Walking into the lobby of Menomonie Street Dental, one would never know that they were in the midst of a grand transformation. Business proceeds as usual at the dental practice while just down the hall, out of earshot, is the clatter and whir of construction from contractors at work to renovate offices and workstations.
After serving the Chippewa Valley for generations, this dental practice is taking steps to give customers the same great service in an updated, modern environment complete with modern amenities. Over the course of the next eight months, the building will be remodeled in five stages. The metamorphosis will be inside and out, from new dental chairs, fresh paint, increased privacy for procedures, and new, state-of-the art equipment to an entirely refreshed exterior complete with huge windows out into the office’s serene, wooded acreage. All the while, patients can expect uninterrupted dental service.
“Menomonie Street Dental is a monument for our community,” Dr. Eric Carlson, who joined the practice in 2011 and has since taken it over with Dr. Derek Rognlien, said. “It has served thousands and thousands of people over four, almost five decades.”
While it may have been easier to move to a new site or build from scratch, Carlson and Rognlien knew that maintaining residence on Menomonie Street was the best way to continue serving their patients. The choice to take on the renovation was made to preserve the trust the practice has built with people over the years.
“With all the action that’s coming into this region, with the history that this place has, with the staple that it’s become in the community, it would be very difficult to let that go,” Carlson said.
Honesty is Carlson’s No. 1 priority when caring for his patients. “We always say the truth,” he said. “You go to your cardiologist, you want them to tell you exactly what’s going on with your heart, and how you can be impacted by that. You go to your dentist, you want them to tell you exactly what’s going on with their mouth, and their oral health.” Whether he is providing care for a new young patient, their mother, or their grandmother, he focuses on giving patients every piece of information he can so that they can proceed with confidence.
Along with Drs. Brittany Huiras and Kari Peper, Menomonie Street Dental is moving into a new era of care. Every update will allow the crew of local dentists and hygienists to provide an even better level of service to their community, ensuring the next generation of healthy teeth.
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