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Brand embraces bold flavors, made-from-scratch goodness and community spirit

To be bold, you need to dare to do things differently. It was in this spirit that Savage Burrito was created, a brand that embraces the fierce, bold nature of individuality. A part of the Uncle Julio’s Restaurant Group, Savage Burrito is a virtual kitchen that hand-crafts delicious burritos, bowls and salads using the freshest ingredients, house-made tortillas and signature sauces. Savage Burrito launches on October 14 in Grapevine, Texas, and surrounding communities, and is available exclusively through third-party delivery services. The brand will roll out to additional communities in DFW in coming weeks.

Being bold and unafraid to embrace originality is baked into the DNA of Savage Burrito. Its custom burritos, bowls and salads are hand-crafted in the kitchens of Uncle Julio’s and emphasize from-scratch cooking and bold flavor combinations. The signature burritos are wrapped with flavor-infused tortillas (traditional style, as well as salsa, jalapeno or Cholula flavored), then are lightly pressed to create a perfectly-crisp texture. 

Savage Burrito was created to meet the evolving needs of customers looking for high-quality delivery options easily accessible from their favorite apps such as Door Dash, Grubhub, Uber Eats or Postmates. Operating as a virtual restaurant, there are no physical locations. 

Signature items include The O.G.in your choice of mesquite grilled steak, chicken or vegetables, with fresh avocado, chipotle crema, jack cheese, white rice, black beans, roasted corn, sautéed peppers and onions. It may seem familiar, but the from-scratch approach takes it to the next level.  

The Notorious P.I.G.goes big on flavor and includes marinated pork carnitas with white rice, black beans, roasted corn, pickled jalapenos, pico de gallo, lime crema and jack cheese on a salsa tortilla. 

Other solid picks include the Cholula tortilla-wrapped Nashville Hot Chicken with hand-breaded chickenand the Savage Garden,with eight slices of fresh avocado for those looking for a vegetarian experience. 

Savage Signature items (burritos, bowls and salads) start at $7.50. 

Create-your-own options give people the ability to customize a burrito, bowl or salad exactly as they want with dozens of fresh ingredients, cooked-to-order proteins and homemade sauces. Want to layer on the goodness? Choose to add chips and roasted tomato salsa, white Hatch chili queso, fresh guac or other sides to your delivery order. And don’t sleep on dessert: a dozen churro bites with decadent chocolate sauce are also available.

Savage Burrito’s flair for the bold does not stop at the drinks. Margaritas to go are available as Frozen Margarita Pops, and come in boozy traditional, hibiscus or mango flavors, frozen into a slushy pop. Cans of Corona Familiar, Corona and Modelo Especial are also available to be delivered with a Savage Burrito food order. Soft drinks include Mexican Coke and Mexican Sprite or cult favorites Jarritos Pineapple, Mandarina Mexican sodas or Topo Chico. 

Savage Burrito makes some damned good food, but it also aims to make a difference. The company will use its social channels to highlight people being bold and having a positive impact on their communities.A #SavageSquad of like-minded individuals has been started to help people meet the brand’s vibe IRL and introduce people to the Savage #BurritoFam.

Through its excellent food and inclusive brand, Savage Burrito hopes to be the choice for those who believe in the difference that fresh, from-scratch food makes; those that celebrate individuality and adventure; and those savage enough to never stop being real.

Fans will be able to interact with Savage Burrito on InstagramFacebookTwitterTwitch, YouTube, TikTok (@savageburrito) and Snapchat (@savage-burritos). A custom Savage Spotify playlistis now available to drop to your device as well.

 

 

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The Shops at Legacy is pleased to announce an upcoming addition to its menu of dining options: Brasão Brazilian Steakhouse, which specializes in authentic, rodizio-style dining and is expected to open in spring 2021. The restaurant will be located at 5741 Legacy Drive, Suite 100, in Plano, in a 15,169-square-foot space.

Brasão Brazilian Steakhouseserves premium cuts of meat roasted slowly over an open flame in the Churrasco style, a method of cooking that preserves juices and flavor and traces its roots to 16th-century Brazil. A succulent variety of beef, lamb, poultry and pork is individually carved table-side – rodizio-style – by Brasão’sgauchos. A salad bar with fresh-cut vegetables, imported cheeses, cured meats and a selection of rotating international and gourmet side dishes will offer a variety of options to complement the flavorful meats, and an assortment of classic and contemporary desserts will complete the meal. Brasão’s professional mixologists at the full-service bar and on the outdoor patio will serve signature cocktails, craft beers and fine wines. The restaurant will have happy hour specials and will also be available for private events.

“Brasão Brazilian Steakhouse is where traditional tastes and modern ambiance blend to deliver the true flavors of Brazil,” said Juliê Ferro, manager of Brasão Brazilian Steakhouse. “Our mouth-watering menu with charcoal-cooked meats transports our guests to Brazil with every bite.”

“The kind of high-end churrascaria experience that Brasão Brazilian Steakhouse will offer diners is a perfect fit for this lifestyle destination,” said Jason Kasal, vice president and senior leasing director – western division with Retail Properties of America, Inc. (“RPAI”), which operates The Shops at Legacy. “When you combine straight-forward, authentic cuisine with an attention to service and experience, you have a wonderful way to enjoy lunch or dinner out. We look forward to the restaurant’s opening this spring.”

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Dan Wheeler

Uncle Julio’s Restaurant Group has appointed noted industry marketer and innovator Dan Wheeler as Chief Marketing Officer. Wheeler brings more than 30 years of experience building compelling communications and brand experiences to support and further growth plans at Uncle Julio’s.

Wheeler’s role as CMO includes leading brand strategy, digital marketing, new revenue generation and menu innovation. As the digital space has become increasingly important for customer engagement, Wheeler will focus on expanding the use of technology to drive trial and loyalty among current and new audiences, as well as bringing a virtual brand to market. He reports to Tom Vogel, CEO of Uncle Julio’s Restaurant Group.

“Dan’s restaurant experience and innovative perspective make him a perfect fit for the stage we are at as a company,” Vogel said. “He will play an important role in driving growth across all of our concepts as we accelerate the pace of new initiatives related to growing off-premise and on-premise sales.”

In a year that has necessitated reinvention for many brands, Uncle Julio’s has been able to successfully leverage its focus on quality, freshness and creating memories in new and exciting ways. 

An expanded to-go program has been a hit with customers, and by offering delivery through third-party partners, the brand has been able to provide its high-quality fare to a wider audience. Wheeler, a veteran of bringing brands like Wahlburgers, Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins into consumer’s daily lives in new and relevant ways, will help push transformation further for the group’s current portfolio of restaurants and pursue additional channels for revenue growth.

“I’m super pumped about the opportunity in front of us at Uncle Julio’s,” Wheeler noted. “When you have a company full of people fanatically dedicated to creating memorable experiences for all these years, who are also open to contemporary new ideas, the space is created for something magical to happen.”

 

 

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Customers can win Uncle Julio’s gift cards and one lucky person will win Cholula for life!

 

 It’s a match made in hot sauce heaven as Uncle Julio’s brings the fiery flavor of everyone’s favorite hot sauce, Cholula, to its delicious mesquite-grilled fajitas. The new Cholula Fajitas are now available at Uncle Julio’s on Fridays only for dine-in or to-go starting at $20.50, and are only available through October 30.

Inspired by the rich Mexican heritage of Cholula, the culinary team at Uncle Julio’s has prepared a special Cholula marinade for its mouth-watering cuts of high-quality chicken and beef used for Uncle Julio’s fajitas. After being grilled over mesquite, the fajitas are then drizzled with Cholula Crema and served with fresh guacamole, sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo, sautéed peppers and onions with homemade flour tortillas, Mexican rice and frijoles a la charra.

Guests who order Cholula Fajitas will also receive a complimentary mini bottle of Cholula (while supplies last) to take home and help ensure they are never far from an authentic, delicious hot sauce.

To celebrate this flavorful new partnership, Uncle Julio’s is giving away a $1,000 gift card each week for five weeks, starting October 2. To enter, fans and followers can simply comment and tag a friend on the dedicated Cholula contest post each week on the Uncle Julio’s Instagram.  And don’t miss the fiery finale on October 30 when one lucky commenter will win Cholula for life! Find sweepstakes terms and conditions here.

“We’re getting fired up for fall! It’s exciting to work with a brand like Cholula that is rooted in authentic flavors and ingredients, just like Uncle Julio’s,” said Harper Caron, president of Uncle Julio’s. “Our guests will really enjoy the rich taste of these Cholula Fajitas, and we’re excited to bring them something special to kick off this new season.”

Dallas/Fort Worth locations include: Allen, Alliance, Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine and North Dallas/Keller Springs.

 

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Whether you call a large group of butterflies a flight, a flutter, a swarm or a kaleidoscope, we can all agree that they are a beautiful sight to see.

This week, a flutter of butterflies in a kaleidoscope of colors is giving wings to a mission of helping families battling a healthcare crisis. Through Mommies in Need, donors’ funds are used to provide safe, loving childcare from specially-trained teachers and nannies. The non-profit’s North Texas Giving Day campaign acknowledges donors with a butterfly in their honor that is added to a special wall at Annie’s Place, a first-of-its-kind facility opening this fall. More than 100 people have donated so far, and the organization is continuing to fundraise.

“It’s seriously so heart-warming to see the names of those who support our mission on the wall. The fact that they’re in the shape of butterflies is appropriate, because our generous donors are the ones who make this mission soar,” Natalie Boyle, founder and CEO of Mommies in Need, said as she added the butterflies to the display. Donors can watch the wall grow every day, as Natalie adds videos of the butterflies being added to the “Childcare, Community, Compassion” wall inside the new Annie’s Place to the Mommies in Need Facebook page.

In colors of purple, lilac, teal, navy and more, the butterflies represent the gracious gifts of donors who believe in the Mommies in Need vision that no parent should have to choose between receiving life-saving medical care for themselves and safe, loving childcare for their kids. Donations of all sizes come from private citizens, businesses and other organizations. Donations also come from friends and family of grateful recipient families whom Mommies in Need supported through their health crisis with care for their children.

“When I see a butterfly with a name I recognize as one of our families, or one of their family members, I get a little choked up,” Boyle admitted. “These are people who have benefited from the care, and are doing everything they can to make sure someone else going through a healthcare crisis also has this gift.”

The organization has completed its first $15,000 matching funds pledge and has recently announced a second, a $10,000 match from Comerica Bank.

To find out more about Mommies in Need, please visit MommiesinNeed.org.

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 Celebrate National Guacamole Day with $5 Fresh Guacamole and $5 Margaritas from Uncle Julio’s

Free Guacamole offered with new loyalty program sign-ups

 

Savor the tasty combination of Haas avocados and delicious, fresh mix-ins with Uncle Julio’s—either dine-in or to-go -- on National Guacamole Day September 16. 

Guests dining in (or enjoying the weather on an Uncle Julio’s patio!) can request a large Prepared to Order Guacamole. Guests select from a variety of fresh ingredients, including onions, cilantro, jalapenos, tomatoes and more to be added to their Haas avocados, which are freshly mashed and mixed with all their preferred ingredients. Prepared to Order Guacamole is served in a hand-carved stone Molcajete for guests to enjoy at their leisure with warm, fresh tortilla chips. It doesn’t get any fresher than this! In honor of National Guacamole Day, Prepared to Order Guacamole is only $5 (a $14 value).

For a complimentary Prepared to Order Guacamole, guests 18 and older can sign up for the Amigo Especial Loyalty Program in an Uncle Julio’s restaurant or at UncleJulios.com. It’s free to sign up for the program, which simply requires a valid e-mail address. Guests can begin accruing points toward free dessert, priority seating, an appetizer fiesta and more – and they can get their complimentary guacamole on National Guacamole Day, or on their next visit. (Complimentary Prepared to Order Guacamole is valid for new member sign-ups only.)

To-go customers can also order a large, delicious Prepared to Order Guacamole for only $5. 

What goes better with guacamole than delicious margaritas? In honor of National Guacamole Day, dine-in guests have their choice of a Julio’s Gold Margaritas, Frozen ‘Ritas or Swirl Margaritas for only $5 each. To-go customers have their choice of Frozen ‘Ritas or Swirl Margaritas for only $5 each (at participating locations).

“Is it a coincidence that September 16 is also National Working Parents Day? Margaritas and guacamole seem to be in order this year!” said Harper Caron, president of Uncle Julio’s.

Celebrate National Guacamole Day with Uncle Julio’s for:

  • Prepared to Order Guacamole for dine-in customers for only $5.
  • Complimentary Prepared to Order Guacamole for new Uncle Julio’s Especial Loyalty Program Members (use it on National Guacamole Day or on your next visit!).
  • Large Prepared to Order Guacamole for to-go orders for only $5.
  • Choice of Julio’s Gold, Frozen ‘Rita, or Swirl Margarita for dine-in guests for only $5.
  • Choice of a Frozen ‘Rita or Swirl Margarita for only $5 for to-go customers (where applicable).

Uncle Julio's DFW locations include Allen, Alliance, Arlington, Dallas (Keller Springs and Lemmon Avenue), Fort Worth and Grapevine.

Uncle Julio’sserves made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, using fresh ingredients and authentic recipes to create its signature taste in everything from mesquite-grilled meats to hand-crafted margaritas. Headquartered in the Dallas, Texas area, the first Uncle Julio’s opened in 1986 and continues to expand to define the polished casual Mexican industry. To find a location near you or to peruse the mouth-watering menu, visit UncleJulios.com, or connect with Uncle Julio’s on Facebook @UncleJuliosandInstagram @UncleJuliosMexican.

 

 

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Working directly with Texas-based healthcare technology provider, student team uses data to detect pediatric cardiac diseases 

Anirudh Kuchibhatia, a graduate of Independence High School in Frisco and an electrical computing engineering major at Rice University, was recently honored with a second-place prize as part of a team that competed in Rice University’s Center for Transforming Data to Knowledge (D2K Lab) spring showcase.

Kuchibhatiacompeted as part of a student team in the D2K Lab capstone program sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital and Medical Informatics Corp. (MIC), a Houston-based healthcare technology provider that is using data to help clinicians save patient lives. The team of Rice University students took second place with their project, “Pediatric Cardiac ICU Arrhythmias Detection.” By using data from a patient’s electrocardiogram, students develop an algorithm that detects lethal heart conditions. This algorithm helps physicians to eliminate alarm fatigue and save more children who suffer from arrhythmia. 

More than 300 participants from around the country took part in the D2K Lab’s virtual showcase to view ten teams of student video presentations and then interact with student teams via Zoom. A live awards ceremony — also online to observe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic — followed the presentations. The Texas Children’s Hospital student team included Yanwan Dai, Mario Paciuc, Robert Chen, Yerin Han and Xin Tan and Kuchibhatia.

Raajen Patel, director of research with MIC, was impressed with the students’ desire to apply data to help solve real-world issues.

“Working with students that can build on each other’s skills to solve problems that might save lives across the world, or even in their own families, is both inspiring and reassuring,” Patel said. “Working with our technology, they understand how these solutions are real and possible for everyone.”

The D2K Lab’s data science and machine learning capstone course involves interdisciplinary teams of students working on semester long, real-world data science projects sponsored by D2K Affiliate members, which include corporations like MIC and others. MIC will continue to participate and support the D2K Lab and students during the upcoming academic year.

 

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Event to raise donations for Annie’s Place, the newest addition to the family 

No parent should have to choose between taking care of themselves and having safe, loving, expert care for their children. Mommies in Need, a North Texas non-profit, is  expecting, and is about to  bring into this world a new way to help parents through a  new addition to the organization’s family of services called  Annie’s Place, a drop-in childcare center located at Parkland Hospital that will serve parents in need across the Dallas area. At Annie's Place, a first-of-its-kind facility, expertly-trained nannies will care for children while their caregivers are attending appointments and receiving treatment at the hospital.
 
To celebrate this upcoming arrival, supporters of Mommies in Need are throwing a virtual shower! Anyone can participate in the event, which will be held via Zoom and will allow supporters to contribute much-needed items to outfit Annie’s Place. Everything from bottle warmers to toys, craft supplies and other kid-friendly items will be gifted to this facility in this very special online event.  Supporters are already purchasing items from the organization’s  Amazon wish-list registry, and more help is needed. 
 
Attendees at the virtual shower can play games, enjoy personal stories, catch a sneak-peek preview of Annie's Place, and see Mommies in Need founder and CEO Natalie Boyle unwrap items donated for the new drop-in childcare center, which is just weeks away from opening at 2131 Butler Street in Dallas. Supporters will also be driving through to drop off gifts in a socially distant fashion at Annie’s Place. 
 
Once open, Annie’s Place will also serve healthcare providers battling COVID whose typical childcare has fallen through. 
 
Mommies In Need allows parents who are experiencing a health crisis to focus on getting well, knowing that their children are receiving safe, loving care from specially-trained nannies. This North Texas non-profit organization relies on the generosity of the community, and is celebrating that spirit with a virtual shower featuring gifts from bottle warmers to markers to toys and so much more that will help Mommies in Need serve parents through the addition of Annie’s Place to the non-profit’s services. 
 
The virtual shower and celebration will be held Tuesday, August 25th, from 11 a.m. to noon on Zoom (the event is free to attend and is come and go, so don't miss the fun!). Annie's Place needs items to help fulfill the needs of the people it will serve, and a registry is available here: 
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Moms are always there for us. Let's be there for them!

The details on how to log in to the virtual shower:

Tuesday, August 25, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon, via Zoom, at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3806185074?pwd=bEQzU1NTMTY2WFIwa2QxbTFzcTBlQT09  
 
Meeting ID: 380 618 5074  
 
Passcode: Mommies  
 
   
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Weekend of celebration to allow community and its allies to participate in an inclusive way


Dallas Pride 2020, “The Pride of Texas,” will be held July 25 and 26 through DallasPride.org and through the Dallas Pride social media channels on YouTube and Facebook. This virtual celebration will feature entertainment, interactive experiences and a chance for community members, friends and allies to show their pride in an inclusive, accessible way. This celebration is free to attend and accessible via the web.


Saturday, July 25, 2 p.m. - Dallas Pride Livestream Hosted by Ron Corning, Dallas Pride 2020 officially kicks off the free, online celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Attendees may tune in on DallasPride.org, or through @DallasPride on Facebook and YouTube. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and celebrity cameos from personalities including Big Freedia, David Hernandez, Kristine W, Rayvon Owen, Ty Herndon, Brody Ray, Adrian Lea of PRIMADONNA and CrisDee, as well as messages from community members and special surprises. Also, peruse the new Dallas Pride interactive marketplace, where attendees can click on tents in the virtual festival to learn more about the organizations and companies that support the LGBTQ+ community, and find products and services to purchase or causes to support.


Saturday, July 25, 9 p.m. - Dallas Pride Celebration It’s a party! Put on your boogie shoes and let’s celebrate with music from DJ Deanne and Dorian Electra. How long will the party go? It’s anyone’s guess!


Sunday, July 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Dallas Pride Drag Brunch Mack Campbell, also known as “Marsha Dimes,” will host a virtual drag brunch, a fundraiser that will benefit local LGBTQ+ causes including Coalition for Aging LGBT, AIDS Services of Dallas, Equality Texas, TGRA, Miss Gay Texas Pageant System and United Court of the Lone Star Empire. Don’t miss some of Dallas’s favorite performers in all their finest!


Sunday, July 26, 6:30 p.m. - CW 33’s “The Pride of Texas” CW personalities Jenny Anchondo and Ron Corning will host a 30-minute special, “The Pride of Texas,” featuring highlights from past Dallas Pride parades, as well as interviews and “Profiles in Pride” segments. The special will also be co-hosted by Del Shores, a film director, production, TV writer, playwright and actor.


Dallas Pride is pleased to honor a group of people who have contributed their support to the LGBTQ+ community with the titles of Dallas Pride 2020 Grand Marshals: Adam Medrano, Kristi Wilson, Danny Cabrera, Linze Serell and Sable Alexander, Cassie Nova and David Hearn.
Everyone can get involved in supporting Dallas Pride, which encourages people to consider decorating their homes or putting signs in their yard, and sharing those images on social media with #DallasPride.


“This may be our most inclusive celebration yet!” Jaron Turnbow, executive director of Dallas Pride, said. “We have so much fun planned through this virtual event and what’s wonderful about this is how accessible it is for everyone. People who may not have been able to attend our events in the past can be with us this year. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, or a friend, family member, other ally or supporter, we really hope you enjoy this event with us.”


Dallas Pride 2020 will be hosted on DallasPride.org and via the Dallas Pride social media channels. The events are free to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend.

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MINT dentistry’s goal of putting smiles on people’s faces doesn’t stop during a pandemic: To help a community in need, the dentistry practice is providing groceries for people who are experiencing food insecurity. More than 2,000 families have already benefited from the food donation boxes that have created 84,000 meals, and another grocery giveaway is planned for July 11. It’s all part of a commitment to serving the community from MINT dentistry founder Dr. Field Harrison and his wife, Sabrina, who feel compelled to do something to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and hope others are inspired to do the same. 
 
“We just want to do our part and try to help people out,” Dr. Harrison said. “Serving families by providing food is an honor--but providing them hope through that donation means even more.” 
 
The next grocery giveaway takes place Saturday, July 11, at the MINT dentistry in Bishop Arts at 2433 W Davis Street in Dallas from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 
 
During a grocery giveaway, more than 500 boxes of groceries purchased by MINT from Minnie’s Food Pantry are given away, each containing a week’s worth of food. People can simply line up in their vehicles to receive a box (touch-free, from volunteers wearing masks), and a message of hope. Each box contains a week’s worth of meals and includes non-perishable items like spaghetti, rice, peanut butter, canned goods and more. The box also contains something important for a healthy smile: a full-sized tube of toothpaste from MINT dentistry.  
 
If you or someone you know is in need of groceries, please join the MINT dentistry Grocery Giveaway on July 11. There is no need to sign up – just show up! Giving is first-come, first-served in a drive-thru style pick-up line with no contact (following CDC guidelines). Guests can check the @mintdentistry Instagram for updates on where the car line will start. 
 
As a result of the effects of COVID-19 on the economy and nation, one out of every six families in America is struggling with food insecurity. The global pandemic has put many individuals and businesses out of work and many are in need of weekly groceries to feed their own families. Through several weeks of grocery giveaways, MINT dentistry has provided more than 2,000 boxes of food to North Texans in need. 
 
Though the cause of hunger is serious, the grocery giveaway events have a celebratory vibe: MINT dentistry employs a local DJ to play music, volunteers dance while they assist, and volunteers hold signs with messages like “We Love You” in English and Spanish. There are smiles all around, waves from volunteers, and honks from appreciative recipients, who find something else in their box when they arrive home – a personal message from MINT dentistry that expresses best wishes and a prayer for the recipients of the box. 
 
“Our hearts broke when we saw news reports of the long lines of people who needed something as simple as a meal,” Sabrina Harrison said. “This is our opportunity to share a message of hope and love with everyone. We are grateful for our colleagues who have stepped in to help, too.”   
 
Through his community service and through his dental work, Dr. Harrison is passionate about healing pain—whether that’s dental pain, spiritual pain, mental pain, loss of dignity, or financial pain. Even before he graduated from dental school, Dr. Harrison was volunteering in a clinic offering free dental care in South Dallas, and traveling to Romania with other doctors and dentists to end a village's suffering with tooth and jaw pain. Dr. Harrison and Sabrina Harrison are devout Christians who welcome those of all faiths, and who believe strongly in giving back to their communities. 
 
MINT dentistry has more than 50 locations in Dallas and Houston, with skilled support staff that have introduced discount and dental insurance to thousands without insurance or those whose insurance has let them down. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, visit MINTdentistry.com, call 214-821-MINT, or visit them @MINTdentistry on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
 
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