By Liz Verley, Staff Writer
“It is nice to be able to offer services that larger cities can,” said Dr. Mel Bauer, DDS, of First Avenue Dental.
Bauer and his partner, Dr. Suzette Olson, are looking forward to mid-May when remodeling to their dental office and equipment updates are complete.
“The world is getting very digital. So are we. An example is our new digital wrap X-ray capabilities which are more and more common,” said Olson.
The tearing down of the walls began Nov. 21, 2013.
“After much thought, years of planning and six months of serious planning, we decided to move forward. We are not gaining any square footage at our office, but we are making better use of the space we have,” Olson said. “More importantly, we are incorporating all the latest technology into our practice, computers and monitors in every treatment room, digital X-rays to eliminate the older film version and intraoral cameras.”
Intraoral cameras are small enough to take pictures inside the mouth and then can be projected on a computer monitor in front of the patient.
The two dentists are proud of the fact that throughout this process the business has continued to remain open.
The two agreed their staff “has been super throughout the whole project.” There will soon be a break room that can accommodate the entire staff.
Olson found the history of the building fascinating.
“Prior to it being a dentist’s office, it was an antique type of store, before that a car dealership and before that we heard that horses may had been in this building,” said Olson. “I had high hopes of finding a time capsule or old memorabilia of times past, but nothing was found. I did make sure we put a time capsule of our own into one of the walls for the future owners to find.”
The dentists are proud that they used many local companies to help with the remodeling project.
“Our office has been very fortunate to be able to be open during the entire remodel process. The construction crews have been very helpful and understanding of the importance of our needs to be able to continue to see and treat our patients during this time, although it can be a little noisy at times,” Bauer said.
First Avenue Dental, at the present time, has two receptionists, three dental hygienists and three dental assistants.
Bauer joined the practice in May 1989 and Olson in 2001.
Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Friday, from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bauer and Olson extend an invitation to the public to stop by and see the improvements as they evolve.