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Into the woods‌

Where this tranquil Alabama setting nurtures body, mind, and spirit

Cabin Fever?

A Dream Leads to Startling Connections The “little, old log cabin in the woods” that welcomes patients and guests to the Mahan Creek Dental Office is the heart of an intriguing tale…. Having been captivated by the enduring quality of Tennessee log cabins during a previous trip to the state, Dr. Mike Mahan found himself on a quest to bring a share of this lasting history back to his 15 acres of creekside land in central Alabama.

On a scouting expedition that led him to an early 20th century Tennessee farmhouse, he met a small boy standing outside. To his astonishment, when Dr. Mahan asked the young fellow his name, he replied, “Mike Mahan, what’s yours?” Not only was a nearby Tennessee log cabin available for purchase, it had been built about 1790 by Anthony Mahan, a long-lost relative!

From “Here to There” Log by log, the previously uncared-for family cabin was transported to Alabama and reassembled on a small waterside knoll in 1975. During the following year, with the help of several lifelong friends and unwavering vision, Dr. Mahan chose a pre-cut cedar structure that was adaptable to his ultimate goal: a full-service, two-story, dental office addition that could not be seen until inside the restored and revamped original log home.

Today’s Warm and Inviting Welcome Visitors enter gracious, attractive surroundings with an immediate sense of history. Although not an exact restoration, the authentic appearance and character of the 1790 log cabin have been maintained wherever possible. Joists were raised and doorway heights increased. The original paneling had deteriorated, but all sections that could be saved were installed as wainscoting. Window openings were preserved at their original sizes. Late 19th century long-leaf pine was used to replace floor beams and flooring as well as construct a new front door. And a handsome 20th century brick fireplace adds crackle and comfort to chilly winter days. Only from within the cabin is the two-story professional extension visible. The resulting interior is a wide-open and informal, fully equipped dental environment. More than patient-friendly, Mahan Creek Dental Office is people-friendly.

Mahan Creek…

Uniting Preservation and Practice At its beautiful, wooded location several miles out of town, Mahan Creek Dental Office offers professional services. People also stop by to fish in the babbling creek outside or gaze at the irresistible waterfall view from the clinic’s inviting deck and grounds. The local community has adopted and embraced this remarkable spot. Groups regularly choose the site for a “different” place to schedule events. Besides concerts and Easter sunrise services held outdoors, the annual calendar includes parties “just for fun,” theater group readings, historical society meetings … and even wedding receptions. Schools often display award-winning artwork in the historic log cabin, and yearbook photographers find the setting ideal for individual and class pictures. A lively, traditional Christmas open house delights clinic patients and friends who look forward to a special evening of music, good food, and fellowship. To attract the interest of young people as well as the more mature, school children and adults are treated each year to the storytelling enchantment of Kathryn Tucker Windham, one of the nation’s finest at the art. More than 3,000 boys and girls from all walks of life have sat near the hearth and been touched by “Miss Kathryn’s” fascinating, fanciful tales. In a truly unusual blend of conservation and application, Mahan Creek Dental Office both saves and serves.

Our Philosophy At Mahan Creek Dental Office, everyone on staff takes genuine pride in providing patients with meaningful personal experiences as well as dental care. We respect the total health needs of our patients in an environment where you are not a number but a name.

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” L. D. Pankey

Dr. Mahan and the entire dental team understand that patient care cannot be rushed. We have adopted the principles of L. D. Pankey, one of America’s foremost dental educators, who believed not only that dentists have a moral obligation to do their best for patients but also to value personalized care above all other considerations. Our dedication to your oral health and to you as an individual who deserves our finest assures you of careful explanations and personal attention. You can expect our time to be generous and totally devoted to your treatment decisions, so that you enjoy a lifetime relationship with us … and with your teeth.

Dr. Miriam Perdomo -Watts and Dr. Mike Mahan

Meet Dr. Miriam Dr. Miriam Perdomo-Watts, native of Gadsden, Alabama, is a graduate of Samford University. She received her DMD from Boston University. She is engaged in continuing education at The Pankey Institute and is a lead member of the dental team. Dr. “M” speaks fluent Spanish, which enables us to better serve our total community.

Meet Dr. Mike A music education major with a master of arts in biology, Dr. Mahan graduated from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1966 and then opened his dental practice in Montevallo. Before that defining moment, however, Dr. Mahan moved through a colorful range of employment experiences, including apprentice pipe organ builder, photographer, director of faculty-student services at Alabama College, and adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. S. M. “Mike” Mahan, DMD, with patient

Among his present professional dental affiliations are membership in the Alabama and American Academies of General Dentistry, Alabama Board of Dental Examiners, and the Alabama and American Dental Associations. He has been a member of Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity since 1962 and has held many of its leadership positions, including international president. Recently Dr. Mahan was inducted into the International College of Dentists. He has produced short segments on dental health for Alabama Public Television and performed dental work with missionary teams in Yucatan, Mexico. But life holds many other avenues for Dr. Mike Mahan, whose curiosity and love of learning is boundless. He is active in a local chamber orchestra, the Alabama Historical Commission, and other preservation groups. He served as Chief of the Montevallo Fire Department for 20 years and remains involved in a variety of local civic and service organizations as well as his local church. Dr. Mahan is also committed to his connection with The Pankey Institute, a dental continuing education organization named after Dr. Lindsey D. Pankey, whose philosophy stresses a life balance between work, play, family, and worship. Dr. Mahan is a regular participant in the Mini-Residency Program of the University of Florida’s Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Our Staff Mahan Creek Dental Office is proud of its enthusiastic, well-trained, and highly experienced staff. You’ll meet Betty Sides, an Alabamaregistered dental hygienist who has been with Mahan Creek Dental Office for more than 30 years. She is always interacting with patients, scheduling appointments, and tracking what needs to be done, with a smile and kind words of encouragement. Dental assistant, Sandy Jackson, has been with the practice almost 20 years. She attended the Alabama Dental Hygiene Program. Sandy provides a full range of support for both dentists as needed and is especially skilled at assisting during surgical procedures and implant replacements. Crystal Moreland, a native of Brierfield, is one of our dental hygienists. Crystal came to work in our office while still in high school and then graduated from the Alabama Dental Hygiene Program. She can perform in all phases of our practice from patient scheduling to business affairs. The staff is completed by Brenda Helton, a dental assistant with many talents, including a great smile and artistic abilities. Brenda is a ready and willing addition to the total practice team.

Care in the Country Mahan Creek Dental Office 19330 Highway 139 PO Box 100 Brierfield, Alabama 35035 Phone Fax Pager Email

205-665-2723 205-665-1037 818-3333 smmahanjr @



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Mahan Creek Dental Office Brochure  

Large, full-color brochure designed to introduce a dental practice and its philosophy as well as give its intriguing history