Starting a Dental Practice ? – #3 – Your Design Team

Starting a Dental Practice ? – #3 – Your Design Team

Starting a Dental Practice – #3 – Your Design Team

Who’s in your corner? Selecting your design team!

You are a busy person – how are you going to carve out the time to create this new clinic?

Any successful project has a team of individuals who are experts in their field and will deliver great value to your project. You need to get a clear understanding of what services they can provide and how they will be communicating with you, the client. This is your practice, can they be a team member?

Are you a good personality fit? You are going to be spending a good deal of time with this person. Will they truly listen to your needs? Do they understand what a budget is? Can they create a cost-effective plan? What has been their experience in designing dental offices?

Who will be making the decision for your practice? If you have a partner they should be involved from the beginning. There is nothing more challenging to a project than a silent partner that chooses not to be “Silent”. Can they add value to the process? What is their experience?

Your design team

Your design team needs to be able to help extract your vision and ideas and understand your long term goals. They need to help you plan for the present and future needs considerations of your practice.

Who will they be working for? At Decca Design Inc. we have made it our objective to only work for the dentist. We want to ensure that we are representing what is best for you and what will meet your objectives.

Relationships and establishing trust

Your project’s success is built on building a relationship and establishing trust. You need to be comfortable to express your concerns and know that they will be acknowledged and understood. After all, this is not our clinic! We are a guide to helping you realize your dream space.

We believe in true communication with honest interactions. You need to be able to pick up the phone or send an email and be able to express your thoughts and ideas. Only then, can we work together to create a successful practice.

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Starting a Dental Practice ? – #2 – Location Location Location!

Starting a Dental Practice ? – #2 – Location Location Location!

Starting a dental practice – #2 – Location, Location, Location

It’s all about location, location, location!

Finding a location will be your next step. You might want to enlist the expertise of a leasing agents to assist with the sourcing of locations and the lease negotiations that will follow.

What type of location are you looking for? Are you thinking about starting in a new development or building location? Are you looking to find an established location and complete a renovation within an existing space? Do you want to start off small and plan for future expansion or do you want to begin with the full scale office plan and populate with the equipment as the practice develops? Are you thinking about associates or specialists to join your team? How scalable will your clinic be?

Location factors

  1. Visibility – How easily can people walking or driving see your location? Or signage?
  2. Access – Can you patients gain access to your facilities easily? Is there parking for them?
  3. Demographics – Is your location near your ideal patients? What communities will you be pulling from? What are the opportunities nearby?

Once you have a location in mind you will want to request information from the landlord or seller. We call a set of drawings that represents what is there currently an as-built set of drawings.  Do these exist? If it is a new building can you get the information regarding the floor plans and systems that are currently in place or planned for your space?

Starting lease negotiations is the next step. You will want to ensure that this is a permit allowable use for a dental clinic. A development permit or change or use may be required. What is the parking situation/ how many stalls will be dedicated to your clinic, if any? What are your signage options? What is the term of the lease and your renewal options? These are questions outside of the more important aspects of rent and operating expenses. What is your fixturings or construction period? Is there free rent?

Will you be given a construction allowance or tenant improvement allowance? It is also helpful to determine the landlord and tenant scope of work. What will the landlord be responsible for and what will you be responsible for? What kinds of services will be brought to your space and will they meet the criteria of a dental clinic?

Does this sound like a daunting task?

You are just getting started. How can we help?

Pick up the phone today to book a complimentary Design Exploration call.

We can get clear on what your needs are and exactly how we can help you realize your dream clinic. If we see that there is a way to work together we can have that conversation and if we don’t think we can genuinely help, we will let you know and give you some direction on your next steps.

Let us know what’s on you Design Mind.


Starting a Dental Practice? – #1 – Where to Start?

Starting a Dental Practice? – #1 – Where to Start?

Starting a dental practice – #1 – Where to Start?


Thinking about creating a new dental practice? Are you feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start?

We have over twenty years of experience helping our clients realize their dreams of a new dental practice so let our experience be a guide to many decisions that will be required before you can step foot in your completed clinic.

While this could feel like an exciting new adventure there is also a lot of questions that are coming up for you. You could be experiencing some overwhelm at where to start? Who can help me? How much is this going to cost?

Why are you wanting this? Have you sat down to actualize your goals? What is the driving force behind this decision? You will be spending a great deal of time here. Does this help your family? Can you bring value to your community and ensure the health of your patients in a new environment? This is a long term decision that will affect your practice and your family’s future.

Once you are clear on why you are starting this new adventure then you can start to dive into the who, what, where, and when. Start gathering a team of experts that will be able to assist you with your project and help realize your goal in a timely manner with a budget that meets your criteria. Your team should consist of a

  • financial advisor,
  • legal representative,
  • dental supplier,
  • design team and
  • A construction team.


Next you will need to establish a budget. This should include start up fees, dental equipment and supplies, design expenses, construction costs, IT and hardware and finally the furniture and furnishings to complete you space.

Determine the milestones for your project and establish a realistic timeline to complete this project.

There are many components to think about and well there will be challenges this is also a very exciting time.

At Decca Design Inc. we use our seven step process to ensure your project will be done on-time, on- budget with a quality finished product. Your frustrations will be eliminated and the real benefit to you is that you will feel in control at all times while getting a space that is uniquely yours.

We would love to hear from you. We don’t want to be the only one talking.

Add a comment below and let us know the #1 question you have when it comes to starting a clinic.

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