11 Feb Beautiful Smiles from Hometown Dreams BY WENDI CARTWRIGHT PHOTO BY DNT PHOTOGRAPHY

Growing up in a sleepy, Texas town, a little girl named Melina plays at her grandparents’ farm, dreaming of one day of owning her own business. She can’t envision any place other than her hometown of Forney to plant her professional roots. Fast forward to 2016, where Dr. Melina Cozby is now entering the seventh year of her thriving dental practice…proudly located in her hometown of Forney. She dreamed it…she planned it…she envisioned it. Home is where it began…home is where it continues. Welcome to Forney Family Dentistry.


Today, each time Dr. Cozby passes Forney’s well-known red caboose, she’s reminded of her family, where she came from and why it was important for her to build her business here. That caboose holds a special place in her heart. Dr. Cozby’s grandfather worked for the railroad for many years and he was instrumental in getting that little caboose donated to the city. He knew it was important to cherish history, community and family…a trait passed down to his granddaughter.


Dr. Cozby understands that choosing a dentist is an important decision for families…and that families have many choices. That’s why she continues to work hard to set her practice apart from others, creating an environment that is warm, safe and comfortable for the entire family. Let’s face it, going the dentist is a scary proposition for many people. Dr. Cozby herself suffered from dental phobia as a child, so she understands the fear. Because of this, she has personally designed the layout of the office to be warm and inviting for adults, including private treatment and consultation rooms for added privacy, as well as brightly colored, fun areas for kids.


In addition to a thoughtfully designed space for the entire family, patients are cared for by a compassionate team of professionals, who not only work hard to make them feel at ease, but genuinely care about them as people.  Three years ago, Dr. Cozby was in search of a dentist to add to the practice. She wanted to ensure that patients still had access to top-notch care and concern as the practice grew. The candidate had to meet a list of criteria Dr. Cozby envisioned for this addition: unquestionable ethics, high moral standards and a godly attitude. When she met and spoke with one particular candidate, it became clear to her who the additional dentist would be. Dr. Lauren Lewellen was a perfect fit for the office. “One of Dr. Lewellen’s strongest traits…and she has many…is how she builds patient relationships,” says Dr. Cozby. “She listens to her patients, getting to know and care about them as individuals.”


Treating patients like family, Dr. Cozby, Dr. Lewellen and the entire staff will talk and laugh with you…and even pray with you, if that’s what you need. It’s what family does. You know you’ll be in good hands, too, since each member of the team completes continuing education courses that exceed the yearly requirements. This is important in making sure each patient is afforded the latest in state-of-the-art technology, the best of what the industry has to offer, high-quality care and educated answers to tough questions.

Educating and informing every patient about the options and helping them reach their dental health goals is what Forney Family Dentistry strives to do each day. As an added benefit of owning her own practice, Dr. Cozby is able to bring in specialists to her office, so there is never a need for patients to drive to Tyler or Dallas to receive specialized treatment. You can receive comprehensive care in one convenient location. If it’s in the best interest of her patients, Dr. Cozby is intent on providing it.


Another important aspect Dr. Cozby has incorporated into her practice is providing services for the entire family…from infants to grandparents. It is their  goal to become the dental home for your entire family. “We use the latest technologies, providing wisdom teeth removal, implant dentures, affordable braces and more. We want to make your whole family smile!” says Dr. Cozby.


Patient satisfaction and superb care are paramount to the entire staff at Forney Family Dentistry. “It’s more than a business. It’s about connecting with each person — listening to them and giving what they need from me that day. I love, love, love what I do.” You’ll not only experience this attitude from Dr. Cozby, but will find it true for Dr. Lewellen and the entire staff, as well.


If you are in need of a new dental home for you and your family, consider Forney Family Dentistry…where a little girl’s dream is being fulfilled.



Melina Cozby, DDS

(972) 564-7575

108 E. Hwy 80, Ste 190

Forney, Texas  75126