Family Business: Hopkins



Searcy & Heber Springs, AR

501-268-2000 | 501-362-2006

Dr. Jonathan Hopkins is a family-oriented, driven individual who started Hopkins Braces in 2006. The practice grew to have offices in Searcy and Heber Springs, and Melissa Sparks, the office manager for both Hopkins Braces locations, says the business itself continues to be extremely family-oriented.

“We are a family within ourselves. So it’s our family away from our family. We spend a lot of time here, so we’re very close-knit,” Sparks says.

Sparks says Dr. Hopkins is a gifted leader, and a great person. “He takes great care of his patients and his team,” she says. She says the business is unique because Dr. Hopkins is so personable and encouraging to the patients and parents that come into the office.

Josh Seaman, director of operations for the Hopkins and Daniel teams says that being family-owned means having flexibility when it comes to decision making. He says it allows the team to do what’s best, not necessarily for the bottom line, but for the patients and their families.

Seaman says the business is also unique because several of Dr. Hopkins patients have come to work for him as team members.

“He helped create the smiles they use every day,” Seaman says.

Dr. Hopkins attended Hendrix College where he played soccer, and earned a degree in psychology. Seaman says

Dr. Hopkins is an extremely humble man, and was the first in his family to go to college.

“He decided that wasn’t really what he wanted to do when he started to see what job opportunities were available for him. He took a break from school for a little while, and then decided that he would go to dental school,” Sparks says.

After dental school, he knew he wanted to further his education and become an orthodontist.

Now, Sparks says, Hopkins Braces has grown rapidly and the expansion has been a blessing. Dr. Hopkins continues to make it his goal to pour into the lives of the patients he treats, and the entire Hopkins team participates in various local events every year.

“It’s about giving back to the community,” Seaman says. “He loves the community and they love him back.”

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