A familiar dentist office in Shirley Township reopened as part of new practice, Monday, June 8.

Dr. Jaime Horne has opened Mountain Mover Dentistry at 11767 Lenape Drive, Mount Union, the former office of Dr. Stanley Owen.

“I’m excited to see old patients and I know Dr. Owen’s patients are excited to come back home,” said Horne.

Horne, a 2001 graduate of Southern Huntingdon County High School and a 2004 graduate of Shippensburg University, earned a doctorate of dental surgery (DDS) magna cum laude from West Virginia University in 2010. She practiced dentistry in Orbisonia for nearly a decade before a new opportunity came before her.

“The building was vacant following Dr. Owen’s death and I was approached by friends of theirs to see if I was interested in the practice,” said Horne. “The Owens were pillars of the community and a lot o people respected them.”

From the beginning, Horne said things just started to fall into place.

“I prayed a lot about the decision,” she said. “From the moment I walked in, it just felt like home. Everything was there, the office was fully equipped. It felt like I was meant to be there. It’s the best fit from me, and it’s seven minutes from home.”

Serving her hometown region is important to Horne.

“I’m a hometown person, I grew up in Pogue, Three Springs area, and I wanted to move back here and serve the community that is underserved dentally,” said Horne. “I’m excited to work here until I retire.”

Horne’s staff, which previously worked with her, is also local. She looks forward to seeing family and friends visit the dentist’s chair.

“My husband, Patrick, is a pharmacist at Appleby’s Drug Store, so between the two of us, we know a lot of people,” she said. “It’s nice to have these children come in who know my husband and I and it’s good to see a familiar face. In a small town, trusting someone because you’ve known them makes a huge difference.

Horne credits her husband, and their five children (and a sixth on the way), for supporting her in the decision to open the practice.

“Patrick has been a big part in this decision,” she said. “It’s a decision that impacts all of us. The kids have been great, they’re as excited as I am. Family is really big to me.”

Horne loves the feel of the new office.

“Our office is welcoming and down to earth,” she said. “A lot of people have anxiety about visiting the dentist and I like to educate the community on dental care and their dental needs.

Even the name of the practice has special meaning, as moving mountains has been a theme throughout the journey.

“I really prayed about this. It was a big decision,” she said, citing Matthew 17:20, “For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

“If you have faith, you can do anything,” said Horne. “This is where I was meant to be.”

Horne is accepting new patients and taking appointments. For more information or to make an appointment, call Mountain Mover Dentistry at 542-8620.

Becky can be reached at bweikert@huntingdondailynews.com.

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