New dentist in town offers HPD families great discounts and user-friendly service

Tom Kennedy

Erica Bock emanates from a two-sided HPD family and laughs when she tells why she didn’t choose a law enforcement career herself.

“I would tell people, ‘No, I don’t think I’m good at it. I’m too nice,’ ” she said in a Badge & Gun interview, cleverly chiding police family members and many friends who are in the policing business.

“I can’t be rough with people.” Another laugh. “It’s my fault. I’m sorry.”

One might conclude Erica chose a kinder and gentler profession. She is known professionally as Dr. Erica Bock, a dentist in The Woodlands/Spring area who has opened a new office with doors wide open and tailor-made for HPD patients, young and old.

Dr. Bock said she drew inspiration from her mother, Karla, a dental hygienist. A Texas Aggie born and raised in the Spring area, she chose dentistry over medicine. “Dentistry was more up my alley,” she explained. “The hours are so much better and are more family-friendly.”

After graduating from Texas A&M, she went on to the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, earning her degree in 2012.

Bock now will see her goal of opening her own office come to fruition. She takes pride in having built her new office from the ground up. The office at 8633 West Rayford Road, is actually located in a strip center “that had a big empty space they built out for a dental office.”

The dentist with the ready smile relishes the family atmosphere that includes experienced dental assistants, Chrissy and Christina, with whom she has worked for a long time.

“If you’re in our indemnity plan,” Texas Police Trust’s Mike Mitchell said, “you can go see this dentist.”

Dr. Bock takes PPOs but not HMOs. She stressed one policy point: “If any officers and their families come out, we will have a 25 percent discount for them.”

She wants to be user-friendly and gently suggested that her patients won’t have to wait as long as they might have to in the big clinics spotlighted in some dental plans.