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Creating an oasis
While Cika said the vision for Oasis developed back in 2011, the planning truly gained steam in 2014 when Thiagarajah assembled the team and played a vital role in moving the project forward. Joining Patterson Territory Representative Scott Rigby and Patterson Equipment Specialist Blake Kelsey on the project were Inside View design team Mary Griese and Kaitlyn Sanchez, plus Don Rist from Select One Construction. Together, the team met most weeks to discuss everything from soffits to CEREC.
Because of a positive experience with Rigby and Kelsey in previous practices, Cika and Thiagarajah had a high level of comfort. Rigby remembered being impressed with the scope of the plan and level of foresight. “They want to be the very biggest and best,” Rigby said. “Their desire to create a high-class, end-to-end experience for the patient is what makes them different; it’s not often you see an office with this kind of vision for the future.”
Throughout the process of making furniture, equipment and design choices, Cika said she never once felt pressured to do things the way they’d always been done. One point of contention could have been a desire to mix Midmark and A-dec furnishings – she loved Midmark furniture and A-dec cabinetry – but according to Cika, Kelsey “listened openly to our ideas, and thoroughly detailed the pros and cons so we could make an educated decision.”



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Equipping the space
Oasis is equipped with nearly every available efficiency, and with so many professionals within walking distance, the strategy is to offer fast, effective and reliable solutions. As such, integrating CEREC was an easy decision. “This is the only office in the city with a CEREC machine,” Cika said. “We treat a variety of patients around the Riverwalk campus so the ability to save time and get a crown completed in one visit is a great advantage to both the patient and the practice.”
Plus, with cone beam technology, intraoral cameras, Schick 33 sensors and much more, the team at Oasis is able to diagnose problems faster than ever before. “Cutting-edge technology allows us to see things we weren’t able to see before, and we don’t have to use messy impressions anymore,” said Cika.
Because of the “blank slate” space, Oasis was built with easy access to the sterilization center, no matter where you are in the office. “Everything flows around in a circle,” she said. “The hygiene base and doctor base are strategically positioned around the sterilization center, panel and lab, and it has worked out really well for us.”
Kelsey said Oasis didn’t leave a single stone unturned in the pursuit of its aim to build an elite practice. “The whole space is very unique from a design perspective, but it’s really as good as it gets from a dental equipment perspective as well,” Kelsey said. “They really did everything top-notch, and it’s an impressive place. Honestly, we didn’t have a lot of issues – it was more about getting enough equipment to outfit 15 operatories.”
Grand Plan

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