Finally . . . home again.

Updated: 3 days ago


After leaving a dental practice located in the Inner west of Sydney in 2016, I have come 'home' again, opening my dream practice in the beautiful, vibrant suburb of Haberfield. I fell in love with the Inner West when I started work there in 1999 as a fresh faced 31 year old dentist.


The love has only grown in my absence.


For those of you who have been following the process of me creating my dream surgery, you will know that the rebuild has taken a very long time. It is such a cliché to say 'it was worth the wait', but the truth is it has been worth every moment it has taken. Covid-19 lockdowns might have slowed the process and blown out the costs, but they did not stop the dream becoming a reality.


The space we have built is clean, modern and efficient.


It is also beautiful, warm, genuine and welcoming.


My gorgeous husband, Guy Martin, has been crucial in making this beautiful space come to life. Without him, this project would not have been possible. His incredible cabinet making, woodworking and electronic abilities, as well as his months of dedication have been central to this beautiful clinic being all that it is. So too have wonderful tradesmen brought their exceptional skills and craftsmanship to the walls, the painting, the wiring, the floors and the plumbing. My gratitude to them is boundless.


Here are some pictures of the process of transforming an abandoned dental surgery, empty for 6 years, into a living, breathing space dedicated to excellence in dental care and supporting you, our wonderful patients, to feel deeply at ease.


More photos will be posted in time.


Here are some images of the original cabinets, floors and walls. I do not endorse the bottle of soft drink in the first image 😱.



Feeling very excited and raw at this stage. Looking at this photo reminds me of just how huge this rebuild has been. The shop front, built by my landlord, was heavily impacted by covid related delays. His patience and persistence were stellar.



This is a video of the original sterilisation room, demolition phase. Chief demolishers were Guy and Rachel 💪🏻💪🏻.



110 years of paint choices.



The original tessellated tile floor could not be salvaged. It was entombed under a layer of levelling cement. This was a blessing because trying to make it comply with current infection control standards would have been a nightmare.




A glimpse of the new shop front, plans, clinic room cabinets in process, and fresh paint 🙌🏻👏🏻⭐️.




This was the result of me 'pottering' in the back area when I could not do anything else. 🌳🌿🌱🪴

Still awaiting some white pebbles and garden chairs to complete the space.



Light and colour.



And check out the sterilisation room light show. ❤️💙❤️💙



Did I mention that deep dark red is one of my favourite colours?



Here we are, 21st of July, 2022. Celebratory balloons courtesy of Dave my wonderful dental assistant and all round amazing person. There are still a few more finishing touches to go, and no doubt more pot plants will be moving in to share the space.


The team and I look forward to seeing you here, whether it is for a pop in visit, or your dental care.


Lots of Love,


Rachel and the Team.

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