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GSO’s design director explains the logistics of its newest location – and what private practitioners should know about building from the ground up.

When the Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO) expanded into a second location in the Atlanta metro area, it needed a building that would hold not just a waiting room and treatment rooms but also classrooms, research areas, faculty offices and more for 54 residents, 14 faculty and 35 staff. “The school is dedicated to equipping its students with the most advanced technology available,” says GSO program director Dr. Ricky Harrell. “Some of them will go into practices that have been updated; others will go into practices that were started by GSO’s design director explains the logistics of its newest location—and what private practitioners should know about building from the ground up baby boomers who are still using older technology. For new residents, we have to be conscious that orthodontics is changing and the technology is always advancing. It would be silly to pretend it isn’t, and we have to make sure this program exemplifies what’s coming and what they can expect.” Marc Fraga, director in charge of design at GSO, walked us through developing a practice that incorporates room for hightech research and high-touch patient care, and discusses suggestions and ideas that private-practice orthodontists might be able to incorporate into their own offices.

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