By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 13, 2016
Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, Dental Associates announced that by this Summer, the Dental Associates Clinic on 1135 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive will relocate to West Milwaukee. The new dental clinic will open at formerly OfficeMax vacant building, 210 S. Miller Park Way, according to Anthony Vastardis, the CEO of Dental Associates.
Dental Associates had tried to remain at the Chavez Drive location, but the building's age and condition prevented any remodeling or growth. Dental Associates was founded in 1973 by the late Dr. John Gonis.
In a released statement, Vastardis said, "We feel our new clinic is in an ideal location since it will allow us to continue to serve our existing patient base while also extending our reach into the West Milwaukee area. Since the Cesar Chavez clinic dates back to our founding by Dr. John Gonis, we weren't looking to move but the age and condition of the building necessitated it. In fact, we first conducted a number of feasibility studies to determine if we could keep the existing location by remodeling or replacing it."
Dental Associates will remodel the vacant OfficeMax building to accommodate a 50-chair clinic, an addition of 12 chairs from its previous location. The West Milwaukee dental center will provide general dentistry services, including crowns, bridges and root canals, along with pediatric, orthodontic and surgical care, including dental implants, according to Vastardis.
Dental Associates has 12 clinics in Wisconsin and by September 2016, two other clinics will open in Waukesha and Howard. Currently, Dental Associates employs nearly 800 employees including 100 doctors and has 576 operatories. Nearly one third of the staff members are Hispanic.
On August 23, 2014, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. first reported that Dental Associates had planned to relocated the Chavez Drive location to Miller Park Way in West Milwaukee.