Children’s Dental Village shares 2012 top business honors

Children’s dental practice has grown from a handful of employees to a staff of almost two dozen since its founding 40 years ago. The practice was honored by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at the group’s Breakfast for Champions event. Showing off the award were, from left, Mercedes Padilla, Joyce Ann Longfellow, Alan Longfellow

South Tempe’s Children’s Dental Village, located on the west side of McClintock Drive just north of Elliot Road, received the 2012 Business Excellence Awards at the 15th annual Tempe’s Breakfast for Chamber Champions event, along with Tempe’s Four Peaks Brewing Company.

Recipients were required to demonstrate a record of business success and growth, community involvement, dedication to employees, leadership, reliability and commitment to customer service.

“They really had you dig into your history and your records,” said Joyce Anne Longfellow, co-owner of Children’s Dental village. “The application process was very rigorous.”

Children’s Dental Village has been providing dental and orthodontic services for children and teens since 1973. Starting out with only two dental chairs, one office manager and one dental assistant, the office has grown to more than quadruple its original size and now has 22 employees who also dedicated their time to volunteer projects throughout the year.



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