Dr. Nathan Collins
Dr. Nathan Collins is originally from Fairland, a small town in Southern Indiana with a population of about three hundred people. When he wasn’t attending class at the local public school, he competed in track and field, tennis, played the baritone in the marching band, and worked part time in the town’s only grocery store.
After high school he attended Purdue University where he found his calling in dentistry after being mentored by a local dentist. In 2000, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, asked his wife to marry him and loaded his truck for the big move to dental school. He then continued his professional education at Indiana University School of Dentistry and graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 2004.
Armed with his new degree and a desire to make a difference in people’s lives, he joined the Indian Health Services and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service. He served in the hospital facility at Santa Fe, NM working mainly with the Pueblo and Navajo tribes. Dr. Collins believes this unique opportunity gave him valuable experience interacting with different specialists and patients of all age groups, helping him see dental health as a team effort between not just doctor and patient, but family and community as well.
When his commission ended, he took a job in the private sector and quickly realized he wanted the freedom to be able to provide the same level of patient care he would want for his wife and family in a community he would be proud to call his home. While visiting Texas, he discovered Bastrop and after seeing the town and meeting some new friends, he decided this is where he wanted to open his office.
One Smile Dental opened its doors in May of 2012. Dr. Collins is proud of the quality of care One Smile Dental provides and strives to provide the best overall dental experience for all patients and their friends and relatives. After all, his family are patients here, too.
Dr. Collins enjoys helping people of all ages and dental needs. When he is not extracting teeth or polishing crowns, he enjoys playing golf, riding his recumbent bicycle or just watching a movie with his wife, Chodi and two dogs Boo-boo and Sam.