A new dental practice opened in town this week, and promises high-tech offerings for its patients.
Chatham Dental Care has opened at 33 West High St. The Doctor of the new practice, Dr. Nancy Simonow, is a Bloomfield native. In 1979 she graduated from Tunxis Community College with a degree in hygiene. But, she said, she knew she really wanted to be a dentist. Simonow said she knew that, not having a bachelor’s degree, getting into a dental school might be difficult, but she was determined. “If I didn’t go [into a dental program], I didn’t go, but it wasn’t going to be because I didn’t try,” she said. Simonow informed the University of Connecticut of her dream, and the school told her that if she took certain science and biology classes and scored a 4.0 grade point average in them, she could enter into UConn’s dental program. “I took the classes wherever I could find them,” Simonow said, and after studying at schools like Central Connecticut State University,
she achieved her 4.0. She graduated
the UConn dental school in 1997.
After practicing dentistry for four years,
Simonow opened her own practice in West Hartford, Cosmetic and Family Dental Care. Eventually, she employed a staff of seven, with a patient list of more than 2,000. Simonow said patients would travel from such states as Rhode Island and Indiana for dental appointments, and added that that one loyal patient from Hungary even coordinated her appointments with visits to her family in Hartford. In 2002, looking for a residence that would accommodate her dogs, Simonow moved to East Hampton. Eventually, the commute to West Hartford grew tiresome, and Simonow decided that she would either have to move
her residence or her business. She chose the latter. “I found, talking to people around town, there was a need for a dentist,” Simonow said. Plus, she said, “Once you live on a lake, it’s hard to make yourself not live on a lake.”Simonow’s husband Andrew, who is the practice’s Business manager, said he asked his wife what her ideal location would be, should they relocate the practice to town, and
she promptly identified a Victorian house
along Route 66 that is home to Burt Realty. Andrew said the new practice is “at the cutting edge of dentistry.” He designed & oversaw extensive renovations to the building to transform it into a dental office. But the couple aimed to keep the flavor of the Victorian home. “It’s not like a regular commercial medical office,” Andrew said.
Simonow is appreciative of her husband’s
contribution, saying, “There are people who have a business head, and people who don't. He’s very helpful like that.”
As for East Hampton, Simonow said, “it’s
a great community,” and added that she she admires the group Friends of Lake
Pocotopaug. Chatham Dental Care is also hoping to host wine tastings in the future, and even a road race to raise funds for charity. Last month, the Simonows took part in the Old Home Days Parade, handing out sugar-free lollipops.
In her new practice, Simonow said, “there
[is not] one paper in that office. ... Everything [is] computerized.” While Chatham Dental Care has invested about $700,000 in equipment and renovations, Simonow said purchasing a preexisting practice is even more expensive.
Mark Plancon, an equipment specialist
with Patterson Dental, a company that provides equipment to dental practices, said
Chatham Dental Care has state-of-the-art features, including a digital X-ray machine,
which uses 85-90 percent less radiation than a standard device. The practice also uses a
digital panoramic X-ray. “It takes into account
the whole oral cavity,” Plancon said. Also, there are inter-oral cameras, which make it possible for patients to see exactly what the dentist is talking about. Laser dentistry will be used in place of some of the cruder metal tools, minimizing discomfort and bleeding. Also, Plancon said, Chatham Dental Care is equipped with “the newest technology in
washing and sterilizing instruments.” “The emphasis in this office is more of a spa-styled atmosphere,” Plancon added. “That’s where dentistry is going. It’s not like
the old days.” The office also contains plasma screen
televisions in each room. Andrew Simonow said his wife “believes in keeping the patients entertained. … She plays all the latest movies.” Nancy Simonow remembered, “A lot of patients in West Hartford would call [and] ask, ‘what’s playing?’ That’s when they’d schedule their appointment.” For more information or to schedule appointments, call Chatham Dental Care at 267-4900.
Chatham Dental Care Review By Sara S., Patient at Chatham Dental Care Review Rating: 4 out of 5. Chatham Dental Care is the best! I've been a patient for 6 years and love the care Dr Simonow gives
Chatham Dental Care Review By Kati G., Patient at Chatham Dental Care Review Rating: 4 out of 5. My whole family goes to Dr. Nancy. She's great with kids and being a uneasy with most dentists, this is as close to painless.