As part of our continuing series focusing on Christian Businesses in the Bryan/College Station area, PEACE sits down with Dr. Troy Elms, Owner of Elms Orthodontics.
Peace: What is your business?
Elms: Making people smile and feeling good about their smile. Having a healthy bite is part of the process. Of course, building up their self-esteem, doing it in an environment where they feel welcomed and part of a family — in our case apart of a Christian family.
Peace: One of the highest values of the Christian faith is love. How do you show love to your co-workers, clients, and others in the community?
Elms: I show Christ’s love through how I take care of people and by serving them well. Christ tells us to be a servant, that he came as a servant instead of a king. I have that same mind-set that I’m here to serve. I’m not the doctor that’s over all, I’m just the leader of the team, and I make sure my teammates feel that way about serving others as well. I try to love on my team by sharing the blessings that we have here at the practice.
Peace: Did you consider the risks or pros/cons, when you decided to brand yourself in this way?
Elms: I did not even think about it once. Who I am first is a follower of Christ, secondly a dad/husband, and finally a professional. For me it was a natural outpouring of who I am, but I am sensitive to other’s faith. I’m not pushing my faith onto people directly in any way shape or form. All people are welcome in our office, and we do have people of all faiths who we serve.
Peace: How do you keep God at the center of your business?
Elms: Personally, by prayer and staying grounded in The Word, studying my Bible, being a part of my church family, and just how I live my life daily as Christ-centered and giving God the glory for everything that happens in my life — including everything that happens in my office.
Peace: What do you do to worship and praise God outside of worship services?
Elms: First of all, Christian music is a really big deal to me, and the type of music that Peace 107.7 offers is a big part of how I worship daily. Prayer is another way I give thanks to the Lord, along with reading my Bible and spending time focusing on The One who has provided all for me.
Peace: Should businesses acknowledge Christ in Christmas?
Elms: Absolutely! I think it’s silly how politically correct the United States is, because relative to other countries, they are very free to celebrate their own faith and their own celebrations of Christmas and it’s only in the United States that has made it an [observed] holiday. So yes, I feel like it is right for me to celebrate Christmas. I don’t think it is right how media has forced Christmas out of the public eye.
Elms Orthodontics can be found at 1501 Emerald Pkwy. in College Station. For more information call them at 979.693.6300 or visit online at www.drelms.com.