In Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry, a practice owned and operated by women, it only makes sense that the typical clinical waiting room has been replaced with a warm, inviting entry with comfy chairs. You wait in a beautiful room painted in a soothing purple color palette, décor reminiscent of Morocco. It evokes the feeling of a spa, where you will spend a day being pampered behind the door.
Although you are not going in for a massage, Dr. Juliet Bulnes-Newton, D.M.D., and Dr. Laura Goodwin, D.M.D. make a point of providing the best dental care for their patients and being a dental practice that you want to stay with for generations, treating you like family.
Dr. Bulnes-Newton started practicing in Tampa Bay in 2001, serving specifically the Westchase, Citrus Park and Carrollwood area since 2002.
“I love this community. I’m part of it. I live in Carrollwood myself. My children go to school in the community, so it’s been very nice to serve the community that I actually live in,” she said.
She selected the location in Westchase because of the growth in the early 2000s, knowing there would be a lot of new families coming into the area.
“It was part of Tampa that had a high level of growth, so I thought it would be a good area to start integrating my practice and I can be here until I retire.”
Due to growth in the community, Dr. Bulnes-Newton wanted to bring on another expert in the field.
“That person needed to supply the same quality of care and have the same philosophies caring for our community, but also offer some additional expertise and specialties that we could provide for our patients.”
Dr. Goodwin joined the practice in 2016, bringing with her extensive training and expertise in restorative dentistry including crowns, bridges, veneers and, dentures. She also provides services such as extractions, bone grafting and placement of dental implants, for which she has earned her ICOI Fellowship (International Congress of Oral Implantologists).
“Although we have the latest technology available, state-of-the-art equipment, that’s not what separates us from the competition. We are an office of all women. We are very family-oriented. We provide a level of compassion and empathy to offer dental work with the utmost dignity to our patients. We pride ourselves on providing the most up-to-date, high-tech top-quality dentistry in a very gentle, relaxing environment.”
Serving men, women, and children, their youngest patient is 2 and the eldest, 99.
“We love seeing the kids. They are so much fun to educate and provide them with a positive experience where they can feel comfortable and establish that relationship with a dentist very early in life,” said Dr. Bulnes-Newton. “It’s fun to see them grow up from little kid to college student. We believe that patients deserve the best care they can have regardless of age.”
Dr. Goodwin added, “If they are coming to the dentist at 99, there is a reason that they are still alive. Dental health is linked to quality of life and your overall health.”
Dental services include oral exams, routine cleanings, veneers, bonding, Invisalign, teeth whitening, and Dr. Goodwin’s restorative services.
“I get to see my patients go through life changes and you feel like you are there for them. You get to be an open ear for them. I am fortunate that I get to talk and interact with people all day instead of sitting in front of a computer,” said Dr. Goodwin.
Both dentists agreed that their staff was another reason the practice was so successful. Long-term, loyal employees that believe in the same philosophy of integrity make the workplace – “their second home” – a pleasure to be part of each day.
The practice volunteers with Hillsborough Community College’s dental assistant program where the students learn how to become dental assistants during their rotation.
“There’s maybe a dozen offices that participate in Hillsborough County that the students rotate through. The students come in and learn from us,” Dr. Bulnes-Newton explained. “That’s where we discovered a unicorn in our dental assistant Brittany Rocamora.”
In addition to standard dental services, the practice also offers safe mercury removal, a holistic approach to dentistry, and dental sleep medicine services, a treatment for patients who cannot use CPAP. Elective procedures like facial rejuvenation services like Botox, Dermal Fillers, Red Light Therapy, a non-invasive facelift, and the Obagi Medical Skincare line are also available.
The dentists and their staff never hesitate to volunteer. From sponsoring patient’s school and college events, golf tournaments, fundraising for dog rescue K9 Estates, collecting for Metropolitan Ministries to annual outreach in the community to provide free dental services to indigent patients, these ladies care about making a positive difference.
“We just love being with our patients, catching up with them and discovering what’s going on in their lives. It’s really like a family,” said Dr. Bulnes-Newton. “Whether they’ve been with us for years or are a new patient, we want our patients to feel like family the minute they walk in. We’re not your typical dentist’s office. We come in early or stay late to accommodate our patients. We understand they have lives too.”
To visit Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry before your 2018 insurance benefits expire and to learn more about the practice, visit westchasedentists.com or call 813-792-8211. Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry is located at 10131 Wilsky Blvd., Tampa. Hours of operation are Monday and Tuesday 8am-6pm, Wednesday 8am-7pm, Thursday 8am-5pm, and Friday by appointment only.