We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Joi Freemont and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Joi, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always wanted to be some type of doctor. My father was an obstetrician/gynecologist and he was always pulled away to deliver babies when his “beeper” went off, so that was out of the question for me. As a child I spent a lot of time in the dental chair having work done – from fillings to braces. I never had a bad experience. Both of my parents owned businesses, so being a practice owner was natural for me. Following in their footsteps by owning my own business and building on my passion for being a doctor was a match!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a dentist who maintains a private practice in Hapeville, GA. Although I have spent the last two decades creating thousands of smiles, after losing my father to sleep apnea, I have become passionate about helping others who have sleep apnea by helping them breathe at night without using a CPAP. I’ve treated many athletes, celebrities, and others with busy lives to sleep better with the convenience of custom oral appliances. I have been designated a Qualified Dentist by the American Academy of Sleep Dental Medicine and have been featured in Kevin, MD, many panels, podcasts, and radio shows. Nothing that I have done to build my business has been easy, but that’s what I’m most proud of. I have gone from sharing an office and having one employee to owning my own 5,000 square foot building with over 10 team members. I’ve overcome the challenges by believing in myself and being surrounded by an extremely supportive family and small group of friends who hold me up when I’m not feeling very strong. I’ve gotten to where I am by having a “don’t quit” attitude and a caring bedside manner that I got from my father, Dr. James Freemont. He taught me that no matter how good or bad your skills are, if you treat your patients with love and empathy, everything else will fall into place.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Leaving Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, we’d first hit what I call “Black Mainstreet Row” in College Park. We would have a few drinks at Tom, Dick and Hank and enjoy the music of DJ Bad on Thursday night. If we were still hungry, we would head down a few blocks to Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar for some delicious Gullah Geechee food. In the morning we would walk the beautiful trails at Boundary Waters Park in Douglasville. That evening we would hit a fun spot – Sandtown Pub on Campbellton Rd. in the city of South Fulton. We would definitely enjoy the Sunday brunch at Spice House Atlanta on Cascade Road hosted by “Mr. Amazing” Barry Reynolds.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely have to shoutout my family. My parents for instilling the belief in my brothers and I that we could be whatever we wanted to be and they would push us to be the most successful versions of that. My husband for supporting me and my crazy entrepreneurial ideas that don’t always initially make sense. My brothers for protecting me and taking a backseat to me as I pursued my dreams.
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