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Dr. Juan Villarreal

Dr. Juan Villarreal
Founder, Edinburg and Harlingen Family Dentistry

"My name is Juan Villareal, I’m the founder of Harlingen Family Dentistry. I was born and raised here in Harlingen, Texas on the west side of Harlingen. My dental practice is only probably about a half a mile from where I was actually born.

"I like that I came from humble beginnings and grew up in a large family and I always wanted to come back to this community and be a factor in the community and do something for the community.

"Well I actually had an experience with a toothache when I was 14 years old and it took 2-3 days to find a dentist that could treat me because everybody was too busy at the time. And I didn't sleep for those couple of days so I know it was a very bad experience for me. And finally got a hold of a dentist who took care of me at the time. And I think at the time I made the decision that one day I would come back to this area and be able to treat people when they have some emergency needs as I had at the time with this terrible toothache. So I know what it feels like to have a toothache. And it’s one of the philosophies that I put in my practice to do emergency care for my patients regardless of the time of day or weekends or whatever, and take good care of them. And that’s how the practice over the years has grown.

"One of the most pleasurable moments in dentistry is being able to take care of a patient that really needs it and is in pain and they come in and you can see the change in their face from a very painful experience to being able to smile again and joke. Also another real pleasurable experience in dentistry is treating people that I see sometimes I see people that have very bad teeth and they start coming in and you start seeing the differences. And they start changing their whole demeanor in how they feel and how they communicate and even how they dress. You know people totally change. And you can see the differences in that. And they take more pride and their self-esteem comes up and it’s really a neat experience watching that in individuals as we improve their smiles and then they can really smile again.

"So I think we’re making the community a nicer, prettier place by doing that."


Sadly, Dr. Villarreal passed away unexpectedly on December 29, 2019.

He maintained an active role in the dental community, most recently serving as President of the Rio Grande Valley District Dental Society. He also served on the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners from 2001-2008 following an appointment by then-Gov. Rick Perry.

Dr. Villarreal is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and was named Dentist of the Year in 2015 for his professional achievements. His professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, Hispanic Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Dental Association, Rio Grande Valley District Dental Society, and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Locally, he was an active member of the South Texas economic and civic communities, where he served as Past President of the Harlingen CISD School Board, Past President of the Harlingen Economic Development Board, a member of the Dawnbreakers Lions Club, a sponsor at the Harlingen Outreach Center, a sponsor of the Boy Scouts of America Friends of Scouting organization, benefactor of the JROTC “Set a Good Example” Scholarship Program, a sponsor of Harlingen High and Harlingen South High School Scholarships, and founder and benefactor of Narconon South Texas.

His many achievements and contributions are remembered in an article published by the Valley Morning Star.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.