Waterfront Dental to Open Next Month on Key Highway in Federal Hill

| October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dr. Dawn Merguerian has been a Ridgely’s Delight resident for the past 14 years and is excited to finally open her own general dentistry practice in South Baltimore. Dr. Merguerian’s practice, called Waterfront Dental, will open on November 12th at 221 Key Hwy. in Federal Hill. The 1,900 sq. ft. suite was part of the former BB&T which has been subdivided into two spaces. The other space is the home of medical cannabis dispensary Culta.

Dr. Merguerian attended undergrad at Johns Hopkins University and earned her DDS at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. She achieved a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry at the age of 29 and a fellowship in the International College of Oral Implantologists two years later at the age of 31. Dr. Merguerian spent seven years working for Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates in Charles Village and the past two years working in Bowie, MD.

Dr. Merguerian has been planning on opening her own practice for three years. This included about a year to find the right space. She noted that it was a challenge as many commercial landlords were always looking for the next hot bar or restaurant and not a dental practice. She found the space on Key Hwy. last December and then ran into numerous delays with the design and construction progress.

With a dental practice, water lines have to be run underneath the dental chairs. When digging up the concrete floor at 221 Key Hwy., Dr. Merguerian’s contractor Trident Builders found railroad tracks underneath the building, random shoes, and a tank.

Dr. Merguerian started the practice with a loan from Bank of America but noted she had to dig deep into her savings to cover unexpected costs.

Construction is now wrapping up and a new sign will be installed on the building’s facade in the next couple of weeks.

Dr. Merguerian said she is excited to finally make Waterfront Dental a reality. She is in love with her windows that overlook the Inner Harbor and she can’t wait to ride her bicycle to work everyday. She’s also looking forward to be back in Baltimore. “I love having a relationship with the people of Baltimore,” she said.

Dr. Merguerian noted that she is also excited to be located next door to Culta. “I’m really into finding ways for patients of feel comfortable. I think medical marijuana has a high potential for patients with anxiety and for dealing with inflammation and pain after medical procedures.”

Waterfront Dental will offer general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry, including root canals, crowns, and tooth extractions. Dr. Merguerian will also soon offer IV sedation for patients who experience anxiety about dental procedures.

Waterfront Dental will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for appointments. It looks to expand to Wednesday and Thursday as the practice builds its following. The company will start out employing one assistant and one front desk person.

Dr. Dawn Merguerian Photo Courtesy of Watefront Dental 

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