Oral Health Group

Office Design: Out of Africa

December 1, 2002
by Dental Practice Management

When Dr Andrew Jedrzejewski started to plan his new dental practice in Barrie, ON, the inspiration was drawn from South Africa, where he grew up and completed his dental studies. The aim was not only to recreate the tranquil beauty of the Dark Continent, but also to give patients a unique experience. Earthy tones prevail throughout the rooms of the Protea Dental Centre. The rich ochre hues conjure up the earthy palette of Southern Africa — a region of warm, tranquil beauty that contrasts with Ontario’s white winters. The centrepiece of the facility is an imposing wrought iron Baobab tree, a distinctive feature of the African wilderness. Hand-crafted by artist, R. Doan, the piece stands 10-feet tall, its branches extending out six feet. The African feel is reinforced in the extensive use of natural materials — stone, maple and textured wall treatments. Traditional tribal masks and artwork imported from Africa complete the authentic transformation.

“I wanted to give our patients a unique experience – something far removed from the cold, clinical environment they have come to expect from a dental practice,” says Dr Jedrzejewski. “At the same time, we have used technology to enhance their experience: we installed Nintendo and Playstation game consoles in the children’s waiting area, and fitted satellite with TV monitors in the ceiling of every operatory, so patients can relax during procedures.”

Each treatment room features an intraoral camera with a 20″ TV on the wall, “Wand” computerized anaesthetic delivery system and an air abrasion unit.

The practice’s emblem, the Protea, which is etched into the glass doors at the entrance to the office, is a strong African floral symbol, conveying enduring beauty.


EQUIPMENT: Sinclair Dental

CONSTRUCTION: Bellsam Contracting, Toronto

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