Dr. Robin Henderson Named Finalist for ADA Design Innovation Awards

WSDA member Dr. Robin Henderson’s Clarkston dental practice was recently named a finalist for the ADA's inagural Design Innovation Awards.
WSDA member Dr. Robin Henderson’s Clarkston dental practice was recently named one of three finalists in the “remodel” category of the American Dental Association’s inaugural Design Innovation Awards

Dr. Henderson’s office and other finalists will be featured in the Exhibit Hall at ADA FDI 2019 in San Francisco (Booth #5300). Attendees can vote for their favorite and winners will be announced by the ADA following the meeting.

Judging criteria for the Design Innovation Awards included “esthetics appeal, such as use of color, light/windows and theme; utilization of technology; function and efficiency; innovation; and how well the design has accomplished the entrant's objective.”

According to Dr. Henderson, the inspiration for the remodel began with new patients in mind. 

“Our design really started with the new patient experience,” she says. “The glass walls of our new patient room are decorated with a large fingerprint; not only does this partially obscure the space, while still allowing it to be very open feeling, the fingerprint is a reminder that each patient is a unique individual and is treatment planned as such. Our new patient room is away from the hygiene/treatment rooms. We wanted a unique new patient experience in a non-clinical environment.”
New Patient Room Dr. Robin Henderson

Another objective of her redesign included careful attention to light and sound.

“I wanted to use a lot of layered lighting, both task lighting and lighting for esthetics, as well as many different surface textures to define spaces and highlight design details and also give interest to the office after dark, while paying attention to energy efficiency and prevention of light pollution to the night sky,” she explains. “I wanted the design to give thought to not only what is seen, but also what is heard (or not heard) to provide a more relaxing atmosphere for team and patients.”

Reception Dr. Robin Henderson

Hallway Dr. Robin Henderson

Want to see more of the office for yourself? A 3-D digital tour is available online.

“The end result of our remodel project for a new office was worth all of the effort that went into it,” says Dr. Henderson. “I think dentists are well-suited for the process as they are used to visualizing the end before they begin, and I enjoyed bringing that visualization to reality.”

If you plan to attend ADA FDI 2019 (September 4-8 in San Francisco), make sure to stop by Booth #5300 to vote for Dr. Henderson’s office remodel.