40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

TROY HOLDER

  • Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Afdent Dental Services

Age:

39

Name of Practice:

Afdent Dental Services

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, Indiana University School of Dentistry


Why He Was Nominated

Dr. Holder works at one of the largest dental offices in central Indiana, with seven dentists and 96 employees. But it’s “not your typical corporate-
dentistry deal,” he says. He and his partners work to maintain a small-office feel by taking good care of their patients and keeping in touch with them day to day.

Tool He Can't Live Without

His capable staff, which takes care of everything so he can “just focus on dentistry” amid the demands of a large practice.

Advice to Aspiring Dentists

“Don’t ever acquire that ‘doctor ego.’ Keep open and honest communication with your patients at all times.”

Something People Don't Know

Dr. Holder also runs a four-year- old small business, American Cook Systems, that makes commercial steam ovens, the kind that
steam large amounts of vegetables and the like for cafeterias.