“Our hours of operation make our office unique,” says Owner & Dentist Kristi Platt. “We offer early morning, late afternoon, and Saturday appointments. We strive to provide a personal experience for each patient.”
The dental practice in downtown Asheville, which opened earlier this year, is providing conscientious, gentle dentistry to the downtown community.
Read our full Q&A with Kristi Platt below…
Tell us about your business and the role you play in it.
Platt Dental Studio is a new dental practice in downtown Asheville, and I’m the sole dentist/owner.
Our dental services include cleanings, fillings, cosmetic, oral surgery, root canal therapy, crowns, and bridges. We will soon be incorporating implants.
Our products include water flossers, toothpaste, floss, electric toothbrushes, in office and take – home whitening kits.
Our mission is to provide conscientious dentistry to the downtown community of Asheville. Dentistry that is gentle, respectful, and available to our patients.
How did you get your idea or concept for the business? How did you decide on a name?
I’ve been in dentistry for the past 23 years, in the military, private practice, public health. I have had a variety of experiences and felt ready to start my own practice incorporating my own philosophy. I decided to use my last name to give it more personal meaning
What makes your business unique in its field?
Our hours of operation make our office unique. We offer early morning, late afternoon, and Saturday appointments. We strive to provide a personal experience for each patient.
How many employees do you have? And what qualities do you look for when hiring?
We have 3 employees, Eugene Payton Jr. is our assistant, and Nikki Reis is our hygienist. When we are hiring, we look for the quality of caring about our patients while bringing our dental knowledge to provide treatment.
During your first year of business, what was the greatest lesson you learned?
The greatest lesson we have learned so far is that opening a practice involves far more than providing dentistry, its problem solving on a daily basis and refining/re-evaluating the way you do things.
What is your favorite part about doing business in the Asheville area?
We love doing business in the Asheville area, and being part of a community of small business owners and community employees. As a child I watched sesame street and loved the diversity of their neighborhood. I wanted to be a part of that type of community and being in this community reminds me of that childhood dream. The kind of community where you belong. Where you know your mailperson, ups driver, sanitation, bus driver, bicycle shop owners, city employees, pedestrians, cyclists, ext., that you wave to everyday.