LOWVILLE A former childrens clinic dentist here has opened a private practice in the new downtown medical office building.
Dr. Yong S. Chang recently began seeing patients at Dayan St. Family Dentistry, located in the second floor of the recently renovated building, formerly home to Lowville municipal offices and the Lowville Elks Lodge, among other things, at 5402 Dayan St.
Dr. Chang, who moved here in 2004, said he had wanted to start his own practice several years ago, but just couldnt find a good location to do it.
That changed after Dr. Steven L. Lyndaker and his wife, Dr. Shereen E. Palmer, bought the 112-year-old building from the village at an auction last spring, refurbished it as a medical office complex and sought tenants with a range of specialties.
I jumped at the chance, Dr. Chang said.
That led to many late nights and weekends installing the necessary equipment and preparing the newly-renovated space for use, he said.
The new office features digital check-in, insurance filing and X-rays, as well as a high-definition intra-oral camera that can take detailed pictures of an area both before and after treatment.
The practice accepts many insurances, including BCBS, CSEA, Delta, Healthplex, UCC and Pomco.
We treat patients of all ages and emphasize preventive care above all else, states an information sheet on the practice.
Dr. Chang said he is comfortable treating patients from six months to 90 years old, the full range of ages.
The dentist, who grew up in the New York City area, earned a degree from the University at Buffalo and did his residency at Faxton-St. Lukes Hospital in Utica, where he learned of an opening for a dentist at the North Country Childrens Clinics dental practice at Lewis County General Hospital.
He spent 6½ years there, then worked at a practice in New Hartford for a time before taking his current day job as a dentist at the Watertown Correctional Facility at Dry Hill.