LAKE WYLIE -- Say ahhh.
Dr. Vanessa Vargas plans to do what she asks of her patients -- by opening up. Carolina Family Dentistry at Lake Wylie will open Monday at 244 Latitude Lane, suite 103, at Lake Wylie Business Centre. The business will have three dental rooms, but plans to eventually expand to six.
"It's going to be a nice little practice," Vargas said.
Vargas and her husband, Stephen, recently moved to the area from Virginia with children Nathan, 6, and Catherine, 3. The Georgia native graduated from the Medical College of Georgia before completing her residency in Virginia. In looking for an area between Atlanta and Charlotte for a permanent practice, Vargas fell in love with Lake Wylie.
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"I knew we were never going to be there permanently, because I knew I wanted to be closer to home," she said of her Virginia practice.
The Lake Wylie project has been planned for about a year. Vargas will have three people in the office to start. She will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment, while Wednesdays and Fridays will be devoted to working in regional schools with children on Medicaid.
Along with community service, the general family practice offers something extra. Vargas is fluent in Spanish.
"There's a growing Hispanic population in the area, as well," she said.
If one current dental office in Lake Wylie is any indication, the new practice should not suffer from a lack of new patients.
"We've been very blessed," said Dr. Stacy Blackmon of Lake Wylie Family Dentistry, who said there is a three- to four-month waiting list for new patients. "Each month we have an adequate number of new patients. Our biggest challenge right now is being able to accommodate all of our new patients."
Vargas' general family practice facility will offer all of the basics, including cleanings and preventative care. She currently has a hygienist and receptionist on staff. For more on Carolina Family Dentistry at Lake Wylie, visit carolinafamilydentistry.com. The business also can be reached, once open, at (803) 831-2171.