Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers: Dr. Allan Acton

Position: Owner and founder of Cary Family Dental

Favorite accomplishments: “I am most proud of my wife, Maria, and my children, Molly and Jack. Getting Jack through three open-heart surgeries by the time he was 4 years old was a challenge on every aspect of our lives; thankfully, he is healthy and happy. Professionally, I am proud of building a team of people who truly care for our patients, each other and our community, and of our philanthropic work: Dentistry from the Heart has donated $200,000 worth of work in the past four years to more than 600 patients, and our Smiles for Life campaign has donated $75,000 to local and national charities.”

Guiding philosophy: “I believe in the theory of reciprocity: the more you give, the more you get. Dentistry from the Heart is a great example — we’ve found that we get more out of that day than our patients do. Their appreciation and gratitude are overwhelming.”

Fun fact: “When I was in dental school I decided to get my pilot’s license. It took me two years during the summer and on breaks, but I finally got it. I enjoyed the challenge and the freedom that flying allows. I still love being in the air and traveling whenever I can.”

Advice: “Dream big, and be around the kind of people you want to be like, high quality people who can act as sounding boards and mentors.”

B.J. Lambdin


Daniel Whittaker


Paige Dick


Zankhna Parekh


Barry Richburg


Michelle Smith


Shawn Chase


Dr. Allan Acton


Kenneth Combs


Joshua Mauney


Christopher Saleh

Trey Bailey


Karla Nantz


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