Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00
“Shine” isn’t just a title; there are shining, glittering chandeliers all over the brand new dental office, located right across the street from Borders on Jericho Turnpike in Syosset. While the chandeliers in the waiting room are enough to grab most visitors’ attention, the people behind Shine Dental Associates of the North Shore didn’t do anything halfway; some of the most impressive chandeliers can be found in none other than the bathroom.
However, the new practice, which officially opened with a ribbon-cutting on Monday, May 9 (there had been a soft open previously), is built around the core concept of convenience, rather than luxury; multiple types of dental work can be done in the same venue, there’s a dental lab on the premises for all molds and denture work, and the front-desk associates will call with messages for family members and place dinner orders, functioning as more of a concierge service than a reception desk.
Furthermore, the multiple-chandelier decorations don’t necessarily mean multiple-chandelier-grade prices, explained Susan Strejlau, marketing manager: the practice takes almost every type of insurance, and they will feature special deals for uninsured patients.
“It’s more than just a pretty place; it’s affordable, and the dentists are wonderful,” said Susan Strejlau.
Some of those dentists are taken with the beauty of their new environment as well. “I love it. I love working here,” said Concetta Mangiaracina, a general dentist at Shine who went on to praise the comfortable atmosphere of her new office. “It’s such a joy to treat patients here,” she said, saying that the improved atmosphere and state of the art equipment available improves the quality of care patients receive.
Similarly, periodontist Vikas Mittle said his jaw dropped when he first got a good look at the place. He praised Shine owner Eric Weinstein for doing a great job with the décor. “He did a phenomenal job,” said Mittle of Weinstein.
While Weinstein did not create Shine by himself (the office was designed by Anne Lombardi Interiors), he did come up with the core concept, wanting to veer away from the look of the traditional dental office. A former Woodbury resident, it was Weinstein who picked the site, knowing that this particular stretch of Jericho Turnpike was a great location.
While the building is mostly finished, Weinstein said they were still in the process of getting more art to display. Furthermore, they’re looking to expand the convenience of Shine by bolstering the concierge services offered by the front desk.
Other special features of Shine include an LCD TV in every exam room, WiFi throughout, and the ability to play videogames or watch movies and TV during appointments. On another tech-savvy note, the large amount of paperwork that dental visits often entail is done on an iPad, not on paper. Finally, every exam room is slightly different, just to keep things fresh. Patients are accepted from 18 months of age on up.
Currently there are a few empty exam rooms at the office, but that’s all part of the plan; it was designed with room to expand.