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Drs. Tina Nichols and Samaria Mascagni-Arkansas Family Dentistry Little Rock, Arkansas

Issue: Fall 2010
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For Doctors Tina Nichols and Samaria Mascagni, their brand new clinic, Arkansas Family Dental, is a wish list come true—an incredible place to provide services that meet their specific standards of patient care and support them in pursuing their business goals more effectively.

Outgrowing the Old–It was time. After starting out in a strip mall environment with limited footage and only 5 operatories, the Doctors were in need of space. A location was chosen about one-half mile away from the existing office—on one and a half acres that would give the opportunity for continuous growth and enhanced services to more fully meet their vision of the ideal dental practice. The overall formula included an expanded hygiene department and an on-site laboratory.

The “Everyone comments on how amazing the new office is… and how nice it is to be a patient at this facility. Arkansas Family Dental is such a pleasant space to come to work every day!”

Work in Progress–The process began by contacting Equipment Sales Specialist Ron Kettles. “We have worked with Henry Schein Dental from the beginning of our careers—so using them was a no-brainer,” comments Dr. Nichols. “They had been an integral part of out practice for years. Ron Kettles helped us get preliminary drawings…and send them to the architect.”

“We sketched a rough draft of the new floor plan and sent it to Jay Kohlhaas at our National Design Group,” recalls Ron. “I also arranged for a tour of the Pelton & Crane factory and showroom to familiarize the Doctors with the many upgrades that had taken place in operatory equipment. Regional Manager Chris Young, Field Sales Consultant Scott Fritz, Digital Technology Specialist Louie Caesar, Lead Equipment Service Technician Johnny Kettles, and Equipment Service Technician Johnny Halter also contributed their expertise to the project.”

Welcome! The Design Impact–The exterior elements of the new building harmonize perfectly with its natural setting. Brick and stone in muted earthy tones have been used on the outside walls. Glancing upward, you’ll see a rendition of the Frenchstyle hip roofline. Its curved lines and gentle, upward slope lend a provincial charm to the building. The interior design specifically created a separation of patient care, staff, and clinical areas to streamline activities and aid in accelerating productivity. The airy and colorful entry space infuses huge vitality to the reception and waiting areas. A water wall behind the reception desk adds tranquility while elements such as the metal and glass tile surround on the desk and the crystal chandelier add distinctively modern touches. Unique scraped-wood flooring has been used throughout with the exception of clinical areas and restrooms—where seamless, surgical floor covering proved a better match. Every operatory has a window that looks out on the surrounding forest and lush landscaping. Inside the operatories, the patient has multiple options to enjoy the pleasures of electronic entertainment through TV, iPOD connections, CD, and satellite radio.

“The office has great street appeal, and the Doctors can now easily accommodate their busy practice schedule—with plenty of room for future growth.”

So Much More Than a Pretty Face–The dental office is a platform from which a variety of dedicated professionals provide services that maintain the oral and general health of the patient. Arkansas Family Dental offers its staff an amazingly transformed workplace. From front office to operatory areas and all that comes in between, they can confidently meet the demands of a busy workday with state-of-the-art technologies and equipment that enable everyone to perform at new levels of excellence. With 6,000-square feet and 11 operatories, lack of space was now a thing of the past.

Arkansas Family Dental encompasses the best of all possible worlds in its design and functionality. “The office has great street appeal, and the Doctors can now easily accommodate their busy practice schedule—with plenty of room for future growth,” notes Ron Kettles.

Designed by Jay Kohlhaas Henry Schein National Design Group

Everyone Is Happy–“We have a seamless clinical area that allows easy flow to all the operatories, sterilization, and lab,” points out Dr. Mascagni. “We really enjoy the design of our front-desk area. There is sufficient space for many patients at any given time, which makes it easy for our staff to work effectively. Everyone comments on how amazing the new office is…and how nice it is to be a patient at this facility. Arkansas Family Dental is such a pleasant space to come to work every day!”

Featured Equipment:

  • Dentrix Practice Management Software
  • E4D Dentist KaVo Quattrocare
  • Pelton & Crane Delta Q
  • Pelton & Crane Light Fantastic
  • Pelton & Crane 3000 Chair
  • Pelton & Crane Cabinetry
  • Pelton & Crane Delivery System
  • Pelton & Crane Sterilization Center SciCan Statim 2000
Left to right: Ron Kettles, Equipment Sales Specialist; Dr. Tina Nichols; Dr. Samaria Mascagni; Scott Fritz, Field Sales Consultant; Kevin Halter, Equipment Service Technician

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