Bobbi Augustyn, D.D.S., Camp Smile Pediatric Dentistry Owner
With her white, cat-eye glasses and fun, funky shoes, Bobbi Augustyn doesn’t look like a typical dentist. So she fits right in with the playful, party-like atmosphere she’s cultivated at Camp Smile Pediatric Dentistry.
From the tile made from skateboards that adorns the reception desk to the dental-inspired mural that wraps around the office, Camp Smile offers a fun surprise around every corner – which is exactly what Bobbi was going for when she planned the décor.
Designed with kids in mind, the office is decked out in bright, bold colors. There are small, red stadium seats in the waiting area, and television screens are attached to the exam room ceilings.
“We do not want the sterile, medical gray everywhere,” Bobbi affirms. “We really just like to play and have fun. We demonstrate everything we’re going to do. And really, it’s putting the parents’ minds at ease as well, because sometimes we pick up on their anxiety from past negative dental experiences.”
A pediatric dentist is a general dentist who spends an extra 2 years in residency, focusing on children.
“They’re not just little adults,” Bobbi explains. “They have a whole different physiology, so we spend additional time making sure we’re the best equipped to take care of them.”
At Camp Smile, patients are infants through adolescents and include kids who just need cleanings and regular checkups through the most severe dental needs.
“It definitely can be a challenge, but it’s also extremely rewarding – especially those kiddos who start off pretty hesitant and then being able to transition them into phenomenal dental patients,” Bobbi remarks. “Kids are fun. We love to have fun at Camp Smile. That’s kind of our daily mission to make sure we’re all laughing. The team is absolutely phenomenal, and we like to redefine what going to the dentist is all about for the next generations of children.”
For Bobbi, dentistry feels more like a calling than a career – one she says perfectly blends art and science – and something that’s intrigued her from a young age. As a 4th grader, she helped pull 8 loose teeth out of a friend’s mouth, behind the teacher’s desk.
“She let them dangle by threads, so when she asked if I would help her, I said absolutely,” Bobbi notes. “The rest is history.”
With locations in Plymouth, Excelsior and Chaska, Minn., Bobbi aspires to continue growing the Camp Smile brand, and she needed a bank that could grow along with her. That’s why she switched to Bell Bank 2 years ago.
“I was looking for a more personal relationship in my banking,” Bobbi comments. “Bell really has been that for me. I don’t like doing business over a computer. Sitting across the table from somebody and looking them in the eyes and knowing that they’re going to be there for me when I need them, that’s what’s important to me, and that’s what Bell provides.”
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