Atlanta dentist acquires Padgett practice

Dr. Rex A. Whiteman, left, has bought the Apalachicola dental practice of Dr. James A. Padgett.

Dr. Rex A. Whiteman, left, has bought the Apalachicola dental practice of Dr. James A. Padgett.

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM.

 

Apalachicola dentist James A. Padgett DDS has decided its time to put a crown on his achievement of serving the needs of the community for more than three decades.

Beginning this week, Padgett, 69, has begun introducing a new dentist, Rex A. Whiteman, who acquired Padgett’s practice at 218 Avenue E in Apalachicola on Jan. 1.

Whiteman and his wife Cindy, have owned a home on St. George Island since 1991, after having been frequent visitors and residents of the Apalachicola area since the early 80’s.

“I’ve wanted to be a permanent resident of this area for many years,” said Whiteman, 56. ”Hearing that Dr. Padgett may be interested in planning a transition of his practice, we began speaking about the opportunity last year.”

Padgett said the two “had many long conversations” about their approach to dentistry, leading Padgett to determine Whiteman was just the type of high-quality clinician he could count on to serve the patient base built ever since 1980.

In 1976, Padgett graduated from the Louisiana State University Dental School and started his practice in Panama City . After earning a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida , the Westville native had worked for seven years in the oil and gas industry, first with Shell Oil and later with Union Carbide.



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