At some point, many dental professionals come to realize their dental office is no longer meeting their unique and changing needs. With this realization comes difficult questions. Do I expand my existing space or buy, lease or build a new one? What equipment and technology do I need? How should I configure my space? How many operatories do I need? What can I afford?
For Thomas Volck, DDS, this realization came when he noticed the changing needs of his patient base and staff. Located in Vandalia, Ohio, Dr. Volck’s practice started out as a 2,000-square-foot space with four operatory rooms.
But as his business grew, his office started to feel a bit cramped. “Over the last five years, as I added new technology and continued to grow my business, I even turned a breakroom into a fifth operatory room, and it still wasn’t enough,” said Dr. Volck.
As his business continued to grow, it became obvious to Dr. Volck that he needed more room. As the growing pains became more evident, the task of building a new office seemed overwhelming. That’s where Midmark came in.
“I knew what I wanted, but I wasn’t sure what I needed to do. I had little understanding about everything involved in building a new office. Luckily, my Midmark sales representative, Matt McLaughlin, suggested I should attend the company’s ImpactDesign seminar.”
Working with his Patterson and Midmark teams, Dr. Volck eventually made it through the design process that included a tour of Midmark’s manufacturing floor and the opportunity to experience the equipment and technology first-hand.
His new office opened in 2018, with 6,000-square-feet of space in a very clean, professional open design. Dr. Volck looks back on the whole process as a complete success.
“I brought on an additional associate, and we are now producing 30 percent more than what we were producing in our previous location,” said Dr. Volck. “We went from seeing about 180 patients a month to now about 270 a month. My patients love the new facility and the Midmark chairs. My team loves that they now have space to work comfortably.” Read Dr. Volck’s full case study here [PDF].
ImpactDesign webinar series presented by Patterson Dental and Midmark Corporation
Planning your own remodel or new build can be a daunting task but knowing where to start and working with the right teams can ensure the process is smooth and painless. Join us for the Start-to-Finish Webinar Series to learn strategies that can help you define, refine and achieve your practice goals through effective dental office design principles.
Tune in each week in October for more comprehensive learning. If you’re interested in a topic but are unable to attend, go ahead and register anyway. Each webinar will be recorded and sent out to those who register.
Note: One CE credit will be awarded each week on an opt-in basis and for those attending the live webinars only. You must provide your NPI and State License Number after each webinar to receive the CE credit.
Webinar series details
Topic: Getting Started: Budgeting, Site Selection and Branding
When: Thurs., Oct. 1, 2020, 7–8 p.m. ET
Topic: Workflow Design Part 1: Zoning and Equipping Your Practice for Ergonomics, Safety and Efficiency – the Clinical Zone
When: Thurs., Oct. 8, 2020, 7–8 p.m. ET
Topic: Workflow Design Part 2: Zoning and Equipping Your Practice for Ergonomics, Safety and Efficiency – the Public and Private Zones
When: Thurs., Oct. 15, 2020, 7–8 p.m. ET
Topic: Managing Your Project: Selecting Finishes, Cost Management and Negotiating with Contractors
When: Thurs., Oct. 22, 2020, 7–8 p.m. ET
Meet the presenters
In 2002, Dr. Jeff and Pat Carter founded the Practice Design Group as a collaborative and innovative design resource for dentists. The Carters focus on helping dentists achieve highly functional and technologically advanced facilities that are unique to each practitioner’s vision and sensitive to the patient experience. To date, Practice Design Group clients have won 16 national design awards.
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