Oral Health Group

Demographics Drives Redesign

December 1, 2006
by Dental Practice Management

When Dr. Stephen Simpson took over the storefront practice of a retiring dentist, he inherited an office in need of much work, and finally last year, the time to renovate the space into his dream office arrived.

Demographics had changed, and Dr. Simpson wanted his office to better suit the now upscale neighborhood. His tired equipment needed replacement with state-of-the-art technology that would complement his professional skills, and, with additional staff, more space was required.


Dr. Simpson called on interior designer Jean Akerman to help him achieve his vision. The decision was made to renovate the storefront, redesign the main level and expand into the basement, a major endeavor which also meant redesigning the dreary rear entrance and stairwell to the lower level.

Patterson Dental Inc., and Tripar Improvements joined the project team.

“Everyone involved pulled together to make this difficult renovation a reality,” says the designer. “We all wanted the result to be everything Stephen imagined, especially because of the trust he placed in us.”

Dr. Simpson now has ample administrative space, inviting waiting area, four treatment rooms and sterilization center on the main floor. On the lower level, a secondary lounge, two hygiene rooms, steri centre, lab, private office, staff area and utilities have all been accommodated.

As the finishing touch, the designer invited the doctor, a modern art enthusiast, to help select the artwork.

Dr. Simpson, his staff, and patients are thrilled and proud of the new environment. “I was concerned how the changes would be received by my patients, but the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We have definitely achieved our goals–in fact, the newly designed space has exceeded my expectations,” says the doctor.

What words could be more rewarding to everyone involved in this beautiful transformation?

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