Andrew H. Gibson, DDS • Tamara M. Caouette,
DDS Dana A. Durlach, DMD • Amber H. Connar, DMD
882 Whipple Road Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
In the Press
Relocating From Afar - Long-distance Project Wins Design
most Americans think of the fall of 2008, they recall the
financial meltdown that rocked the U.S. economy. For Drs.
Tamara Caouette and Andrew Gibson, it marked the opening of
their newly built leasehold office in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
The office for Smileworks, born in the midst of economic
crisis, went on to become not only a great success; it won
the Dental Office Design Competition 2010 for small
Not only did Smileworks become a reality during this
challenging time, but the planning and construction occurred
while Drs. Caouette and Gibson were living and practicing in
Maryland. They chose to make the move to Mount Pleasant
after three visits to the community during the summer of
2007. The local climate, proximity to the ocean, the
beautiful and historic city of Charleston, and the growing
professional and family population convinced them that it
would be an ideal location for a first joint practice and to become known as the dentists near me.
The soon-to-be husband and wife team first met in high
school while attending Mercersburg Academy. Dr. Caouette
went on to study biology at Franklin and Marshall College,
while Dr. Gibson studied biology at Washington and Lee
they attended West Virginia University School of Dentistry,
where they earned their dental degrees in 2001. They worked
in various practices in the Maryland area before building
their shared practice in South Carolina.
The entire planning and construction processes occurred
while the doctors maintained their busy practice schedules
in Maryland. In fact, they were able to make the 600-mile
trip to Mount Pleasant only once during construction.
Planning for the office was also handled long-distance since
their dental office design team is based in Nebraska.
Well-planned flow and ergonomic considerations throughout
the office have made the doctors and staff more productive
and less stressed at the end of each workday. Visual and
acoustic privacy are enhanced by "layering" spaces from
public functions in the front of the office to private
functions at the back of the office.
Technology integration is a key office component and
includes individual flat-screen TV monitors at every patient
chair, and clinical workstations in each treatment room
Contemporary furnishings add a comfortable, eclectic touch
to the updated traditional interior scheme. After coming to
the facility, Smileworks patients often comment that the
environment feels more like a spa than a dental office (Fig.
Not only do Drs. Caouette and Gibson continue to pursue
excellence in dentistry, they also give back to society by
serving as volunteers with the Give Back a Smile program,
which (through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry)
offers no-cost smile makeovers to selected victims of
domestic violence. In the midst of global challenges, they
truly embody a great American success story … and their
office shows it!
by Dr. Michael Unthank, Architect, and Geri True, ASID
For more on this topic, go to www.dentaleconomics.com and
search using the following key words: Dr. Andrew Gibson, Dr.
Tamara Caouette, dental office design, Dr. Michael Unthank.
Congratulations to the winner of the 2010 Dental Office
Design Competition for small practices – Drs. Tamara
Caouette and Andrew Gibson of Mount Pleasant, South
Carolina. This annual competition is sponsored by Dental
Economics®, Wells Fargo Practice Finance, the American
Dental Association, and ADA Business ResourcesSM.
Smileworks dental practice provides a full range of dental
care to patients in Mount Pleasant SC and the surrounding
communities. Mount Pleasant SC dentists, Dr. Andrew Gibson,
Dr. Tamara Caouette, Amber H. Connar and Dr. Dana Durlach are pleased to
offer the following professional nearby dental treatment services:
general dentistry, family dentistry, adult dental care,
restorative dentistry, preventive dentistry, smile makeover
dental procedures, cosmetic dentistry, kids dental care,
white dental fillings, tooth colored fillings, non-metal
dental fillings, dental implants, implant dentistry, dental
crowns, dental veneers, preventive dental sealants, migraine
headache dental treatment NTI device, teeth cleaning, teeth
polishing, dental digital x-rays, oral exams and dental