THE WHY: Owner’s Story
Dr. Elena Kalmantis is the proud owner and principal dentist of Loft 32 Dentistry. Her practice is strategically situated in the quaint nature-inspired town of LaSalle, a beautiful bedroom community next to the City of Windsor, Ontario. Upon graduating from Western University in 2012, she practiced as an associate for 9 years, gaining valuable experience in various practice settings. This enlightened her with a diversity of knowledge surrounding the day-to-day operations of a dental office. In 2015, her husband and their growing family were excited to move back to her hometown. Four years later, after the birth of their 2nd child, she felt the spark to begin searching the community for an ideal start-up location. She knew it would be a worthwhile adventure that requires a front-end investment of time, energy, and creativity.
THE HOW: Planning & Preparation
Loft 32 is situated in a small single-story plaza containing a few other merchants. It’s close to a local recreational center and surrounded by plenty of residential housing. Lease negotiations began in the fall of 2019 but were temporarily halted in March 2020 while she contemplated the uncertainties of the spreading pandemic and mounting global shutdowns. At that time, there were so many changes due to new restrictions and evolving practice guidelines that she temporarily paused her plans to observe how the dental marketplace would be impacted. After attending an inspiring online seminar about the future of dentistry, she gained some clarity and confidence with the dental marketplace and its long-term opportunities for a start-up location. With the experienced support of some close family members, they took possession of the space in January, 2021. Due to some pandemic-related supply chain delays, construction began in March, 2021, and was completed in August of that year. The general size and configuration of the layout were impacted by the exact position of the interior operatory walls, which, ultimately, reduced the preferred size of each operatory. This minor snowball effect was skillfully merged into the configuration and measurements of the overall space.
THE RESULTS: Technical Design Features
Her landlord accommodated her request to stylize the exterior frontage of the building with chic striped awning on all windows as well as new lanterns. The office’s interior was designed to convey a boutique “loft-like” feeling of spaciousness. This was achieved by taking advantage of the 17-foot-high ceilings in the front reception area, which gives visitors and patients a lofty sense of openness as they enter the office. The stylish decor consists of white oak-like flooring, off-white tones on the walls, and “gold” hardware, lighting, and plumbing fixtures throughout. They also peppered various minimalistic decorative elements into the space, such as vibrant decal lettering, a soft pastel artwork, and furniture. The unique features blend beautifully into the overall theme of a bright and airy environment.
THE IMPACT: Empowered Practice Outcomes
She was super excited about the opening of her uniquely designed practice. A space that represents her tastes, values, and philosophies of care. Giving back to their community has also become an important guiding light for her team’s professional fulfillment. They enjoy hosting fundraising events for charities such as Hiatus House (a local women’s shelter). Most of all, they are excited to serve great dental health care to their community out of a beautifully designed space that empowers them to function well and flow efficiently through day-to-day practice life.
Equipment Supplier: Sinclair Dental
Construction: SG Construction
Dental Equipment: A-dec Dental
About the Authors
Darcie is co-founder of Bella Vita Designs Inc; an interior design company specializing in creating beautiful functional spaces for start-ups, remodeling, expanding, or relocating your dream practice. To have your proud story and unique office design featured she can be reached at email@example.com / IG @bellavitadesignsinc / 905-716-8528.
Peter Barry is Founder of Practice Mastery Inc, a Team Development Coaching company that serves the growth & development needs of your practice. He provides customized group and one on-one “Success Training” to dental professionals & industry companies across N. America. FMI IG @peterbarrycoach, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.practicemastery.com, 416.568.5456.