Meet Your Merchant: Face to face with health-centered dentistry
Meet Your Merchant
Name of business: Elevate Dental Wellness
Description: Elevate Dental Wellness is a comprehensive dental practice using a combination of traditional and emerging therapies.
Owners: Drs. Schuyler Van Gorden and Rebecca Steinbach
Address: 711 E. Valley Road Suite 201A, Basalt
Date business opened: Nov. 2, 2015
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How did your business start?
We each owned dental practices for many years; however, in 2012 we realized we needed to take some time away from dentistry, so we sold our practices and departed to South America for a “midlife adventure.”
While our time away was everything we hoped it would be, we developed some health issues on our trip that we elected to treat using more natural health remedies.
Through the research of these natural remedies we came upon the practice of biological dentistry, fundamentally the practice of more health-centered dentistry, and that is how Elevate Dental Wellness was born.
What do you sell?
Elevate offers comprehensive dental services for the entire family, with a focus on natural, whole-body health and its relationship with oral health. We offer a full spectrum of dental services ranging from cleanings and routine dental work, to complex restorative dental treatment, cosmetic dentistry, dental implant placement, even the treatment of sleep apnea.
Elevate Dental Wellness is the valley’s only biological dental office offering many services that are unique to our practice.
Why do you like what you do?
As dentists we spend a lot of time face-to-face with our patients. We love our patients, we love getting to know them, their families, and their way of life. We enjoy knowing the full scope of their lives — the happiness, the sadness, as it helps form strong, lifelong relationships built on trust and understanding.
We also enjoy being an integral part of taking care of our patients’ health. The mouth is a mirror and a gateway to your overall health, and we are excited to be playing a part in the transformation of the health and wellness of our patients.
What strategy do you use to hire good people?
For us, the biggest thing is finding employees that are like-minded — the people that smile at us when we smile at them. We can teach anyone how to work in our dental office, but you can’t teach energy. Good, positive energy is our only job requirement.
What is your strategy for growth in the next year?
Our strategy revolves around spreading the message of health and wellness and how it relates to oral health. We plan on giving presentations for various organizations as well as within the community at large to inform people about what we do, and what sets us apart.
Additionally, we know our patients will help us spread the word about the quality of service and care we provide and will help us build our practice by encouraging their friends and family to become patients.
What is the best thing about running a business here?
We are excited to be building our business in a great community that is growing and changing every day. We love being a part of the great energy that not only surrounds Willits, but also the entire midvalley.
We also get to live and work among the people that are our neighbors, patients and friends. We enjoy getting to see, recreate and spend time with everyone that makes the Roaring Fork Valley an amazing place to live and work. We tried for a year to find a better place to live, and there just isn’t anywhere that compares to the Roaring Fork Valley.
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