Elk Creek Dental Care - Focusing on preventive care with compassion.

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Owner: James E. “Randy” Ransdell, DMD, Fellow AGD, PSC
Address: 4819 Taylorsville Road
Hours: Appointments preferred; in Elk Creek office on Wednesday from 10-6 p.m.; Thursday 1-6 p.m.; Friday by appointment.


Dr. Randy Ransdell’s first visit to Spencer County wasn’t to scope out a site for his dental practice. It was to enjoy the rural countryside. Eventually, he would buy some acreage overlooking scenic Brashears Creek so he and his family would have a place to camp and fish.

On his frequent trips out to his property in the 1990s however, he noticed how much growth was taking place. He discovered there was a need for a dental practice, and in 1999, he opened up Elk Creek Dental Care, located at 4819 Taylorsville Road, between the Dollar General Store and Elk Creek Grocery. He’s been providing quality, comprehensive dental care ever since.

“I’m blessed with an awesome staff and we try to treat everybody with friendliness and respect,’ said Ransdell.

Ransdell was recently honored by the Academy of General Dentistry with the association’s Mastership Award, in recognition of his completion of 1,100 hours of continuing education. He said he strives to keep up to date on the latest techniques and equipment, but said he doesn’t rush to implement them, opting instead to watch and evaluate their performance for a while.

His efforts to continue honing his skills, means he is able to offer many services and procedures that other dentists may prefer to refer patients to specialists. Obviously, it’s the patient’s choice, but Dr. Randy’s expertise offers a level of convenience not often seen in many small communities.

“I feel confident doing most dental procedures,” he said, including root canals, extractions, full-mouth reconstruction, veneers, sedation, and other tasks.

“I don’t believe in selling dentistry,” he said. “We just educate our patients and make them aware of their options.”

He said their focus at Elk Creek Dental is on preventive care.

“We like to save teeth,” he said. “They are tremendously important to health.” “The person who saves most of their teeth lives an average of 9 ½ years longer versus those who have all of them pulled.  This a tremendous reason to care for your teeth.”

“We treat people the way I would treat my family.” he said.

That entails a sense of compassion as well, as Ransdell spends a considerable amount of time looking for ways to make dental care more accessible to those who might not otherwise seek it out.

Last year, he served as President of the Louisville Dental Society, and said he has been securing the use of a free mobile dental van owned by the Metro Health department that would cater to the dental needs of adults in Louisville and surrounding counties.

Already, he and other dentists in the region have been involved in the Smile Kentucky! programs, which conducts dental screenings at area schools, and then refers students with needs to the University of Louisville School of Dentistry where they are treated by volunteer dentists from the Louisville Dental Society. Ransdell said he hopes that program can evolve to where the needed dental procedures can be performed closer to home, such as in his Elk Creek office.

In addition, Dr. Randy has participated a number of medical-related mission trips. In fact, it was on a trip to Mexico, while in college, that steered him toward dentistry. He said he wasn’t sure what he wanted to pursue, early on, but the trip working with  dental teams in Mexico and Peru set his course.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, and I enjoyed working with the dentists in Mexico & Peru tremendously,” he said.

Ransdell continues to split time between his Elk Creek and Louisville offices. He is at Elk Creek on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Thursday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., and by-appointment on Friday. He also continues to enjoy that little piece of country that brought him to Spencer County more than 25 years ago.