by Mollie Davis
The Cassidy family has deep ties to their Macon home, and for three generations a Dr. James Cassidy has been treating and caring for the mouths of community members at the Cassidy Dental practice on College Street. Most recently, Dr. James Cassidy III relocated to the Corridor to join the family business and continue their legacy of service.
This particular Dr. Cassidy (James III) sat across from me in his office as we chatted about his recent move back to Macon after leaving for college and eventually on to dental school. When we spoke, it was just his third day on the job at his father’s dentist practice on College Street, Cassidy Dental, and his office was all but bare, except for a Mercer football helmet autographed by Coach Bobby Lamb and an abstract painting of downtown Macon’s original Nu-Way Weiners.
“It was probably the thing I missed most, Nu-Way Weiners,” he explained to me with a laugh. “I always got a hot dog when I came back home to visit, now that I live here I’ll have to limit myself.”
After growing up in Macon and graduating from Mount De Sales High School, Cassidy moved on to Georgia College and State University to pursue a science degree. He enjoyed living in Milledgeville and taking advantage of the community’s bike-ability and college-town feel. But after his graduation and four years in Augusta studying dentistry, Cassidy decided it was finally time to come home.
“What I love most about the College Hill are the events like Second Sunday and the Soap Box Derby. And I love Mercer Village!” he explained. A lot has changed since he last lived in the Macon area, and he is excited to be back again to witness more changes and improvements to come.
Cassidy is also happy to find that Mercer Village and all the attractions downtown are easily accessible on his bicycle from his new apartment at the Washington Commons on the corner of Hardeman and College Street. His mother, Wendy Cassidy, recently remodeled the historic building for office space and rental property, and was pleased to see her son move in as one of the first tenants. When the weather’s nice he says he’s happy to ride his bike to work, out to lunch for a Nu-Way Weiner, and then hit the town at night, content not to use his car all day long. “I’ve never been more excited to for downtown Macon than now,” he admitted, saying he was especially excited for the new Macon Beer Company Oglethorpe, though that might be a long bike ride back to his apartment.
Dr. Cassidy certainly is making himself at home again in the Corridor, and his father could not seem happier to have him back. As we stood on College Street facing the Cassidy practice, which Dr. James Cassidy, Sr. opened in 1954, Dr. Cassidy Jr. shared with me his fondness of Macon and the family practice three generations of Cassidy men have helped to build.
“Anyone can put in a filling or clean teeth, but being there when your patients need you— that’s service,” remarked Dr. Cassidy, Jr.
Being rooted in the same community for so long, the professionals at Cassidy Dental have cleaned and fixed the teeth of local families for decades, once even having five generations of a family in the office at the same time! It’s this kind of long-term, personal care, a “heritage of service” as Dr. Cassidy, Jr. proudly calls it, which has established a name for three generations of Dr. Cassidys here in the Corridor.