Dentist finds fresh use for Swansea building

October 7, 2013 

Dentist Kara Schreder has opened her own dental practice in Swansea after having been a dentist as part of an O'Fallon practice. Her Schreder Family Dental is a familiar place, and she recently invited business writer Will Buss over to tour and talk about it:

What do you think about operating your own dental practice?

"Fantastic. Absolutely wonderful."

How long have you been open?

"For three weeks."

How did you arrive at this new office in Swansea?

"My husband had this business, which was All Play Recreation, and we had purchased this property for him to have a little more visibility. He was working out of a building further down in Swansea, and it just wasn't as visible and that trickled off. So he closed that business and we had the property. We tried to lease it. But I also had this dream, and I told my husband, we have this building, let's make it happen. So we did."

Where are you patients coming from?

"We have some new patients who are just coming in that have seen the transformation of the building. I have some patients who have followed me from the other practice. So we're just hoping to get as many people in."

What kind of equipment do you have?

"It's all digital, state of the art. It's all of the latest technology. Everything is brand new."

Why did you become a dentist?

"I was planning to work in medicine, then I just switched over when I realized that dentistry had a little bit more flexibility for my family, because I'm a mom with two boys, and so this gave me a little bit more freedom. Of course, now, being my own boss, I can set my hours and can do with my kids that I need to."

How did you achieve it?

"I grew up in Belleville, and I stayed closed to home and went to (Southern Illinois University) in Edwardsville for college and Alton for dental school. I did a two-year residency after that in general dentistry. I worked for a pediatric office for a while, for about seven or eight months. I love to work with kids, just not all of the time."

What has this experience been like for you?

"It's been a big step as far as going out and taking that leap of faith, but I think it's been a wonderful one. I couldn't have done it without the support of my family. My parents have been huge supporters, and my husband and my kids have been so supportive all of the way. And I have a wonderful team that I have assembled."

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 239-2526.

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