ORA Dental Studio becomes first Chicago EDA-certified practice

27 02 2010

Dr. Mladen Kralj, Dr. Steven Koos, Ina Pockrass, Susan Beck and Dr. Goran Kralj at ORA Dental Studio during Friday evening's reception.

Drs. Steven Koos, Goran Kralj and Mladen Kralj are part of what Dr. Koos describes as a movement.

They created a state-0f-the-art, eco-friendly dental office designed to promote wellness and create a relaxing, enjoyable experience for patients. The Eco-Dentistry Association recognized them for their efforts with an EDA Gold Certification. Director Susan Beck and Co-Founder Ina Pockrass presented the doctors with the award at a reception at their practice, ORA Dental Studio, Friday evening.

“We’re recognizing the leadership and innovation ORA brings to the table,” Pockrass said. “It’s been an honor to work side-by-side with these doctors, and their practice is one of the first 100 to be certified. That is a designation we thought long and hard about.”

 Those who came out to the reception had the opportunity to take a tour and learn more about what it means to be an environmentally friendly practice. The paperless office has a long list of eco-and patient-focused features, including private,  noise-reducing treatment rooms, low flow sinks, massaging chairs, an esthetic room dedicated to whitening and cosmetic procedures, just to name a few. They’ve also eliminated as much disposables as possible and are a chemical- and latex-free practice.

While ORA Dental Studio is a state-of-the art facility complete with eco-friendly design and products, clinicians who want to go the same route should know they don’t have to do it all at once. Dr. Koos encourages dentists to do what they can to eliminate waste and take those first steps toward an eco-friendly practice, no matter how small that step is.

It can be daunting, Dr. Koos said, but it comes down to collaborating with like-minded doctors and organizations like the EDA.

“It’s a learning process to see what works best for your practice. A lot of it is trial and error, which is why collaborating is so important,” he said. “We want to be open, this is something that should be shared and is important as a movement. This is not a trend, but a movement in health care. Anything a clinician can do we encourage, even if it’s just a little.”

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