North Valley Family Dentistry Cameron Kastl

North Valley Family Dentistry Cameron Kastl prides himself in offering premier dental services in a family-like setting catered to each of his patients.

With Veterans Day around the corner, North Valley Family Dentistry is offering free dental services to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. 

On Nov. 12, the day after the federally designated holiday, the practice is providing free dental services for veterans between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The event will take place at North Valley Family Dentistry, located at 42104 N. Venture Drive, Building E, Suite 103. The services will range from exams, x-rays, cleanings, extractions and fillings, according to North Valley Family Dentistry Owner and renowned dentist Cameron Kastl. 

The owner, who is a member of the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, and Arizona Academy of General Dentistry, said he was inspired to spearhead the event in an effort to support for the community’s local veterans. 

“A lot of patients are pretty darn thankful – and it’s rewarding,” Kastl told Foothills Focus. “It’s like anything else, doing volunteer work and just giving back – it’s important, and I’m thankful. We’re all humans at the end of the day.” 

Those interested in participating are required to schedule a free consultation ahead of time, Kastl continued. 

The roughly 15-minute consultation allows Kastl and his team to effectively treat each veteran the day of service, he explained. Because there is no set maximum capacity, he added that the services will be limited to the ones mentioned above. 

“I would like to do a bit more, but because this is a first go at it, I decided to limit it to fillings, extractions, cleanings and exams,” Kastl shared. “So, it’s one filling per patient pending – there is always a different scenario.”

“I want to see as many as possible, I don’t know what it is going to look like,” he added. “If 50 are scheduled, we’ll have to limit it and there will have to be a cutoff at some point.”

North Valley Family Dentistry is a premier dental office that adopts an “artisan approach” in a “boutique-like setting,” according to its website. The practice features individualized treatments and services, including proactive maintenance cosmetic dentistry, clear aligners and implants, while incorporating state-of-the-art technology, its website continues. 

Although the upcoming veterans-inspired event is a first for North Valley Family Dentistry, community work of this nature is not unfamiliar to Kastl. 

Born and raised in Phoenix, Kastl lived quite the unique childhood. His parents Ann and Joe Kastl were affiliated with Ray Cammack Shows, the largest carnival company in the country, he explained. The dentistry owner recalled juggling football practice and helping his parents out at various carnivals dating back to when he was 8 years old.

“I started handing out stuffed animals until football,” he reminisced. 

Kastl went on to play football at Arizona State University, serving as the team’s long snapper for two seasons, and majored in kinesiology with a minor in business. It was around this time he toyed with the idea of pursuing dental school, he explained. 

A self-described “family man,” Kastl said he desired to enter a field that allowed him to help others while also maintaining a healthy work-life-balance. 

 “The more research I did, and the more avenues of dentistry I shadowed – as cliche as it sounds – I knew I always wanted to be in healthcare so I could help people,” said Kastl. “But, dentists have more control over their schedules.” 

“Family is big for me, and I’d like to have a bit more say of when I can spend time with my family,” continued Kastl, who is newly-wed to his wife Harper. “And, I do enjoy working with my hands and that comes from working with the carnival. So, the more I looked into it (dentistry), the more I liked it.” 

Kastl received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Washington. Eager to continue to advance his skillset in general dentistry, he was later accepted to an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. 

During this time, Kastl honed in on hands-on experience in complex dental procedures, including the placement and restoration of dental implants, molar endodontics, esthetic and cosmetic dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation cases and socket preservation techniques, according to his biography. 

Now, the decorated dentist aims to tap into his expertise through his practice while treating patients “as if they were part of his own family.”

“Nobody likes to come to the dentist,” Kastl expressed. “So, I thought, maybe if I can use more personality on my end to comfort people, it will help out and change it for them.”

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Kastl balanced his time volunteering with the Neighborhood Christian Clinic and BrighterWay Dental Institute, providing dental care to homeless veterans. He also worked with the Arizona Mission of Mercy to offer dental care to those in need, as well as served on mission trips to Jamaica and St. Lucia through the nonprofit organization Great Shape Inc.

Giving back, Kastl explained, has always been in his blood – attributing much of his motivation to his mom. 

“A lot of it stemmed from – not necessarily from the dental realm, if you will – my mom is really generous and the most giving person I know,” he shared. “So, that was instilled in both my sister and I.” 

Because safety and health guidelines required Kastl to cut back on his volunteer work over the last year, he said he is looking forward to North Valley Family Dentistry’s upcoming veterans event. 

Eager to scratch that itch for volunteer work, the dentist also recently joined his local rotary club.

“It’s a really cool group of people,” he said. “They’re very good for giving back. I am a religious guy and I think God works in mysterious ways, and I think he led me to that through a patient of mine.” 

To schedule a free consultation for the veterans’ services on Nov. 12, call North Valley Family Dentistry at 623-551-9200. North Valley Family Dentistry is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To learn more about the practice, visit its website at myanthemdentist.com/.