Harlingen Family Dentistry is the home of a large and successful dental practice in the Rio Grande Valley.
It is also the home of the Dental Assistant Training School.
HFD started in 1983 with Dr. Juan Villarreal, a Harlingen native son. After receiving his dental degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, he opened up his practice to make quality dental care available to all in the Rio Grande Valley.
This vision has led to the incredible growth of HFD which now occupies 27,000 square feet on Dixieland Road in Harlingen, Tx.
In 1983, there was only one dentist, Dr. Villarreal. Today, HFD has 132 staff with thirteen staff dentists including dental specialists in orthodontics, periodontics and pediatric dentistry.
This past February it opened a new Children's Dental Clinic which services the youth of the Rio Grande Valley with three pediatric dentists.
HFD also has one of the largest dental hygiene education programs for youth. Through the "Willy the Walrus" program, some 50,000 young people have received a fast-paced, fun presentation on how to take care of their teeth. They also get a complimentary tooth brush and toothpaste provided by HFD.