Shipwreck Themed Medical Practice

A Shipwreck Makeover for a Medical Practice

In the first phase of this project, the dental area of a multi-focus medical practice was given a shipwreck themed makeover!

The main practice is on the second floor of the building and there was a desire to draw attention upwards. In the stairwell are two impressively large humpback whale sculptures suspended from the ceiling and visible through the windows to the outside. The mama and baby whale are surrounded by fish, friendly stingrays, and a pair of playful pufferfish. These beautiful aquatic sculptures also serve as a landmark sculpture that can be seen from the outside, especially at night, and helps the office stand out.

Our client was very excited to incorporate a shipwreck theme throughout the space, and the dental reception desk got the full treatment. Running along the front desk is intricate 3D cladding made to look like it is part of the siding of a sunken ship. Underwater murals are installed both behind the ship cladding and on the bottom half of the desk, adding color and interest.

Kids will be delighted to be greeted by the friendly hammerhead shark popping out from the ship above them and showing off a new set of braces. Along with the shark character, visitors will find small dental references in the details of the desk.

On the OBGYN side of the clinic, the bulkhead above the reception desk features a sculpted female octopus nurse cuddling five baby fish to sleep. Underwater murals make for a perfect backdrop behind the coral cladding, and complete the design on the desk below.

In the waiting area, a custom built pony wall designed to look like a ship wall is situated in the middle to divide the dental and OBGYN sides of the clinic. On the dental side, various play panels have been installed to keep kids entertained while waiting for their appointments.

A custom circular bench with a sculpted base and a crow’s nest featuring a turtle pirate in the center. In the optometry area, a photo op shark character with an adorable baby shark plush sits between custom bench seating sculpted to look like weathered drift wood. Practical seating needs are blended with fun design ideas that easily draw kids in and make wait times feel shorter. Not to mention, kids will love to take photos on the benches that can then be shared online and help market the office.

In the treatment rooms are beautiful underwater wall murals for young patients to enjoy during appointments that help complete the experience.

The most important benefit of theming is the effect that it has on the families, and especially the kids. They love coming here, they love seeing the characters and they love interacting with the toys. It just makes it a place they want to come to and they want to be. That makes doing dentistry easier because they’re focusing on some things that they think are less scary and that allows us to do the work that’s so important. It helps us to really improve their oral health because this is a place that they want to come to and they want to keep their appointments, they want to come back. The parents don’t have a hard time when their kids want to come to their dental appointment.

Dr. Brett Pack
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