Petrusha celebrating 25 years of dentistry in Heights

HEIGHTS — Twenty-five years can go by quickly. Just ask Dr. Dale Petrusha, owner of Petrusha Family Dentistry, 25908 Ford Road.

When “The Princess Bride” was playing at the movies, U2’s album “The Joshua Tree” was introduced, and a gallon of gasoline was an average of 89 cents, Petrusha opened his office on Joy Road. In 1999, he moved to his current location.

Many changes have occurred in dentistry since 1987. But Petrusha’s dental office has thrived through the changes, thanks to loyal patients who believe in taking care of their health, Petrusha said.

The biggest change in his practice, Petrusha said, has been the improvement to frequently used dental materials. Most have undergone a transformation in the last 10 years and are stronger, more lifelike and longer-lasting.

Patient relaxation techniques also have become more prevalent for patients with anxiety at any level. The bells and whistles help, too, Petrusha said. Patients can now listen to music through a headset, watch their favorite movies, or receive gentle in-chair massages while they are having a cleaning or other dental procedure.

One thing that hasn’t changed much in Petrusha’s office is his staff. His dental assistant and hygienist have been with him for all 25 years and have built strong relationships with patients. Other team members have long tenure, too – a sign that this office is a great place to work, Petrusha said.

As one patient recently said: “I have been coming to Doctor Petrusha and his staff for almost 20 years and wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. They are true professionals and extremely nice.”

Petrusha is a lifelong Detroit area resident. He graduated from Trenton High School and earned his doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Detroit Dental School. He attends numerous continuing education courses each year, and is committed to being on the cutting edge of current dental technology and techniques.

Relevant care is just one reason for the practice’s 25 years of service, Petrusha said. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association and Detroit District Dental Association. Additionally, he is a past president of the Western Branch of the Detroit District Dental Society.

Petrusha and his wife have been married since 1984 and are the parents of two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis and hockey, and he has also been known to coach softball. Petrusha supports the work of the Tri-County Dental Fund, and he regularly donates his time in service to the organization.

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