New orthodontist joins Victoria practice

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Oct. 27, 2010 at 5:27 a.m.

There's a new face in town and she's all smiles.

Dr. Priscilla Larson, an orthodontist, arrived in Victoria in mid-October to work at Sun Orthodontix and hopes to bring smiles ear-to-ear.

"I would like to be able to provide very, very high quality care but at an affordable price," she said.

The 31-year-old is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and most recently worked at Sun Orthodontix in El Paso, but she wanted to move to South Texas.

Larson grew up in Corpus Christi and thought it would be a nice area for her, her husband and son to continue to grow, she said.

"We are liking it quite a bit," she said about living in Victoria. "It's exactly what we're looking for."

Orthodontists work on the straightening and alignment of teeth with dental appliances like braces.

Larson is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association and has received numerous awards, such as the Northeastern Society of Periodontists and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, during her residency.

Larson is the only orthodontist at the Sun Orthodontix, which opened in January.

An interim orthodontist and another orthodontist, who visits the company's different sites, would stop by and sometimes do some orthodontic work before she got there, she said.

Dr. Elwood Ernst, a retired orthodontist, used to own the practice where Sun Orthodontix now stands.

After 40 years of service to Victoria, Ernst sold the building to the company who share his mission of friendly, great orthodontic care.

"No regrets," he said about who he sold the building to. "I'm all for it. I think they'll do a good job. I think she'll be a great asset to the community."

Larson said she looks forward to working with teenagers, though she also works with adults and children, she said.

"They still have very intriguing and interesting ideas," she said. "They say things that are so funny."

In January, the office will move from 108 Professional Park Drive to 7002 Zac Lentz Parkway, next to the Pizza Hut and Wing Street.



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