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Interview with Scott Savel – How Theming Brings Success

September 15th, 2018

Scott Savel owns several successful dental offices. IDS has themed three of those locations – you can see his first and second space themed offices on our website. On our most recent install, we sat down and chatted with Scott about what he thinks about theming. Watch the video to see a tour his two space offices and see some snippets of the full interview we have transcribed below.
 

IDS: This is your third IDS office now?

Scott Savel: This is my third IDS office.

 

IDS: Do you have more plans for expanding into new locations with more theming?

Scott Savel: Yeah, we found that theming has been instrumental in our success, we’re definitely planning on opening multiple offices and using theming for all of them.

 

IDS: Is the IDS theming helping you expand faster?

Scott Savel: Tremendous difference. We found that by making the investment, that it sets us apart and especially in pediatrics. We walk into an area, and we’re a “category-killer” in that area.

 

IDS: What’s your favorite part of your office? Favorite prop, room, etc.?

Scott Savel: You know it’s hard to say, all the stuff they do is so cool. I mean every time I do it, it’s amazing, but we tend to center and focus on the game room and the front desk, so I would have to say the game rooms are always the coolest.


 
IDS: Have your patients or their parents commented on your theming? What have they said?

Scott Savel: They can’t believe it. They’ve never seen a dental office like this before and they wish they had something like that for them. In fact, we’ve used the IDS concept in order to bring in adult patients. So, we market to the children but, we hopefully are able to book the parents when they come in as well.

 

IDS: How do you like working with IDS, what do you think of IDS?

Scott Savel: Hands down IDS is an incredible company. They’re reliable, they’re super, super organized, they’re incredibly creative, they can handle any need you could possibly want. I’ve always been amazed how they could be out of state or even out of the country in this case and be able to coordinate this job to such perfection. Hands down, they have it down completely, it’s always seamless.

 

IDS: What do you think are the benefits of office theming?

Scott Savel: Office theming as I said previously, sets you apart. It gives you something. If you look at dentistry as a whole, most dentistry offices are always the same, but the theming sets you apart, it definitely jumpstarts the business.

 

IDS: Would you recommend IDS and theming to your friends?

Scott Savel: Well no one that’s local, I don’t want any competition! But if you’re gonna open up out of state, I would definitely recommend IDS.

 

IDS: Do your employees get into the theme, and have they enjoyed their work in that environment?

Scott Savel: Every time I open a new office, every one of my employees wants to work in the new office. They’re always so cool and so different and every time we do it, it just gets better and better. We work off of our original idea, and we go from there.


 
IDS: How do you feel about the quality of the product IDS provides you?

Scott Savel: It’s hands down incredible. The way they actually manufacture the products and if you really look at what they do a lot of it is just hand done. It’s almost like they’re artists. Of course, the installation teams that come in are incredible as well. Literally, no stone is left unturned and they work with you to make sure you’re completely satisfied until the job is done.

 

IDS: Have you ever received patient referrals from current patients due to the new IDS theming?

Scott Savel: Of course. People see it all the time. Not only that, but IDS helps us with our marketing. You know, a lot of people advertise in newspapers or look to radio, but we’re a real visual concept now. We’ve developed television commercials and certain kinds of billboard advertising that really shows the visual concept and how it sets us apart from everybody else.

 

IDS: Has your practice increased due to passersby, foot-traffic, vehicles seeing your theming and bringing new kids to you?

Scott Savel: It’s not even close, absolutely. Every time we open up an IDS themed office, we are jump-started from the get-go. Right away people see it, they walk in, they’ve never seen anything like it, they’re blown away, they can’t even believe it’s a dental office.

 

IDS: Did you get good value for your money?

Scott Savel: Absolutely. You know, it’s all relative, no one can build what IDS does, no one can do what they do. So, it’s definitely good value because even though the upfront costs are sometimes not small, depending on how deep you wanna go and there’s no end to what you can do with these guys, they can do anything. The point is that when you’re a dentist, you’ll be in business for 15, 20, 30 years, so if you amortize those costs over that time, it actually comes out very cheap compared to how fast you’re building your business.

 

IDS: If you could plan a whole new office, what theme would you go with?

Scott Savel: Well it’s interesting. I’ve been working with IDS for a while and I’ve done jungle themes and I’ve done space themes. But I gotta say, at the end of the day, our company is called Super Smiles and I like the space theme personally, because it transcends to adults and to children, everybody loves it.

 

IDS: Last question here, if you could get IDS to make anything: sky’s the limit, doesn’t matter cost, your imagination, what would you get them to make?

Scott Savel: They have some people outside the New York area, where obviously real estate is a lot cheaper, where they’re taking large buildings and warehouse space. I’m dying to do an office where I could do the outside of it, because I just believe that is the coolest thing ever that they do. I haven’t done that yet, it’s all been interior work, but if I could own a building and do a complete outside job, which brings people in, inside and out, that would be something I would love to coordinate with them.

 

Interview with Dr. Leslie Jacobs – Bringing Her Storybook to Life

July 15th, 2018

Dr. Leslie Jacobs is a successful pediatric dentist in Lafayette, Louisiana. Dr. Jacobs was kind enough to take some time to tell us about her experience with IDS and how it has impacted her practice. Take a look at her installed office.

 

IDS: Dr. Jacobs, how were you introduced to Imagination Dental Solutions?

Dr. Jacobs: I attended a pediatric dental meeting several years ago where I passed by the IDS booth and picked up a brochure. Once I saw the fun and creative work they were doing, I knew I wanted my office to be built by them.

IDS: Your office is very unique, where did the theme come from?

Dr. Jacobs: When I was in college, I wrote a children’s book called The Adventure of the Tall Giraffe and the Short Duck. It’s a wonderful story about how we are all unique in our own ways, which makes each and every one of us special. After talking with Dave (IDS’s President) we decided the best theme for the office would be telling the story from my children’s book. IDS built an amazing office based on the characters in my book and really brought everything to life! The transformation of my practice has been wonderful, absolutely wonderful!

IDS: Are you pleased with the results?

Dr. Jacobs: I couldn’t be happier! Dave and the IDS team were so great to work with. They took the time to create all of the characters in my book so accurately while bringing their own ideas to life as well. The end result is just so amazing. The kids love it, my staff loves it, and I absolutely love it!

IDS: Were there any surprises for you once the office was complete?

Dr. Jacobs: I know a lot of dentists contact IDS because they want to use their products as a marketing tool. That was less important for me as I had an established practice already and I really just wanted a special place for my patients to enjoy. The surprise for me was how well my themed office was received in the community. Everyone just loves the work that IDS created and it really has helped my practice grow even larger. It really is the best way to market yourself as a dentist.

IDS: Would you consider building another office with IDS?

Dr. Jacobs: Are you kidding? I wouldn’t build another office without them! They are so easy and fun to work with and the quality of their work is outstanding. I cannot imagine having an office that isn’t themed by IDS.

IDS: Do you have any advice to other dentists that are considering using IDS to theme their office?

Dr. Jacobs: Firstly, do it! Secondly, don’t limit yourself to what you have seen on their website or in their brochures. These guys do incredible work but really try to make your office unique. I am so glad I had my book brought to life by IDS. It makes my office that much more special for me. It was a big financial investment, but it was worth every penny. IDS is a really creative company that understands the dental industry, and they use their skills to make the best office possible.

 

Dr. Leslie Jacobs is a pediatric dentist in Lafayette, Louisiana, but she is so much more than a dentist. She served in the US Army Reserve for 8 years and served in Desert Storm to put herself through dental college. Currently, Dr. Jacobs serves on the board of Healing House for Grieving Children. She is the mother of two daughters, Callie and Chloe.
Proceeds from Dr. Leslie Jacobs’ children’s book The Adventure of the Tall Giraffe and the Short Duck are donated to Healing House for Grieving Children.

 

Interview with Dr. Jed Snatic – Creating a 1920s Train Theme for a Chestermere Station Dental Office

June 15th, 2018

After creating this amazing 1920s style train themed office we returned to have a chat with the owner, Dr. Jed Snatic, to see how he and his patients feel about their new IDS office decor.

You can see clips of the interview in the video or read the full transcript below.

IDS: What have your patients and their parents said about the decor?

Dr. Snatic: Well when we were working with IDS to design this, we struggled with whether to go for a younger age or an older age, and as it progressed we decided to go for a more authentic train station, 1920s-era, and when we did that we found that everybody liked it, from grandpa right down to the one-year-old. They all love it!

IDS: And what do you personally think about the theme of the office?

Dr. Snatic: My partners and I couldn’t be prouder of the way it has come out. It’s so unique and it’s such a blast from the past, it’s almost like a tribute to the railroad days in early Alberta. Our shopping mall here is a train-themed (area), and it’s called Chestermere Station, so we couldn’t be happier with our investment.

IDS: What’s your favorite part of your new themed office?

Dr. Snatic: The train! I would say when we originally designing the office, ‘There’s no way you can make a train station without a train’ so really the engineering marvel was to put it up against the windows to allow room for it to fit into the space without it eating up all of our waiting room. As you may know, real estate is expensive here in Chestermere so I think the train is the bomb.

IDS: You recently moved into this space. Can you talk about expanding into this new location and how this encouraged you to theme your new office?

Dr. Snatic: Yes, well it was probably 2-2.5 years ago when it started to come to critical mass at our former office and we knew that would be running out of space. So we went looking and found this larger location. We wanted to attract a lot of specialists to work out of here, so spending extra on the waiting room, for the ‘pop’ to get the kids and the moms in and to enjoy the place, seemed like a worthwhile investment. In one year we’ve gone from, you know, a startup, to full-on busy and I’m sure we’ll have that same issue [with too many patients] within 2 to 3 years.

IDS: How do you think that the theming has helped your office?

Dr. Snatic: Oh, I’m sure everybody here thinks it’s been a huge success for the town of Chestermere and the area. The staff like it, the parents like it, and the kids love it the most.

IDS: Any final thoughts?

Dr. Snatic: Yup, I’d just like to thank the team at IDS for delivering just such a beautiful, beautiful place and something so unique and fun to work at that you actually enjoy driving to work every day.

That’s a huge feather in our caps and we couldn’t be happier with our investment, and so are our patients.

 

Dr. Snatic is a father, lifelong learner, entrepreneur, and passionate professional. He prides himself on being able to treat most dental issues under one roof at his clinic.
This interview has been edited for clarity.

 

Fun Facts for Kids – Dental Hygiene in the Wild

August 1st, 2017

Previously we’ve looked at the wildest animal teeth that nature has to offer, but have you ever thought about how animals keep their teeth clean?
 

Cats and Dogs

If you have a cat or a dog you’ve probably had to clean their teeth at some point with paste or dental treats to chew on. Most wild animals don’t have to worry about tooth decay, especially if they’re carnivorous predators who rip and tear at their food. That’s because they don’t eat a lot of carbohydrates and refined sugars – those tasty foods that are full of the sugars and starches that fill our mouths with cavity-creating bacteria.
 

Rodents and Rabbits

Other animals, like rodents, have teeth that grow continuously and have to be ground down by eating and gnawing on hard food. Sharks and alligators are constantly losing and growing new teeth!

If your teeth are always new it’s going to be difficult to have tooth decay. This is why otters can eat fish & eels and rabbits can eat grasses & plants (and lions can eat everyone else) without having to worry about going to the dentist!
 

Cows and Buffalo

The diet of some herbivores naturally cleans their teeth as they chew. Fibourous plants and an extended chew-time allows animals like cows to scrub their teeth as they eat.
 

Monkeys

Humans are not alone in caring for their teeth. Scientists have filmed macaque monkeys using hair to floss their teeth. Macaques living near a Buddhist shrine in Thailand even pull out visitors’ hair to use as floss! And like all good parents, these monkeys also teach their children how to floss. They slow down their flossing, make exaggerated movements, and repeat themselves while the younger monkeys watch.

Want to learn more about this impressive skill? Check out this article from National Geographic!

So remind your patients, if a monkey can brush their teeth, so can they!

 

Fun Facts for Kids – We Speak the Tooth – 3 Silly Dental Sayings to Share with Your Patients and Staff

May 2nd, 2017

Yeah, we’ve all heard them, those popular sayings that have to do with teeth. Maybe the lack of dentistry back in the dark ages made teeth quite the topic of conversation; whatever the reason, a number of ‘toothy’ sayings are still with us today and have some interesting history to go along with them.

 

1. “Long in the tooth” dates back to the 16th century and related to horses because as they age their teeth continue to grow. These changes and characteristics of their teeth make it possible to estimate a horse’s age. As an obvious reference to getting older, it’s fine to say such things about a horse, but it certainly isn’t flattering when talking about humans!

 

2. We’ve all done this at one stage in our lives: “bit off more than we can chew”. Thinking we can do it all, but actually putting ourselves in a bit of a predicament with an overloaded schedule. Funny enough this saying’s meaning is quite literal. Dating back to the 1800s when many Americans chewed tobacco, eager ‘chewers’ literally bit off too large a chunk of tobacco and couldn’t manage it, and so the saying was born. Gross!

 

3. If you’ve ever faced a difficult situation, maybe something you weren’t looking forward to or even something that scared you, you have likely used the phrase “time to bite the bullet”. Your meaning being that you are just going to do it and get it over with.

Well, whatever the situation is that is causing hesitation it certainly couldn’t be as bad as how this phrase came to be. Prior to anesthesia, the only distraction or respite surgeons could offer patients undergoing surgery was liquor and putting a lead bullet between their teeth for them to bite away the pain – YE-OUCH!!

 

What other old tooth-related sayings can you think of? Try and get your patients to think of some during their next appointment.