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Health Professionals Practicing Ecologically Sustainable Medicine, Dr. Steven Koos, MD, DDS

“When people hear ‘green office’ they think tree-hugger, hippie, granola – no one thinks chic, modern, state-of-the-art,” jokes Steven Koos MD, DDS, a 2008 graduate of the Leadership In Green Health Care course. Dr. Koos and his partners are the founders of ORA® Surgery & Implant Studio, the first green dental surgery clinic in the U.S., located in the heart of Chicago. Through extensive research, trial and experimentation, Dr. Koos retrofitted a former tannery, built in 1919, into an elegant space that is often mistaken for a bar or restaurant. It was important for him to show people that composite wood and EcoResin can look as luxurious and inviting as conventional materials.

Dr. Koos describes his experience building ORA® Studio as a labor of love, but is quick to acknowledge that he faced many challenges. Neither he nor his contractor had experience constructing green buildings, so he used LEED standards to guide construction, the Green Guide for Health Care for developing green office protocols, and Health Care Without Harm’s environmentally preferable purchasing list.

Dr. Koos recognizes that a green office is much more than eco-friendly building materials. He believes that the people who work in the building are vital to the greening process. “We are trying to educate all of our staff to be in tune with sustainability, so they know why it is important that we chose formaldehyde-free and chlorine-free agrifibers and non-pvc materials”. Says Dr. Koos “this is a newly evolving practice of dental medicine that embraces the precautionary principle and encompasses a simultaneous devotion to a preventative, minimally invasive, patient-centric, as well as global-centric treatment philosophy.”

“I recognized that the opportunities in the dental industry are significant to improve environmental quality through diligent green planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance practices. At ORA®, our concern for the environment and the overall health of our employees and patients is a crucial determining factor in the choices of materials, protocols, and technology that we utilize. Some of our achievements include the absence of PBT’s (Persistent Bio-accumulative Toxins), and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) from our practice environment, and the fact that we do not generate any bio-hazardous waste into the environment.”

“As a clinician, I have a responsibility to investigate any and every new piece of equipment and material on the market.” Dr. Koos only adds new technology to his practice if it meets the following criteria:

  • Is this better for the patient? (i.e. non-toxic, less invasive, more preventative, free of harm, etc.)
  • Is this more efficient in carrying out treatment? (i.e. less costly to operate, requires fewer resources, is more energy efficient)
  • Does this improve treatment outcomes? (i.e. shorter treatment, increased chance of successful outcome, less reliance on invasive outcomes, less dependence on pharmaceutical therapy)
  • Is there evidence-based research behind it?
  • Is this better for the environment?

Dr. Koos emphasizes that sustainability is not only applicable to large medical institutions, but is crucial for smaller practices like ORA® Studio. His practice exemplifies that with relevant resources, health care professionals can provide high quality, cost-effective, and sustainable medical care. He strives to bring the concept of practicing ecologically sustainable medicine and dentistry to private practitioners throughout the United States.

Dr. Koos also holds a position on the EcoDentistry Association’s advisory board. He has partnered and collaborated with many authoritative organizations such as the WHO (World Health Organization), USGBC (United States Green Building Council), the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). With leaders like Dr. Steven Koos, we are bringing a sustainable future into health care of today.

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Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Jessica P. Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Koos and his team at ORA are incredible. It’s a shame he isn’t in a field where you would need to see him on a regular basis, because he is one of the best medical professionals i’ve ever experienced. He took his time to explain everything during the consultation, his team played some good [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Cheryl S. Chicago, Illinois. I’m pleased to say they fixed the tooth. They worked to assure me they’ll continue to help; if any issues arise in the future. Let’s hope they’re aren’t any!
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Rahul L. Chicago, Illinois. As far as wisdom tooth extraction goes, I had an excellent experience with Dr. Schrotenboer. Understandably so, I was not looking forward to it, and had been putting it off for a while. The previous oral surgeon I consulted with was abrasive and impatient with my questions and it did nothing but increase my anxiety. [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Zahra H. Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Koos was phenomenal. I had 1 consultation before him and wasn’t a big fan but Dr Koos won me over instantly as a loyal patient who has referred a couple people thus far. I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth and, while they were not causing pain, he sat with me and talked to me [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Jessie B. Chicago, Illinois. I have been to Ora surgery twice- first to get a tooth extracted, and following to get a screw put in for an implant. I can’t say enough positive things about this place! The receptionists are all very friendly and informative. The decor, and ambiance of this place feels like a spa. Dr. Jason has [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Victoria P. Chicago, Illinois. An incredibly gifted oral surgeon. Dr. Schrotenboer provided me with a thorough explanation both during my consultation and the day of my wisdom teeth extraction. He is patient and detailed when answering his patient’s questions, and definitely establishes trust with his patients. The staff and the office is the perfect environment you’d ever want to [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Katie S. Chicago, Illinois. This has to be one of the best oral surgery offices in the city. I’m impressed with the design, staff and friendliness of the office (esp lily!). It was super easy to make an appointment too. Dr. Schrotenboer is very knowledgeable and easy to talk with. He put my mind at ease and was very [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Olia D. Chicago, Illinois. The best Dental Experience I’ve ever had! I got 3 wisdom teeth removed. They used laughing gas for this procedure. It basically makes you feel like you can touch the sealing and it makes the whole going to sleep thing a lot easier! I had all for impacted get plenty of rest!
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Yaya M. Chicago, Illinois. First I have to start off by saying that DR. JASON SCHROTENBOER is hands down the best in his practice!!! I had been putting off getting my wisdom teeth pulled out for abt a year cuz I was terrified abt the entire procedure & the fact that I had to get 2 taken out scared [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Caitlin M. Chicago, Illinois. I just had 2 of my wisdom teeth pulled here this morning. At 28 years old, I had been putting off this procedure for a looooong time. Had I known it would be so easy, I would have done it years ago! I wish every dental procedure was so good! I have nothing but positive [...]