Drs. Michael Danahay &
Designed to Succeed
Superior ergonomics, enhanced functionality, and industry-leading technologies have made Dental Innovations an office that is destined for success. Early on, Doctors Danahay and Hanfland combined their vision to create a clinical environment that would bring their patients the latest in treatment options and a touch of home-like comfort as well. Both Doctors had individually spoken to Henry Schein Dental Field Sales Consultant Brandon Stewart about developing a plan for a new office—and both wanted to partner to accomplish this goal. After the three had had several meetings, it seemed clear that the Doctors shared similar ideas, goals, and values when it came to opening a new dental office.
“I was an associate dentist at a private practice here in Omaha and decided that I wanted to do my own thing,” notes Dr. Danahay. “I enjoyed being an associate but desired to have my own practice and plan it from start to completion. Dr. Hanfland had a private practice he owned in Omaha but was looking for a new space to expand his practice and wanted a partner in the endeavor.”
The Doctors agreed that the ideal location to open our new dental office was a new, two-story professional building with large, eastward-facing windows across the entire second floor and an amazing view of West Omaha. “We knew that our patients would enjoy the light, the spaciousness, and the great view,” adds Dr. Danahay.
“The new office has had a tremendously positive impact on the entire dental team,” notes Dr. Danahay.
“After the location was secured, we met with each of the companies that submitted a design and plans; went through an interview process; and ended up choosing Henry Schein Dental because of the layout; their team approach to installation; and the software and programs that would be used,” comments Dr. Hanfland. “Henry Schein’s plan best utilized the existing space and showed a great understanding of the ‘flow for production’ that we wanted. Their team worked really well with the general contractors and architects. The build-out went very smoothly and the installation of the dental equipment, nitrous system, sterilization area, and operatory cabinets went off without a hitch.”
Dental Innovations’ contemporary, yet comfortable look is evident as soon as you enter the facility. Neutral colors are used on carpets and the walls. The artwork and decorations chosen reflect the overall contemporary theme. Mirrors are positioned throughout the office so that patients can checkout their re-vamped or naturally beautiful smile! A stonewall in the reception area with a waterfall feature provides soothing background noise. Furniture includes bucket chairs in a soft leather finish that matches the dental operatory chair finish. Black-speckled, solid surface quartz has been placed on all of the hard surface countertops throughout the office and flows with the color scheme. A large-screen television and coffee/
beverage bar in the reception area make each patient feel a little more at home.
Equipment and technology choices include Pelton & Crane, Midmark, Gendex, Dexis, Dentrix, and Camlog products. “We needed a digital panoramic X-ray; computers in all operatories for patient education and entertainment while in treatment; and the Camlog implant system, as our office has added dental implants to its treatment options list,” points out Dr. Hanfland. “Digital X-rays mean no more dark room and instant viewing of radiographs and our centralized sterilization makes processing instruments much more efficient.”
Both Doctors agree that the practice has grown by leaps and bounds since the completion of the new office. With ample space for a more streamlined workflow, production has increased greatly and additional staff has been hired to meet this growth. “The new office has had a tremendously positive impact on the entire dental team,” notes Dr. Danahay. “The layout has allowed us to incorporate many more appointments to fit our clients’ busy lifestyles. Referrals are burgeoning because of wide variety of treatment choices and the enhanced level of patient satisfaction. Our team’s renewed motivation and enthusiasm is felt by our patients as we work to restore and maintain their oral health.”
Doctors Danahay and Hanfland advise you take your time in designing and building a new office. “Get to know the people you plan on working with,” comments Dr. Danahay. “It was comforting to know that Henry Schein Dental as a company encompassed all the aspects needed to complete the project. The staff and Sales Consultants were always helpful and knowledgeable and quick to answer our questions and resolve any issues that arose. Make the process a learning experience and enjoy it as it unfolds. Don’t forget to stop and reflect on how you got to where you are now—and what the future will bring.”