The word “relaxing” isn’t usually how most people would describe a visit to the dentist… unless, of course, they’re going to see Dr. Nancy Clayton and her team at Atwell Dental.
Opened in April 2012, the clinic has already earned accolades and awards, thanks to Dr. Clayton’s personal passion and lifelong mission to provide the highest level of care and service for her patients in a calm and relaxing environment.
“I enjoy connecting with people,” said Dr. Clayton. “I love the moment when I am talking to an anxious or nervous client for the first time and I see the connection in their eyes that says they are in the right place. Building trusting relationships is one of our missions.”
Before opening the practice, Dr. Clayton graduated with honors from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry and completed an advanced training Dental Residency Program at Vancouver General Hospital. There, she learned alongside some of the best dental specialists in B.C.
“I grew up knowing I wanted to be a dentist from my own childhood experiences with my family dentist who was my mentor and inspiration,” she said. “I served the Lower Mainland and the Sea to Sky Corridor for over 15 years, and when I built Atwell Dental, the vision was to put together a team of highly trained and caring dentists – Dr. Heather O`Keefe, Dr. Michael Rivera, Dr. Raymond Krumme and myself – to provide optimum service and state-of-the-art treatment options for our clients.”
Dr. Clayton said it is her team’s gentle touch that sets the clinic apart.
“We have a caring team of dedicated dentists, specialists and staff,” she said. “Our commitment is to building trusting relationships with our clients, helping to reduce dental disease as well as fears and phobias, while continually updating our clinical skills and offering state-of-the-art services.”
“I grew up knowing I wanted to be a dentist from my own childhood experiences with my family dentist who was my mentor and inspiration.”
Those in-house services include dental implants, Botox, teeth whitening, Invisalign clear braces, life-changing smile makeovers, plus multiple sedation options. The clinic specializes in dentistry for the whole family, with free infant visits, comfy chairs, and televisions on the ceiling to make the experience as relaxing as possible.
“I enjoy seeing multiple generations of the same family in our practice,” she said. “It is great to hear how much children love coming to our practice. It lets us know what a great job our team is doing making people feel comfortable and welcome and part of the Atwell Dental family. It is a testament to the trust we have developed over the years. We care. We treat people with dignity and respect, and we love what we do and feel privileged and proud to serve our fabulous community.”
In the end, it is all about putting a great smile on people’s faces.
“Changing smiles changes lives,” she said. “A smile is so integral to how we are seen and how we see ourselves. We love the dramatic changes we can make to a person’s smile and self-esteem. We believe a smile is a curve that sets everything straight!”