Minden denturist opens new clinic
By Vanessa Balintec
Out from his father’s practice and into his own, Steve Kerr has ventured not too far down the road from Dentistry in the Highlands and has opened up a denture clinic under his own name.
Steve Kerr Denture Clinic, located on 143 Bobcaygeon Road in Minden, offers full denture services, including consultation, design, production, and repair of dentures to clients of all ages. After almost three years of providing his service at his father’s practice and half a year of renovations, Kerr is excited to take the next step in his career.
“I’ve been lucky because I’ve been able to ease into it a little bit,” said Kerr, who officially opened for business on June 17. “I was able to save as I go and build some confidence before I made a much bigger move. But it’s been exciting and stressful, everything you would expect for someone to make a large investment in their business. I’ve been here a week, and I’m enjoying it and finding it much better than I was even expecting.”
Kerr, coming from a long line of dentists, has learned a lot from working alongside family and is excited for the partnership to continue.
“It was awesome,” he said about his experience working with his father Bill Kerr and uncle Michael Cusato. “It’s kind of a family affair. So now, it’s really convenient they’re kind of my main referral source right across the road.”
While his work is separate from his father and uncle’s general dental practice, the two businesses regularly work together to help provide service to their clients.
“It’s pretty common for either of us to be meeting a patient, and their treatment plan and my treatment plan need to be on the same page,” said Kerr. “It’s really handy.”
When he’s not working from his office in Minden, he travels to work in Scarborough. To help out his clients, he accommodates house calls and retirement home calls for those who have trouble with transportation and travelling.
“It’s just a service we can offer to make things easier on people,” said Kerr. “If people have a difficult time coming in, that’s something I can do.”
Outside of office work and home visits, his career follows him in his philanthropic work – he continues to volunteer his time at the Volunteer Dental Outreach for Haliburton County and visits El Porvenir in Honduras.
“I think I’m lucky,” said Kerr. “I work hard, but have also had a lot of breaks going for me. I think that it only makes sense to help people that haven’t had the same breaks I’ve had – I try not to take too much credit for my success.”
But it’s his passion for his job that helps make things fall into place.
“I definitely love my job. I get to make people’s smiles. I get to make something with my hands and interact with people and sort of see the difference in their faces. It’s easy to be excited about it, it’s easy to be passionate about it because it just is a cool job.”
Steve Kerr Denture Clinic will be having an open house on Friday, July 5 at 3 p.m. at 143 Bobcaygeon Road. For more information, you can visit www.stevekerrdentureclinic.com