The estate of Dr. Michael and Kim Perry finalized the sale of Perry’s practice, Mid-South Dental Implants and Periodontics, to his trusted business partner Dr. Brenda Fowler this week.
Robert Perry, brother of Michael Perry, said, “This is a great day for the Perry family. After conducting a full search and vetting potential suitors for the business, Brenda turned out to be the best person to whom to sell the practice all the way around. She knew the staff and the operation. The best scenario ended up happening.”
Perry started the practice in 2002 in Oxford, and he eventually opened an office in Southaven. Fowler and Perry joined forces six years ago after he reached out to her about a partnership that would ultimately bring the number of locations to five and be a solid working relationship in which all locations have grown. The airplane accident in which Dr. Perry and his wife Kim along with two other Oxford couples were killed happened two days before it would have been exactly six years that Perry and Fowler began working together.
“Although it is bittersweet, I am thrilled to be able to be a part of this, long-term and to carry on his legacy. Michael had exceptional business sense and charisma,” Fowler said. “He was so loved by his patients, and it has been such a pleasure to get to know them and to get involved in the community the way he would have wanted us to. The staff and I have talked, and we are honored to be able to carry on his good work professionally and in the community.”
Right after the accident, the family was faced with the challenge of keeping the practice going until they could figure out what to do. The staff, which is known to many as being a great staff, had job offers from all over. But according to Perry and Fowler, the dental community continued to support them throughout.
“Periodontists depend on referrals from general dentists,” Fowler said. “And the referrals kept coming.”
“Brenda made a lot of sacrifices and started coming down (from Tennessee) to run these offices,” Robert Perry said. “But she could not do it by herself.”
According to Perry, that’s when several friends of Perry’s in the industry from all over the country got together, working with Fowler, to come up with a rotation of visiting periodontists for the Southaven and Oxford locations.”
“It was amazing,” said Robert Perry. “They all loved Michael and Kim, and they wanted to help the family through a really tough time.”
Perry and Fowler both told HottyToddy.com that the whole process took a lot longer than they would have imagined. But they believe it has all been worth it.
Perry and his wife Ashley, who live in Oxford and have four children of their own (Knox, Ada Grace, Lucy and Annie), are now the guardians of Michael and Kim’s three children (Sarah, John West and Anna Reed). Perry’s mother (Patsy) also lives in Oxford and provides a lot of support.
Fowler and her husband, Brent have a four-year-old son, Ames.
“My family and the entire community have been very supportive,” Fowler said. “I am especially grateful for the incredible support and friendship of Dr. Walker Swaney and his wife Molissa. They were instrumental in my decision and immediately embraced me as part of the Oxford community.”
“I went from working three days a week for many years to now working five days a week,” Fowler said. “But it has been very rewarding at the same time. My family and I are looking forward to what the future brings.”
See Dr. Fowler’s Bio courtesy of https://www.midsouthdentalimplants4u.com/
Dr. Brenda L. Fowler was born in South Bend, IN. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1999. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in 2004. Dr. Fowler then completed a three-year residency program in Periodontics at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry/Birmingham Veterans Hospital in 2007. Dr. Fowler has practiced in Memphis, TN since 2007.
Her professional interests include periodontal plastic surgery, bone grafting for prevention of tooth loss and planning for dental implant placement, management of oral pathologic lesions, and the treatment and management of periodontal disease.
- Sigma Kappa National Sorority (1994-1998)
- Sorority Treasurer (1996-1998)
- Deans List (1994-1998, 2000-2004)
- Periodontal Research Grant (2002)
- Periodontal Research Grant (2003)
- Research Poster Presentation San Diego, CA (2003)
- Research Poster Presentation San Antonio, TX (2004)
- UTHSC Periodontal Department Faculty (2007-2012)
- American Academy of Periodontology (2004-2010)
- American Dental Association (2000-2007)
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