A local chiropractic clinic is expanding its business with the opening of a centre-of-excellence dental practice, which will form part of a £2 million holistic health centre.
Wroughton-based Ridgeway Health and Wellness, which is housed in a 19th Century stable block, is undergoing a major re-fit to accommodate a 1,700 square-foot dental practice. The site will feature three state-of-the-art dental treatment rooms and a dedicated hygienist clinic.
Partners Dr Mark Blokland and Dr Simon Clarke are investing in the business to apply their holistic approach to chiropractic to dental care.
The new dental practice will be based above the 2,200 sq ft Ridgeway Health and Wellness chiropractic clinic, which has ten staff who currently provide healthcare to more than 16,000 patients. The dental practice will create ten new jobs for the area.
Dr Blokland said: “This is a major investment in the business, and marks a new period of growth for Ridgeway. I wanted to refer patients to dentists in the area but couldn’t find one that worked with a similar ethos, so we decided to open our own practice.”
The practice was established in 1995 by Dr Blokland, a fellow of the College of Chiropractors, who has worked for major firms including Motorola, Intel, and Nationwide on industrial injuries. He is also an expert in cranial chiropractic which covers treatment for migraine, headaches and other head related problems.
“Our holistic approach isn’t simply a new-age fad,” Dr Blokland continued. “It’s about looking at our patients’ overall health and treating the body as a whole rather than in isolated parts. We see a significant number of patients who experience neck and back pain due to issues with the mouth and jaw, and problems in this area can affect the rest of your health, your body posture and even your feet.”
More than 200 patients have already signed up to practice membership, which is inviting potential patients to register their interest before it opens its doors in the coming months.
Dr Simon Clarke, director at Ridgeway Health and Wellness said: “Providing better patient care is at the centre of our ethos and is what’s driven this investment. In our experience, patients who follow a complete wellbeing programme that looks after every aspect of their health are less likely to suffer from other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood press and headaches.”
The dental practice is also set to house a glass-fronted room for beauty therapy within its reception area, allowing patients to enjoy skin, hair and nail treatment as part of their ongoing wellness regime. Further disciplines available within the centre include sports and Swedish massage and psychotherapy.
“We envisage a centre where people can feel good about their whole health,” Dr Clarke continued. “As well as the highest clinical standards from our chiropractors and dental team, we encourage patients to visit our beautician, masseuse, or psychotherapist to give an overall feel-good factor. If you’re relaxed and feel good you are more likely to be healthy.”
The centre will also be offering free oral health education classes to patients, and will be encouraged to make more regular visits to the practice’s hygienists to help maintain healthy mouth and gums.
The dental practice is due to open in March. The rest of Ridgeway’s services including chiropractic, beauty, massage and psychotherapy, are already available.