We heard so much about Serenity Dental Spa that we decided to examine them and conducted an interview with Founder and Owner Dr Sheila Shahabi
Q: What is the story behind your business?
A: Serenity Dental Spa is the first premiere Green Dental Spa of San Francisco. I founded Serenity Dental Spa in 2006. After having reviewed close to 100 dental offices for purchase, I realized that if I was going to own a business, it had to be done right. I decided to build Serenity Dental Spa from the ground up, as an environmentally conscious dental practice.
Q: What is your mission?
A: Our Mission is “Serenity, Service and Smile”. Serenity comes from the Green space, where our patients know that they are in a safe, clean, environmentally responsible space. We take pride in our level of Service and believe that our there is nothing we compromise in our care and service for our patients. This includes using the best materials that exist in dentistry today, along with having a knowledgeable staff who will go out of their way to serve our patients with any dental or cosmetic needs. Smile, comes from the beautiful smiles we create everyday using painless techniques with the newest technology that exists in dentistry.
Q: What is you environmental approach as business?
A: First of all we are located in a building that is LEED, GOLD certified. We are only one of 8% of dentists in the United States who offer CEREC technology. With this technology, we can do one visit crowns, saving the patient a second visit, decreasing the number of times the patient has to get numb, their time, their carbon foot print, and our carbon footprint. This saves us from getting dental laboratories involved in most cases, in which they would not drive to our facility, therefore decreasing the carbon foot print as well.
We us 3-Form which is made from recycled vending machines.
Our office was designed with a green approach: we used Bamboo floors through-out the office. We also used recycled jean material as insulation of our walls; we selected formaldehyde free MDF to make our cabinets. We have beautifully low VOC painted walls and Hospital grade heat sterilization that prevents toxins from getting into the environment and are a paperless practice.
Any paper used is 100% recycled paper and use the front and back sides of the paper. We have an extensive recycling program, which includes composting.
Q: What do you want the San Francisco Green column readers to know?
A: Serenity Dental Spa is a peaceful, clean, spa like space that honors our patients and the environment. Recent studies in the Journal of the American Dental Association show that when a patient is in a Serene environment, do not need as much anesthetic. We hope that with our advanced technology in Dentistry, and a soothing and green environment, we can service our patients to the best of our capabilities.
Q: Where can San Francisco Green Living Readers find you?
A: We are located at 345 California Street, Suite #170 in San Francisco. You can click here for more info or see our video.
San Francisco Green Living Examiner’s note: We paid a visit and were impressed by the state of the art technology and beautiful Green Spa approach. We left teeth glowingly clean and a bag full of oral goodies. A Green business in a Green building. What more can our teeth ask for? Trust your smile to a Green source!
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