Three generations of family dentistry in Marion

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Finney Family Dentistry has a rich tradition of serving the Marion community since 1936.

“People still remember being treated by my grandfather. I always enjoy hearing patients’ stories about my grandfather and father over the years,” said Dr. Kate Finney. “This gives me my biggest sense of pride — knowing how many people throughout 86 years that my family has been able to help.”

Finney Family Dentistry was founded by Dr. Harold “Ray” Raymond Finney. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry thanks to financial assistance from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Dr. Ray started his first practice in Marion with fellow dentist Dr. Fiscorn in a small office on Main Street.

Finney Family Dentistry is looking to add another dentist and more office space in the coming year. They have served the community since 1936 and look forward to serving it for years to come.

World War II beckoned and Dr. Ray answered the call. His military service took him to Tinian Island in the South Pacific. After completing his service, Dr. Ray returned to Marion in 1946 and opened his own practice above the historic Palace Theatre.

Dr. Bob Finney followed his father’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam where he was an army dentist in An Khe. Dr. Bob returned home and joined his father’s side. The practice thrived thanks to the Marion community and more space was needed. Dr. Ray and Dr. Bob purchased an old Texaco station and remodeled it into a dental practice. Dr. Ray retired from dentistry in 1979 after 43 years of dedicated service to local residents.

Dr. Bob’s son, Miles, entered the practice after graduating from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 2004. They once again outgrew their space, so in 2006, they built a new facility located on Independence Avenue in Marion, where Finney Family Dentistry remains today. Dr. Miles now works as a dentist at the Marion Correctional Institute.

The shingles from Dr. Ray Finney’s office above the Marion Palace Theatre hang in the lobby of the current office at 1190 Independence Ave. in Marion.

To complete the Finney family’s legacy, Dr. Bob’s daughter, Dr. Katherine E. Finney, joined the practice. She graduated from Harding High School in 2004 and Case Western School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland in 2012 before returning home.

“I’ve really enjoyed coming back to my hometown to continue in my family’s footsteps and serve the community where I was born and raised,” Dr. Kate said. “It’s wonderful seeing childhood friends, teachers and other patients in our practice that say, ‘I have been coming to your office since I was little!’”

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