It’s more of a description than a name.
To me, “neighborhood” brings to mind the saying “think globally, act locally,”
and that’s how I practice.
I live and work right here in the Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood of inner SE Portland’s Hawthorne District. I’m involved in the PTAs of Abernethy Elementary School, Hosford Middle School and Cleveland High School. I walk to the office each day, and lots of my patients are friends and neighbors who walk or bike to get here. But you don’t have to live in Ladd’s Addition, Colonial Heights, Clinton/Division or anywhere else in inner SE Portland to be a patient here.
So how do I act locally? Well, first of all, I chose to build my office at the 20 on Hawthorne, developed by Portland’s Gerding Edlen, the nation’s foremost “Green” Developer. In joining this community, I committed to helping them achieve their vision of creating a vibrant, sustainable and inspiring place where people can work, learn and live. The 20 on Hawthorne was built and designed to a LEED Gold Certification standard, and my practice embodies this ideal through specific choices:
We minimize paper use, handling both business and dental record-keeping functions electronically. Our digital x-ray systems record the radiographs right into your electronic dental chart. This not only saves time and storage space, but it eliminates the need for film and chemical developers, and uses a fraction of the radiation of conventional radiographs.
We do our part to help our local water supply, by using a device which collects waste amalgam to prevent it from running down the drain, and perhaps most significantly, we have a dry vacuum (suction) system which saves approximately 350 gallons of water per day!
We make every possible effort to use locally sourced equipment, materials and business and support services. The bulk of my dental equipment was manufactured in Newberg, Oregon, by A-dec, one of the premier dental manufacturers in the world. Burkhart Dental, of Tacoma, Washington, is my supply company. Instead of sending my lab cases (crowns, bridges, etc) to a discount mail-order lab in Costa Rica or China, I work strictly with local dental laboratories. This not only keeps the dollars in our community, but allows me to maintain the highest quality control standards. We also do our banking locally.
My office space was the brainchild of Portland’s Sisu Design Group, and built by Portland’s Lorentz-Bruun Co. This slick web-page, our logo and graphics are the genius of the people of Cinco Design Office, right over on SE Market and 11th. Campa Graphics, located right across the street from us, used those designs to produce our very cool business cards and stationary, and local signmakers Aztech Signs, Infinity Images and Security Signs, used them to make our signage and window graphics.
Like many of my neighbors, I’m an “immigrant” to Portland. But I bring with me three generations of tradition in the profession of dentistry.