By Janee Law
Since he was a freshman in high school, Jared Kay knew he wanted to become a dentist after watching his father, Randy, master the craft.
“I use to come and assist my father on the weekends and I fell in love with it,” Kay, 33, of Centerport, said. “I thought what he was doing was awesome, being able to change someone’s mouth, smile and life, and I knew I wanted to do that too.”
Whether it’s basic checkups, fillings or Invisalign treatment, Kay Family Dentistry in Huntington offers crowning, bridgework, dentures, root canals and more.
Staying up to date with the latest technology, the staff helps clients by sending reminders through text message or email. Before an appointment, a patient will receive two reminders, one text message sent 48 hours prior, and another two hours prior to the appointment. In addition, patients receive a text or email every month if their visitation is overdue.
“We try and do what’s best for each patient and give them all the options,” Kay said. “We try and be there long term and we stand behind our work, which I think is important.”
Raised in Commack, Kay attended University of Hartford in Connecticut and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2005. Continuing his education, Kay earned his doctor of dental medicine degree in 2008 from University of Pittsburgh. At the V.A. Hospital in Miami, Kay then completed a yearlong residency in education in general dentistry.
By 2009, when he took over the 850-square-foot office at 202 East Main St., it was a “seamless, smooth” transition for Kay, “which was exciting.”
While Kay is on his second generation of patients, his father has moved on to his fourth generation since first opening the dental practice in 1983.
Kay said his dad, “as a young dentist, wanted to start a family practice down here. It was a great spot to hunker down and really build, grow and flourish.”
As for the new patients -- which typically come in at 2.5 years old -- Kay said the office typically welcomes them in with animal balloons and a No Cavity Club picture.
Starting at a young age, Kay Family Dentistry stays with patients as they grow.
Kay added that part of what makes the practice stand out is that its staff works to prepare each patient, informing them of each step throughout any given procedure.
“We spend time with each person, I know their story and I know their family,” Kay said. “When someone’s in pain and you get them out of pain, you feel like you’ve done a really good service for them, and they appreciate that.”
Kay Family Dentistry
202 E Main St., Suite 106,