Better Faster is a brand new, state-of-the-art Urgent Care center in Southlake, Texas. It was founded in 2013 by Alan Dennington, MD, a board certified Emergency Medicine physician. Alan felt like most urgent care centers did not have the capability to take care of many urgent problems and frequently had to send these patients to the Emergency Room to complete non-emergent care. He developed Better Faster Urgent Care to be a next generation urgent care provider, or what he terms Urgent Care Plus. This means we have all of the capabilities of other urgent care centers, but offer an extended array of services including extended laboratory, IV fluids, IV antibiotics, and mild sedation for procedures that aren’t offered at other area urgent care clinics.
Our providers all have extensive training and experience in Emergency Medicine. To the layperson, this may not seem like a big deal, but what it ultimately means is that their training is more highly focused on taking care of people who are sick. Emergency Medicine involves a broad training in all aspects of medicine including orthopedics, pediatrics, intensive care, internal medicine, surgery, and gynecology with a special emphasis on taking care of patients with acute injury and illness.
Alan Dennington, MD
Alan attended Abilene Christian University as a Presidential Scholar where he graduated Summa cum Laude in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. In high school and while at ACU, he had the opportunity to go on three medical mission trips to Zambia, Africa. He also spent a semester in Oxford, England through ACU’s study abroad program. He was accepted to one of the most prestigious medical programs in the country, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School where he met his soon to be wife Kristina and obtained his Medical Degree (MD).
After graduating from UT Southwestern in 2005, he completed his internship and residency in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, where he served as the chief resident of Emergency Medicine in 2007-2008. In Augusta, he also had the opportunity to be on the medical team for the Master’s Golf Tournament in 2008 as the medical provider for 11th, 12th and 13th holes, aka “Amen Corner”.
After completing his residency, Alan and Kristina were excited to move back home to Texas where Alan began work in the Baylor Grapevine Regional Medical Center Emergency Department as well as the Baylor All Saints Emergency Department. He moved full time to Baylor Grapevine in 2009. At Baylor Grapevine, Alan was named Physician of the Month and was also a recipient of the Five Star Spirit award while maintaining patient satisfaction scores in the top ten percent nationwide.
Alan is a proud husband to Kristina and father of three amazing children, Cosette, Reef, and Scout. He enjoys playing basketball and guitar as well as reading a good book. He watches and roots for the Dallas Cowboys religiously, although he doesn’t always enjoy it.
Kristina Dennington, MD
Kristina attended the University of Texas at Austin before transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington, where she graduated Summa cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. While in college, Kristina was involved with the Best Buddies program at UT Austin, was a home health aid for the elderly and worked at a communal home for the mentally challenged. She assisted with Genetics Research at the UT Arlington Genetics Lab and was a Genetics tutor. She was accepted to one of the most prestigious medical programs in the country, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School where she met Alan.
During Medical School, Kristina was a tutor at an after school program in a subsidized apartment complex in Dallas, TX. She also completed an Internal Medicine Preceptorship in 2002. She graduated from UT Southwestern with her Medical Degree (MD) in 2005 and was accepted as a resident physician of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia.
Kristina completed her Emergency Medicine residency in 2008, having her first child Cosette along the way. Having a baby during a medical residency is no easy task! After completing her residency, Kristina spent the next few years raising her children and doctoring them at home. During this time she was licensed as a Designated Doctor by the Texas Department of Insurance and performed Designated Doctor exams as a consultant for the state.
Kristina is the proud mother of three beautiful children, Cosette, Reef, and Scout. She puts up with Alan on a daily basis.