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Transform Your Dental Practice

Designing a dental office is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a dentist. Achieving your vision can be challenging - and expensive - if you don't know where to start. Our video series teaches you everything you need to know, from how to communicate with architects, to how the right environment can dramatically increase patient and staff satisfaction (and your bottom line).
  • Increase Operational Efficiency
  • Improve the Patient Experience
  • Increase Employee Satisfaction
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  • What services does Tholen Healthcare Environments offer?
    Everything…we will achieve your vision into a beautiful physical office significantly increasing your production and reducing your physical stress while keeping you financially safe. T.H.E. Design will:  find your new location,  architecturally and financially evaluate property or lease space options, assist with securing adequate project funding, design  the office, select the general contractor, and ensure that the office is constructed exactly as designed.
  • How do I increase patient flow to my new dental clinic?
    Create an office environment that is consistent and congruent with the level of care you are proposing to your patients.  If you are delivering a Kia Soul level of care, your office should be that Kia Soul.  If you are delivering a Mercedes Benz level of care, your office should be that Mercedes S550.
  • How to design a dental office
    Choose an architect who has designed dental offices…lots of them.  There is a science to designing a highly functional office that moves like a Swiss watch.  And there are specialists in architecture just as there are in dentistry.
  • How does office design affect productivity?
    Repetitive movement is the number one cause of musculoskeletal injuries and dental personnel are the poster children of repetitive movement injuries.  The average clinical dental assistant will travel from operatories to sterilization 80 to 100 times a day!  The average number of times a doctor adjusts the operatory light/s is 125 times/day!  And this is just the beginning of a long list of repetitive movements that negatively affect the doctor and dental team.  So the relationship of spaces (one to another), the appropriate sizing of rooms, and the positioning of cabinetry, equipment, and dental personnel becomes critical in minimizing repetitive ...

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About Dr. Tholen

A portrait of Dr. Mark Tholen, a luxury dental office designer smiling at the camera

Dr. Mark Tholen has over 30 years of experience in dentistry, including clinical practice, and holds an MBA from the University of Texas.

He is the former CEO of a leading medical and dental office design firm that created over 3,000 offices in various locations.

Dr. Tholen is also the author of three dental textbooks and has given lectures worldwide. Most recently he led the office design seminar, “Inspiring Success” sponsored by A-dec of Newberg, Oregon.