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A-dec First Impressions | Fanshawe College Customer Story

Duration 2:38

Years after outgrowing their original 8-chair college dental clinic, Kelly Turner, a professor in the Dental Hygiene Program at Fanshawe College, and her colleagues finally turn their dream clinic into reality. The new state-of-the-art campus facility features A-dec dental equipment that is as durable and high-quality as the curriculum they offer, with room to grow.

Video transcript

[Kelly Turner, Professor, Dental Hygiene Program, Fanshawe College]

At Fanshawe College, we used to have a very small clinic of eight chairs. And through the decades, we outgrew the space and as a contingency plan, we ended up renting out a space at the local university. From there, we knew we needed to have a space here at Fanshawe.

We did some mini renovations, but it wasn't working for the number of students that we had. And for growth, we wanted to look at future growth as well. So, we had been advocating for a new space. We'd love to have it on main campus, and eventually, our number came up, and then we were able to go ahead with our dream clinic at Fanshawe College.

[Leslie Sanderson, A-dec Territory Manager, Ontario, Canada]

The goals of the college were to build a state-of-the-art facility that really represented the type of education that the students would get here. And I think that they always felt that they had state-of-the-art curriculum and it didn't really represent the quality of the education. They were used to working at the University of Western clinic that was all A-dec. So, we took them down to A-dec where they were able to see all of the options how we build things and all the things that we could do to make this a state-of-the-art facility for them.

[Kelly Turner, Professor, Dental Hygiene Program, Fanshawe College]

Looking for the technology, we did do research to see about longevity. We work with students. And students can be a bit rough on equipment, so we were looking for that durability piece. We are very proud to have A-dec at our school. And going to the facility itself in Oregon, and going through the factory, we were very impressed with the quality. We want this equipment to last for decades—for our future dental hygiene students and future dental assisting students. We're again looking for some wear and tear that can happen in a school situation and also, that has the best quality. We want the students to be able to experience what they're going to see in private practice and bring that new technology to the school, so they're prepared to work out in the community.

We felt that we'd done the research and being able to see things from the ground up in the factory was really impressive and we have a lot of confidence in the brand. And I think that's one of the biggest advantages we have for our students, knowing what latest equipment was out there and how to incorporate it into our new space. There's been new ways of teaching that we haven't been able to do before.