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Volume 3, Issue 6


June 2005

Featured Business
Randall Freed, DMD

Some lucky people figure out what they want to do early in life. Such was the case with Randy Freed, who has a practice on Cornell. Someone asked him what he wanted to be when he was in the eighth grade, and when “dentist” came out of his mouth, he realized that was what he wanted.
Freed grew up in the Cedar Mill area and still lives less than two miles north of his office. A local boy all around, he graduated from what’s now OHSU in 1976. He served a one-year residency in the US Public Health Service, and then found a practice to join at his current location at 12887 NW Cornell Road. Eventually he bought out his partner and now owns the building, which he shares with another dentist, Nathan Tanner.

Freed’s building is right in the middle of the Cornell Road construction project, and it does cause inconvenience. “Our employees are having to park elsewhere, but as to our clients, I don’t think we’ve lost anybody because of it,” he says. “We are looking forward to the area being more pedestrian-friendly. I think it will result in a more defined business area.” With the new limited-access configuration, his lot shares a driveway with the carwash and bakery.

“Dentistry gives me the opportunity to combine science and art,” Freed explains. “And I can provide a service to people that they can’t do for themselves.” He also finds it satisfying to do something that can make a huge impact on people’s happiness and well-being.

In addition to making people look and feel good, oral health has recently been connected to heart health, Freed explains. Infection or inflammations in the mouth have been linked to heart inflammation that can lead to a heart attack. “Getting regular cleaning and checkups
can help you stay healthy. “Just because something looks good doesn’t mean it’s healthy or biomechanically sound,” he says.

Have there been recent advances in dental health? “Automatic toothbrushes are great,” he mentions, “but it’s mostly because they have a two-minute timer built in so people brush longer. That’s the important part.”

And what about people’s fear of dentistry? “Dentistry is a very complicated “marriage” of art and science that requires delivery to, sometimes, very apprehensive patients,” he explains. “A perfect restoration is easy on the perfect tooth with a perfect patient. The challenge comes when things aren’t perfect. I believe we treat our patients like we would want to be treated, with compassion, with a sense of what’s right. And we discuss all their options to reach their best solution,” he states.

Dr. Freed joined the Cedar Mill Business Association a couple of years ago, he says, because he wants to be part of what’s going on in the business community. He feels the Town Center project will add to the business area’s viability.



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