PLATTSBURGH — A spacious new office has the staff at Adirondack Periodontics all smiles.
Dr. Gordon Davis said the practice moved into the former Tip Top Frame building at 4161 Route 22 in South Plattsburgh on Nov. 19.
“We did some fairly significant renovations,” Davis said.
HAS MANY FEATURES
The new office has five operatory rooms, including two surgical operatories for procedures such as dental implants and sinus grafts. Each features earth-tone tile floors and windows to maximize natural lighting.
The waiting area has cream-colored walls with white trim and windows to provide a bright, cheery atmosphere.
There is a back office that houses IT equipment and can be used for case discussions. A spacious conference room features a deep brown hardwood table and comfortable chairs.
The reception area is about three times the size of what they had at the former Healey Avenue location, which makes the office staff happy.
Davis shared that building with dentist Dr. Mark Davey and orthodontist Dr. Tim McSweeney. As the three planned to grow their practices, it made sense for someone to move and Davis was able to make that work to his advantage when the Tip Top Frames space became available.
It worked out in other ways as well, as Davis now is closer to his home in Peru and thus able to ride his bicycle to work in warmer weather. The new office also includes a gym downstairs for staff to work out and get a little stress relief.
Davis said it is really nice to own his own office space. While he misses the camaraderie that went with the shared offices, it’s nice to have a little more elbow room.
“It allows us a little more flexibility,” he said. “We know we’re going to be here awhile.”
The new location also provides easy access from Route 22 at Exit 36 of the Northway.
Davis said his staff has been a tremendous asset, both at work and during the move.
“The staff was tremendously supportive and worked their tails off to get this done,” he said, adding that his 4-year-old son, Cooper, especially liked to get in and start swinging his hammer.
Working with him is his wife, Sarah Davis, who is a registered nurse and hygienist.
Terry Treillor and Tracy Adams are the other hygienists. The surgical assistants are Amanda Thew and Lynette Keswick, while the front desk and practice management is handled by Leslie Resnake and Deb Cody.
“The truth is, I’m blessed to have an amazing staff. We’re able to work like hand and glove,” Davis said. “My staff anticipates me and I anticipate them. That takes a lot of stress out of my day.”
Clint Adams and his crew worked long, hard hours to get the renovations completed.
Davis said he started on his career path at Harvard University in 1990 with an intention to focus on academics rather than practice. He changed his mind and started a four-year residency after his fourth year at Harvard but also enrolled in a Doctoral of Medical Science program while in residency.
“It was kind of a busy time from 1994 to ‘98,” Davis said.
One of his mentors, Dr. Paul Levi, had a practice called Associates in Periodontics in Burlington. Once he finished his doctoral program in 1998, he moved to Burlington to help in Levi’s office.
“He’s a tremendous clinician and a wonderful guy,” Davis said.
STARTED NEW OFFICE
Davis later opened a satellite office of Associates in Periodontics in Plattsburgh, renting space at CVPH and them moved it to Healey Avenue. He then started his own practice, Adirondack Periodontics, in 2008.
He initially focused on gum-disease treatments and pre-prosthetic surgery. More recently, he has become involved in services such as dental implants and sinus elevations.
It is important for people who are to undergo significant medical procedures to have periodontal work performed first, Davis said, to help prevent the spread of infection from the gums to other parts of the body.
There is also a link between heart disease and periodontal issues, he said. Diabetics are also at risk, as periodontal issues can increase their infection load and make it even tougher for the body to fight back.
Adirondack Periodontics is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. All forms of medical insurance are accepted.
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