White-McRae Dental Practice opens doors at new office building

Published 4:32 pm Monday, May 21, 2018

Dr. Jon McRae graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1970 and opened his dental practice in Bainbridge in 1972 after a two-year stint in the U.S. Air Force. He built a small office building on Shotwell Street he says he intended to occupy only temporarily.

In June of 2010, he welcomed a newly practicing dentist, and hometown boy, Daniel White, D.M.D. to his office. Then in October 2012, Dr. White bought the practice and this allowed Dr. McRae to slow down somewhat. But the space was still extremely limited and the equipment all getting some age on it.

One week ago the two dentists began seeing patients in the brand new office located at 504 Wheat Ave. behind Bainbridge Pharmacy.

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The first thing a person notices when they walk in is the use of stonework in the waiting room. There is also a tea/coffee and snack center located on one wall under a large television set, and a child’s play area tucked into a nook on the back wall. The new building has five treatment rooms, giving the practice room to grow at some point.

The patient chairs are extremely comfortable and face a window for a good view. There is also a television in each treatment room and Dr. White is in the process of installing TV screens in the ceilings above the chairs. The configuration of the treatment rooms intentionally placed all the equipment far behind the chairs, where the patients do not see it first thing. “We are doing all we can to reduce apprehension in our patients,” explained White.

Dr. Daniel White in a patient treatment room.

All of the equipment is state of the art, digital and paperless. There is even an intra-oral camera that takes a close-up photo of a problem tooth. It can then be projected on the computer screen so the patient can get an up close and personal view of the problem.

New artwork, much of it consisting of Southwest Georgia scenery photos by Mills Brock, are being hung on the walls of the hallway and in the treatment rooms.

White says their patients have commented on how much easier the new office is to get to, and the much improved parking.

“It is just a good location, close to everything,” he adds.

Dr. McRae now limits his practice to one day a week – Mondays; and he is enjoying all the new space after 46 years.