Every year, Texas Monthly publishes much-anticipated reviews of some of the state’s best medical, legal, and community leaders, based on a strict and independent research process that identifies Texans who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Dr. Larry Balli, one of the area’s most influential dentists, has long enjoyed a stellar reputation in Edinburg. Late last year, he was bestowed the coveted honor of “Super Dentist” by Texas Monthly, a major statewide magazine with a national following.

Now comes news that his professional and civic contributions to the region have earned him praise from Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Legislature, which have approved a legislative resolution publicly recognizing him for his efforts in the Lone Star State.

“Larry N. Balli, D.D.S., a native of Mission and a longtime resident of Edinburg, exemplifies the highest standards of his profession with his practice, located in Edinburg, and with his extensive public service to his community and to South Texas,” Perry noted in the resolution which bears the governor’s signature.

Balli, with his wife and business partner, Norma Garza Balli, along with their children, daughter Nicole Balli Little and Brandon Balli, “reflect positively on the thousands of Rio Grande Valley families who have helped shape Texas into the greatest state in the nation,” Perry added.

Balli, for his part, says he was humbled by the lofty recognition, and grateful to his colleagues who praised his professional skills.

“Dental care is a vital part of protecting overall general health, and we are all part of the same team,” said Balli. “I am honored by these unsolicited recognitions, but they are ones which I fully share with my fellow colleagues in the Valley, and especially with my outstanding staff and wonderful family.”

Balli noted that another Edinburg dental professional — Dr. David Adame — was also named a Super Dentist by Texas Monthly.

“All of the dental professionals in our area are dedicated to their patients, and we all share our professional experiences, ideas, and insights on behalf of this wonderful community,” Balli said.

Balli’s achievements were duly noted in the legislative resolution, which also bear the signatures of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Speaker of the House Joe Straus, Rep. Aaron Peña, D-Edinburg, the author of the resolution, and Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, the Senate sponsor of the measure.

This latest public recognition comes as Larry Balli and his wife, Norma, an Edinburg native, along with the rest of their family, many relatives and friends, in June marked the 24th anniversary of his dental practice, which is located at 1123 South 10th Avenue in the three-time All-America City.

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