The Office

Cleanliness and infection control have always been a top priority in dentistry. At our office, that includes following all infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies closely in order to stay up-to-date on any newly issued rulings and guidelines, and to ensure that our infection control procedures adhere to each agency’s recommendations.

The Design Process

Dr. Boardman liked her shoes, so she asked Antje Steinmuller, then a principal at the Berkeley architectural and urban design firm Studio Urbis, if she had ever designed a dental office before. She hadn’t. “Good,” said Rebecca. “Will you design mine? I don’t want it to look like a dental office.”

That was in 2013. Antje had a blank canvas to work with: a ground-floor unit in a new California Street building still under construction. The deck became the design focus, informing color and material choices, like sustainable bamboo flooring to accent the living bamboo outside, creating environments that extended fluidly into one another. Glass walls were chosen to bring as much natural light into the space as possible.The deck is home to young fruit trees, a range of succulents, and some carnivorous plants. It’s a tranquil spot to spend time in before an appointment.

The office is featured, with design notes, on the Studio Urbis website.