40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

CHRISTEN RAYNES

  • Charleston, West Virginia
  • Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and Simpson Dental Associates

Age:

35

Name of Practice:

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and Simpson Dental Associates

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, West Virginia University School of Dentistry


Why She Was Nominated

Dr. Raynes works alongside her father, Dr. Mark Simpson, at their West Virginia practice; most of their work involves implants. She learned the trade early and hosts seminars that explain implants’ uses and benefits to people who are interested in learning more about them.

Philosophy

“I’ve found it’s best to be a leader rather than a boss — to make sure I’m willing to do all the things I ask my employees to do,” Dr. Raynes says. “We cross-train our employees so anyone can answer a phone, clean a room
or do initial charting.”

Sage Advice

 “Have patience and understand that it takes about 10 years to start to feel completely comfortable with treatment planning and diagnosing.”

Something People Don’t Know

“I competed in collegiate gymnastics for West Virginia University, and we made it to the NCAA national championship in 1999 and 2000.”

Most Memorable Patient

A local community activist well-known from TV ads and fundraisers. “He had a nice smile, but small teeth with spaces. I was able to do a combination of crowns and veneers to give him a great smile, and he was so grateful. He has become somewhat of a spokesperson for our office.”