A local dentist wants to make routine checkups and fillings even more fun.
By A.J. Chabot
A local dentist wants to make routine checkups for bite adjustment and fillings even more fun.
When Dr. Deborah Troy had to close her longtime office last June because the building needed immediate structural repairs, she said it was a blessing in disguise.
“Dr. Debbie” of RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry — as her youngest patients refer to her — has always been interested in art and science. She believes that movie themes can engage children of every age and invite them warmly into her new office space in the former high school building at 16 School Street.
From video games to a miniature movie theater, Dr. Troy has accomplished her goal of combining her two passions. All the kids love it, the parents enjoy the memorabilia, and anyone who walks into her new office cannot hold back compliments.
The dentist has transformed a dull vacant office space into a dental office like no other. The project began right after New Year’s and RyeSmiles reopened in its newest location last month.
“We worked out of four temporary locations to see all our kiddies just to keep our practice going,’’ Dr. Troy told the newspaper.
She and her staff were grateful to share space during the new office renovation with Dr. Maro’s BlueWave Orthodontics in Rye, Dr. Henry Russo’s office in Purchase, Valenti Dental in Harrison, and Westchester Implant and Oral Surgery Group in White Plains.
Dr. Troy had been at 266 Purchase Street for close to 20 years.
Dr. Troy took advantage of a bad situation by making her new office an impressive, artsy project that would be enjoyed by everyone. Her new office is twice as big as the previous one, with a larger staff and waiting room. A Ghostbusters’ logo greets visitors at the coat rack. A sign proclaims, “Award Winning Smiles” above the reception desk. Movie marquees and images of E.T. and other popular children’s movie characters blanket the office walls in bright colors. At the center of the waiting room is an Iron Man statue. While patients wait, they can play on any of a half-dozen video games. And there’s an arcade crane machine that visitors can try their luck at to win a stuffed toy. An eight-foot-tall popcorn box decorates the front of a mini-movie theater that plays popular movies.
For more details, go to www.ryesmiles.com.