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floor plan was the most challenging aspect,
because we needed to accommodate both his
and my specialties. Once the floor plan was
completed, we collaborated to include aesthetic
elements we liked into the design. Jimmy
Poucher of Velocity Design Builders was our
contractor and helped tremendously to ensure
that the process was as seamless as possible.

What were the most important
design-related elements of your
practice, and why?
Kid- and adult-friendly: Our goal was to
create something that was suitable for-and
interesting to-both children and adults.
We needed the space to create a sense of fun
and excitement that transcends a person's
age. We did so by adding bright colors and
very visually striking lines and angles.
Inviting: The office has a very open
feel, with floor-to-ceiling windows running
across the reception area and open bay. The
idea was to create something that didn't
feel like a dental office; instead, it's the
kind of feeling you get when you enter a

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very cool museum. A recent new patient
commented, "I never knew a dental office
could be trendy!" That's the impression we
wanted to create.
Efficient: The flow of the office was really
important to us. We created multiple floor
plans and traced the steps of the patients.
What is the flow for a new patient? What is
the flow for an orthodontic adjustment? What
is the flow for a recall patient? We aimed to
create a layout that would meet both our
needs and eliminate areas of congestion.

What advice would you give
dentists looking to build or
remodel?
I think the biggest fear is the unknown.
From finding a location to getting a loan,
figuring out your budget, finding a contractor,
and even purchasing equipment, there are
so many components of starting a practice.
With my husband by my side, though,
I felt like I always had a teammate in the
process. We could share the stress and burden
of making all those countless decisions.

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