Following the death of George Floyd in May of 2020, Chicago Lake Family Dental was destroyed during the resulting civil unrest in Minneapolis. Practice owner, Ali Barbarawi, DDS, knew immediately that he would rebuild in the same location so he could continue serving his patients. His Patterson team and his employees were with him through the entire process.
A Midwestern architecture firm is helping dentists design practices that reflect their visions and personalities while also addressing patient and team needs.
Maintaining a safe, infection-free practice means avoiding cross-contamination whenever possible. Here are some best practices for proper hand hygiene, instrument processing and surface asepsis prevention.
As a partner at Gentling Dental Care in Rochester, Minn., Ryan Henrichsen, DDS, MAGD, found himself building many mandibular advancement devices, treating TMJ issues and focusing more on the airway component of these conditions. Henrichsen eventually opened Respira – Airway, Snoring, & TMJ in January 2021.
When Jeffrey S. Butts, DDS, decided to expand his services to offer oral surgery, implants, IV sedation and same-day dentistry, he turned to Patterson Dental to help with finding a new location, designing the office layout and nearly every other aspect of his new practice.
After holding down the roles of lead singer, songwriter and guitarist in two rock bands, Jeffrey S. Butts, DDS, is now the owner of a thriving dental office in Atlanta. So, how did Butts go from a touring rock star to owning his own practice?
Some companies have been able to not only accelerate growth but also increase profitability while facing economic headwinds. As dental offices begin to reopen and rebound from the COVID-19 crisis, practice owners should focus on three key dimensions to navigate the economic downturn and come out the other side stronger.
After being closed for a few weeks, reopening your dental practice can be a stressful task that may not be well rehearsed among your staff. Creating a task list, communicating with your staff and patients, and ensuring a safe office space will help assure a smooth reopening transition.
With most dental practices in the U.S. open for emergency care only, it can be easy to stress about the future of your practice. Amid the uncertainty, it’s important to remain optimistic and think of ways to turn the negatives into a positive. Imtiaz Manji, the co-founder and chairman of Spear Education, recently shared his ideas on how to navigate the coronavirus crisis and how dental practices can use this tough situation to improve their business and come back stronger.
“I knew for a long time that I wanted to open a practice in my hometown,” says Dr. Carla Thomas. “I’m so passionate about this community and I want to give back.” Dr. Thomas didn’t cut any corners when designing her practice. She wanted to build something that the people of Inglewood would be proud of by investing in the newest technology, buying CEREC equipment and purchasing products that would allow her and her staff to perform the latest techniques.
When planning to relocate and build out a larger office, Dr. Ricky L. Farmer trusted Patterson Dental to help him see his vision through. At nearly 8,000-square-feet, Lake Pointe Dental Care is now at 10 operational operatories with the capacity to go to 16, and the staff has more than doubled.
Dr. Ricky L. Farmer’s practice in Somerset, Ky., was successful, but patients couldn’t always be accommodated immediately in the 2,500-square-foot space. His vision was to transition to a larger group practice aligned with his philosophy of “contemporary, comprehensive, compassionate care.”