Fun at the dentist office
Elevator pitch: Nestled in the Ahwatukee Foothills, Kokopelli Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers general dental services and advanced cosmetic dental services utilizing the latest in dental technology. Committed and caring, we make every effort to ensure each patients’s comfort, whether for a routine checkup or a cosmetic procedure. Kokopelli Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is a family-owned and operated dental practice.
It is one of the most sophisticated, fun, relaxing, and pleasurable experiences one can encounter in a dental office! Relax in massage chairs or use the putting green while waiting. Other amenities include hand waxing, cooling eye masks, iPods and a movie library to select a film or concert to watch on video glasses. Dr. Morales has had advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and his wife, Dr. Sylvia Jimenez, primarily sees children in the practice.
The numbers: Founded in 2003; staff includes two hygienists, two dental assistants, one office manager.
Education: UCLA Dental School; undergrad at UC Davis.
What makes your business unique? Extreme customer service. Our main goal is to make every patient’s visit as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
Company you admire: Nordstrom’s is a very impressive company. They have consistent, excellent customer service and quality products.
What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur: Adaptability – a business is a living thing that is constantly changing. Innovation – being able to always see new ways of improving the way you do business. Organization – it’s important to be able to direct and control events and their outcomes.
Best advice you have received: From my grandfather, Doro Gurule, a miner and welder. He told me that it didn’t matter what I did, as long as I worked to be the very best I could at it. His words really instilled in me the importance of excellence.
Favorite aspect of owning a small business: I love being able to see a problem, work through to a solution and watch everything work smoothly.
Important business milestone: Reaching the million-dollar mark in only four years!
If I could do it all over again … I would have dedicated an equal amount of my studies to business and science.
Advice to others: There is always room for a business that stands out above the rest.
Biggest challenge of business ownership: Coordination of resources: time, clients, personnel, supplies, finances … Once you figure these out, things will go smoothly. It is a challenge worth tackling!
1327 E. Chandler Boulevard
Phoenix, Arizona 85048