For over 22 years, Dr. Bernie Stephenson has seen hundreds of pearly white teeth from patients all across Story County in his Nevada office.
Over the years, his office has continued to grow, forcing him to move from his original office in downtown Nevada to a new one at 1400 Fawcett Parkway in 2002. Now, with more than 3,200 active patients, the work load began to be overwhelming, and his patients would sometimes have to wait six to seven weeks for an appointment.
After several years of thinking and four years of gradually expanding his office, Stephenson Dental has expanded their building, and in July added another dentist, Dr. Jordan Wehner.
“When we began thinking about expanding the number one thing was adding a second doctor … we briefly worked with a fill-in doctor for a few months a year ago, to see how it would work, and we realized it was a little crowded,” Stephenson said.
With that crowded feeling in mind, Stephenson decided to not only add Wehner, but expand his entire facility. Before the expansion, there were only six treatment rooms. Now there are 12. The office bought all new state of the art sanitation equipment, and added two offices, a closet, a locker room, and a machine that allows them to create crowns for teeth on-site.
Besides the additional space and amenities, the addition of Wehner has created more opportunities for patients to get in more conveniently, while also being able to offer a wide-variety of services.
“We’re hoping to be more of a one-stop shop now without as many referrals out,” Stephenson said. “I brought in (Wehner), because he is able to provide some services that I wasn’t currently doing.”
Such as placing and restoring implants, root canals and other various treatments.
Wehner is a native of Schoolcraft, Mich., but Nevada feels just like home, he said.
“I grew up in a small town in Michigan and it’s probably around the same size as Nevada … I like the small town feel,” Wehner said. “The town just feels like a small little family.”
Wehner received his doctorate in dental at Midwestern University in Chicago, and proceeded to take a residency at Wichita State University in Kansas.
“One of the things about Jordan that struck me was how he was just very composed, it really impressed me a lot,” Stephenson said.
And although Wehner is new to Stephenson Dental, he just wants everyone to know he’s there to help.
“I want everyone to feel comfortable with me,” he said.