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Helping Dentists Build Thriving Practices for Over 20 Years

The best Research and Development in the dental industry

Our clients see 2-3x increase in productivity

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Design Ergonomics founder and practicing dentist Dr David Ahearn DDS

Dr. David J. Ahearn, DDS
Founder and President of Design Ergonomics

It’s incredibly fulfilling for us to help our clients build dental practices that they are proud to own, and that allow them to give back to their communities and provide for their families.

We understand that, whether you’re planning a new office or an office expansion, getting your dental office design right the first time can be a make or break decision in your career. It’s just so important to get it right the first time, and that’s why we want to help you along the way, wherever you are in the process.

Our founder, Dr. David Ahearn, DDS, has dedicated his career to making it easier for practitioners to provide great dental care. He founded Design Ergonomics, and Ergonomic Products, to Design, Equip, and Train the best dental offices across North America. At our design center and factory in Fall River, Massachusetts, we focus on every element of dental office design and productivity, and manufacture the dental industry’s best in-wall cabinets, workstations, lighting, and delivery systems. Our Research and Development team holds numerous patents for their innovations and is constantly monitoring, and forecasting, the needs of the dental industry.

Many doctors that adopt our systems are able to increase production by 2-3 times, in 2/3rds as much space, with 2/3rds as much equipment. It’s a system that we’ve been implementing for over 20 years in 250 practices per year.

Dr. Ahearn, a 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry is, first and foremost, a full time, wet gloved, practicing general dentist.

He began the study of ergonomics in dentistry when, in 1989 he began to experience physical symptoms that became increasingly more severe as his practice grew.

With the assistance of ergonomists from NASA, Industry and with engineering consultants from universities such as M.I.T. and R.I.S.D., he was able to begin a comprehensive analysis of practice, style, operator performance and health.

Today he actively councils dentists regarding office functional layout and its effects on performance and staff well being. Perhaps unique to the practice management consulting profession, he does not in any way believe that there is only one right way to practice dentistry. Dr. Ahearn’s personal practice ranks in the top 1% of practices today and was a Practice of the Year-finalist in 1998. His work has shown that quality, productivity and practitioner health are not mutually exclusive and that simple workplace changes can significantly improve practitioner health and performance.

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