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Woman of Wilson: Dr. Tonia Porter

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It was in 2009 that husband and wife, Drs. Chad and Tonia Porter, decided to share their professional lives together as well. Porter Family Dentistry in Lebanon was born.

The couple, who met at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis, worked as associate dentists for a few years before deciding to open a dental practice together.

"It was the same year we had our first child," explained this week's Woman of Wilson, Dr. Tonia Porter. "We felt compelled to manage our family and business together and haven't looked back a day since. Chad is the best partner in life and business I could ever ask for."

It was Chad who introduced her to Wilson County.

Porter moved to Lebanon in July 2007 to be with him. He was her then-fiancé and a Lebanon native.

"We were married later that year," she said. They celebrated nine years of marriage last November.

In those nine years, they have welcomed three children: Luke Hagan, 7; Layla Grace, 5; and Evan Chadwick, 2.

"Being a mother of three isn't an easy job, but it's the best job I could ever ask for. I love those children with all my heart and soul," she said.

Porter said raising three kids and running a business doesn't leave her with much spare time. However, she tries to stay active in her community.

"Since moving here, I have served on several boards and committees. I love being a part of anything that helps strengthen families, businesses and our community," she said.

The family also enjoys traveling.

"We love to take the kids for getaways where they can see the world and we can spend time together," Porter added.

She listed three women in particular she most admires - beginning with her mother, Annette Najjar.

"She is the most selfless and patient person I know. She truly has a heart of gold," Porter said.

She's also thankful for her mother-in-law, Melinda Hagan Porter.

Another special lady is her husband's grandmother, Madeline Hagan.

"She was born and raised in Lebanon. Growing up, my two grandmothers lived in different countries than me. It is such a blessing that I now have a grandmother that I can pop in and visit any time I want," she said. "When I think of all the things she's lived through in 94 years, I can't help but be in awe of her experiences and wisdom."

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