Small Business Award

September 2019 Winner, Thomas F. Plunkett, DMD PA
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Thomas F. Plunkett

Thomas F. Plunkett, DMD PA

200 Lake Harris Dr

Lakeland, FL 33813

(863) 646-0313

September 2019 Winner, Thomas F. Plunkett, DMD PA

“Help as many people as possible, keep their mouths healthy and their own teeth as long as possible; and do it as affordable as possible.” This is the philosophy of Tom Plunkett, dentist and proprietor owner of Thomas F. Plunkett, DMD PA.

Thomas F. Plunkett, DMD PA is a family dentist performing general dentistry. They offer affordable dental implants and restorative services. They also provide bridges, crowns, endodontics, fillings, periodontics, and other services. Their aim is to create an easy dental experience for the client in a calm, welcome atmosphere. They will handle all insurance paperwork as well.

The business is at 200 Lake Harris Dr. It is located in a small office complex between Cannon Automotive and the former Red Elephant. While seemingly every bit of floor space is occupied, the office exhibits a clean and friendly atmosphere. The walls are covered with pictures, awards, photos, and plaques of the youth and little league teams that Tom has coached and/or sponsored. At times they have up to four dental hygienists working. That’s a lot for a one-dentist shop. Tom feels this brings in a lot of follow up business. Most of their business comes through referrals and customer loyalty. Their equipment is modern and up-to-date. All of their information and records are digitized—no paper.

Excellent customer service is emphasized. Tom wants his staff to give the client “Ritz Carlton” service and care. They must be doing something right because they have a 5-star rating with Google Reviews. In 2017 they were runner up for The Ledger’s Best of the Best competition. In 2018 they were first in their category.

Tom belongs to the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, Polk County Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. Tom has sponsored and coached little league teams. He is a sponsor for the Peace River Center, Alliance for Independence, and Florida Sherriff’s Association. Tom has volunteered for Mission of Mercy. Dental firms from around the state join together in a chosen city to provide free dental care to the homeless, poor, and indigent for one weekend. Tom has also volunteered his time for the Warrior Games in May and “Night to Shine,” which is a prom night for youth with special needs.

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce congratulates Thomas F. Plunkett, DMD PA as the Small Business of the Month Award Winner for September 2019.

—    Jim Russell

Picture: Jim Russell (Cement Products & Supply Co., Inc.) presents the September Small Business of the Month Award to Thomas F. Plunkett.