Scott said. “It was kind of crazy because we’d sit there and talk every day. He always told me he felt like I already owned the practice, but he wanted to make it official.”
Two renovations have been necessary; once because of fire damage, and another for general maintenance.
“We’ve tried to preserve the historic feel of this building, but make it to match our clientele,” Scott said. “It has an old, historic feel, but it also has an elegant environment. It’s a warm environment. It feels like you’re walking into someone’s living room when you first walk in the door; it’s bright and cheerful as you walk down the halls. It’s always so much bigger than people envision.”
Now, Scott’s son Adam has joined the practice. The duo offers a number of services and performs a variety of procedures from the routine to the emergency and the cosmetic; cleanings, tooth extractions, root canals, implants, crowns and bridges, lumineers, permanent dentures, pediatric dentistry and more.
“I always knew that I wanted to do something in the medical field, but I didn’t decide until college that I wanted to go the dental route,” Adam said. “Working with dad made it an easy transition.”
Adam attended the UAB School of Dentistry. Staying close to home allowed him to learn a lot from his father. Adam specializes in the more cosmetic procedures offered by Koplon Implant and Family Dentistry like implants and botox.
“We get to change people’s lives,” Scott said. “Somebody comes in and lacks confidence in their smile, and we’re able to change the way they feel about themselves by making their teeth straighter and by fixing up their smile. It’s a cool feeling.”
While many procedures are covered by insurance, the Koplons also offer an in-house discount plan for the uninsured which provides up to two free cleanings a year with X-rays and up to 20 percent off other dental work.
The Koplons take a lot of pride in the personal relationships that they develop with their patients.
“I don’t want to just be their dentist office, I also want to be their friend,” Scott said. “A patient told me recently that she wasn’t sure she was going to be able to make her appointment in time, and I told her, ‘Next time, call me and I’ll come pick you up!’ I mean that from the bottom of my heart. That’s the way I want to be. That’s the way it is when you live in Leeds or when you practice in Leeds. It’s nice to know who your dentist is and that you’re not just going into a facility. There’s a heart and soul there.”
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