Sun Orthodontix prepares to open new office doors
Jan. 20, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 19, 2011 at 7:20 p.m.
Cassandra Hayden stared at a large black-framed photo hanging in the Sun Orthodontix lobby.
"It's weird," said the 21-year-old Ganado resident as she smiled brightly at the photo of herself - a different girl, one with braces.
The soft smell of drying paint led patients through the office's newest facility on Zac Lentz Parkway.
Photographs of patients with their braces taken in and around the Victoria area gives the office a true local feel.
"I think it's really neat and really cool," Hayden said about the photos.
Her photo was taken during the summer.
The invitation-only sneak-peek of the office was a predecessor to the office's official grand opening on Monday.
Sun Orthodontix is located on Professional Drive, at an office that was formerly used by Dr. Elwood Ernst, a now retired orthodontist, said Dr. John Vondrak, owner of Sun Orthodontix.
"We expect it will be a great opportunity," Vondrak said.
The office does affordable orthodontics for private insurance patients and Medicaid patients.
Dr. Priscilla Larson will be the only full-time orthodontist at the facility. Vondrak occasionally will stop by and be on hand.
The new facility has 12 chairs for active patients and four examination rooms for new patients. It also has an in-house lab, meaning patients don't have to wait too long for dental impressions.
The new facility is a year worth of hard work, said Amy Charles, office manager.
"It's super exciting for the patients and for us," Charles said. "It opens up opportunities for jobs."
Aside from Larson and Vondrak, the office will have 12 assistants, plus clerical staff.
The new office is a convenience for Crossroads patients, who will no longer have to go to Corpus Christi, where another of Sun Orthodontix's six statewide offices is located, Vondrak said.
Vondrak had noticed one to three new patient exams being done each day at the Corpus Christi office were people from the Crossroads.
Vondrak's vision for Sun Orthodontix began in 2003, when he realized middle America could not afford needed orthodontic care.
"We know there is always a demand for it," he said. "We are really excited about being in the area."