March is a special month for Dentico as it marks the Eerste River dental surgery’s second birthday!
Two years ago, Dr Nichole Hendricks embarked on an exciting journey as a dentist and entrepreneur. At the age of 26, she opened the doors to Dentico, becoming one of the youngest independent dentists in South Africa.
Having picked up great experience during her community work in the Northern Cape, she returned to the northern suburbs of Cape Town with plenty of ambition.
And this paid off as Dentico quickly became a community favourite – not only for the people Eerste River, but to many patients from far and wide.
“Looking back, not many young professionals have the opportunity to open their own practice. While it’s an exciting opportunity, it is also very overwhelming as there are many risks, sacrifices and responsibilities that come with it,” said Dr Hendricks.
“I decided to make the most of my opportunity to start my own practice. I saw the gap and took it. I loved working with people, especially children. So I ensured that friendly service and caring for my patients became the foundation here at Dentico and many of our patients really appreciated that.”
Dr Hendricks said she’s very happy with her the surgery’s growth since 2016.
“We are fully booked on most days! My staff and I work very hard to ensure we accommodate everyone, creating so many smiles everyday,” she added.
“It’s no secret that I love working with children. Helping them understand the importance of dental health from a young age warms my heart. There are times that an entire group of kids would show up at our door for their cleanings. Not scared, but excited because they heard about the great experience their friends have had here at Dentico.
“I also love educating my patients on how they can improve their dental routines and how to take care of their smiles much better. The gifts I offer them… from toothbrushes to toothpaste… helps them make better decisions when they buy products from the store. They take in my advice, which I really appreciate.”
Looking ahead, Dr Hendricks aims to offer more value to her patients, while she’s also working on exciting plans for 2018 and beyond.
“I’ll be announcing some special dental deals in the coming days. And I’m sure many people will be excited about it,” said Dr Hendricks. “These past two years have also motivated me to keep growing from strength to strength. With a great team around me, I hope to achieve many more milestones and create even more health smiles.”