We Are OPEN!!!

We Are OPEN!!!

It feels amazing to finally be able to say, 'We Are OPEN'!!

We had a great Open House Celebration this past Friday, but today we got down to business and welcomed our first patients to Richland Creek Dental. In fact, we are almost entirely booked out for our first two weeks in operation!

We also have two new employees. Cindy Lane, our Dental Assistant, and Alisha Caldwell, our Patient Coordinator! Both bring years of experience working in dental offices right here in Dayton, Chattanooga and the Nashville area. We are thrilled to have them join our team!

Again, I am pleased to say that we are OPEN and taking appointments. Please give our office a call and one of our helpful team members will be happy to help you!

Realization of a dream

Realization of a dream

Since I was a child I have loved building things. It started with Lincoln logs, and escalated to very elaborate forts throughout the house and yard. It was so important to me that I set my sights on becoming an architect; however, I switched to civil engineering when I realized I would have more opportunity to be a part of the construction process and not just the design.

Even though I am now a dentist, my love of design and building has never waned. (In fact, I am still doing it by building great smiles!)  So, when I decided to come back to the town I love and start my dental practice, I began to dream about what that office would look like. I considered and designed every detail, from the exterior brick and windows, right down to the location of all the outlets… wish I would have added few more of those...  I wanted my office to reflect who I am and exceed the expectations of the patient experience, but it was also important that I preserve the historic nature of downtown Dayton. I wanted my office to have the same charm of the many historical buildings found here.  I’ve been paid high praise when someone asks me if we renovated an old building, and it’s really rewarding to be able to tell them that its actually brand new.

To say that I am excited about the almost finished product would be an understatement. I have looked at the plans and drawings a million times and to now walk the halls and enter the exam rooms is an amazing feeling. I cannot wait to share it with each of you!

Brick and Mortar

Brick and Mortar

It’s been several months since construction started on the office, with more than a year of planning before that, and I'm pumped to see the vision of the structure come to fruition.  I'm extremely grateful to Caleb and Don Yawn of Don Yawn Home Builders for all their hard work ensuring that the office is soundly built, artfully unique, and aesthetically flows with the historic nature of downtown Dayton.  As a former engineer who once fancied being an architect, I’ve had a blast using my knowledge of design and letting the creative juices flow.  

It is not lost on me that going to the dentist can often times be an activity most people are less than enthused about.  With that said, I’ve tried to design a space that is not intimidating, but is inviting.  We’ve tried to accomplish this in several ways.  Aside from the creative architectural details we are implementing, the element we are most excited about is offering our patients private treatment rooms.  We are breaking the paradigm of the open bay treatment philosophy.  Your health care is your business only, not the patient in the treatment room next to you.  

The brick is being laid, and the drywall is going up.  I can’t wait to share some photos of the internal finishings!  This will be a special place.

Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures

The last couple weeks have been really exciting; the excavator and dump truck arrived, and we are moving dirt!  From looking at the property, it's obvious that a structure of some kind once occupied the space.  There are remnants of foundation work and a concrete slab that had long been cracked and broken, so the first thing to do was to remove the slab and get down to dirt.  The site quickly began to look like an archeological dig as we unearthed several interesting items. The first was a Lime Cola bottle.  This bottle was manufactured in Barnesville, GA and dates back to 1914.  We also found what appears to be a car frame, wheel, and various other metal objects. Downtowns are interesting places filled with history, so we decided to do a little more research to try and figure out what all had been on this property in the past.  A quick trip down to the property assessors and we learned that in the 1920’s there was a livery stable located here.  Check out the pictures below to see a livery stable from the 20’s located in Dayton, but its exact location is unknown.  Eventually, the property was bought by Bill Littleton Chevrolet in the late 70’s and then later by Rolane Factory Outlets. It’s difficult to say when the old building was destroyed, and we don't have a picture of what it looked like.  So, if anyone has any additional information about this property, please share!  We are excited to add to the rich history of our town.

Progress!

Progress!

We are super excited about breaking ground for the new office!  If all goes to plan (fingers crossed), we hope to start construction in June and to be able to start serving the community in October. This blog will function as a way to post pictures and updates of the construction process, so you can be a part of the journey.  We also want to use this as an outlet to share information about advances in dentistry, ways to help keep your mouth healthy, and information about the happenings in our community. Speaking of, have fun at the Strawberry Festival, and be sure to eat some short cake! The parade is May 7 starting at 1:00 PM.

Let's get this baby going!