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October 22, 2012

A clinic in Rochester a dream come true for dentist

Had this one last week. Just learned that Rochester's CRW Architecture + Design Group is handling this project.

The plan for the facility includes space for 4 treatment rooms, 2 hygiene rooms, an x-ray area and related staff and support areas, according to CRW's Facebook page. CRW also says that this project is on a fast track schedule intended to be open for business by January 2013.


Dr. Karen Buttar is all smiles as she talks about her new dental clinic being built in the Med City's fastest growing commercial area.

"I've always dreamed of this. It was time to step up," she says. "Here, I'll be able to do all I ever dreamed of."

The almost 3,000-square-foot Dental Care Clinic is under construction along 19th Street Northwest next to the Highlands Business Park. Buttar hopes it will be completed in December, so she can open before the start of 2013.

68371_479447068752950_765566309_n-1The clinic is directly across the road from the new facility being built for Paws & Claws next to the Rochester Athletic Club. The dental clinic is going up on the spot originally pegged for Paws & Claws before it migrated across 19th Street.

Buttar, who has practiced dentistry in Rochester for years, most recently leased space in the Minnesota Lakes Dental Clinic in the Shoppes on Maine development.

Her plan is to offer a full range of general dentistry services with some extra emphasis on cosmetic services and care for children.

"I love to treat kids," she says.

Having her own clinic will give Buttar the flexibility to take extra time with each patient.

"There will be no rushing. I like to have a relationship with each patient," she says.

In addition to having more control over her time, the new clinic will allow Buttar to take advantage of the latest technology. For example, she is outfitting it with an X-ray imaging machine that uses 90 percent less radiation than traditional ones.

Why did she decide to build along 19th Street Northwest?

The new CostCo store, Kwik Trip station and Lourdes High School all being built nearby signal the explosive growth in that part of Rochester, Buttar points out. She also likes being near the Rochester Athletic Club.

"And it is much more centrally located than I have been in the past," she says.

Buttar expects to have three or four people on staff when she opens up the clinic.

In the end, she said the whole project is about the patients. She remembers how overwhelmed with emotion one woman was after Buttar closed up the spacing between her teeth with less than two hours of treatment.

"At the end of the day, you feel like you did something worthwhile," she says. "I love it."


It is good to know that there is someone like Dr. Buttar who doesn't think only for herself but also for others.

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