Safety Bay Dental Care Centre has humble beginnings. It began as a small branch surgery in Malibu road owned by a consortium of local dentists in the early 80s. Adrian Longworth purchased this practice in 1986. At the start, Adrian worked in the practice with his wife Maureen as a dental nurse/receptionist. The practice was only open for only two afternoons a week initially. The rest of the week Adrian was operating a country dental practice in the South West town of Wagin.
The practice was named “Safety Bay Dental Care Centre” deliberately, with the emphasis on “care”. The practice grew quickly and in 1987 Adrian conducted interviews and employed a dedicated young dental nurse called Julie Cole (who has returned to work for Adrian in the last few years). The practice continued to flourish so Adrian employed another dentist to help the workload between the Rockingham practice and the country practice. Richard Grayson was employed in 1987 due to the continued growth of the Safety Bay Dental Care Centre. Adrian eventually decided the Wheatbelt life wasn’t for him so he resigned his interests in the Wagin practice and focused on the Rockingham practice called Safety Bay Dental Care Centre.
As Safety Bay Dental Care Centre became more popular, Adrian was able to invest more substantial equipment. Our first computer (an XT IBM compatible) was integrated to the practice coinciding with the employment a dedicated Receptionist/ computer operator.
It reached a point where the premises, on Malibu Rd, was never going to be big enough and Richard was keen to become a full and equal partner of the practice if they could find new premises.
About that time a land developer built Grange Medical Centre as part of their development of Woodbridge Estate and were looking for tenants to this impressive, new building. Richard and Adrian had to redesign the floor space to make it acceptable. Then in 1992 Safety Bay Dental Care Centre was moved to its new location in the Grange Medical Centre. Since that time many changes have been made to the premises. The most significant change was in 2010 when we commissioned the design and development of our own entry and waiting room. This would allow our patients to wait in comfort away from the shared waiting room of the medical centre.
Several assistant dentists had been employed to help with the busy times in the history of Safety Bay Dental Care Centre but Jenifer Lee was unique in being a stable employee right through from 1993 until present.