Oral Health Group

Southern Comfort

December 1, 2004
by Dental Practice Management

Enamored with New Orleans’ rich history, stately architecture, mysterious allure, vivacious energy and unparalleled hospitality, Dr. Matthew Illes has re-created its magnificent splendor in the development of Vermilion Dental in Fort Erie, ON. His vision was to construct an eclectic dental facility that would be reminiscent of a 19th century Southern home founded upon the framework of modern technology and infused with a little ‘funky flavour’.

Dr. Illes has long desired to establish an atmosphere that offers the true comforts of home for his clientele, his team and himself. The first obstacle was the task of creating the illusion of a pre-twentieth century home within the confines of a freshly constructed retail tenant space. Dr. Illes gained insight and inspiration for this project while traveling throughout Louisiana in search of furnishings and materials that could be used to authenticate the appearance of the office. Rustic brick from Louisiana was imported to line the floor giving the main area a courtyard feel. Thirteen-foot ceiling heights were used throughout to give the space a sense of enormity.


A salvage yard in New Orleans supplied the doors, including the grand mahogany doors that guard the entrance to the office. The waiting area was designed to resemble a parlor and features traditional pieces native to Louisiana. Prints and paintings from prominent southern artists were chosen to abound the walls. The absence of bright, fluorescent lights and the use of chandeliers and sconces throughout serve to enhance the traditional look of the office while the sweet sound of jazz permeates the air.

Vermilion Dental offers services that one often only experiences at a boutique hotel or spa. Everyday amenities provided during treatment include head/foot massagers, paraffin hand waxing, satellite television, DVD movies, post treatment complimentary cappuccino’s and chocolate treats. This type of attention to detail complements Dr. Illes’ style of dentistry.

Special thanks to: Misty David for her hard work, support and creative ideas; Tripar for building the office; Ken Crony at Ash Temple for helping to ignite and guide the project; DJR Interiors’ custom cabinetry; Cairns Control Systems for the network wiring/security/communication/entertainment, and AJ Desktop for the custom computer hardware.

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