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visit

nurses and employees of the medical center,
and expanded our care to individuals in the
community as well.

When, why and how did you
move into private practice?
In 1990, hospitals began initiating
cost-containment measures, which provided
the opportunity for me to assume ownership
and transition our dental office from a
corporate one to a private practice. We
continued to utilize our clinic on the Good
Samaritan campus and provide services
for the hospital on a contractual basis. In
1993 the medical center began renovating
the building my office was in, so I decided
to move across the street into the historic
Grunow Medical Building.
The Grunow building was close to
the medical center, had easy parking for
patients with mobility challenges, and
plenty of historic ambience: It had been
built as a medical clinic back in 1931
in honor of Lois Grunow, a 7-year-old
girl who'd died in Chicago after a possible misdiagnosis. Her father, William
Grunow, a wealthy businessman from
the Midwest, endowed $1 million to
create the clinic-one of the fi rst in the
state, with 13 specialists, a laboratory, a
research center, a radiology department
and a medical library. (A painting of Lois
hangs in the building's main lobby, seen
in the photo on p. 64.)
The building was renovated in the
1990s, but was still nearly empty, which let
me design the practice for quiet, comfort
and efficiency. Our office has five treatment
rooms-two dedicated to hygiene and three
to restorative care-that have windows
that look out into a Spanish courtyard,
and curved walls and soffits to break up
the space and dampen sound travel. Two
treatment rooms have glass doors we can
close if necessary while we're caring for
more vocal special-needs patients.

OTHER PRODUCTS
Bonding agents
* Clearfil primer and bond (Kerr)
* iBond Etch Gel (Kulzer)
* Prime and Bond (Dentsply Sirona)
Cements
RelyX Unicem light-cure cement
and RelyX luting cement (3M)
Implants
* Astra
* Nobel
* Straumann
Orthodontics
Invisalign

Impression materials
* Integrity Temporary Crown
& Bridge Material (Dentsply Sirona)
* Impregum (3M)
* Examix (GC America)
Patient financing
CareCredit
Practice management/software
Open Dental
Technology
Schick intraoral sensors (Patterson)

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