LAGRANGE — A deliberate multimillion-dollar growth of LaGrange Household Dentistry formally received underway Friday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony.
Sporting laborious hats, Dr. Kaley Bontrager and her husband, Matt Bontrager, the chief monetary officer of the LaGrange dental follow, surrounded by their workers, picked up a few shovels and switch over a bit of direct to have fun the development. The workplace growth venture will practically triple the operational area obtainable to the follow.
Crews began making ready the property for the follow’s expanded footprint. Development on the brand new workplace constructing begins later this summer time.
The dental workplace is positioned at 612 S. Detroit St. on LaGrange’s south aspect. Bontrager took over the follow of retired LaGrange dentist Dr. Ronald Denton in 2019. Denton practiced dentistry in LaGrange for greater than 40 years. Bontrager stated she first met Denton whereas a pupil in dental faculty taking part in a job shadowing program.
An Indiana native, Bontrager grew up outdoors of Fort Wayne and attended Leo Excessive Faculty. After highschool, she attended the previous IPFW in Fort Wayne the place she earned a level in biology. She then attended the IU Faculty of Dentistry.
In keeping with her workers biography on the follow’s web site, Bontrager graduated from IU within the high ten of her dental faculty class. She is a member of the Indiana Dental Affiliation, Isaac Knapp Younger Dentist Committee, the Academy of Common Dentistry, and the OKU Dental Honor Society.
The deliberate growth of the dental follow is not going to solely improve its obtainable area however enable the follow to supply new affected person providers.
“We at present had a seven-chair follow at 3,000 sq. toes, and we’re going to go to an 18 chair follow with about 12,000 sq. toes,” Matt Bontrager stated. He added that the follow is nearly at capability now, and the brand new constructing will enable the workplace to serve extra folks.
Bontrager stated the growth of providers additionally means the workplace might be increasing its workers as properly. He stated a 3rd physician might be becoming a member of the LaGrange Household Dentistry household in June. As well as, Bontrager stated he expects so as to add at the very least ten new workers members to the payroll by the tip of the 12 months, and plans so as to add ten extra workers members in 2023.
. Along with increasing the variety of examination rooms, Bontrager stated his workers is busy growing the expertise obtainable on the follow. He stated the follow now employs a 3-D dental x-ray machine, medical scanners to assist straighten and align tooth, cameras, tv screens in every room, and extra.
“We have now plenty of top-of-the-line expertise that plenty of different places of work simply don’t have,” Bontrager defined.
Presently, the workplace serves round 3,700 sufferers. He stated along with permitting the follow to see extra sufferers, it is going to be capable of supply sufferers extra specialised providers similar to a dental med spa, expanded dental implants, in addition to new orthodontic procedures.
Bontrager stated his spouse, Dr. Bontrager, works laborious to develop her expertise as a training dentist. He added she travels across the county attending conferences and clinics to develop her expertise as a dentist. Bontrager stated that dedication to care helps enhance the usual of care supplied on the LaGrange workplace.
“That enables as much as improve entry to care that in any other case wouldn’t be obtainable to sufferers in LaGrange County,” he defined.
Bontrager stated if his workplace doesn’t present these superior providers, many sufferers will merely decide out of searching for that degree of care as a result of many favor to not journey out of the realm to see specialists.
“Journey generally is a actual barrier to a lot of our sufferers,” he defined.
In the course of the development course of, the contractor might be taking the roof off the prevailing dental constructing and increasing and transforming that area. So as to not intrude with affected person care, Bontrager stated the follow is bringing in a number of short-term services that might be put in on the property, permitting affected person care to proceed uninterrupted.
“We’ll transfer out of our constructing and into that temp facility,” Bontrager stated.
That transfer is predicted to happen someday in early June.
The present workplace present constructing might be was a two-story construction, with workers and workplace area positioned on the constructing’s new second ground. Along with extra examination rooms and a bigger lab, the completed constructing will supply industrial lease area to different medical professionals.
Bontrager stated the aim of the venture is to supply LaGrange County residents with dental care and coverings that at present aren’t available locally.
“There’s such a restricted entry to dental care,” he defined. “Our aim is to supply the items that different practices are lacking. We wish folks to have the ability to get all of their dental care performed right here. We need to create extra availability for our sufferers. We wish to have the ability to present same-day therapy to our sufferers, so if somebody is identified with a treatable situation that day, we wish to have the ability to present them the chance to get that process performed the identical day with out impacting the opposite sufferers on the schedule.”
Development on the brand new workplace constructing and parking zone is predicted to be accomplished by December or early January.