It can be incredibly overwhelming for a doctor considering a remodel or new build.

We asked Dr. Allen of Allen Dental Group in Eagle River, Alaska  to share his recommendations. 

Tips for Tackling a New Practice

Dr. Allen in his new location’s reception desk

  • Be very clear about your vision for the practice; the experience you want to provide to your patients before even considering a project of this nature.
  • Have buy-in from your team. I have such a strong team at our primary location.
  • Family support. Personally, having support from my wife was vital; she helped me with decision-making and perspective when stressed.
  • Look for a location that attracts your core patient. For me, it was families — lots of schools, grocery stores, medical, high traffic, and visibility, easy parking.
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Allen Dental’s new office is in a high traffic area with lots of parking.

  • Be very clear with your design ideas but enlist the help of a professional interior designer to fine-tune them. You will have to adapt your vision to the available material and budget, but a good team (general, architect, engineers, design team) will be vital in finding alternatives that shine.
  • Form a bond early with Burkhart sales specialists — they are a vital link between you and your contractor when you are busy.
  • Work on your branding (logo, colors, design ideas) well in advance so you don’t compromise on the important things when you have the pressure to make decisions quickly during construction.

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    Allen Dental Group’s sleek branding featured on their business cards

  • No amount of planning can prepare for the unknown challenges but do as much planning as you can anyway.
  • Have enough cash reserves so you can cover cost overruns when they happen; be prepared to adapt the scope as needed.
  • Talk to an owner who has recently expanded their practice or build a building before moving forward as they can give you direct insight into things they would have done differently.
  • Form a relationship with your general contractor early on; get to know them by visiting other job sites; interview the superintendent because they will talk to you daily; be adaptable and don’t give up on your vision. 

Read more about Dr. Allen’s Car Wash to Dental Practice story.

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Written by Madison Miller

Published in CatalystQ3 2023.

Category: Practice Consulting

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