Carrie Rengers

Dentist Stephanie Robertson remodels and keeps up with neighbors

First, Lakewood Chiropractic repaired the front of its office at 2434 N. Woodlawn after two cars accidentally drove through it on the same day in 2010.

Then, last year, Sweet Basil did a complete overhaul to its restaurant in the same center following a fire.

Now, dentist Stephanie Robertson is doing a major renovation of her office there.

“So I just have to keep up with the neighbors,” she says. “Several people have asked me if we’ve had a fire. … God, let’s hope no fire.”

Robertson moved into her existing building in 2000.

“I just decided to refresh,” she says. “I couldn’t find a better location or anything to serve me better.”

Robertson considered relocating only in the area she’s currently in.

“As a dentist, you don’t want to move too far away from where your patients are,” she says. “Woodlawn used to be east, but now it’s almost midtown.”

That’s not all that’s different.

Robertson says there have been so many insurance and health care changes that “to be the business owner and doctor … it takes a lot out of you.”

She says that’s why so many dentists and doctors are moving to larger clinics with lots of their peers and separate teams to run the practices.

“I’m trying to do everything I can as my sole proprietor business, just keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep it as my alternative to that,” Robertson says.

Her practice is closed for now due to the upheaval that the renovation is bringing.

“Everything has to come apart and get put back,” Robertson says. “Now they’re making me update electrical to the new codes.”

She says she’s also doing “kind of that if-you-could-have-done-it-over stuff.”

She’s also expanded her space with extra storage. There will be a new refreshment area in a redesigned lobby as well.

Patients are scheduled to return on Sept. 8, so Robertson says the renovation simply will have to be done by then.

“It’s a little nerve-racking.”

The team doing Robertson’s work also happened to work on the two “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” houses built here.

“I said, ‘Oh, if you can do that in a week, you can do my office in three weeks.’ ”

Robertson says she plans for this to be her final move.

“I’d rather have a root canal than ever do this again.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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