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Office of the Month: Office reflects practice philosophy

June 1, 1996
Doctors Gary E. Michels and Brent Crawford feel that their new Greenville, NC, office is a true reflection of their practice philosophy. "When we began the planning process, we asked our architect for a geometric design with few straight lines, a radiance of light and spacious freedom," explains Dr. Michels. "We felt that an office combining beauty and function best stated our practice philosophy."

Ron Combs, Associate Editor

Doctors Gary E. Michels and Brent Crawford feel that their new Greenville, NC, office is a true reflection of their practice philosophy. "When we began the planning process, we asked our architect for a geometric design with few straight lines, a radiance of light and spacious freedom," explains Dr. Michels. "We felt that an office combining beauty and function best stated our practice philosophy."

Adds Dr. Crawford: "We made a `quality of life` rather than an `economic" decision.` Instead of basing our choices solely on a perceived economic impact on our practice, we elected to retain the vision of why we became dentists in the first place."

A circular flow pattern in the treatment area of the 6,000-square-foot office is proving highly efficient for patients and staff. Nine operatories, bathed in natural light radiating from large windows, surround a centralized laboratory and sterilization area. "A `light and sound` communication system, which interconnects the rooms, also is helping to save steps for all of us," adds Dr. Michels.

Probably the most-talked-about design feature of the facility, though, is the "appendage" that is accessed via a window-lined walkway. This grew from a unique concept of moving certain staff areas away from the main office space used for patient care. The structure houses the doctors` offices, a spacious conference room, staff lounge and a locker/laundry room.

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Nine operatories surround a centralized laboratory and sterilization area. A circular flow pattern in the treatment area of the 6,000-square-foot office is proving highly efficient for patients and staff.

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The office provides "spacious freedom" for Drs. Michels and Crawford while combining beauty and function.

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