After nearly two decades in Upper Arlington, a local dental office has expanded to accommodate additional patients and enhance customer services.
In 2000, Dr. Jody Kear opened a dental practice at 2027 W. Henderson Road in Upper Arlington.
Kear was joined at Greentree Dental Group by Dr. Douglas Ferguson, who became a partner at the practice in 2010. Additionally, Dr. Douglas Hinton joined the group in 2016 and Dr. Craig McKibben came on board 2017.
With the addition of more dentists, Greentree has seen its patient rolls climb from roughly 1,500 to 4,600 over the years and now has a staff of 21.
So in February, construction started on a 1,000-square-foot expansion.
The project, which was completed Oct. 4, has increased the number of treatment rooms from seven to nine -- with room to add up to three more. It's also added space to the patient-consultation and checkout areas.
"We've tried to accommodate growth but really have tried to keep the feeling of a small practice, even though we're getting big," Kear said. "We've enhanced our sterilization area quite a bit, and we've created a better consultation area and an enhanced checkout area.
"Patients aren't going to feel like anything has changed that much from their experience. We've always focused on integrity and quality and we've always focused on communication of what the options are as patients."
Columbus-based Arccon Construction designed the expansion.
Kear said when patients enter the office, they will find lighting and other features that are more reminiscent of a coffee shop than a medical building.
"We took some of the old space -- the dental office space -- where we sat at our computers and desks and tore that out and made it part of the financial area," he said. "We moved our (dentist) offices into the new space, and it just created more room."
Although not a giant project, Upper Arlington officials said the expansion is welcome because it enabled Greentree to grow its practice without relocating outside the city.
"We are excited for their expansion and lucky to have them in the city of Upper Arlington," said Joe Henderson, the city's economic development director. "This expansion will allow them to continue to serve their clients in the best manner possible.
"Greentree Dental Group is a great group of dentists with an amazing staff. The city congratulates them on their expansion."