The past 10 years have been an exciting period of growth and diversification for Winning Smiles.
When Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry was founded in 2006, board certified pediatric dentist Dr. Michael J. Foley and his staff cared for approximately 2000 patients out of a small office located in an Amherst apartment complex. Foley had purchased the moderate practice from pediatric dentists John Levin and Joel Houghtaling with the hopes of expanding the clinical offerings, creating a truly fun and unique experience for children and their families, and subtracting stress and anxiety from the dental care equation.
By 2009, the pediatric dental practice, which focuses on providing fear-free children’s dentistry and orthodontics, had outgrown the small office and moved to a new eleven chair location at 3476 Sheridan Dr. in Amherst. The improved practice, previously a shoe store, was entirely gutted and transformed into a modern and whimsical environment featuring a video game arcade, miniature movie theater, movie screens above each chair, a coffee bar for parents, and a state of the art clinical setup. Within a year, parents of pediatric patients had made so many requests to become patients at the practice that Foley invited a general dentist to care for adults one day per week. Before long, adult patients allured by the gentle “pediatric” approach comprised half of the daily patient schedule creating a demand for more operatories and providers.
In 2013, Foley, along with general dentist Dr. Andrew Burke created Winning Smiles Adult Dentistry as a separate entity that functions alongside Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. To date, Winning Smiles has expanded to Orchard Park (2013), Lackawanna (2013), and Buffalo (2016). The company’s most recent practice on Delaware Ave. in Buffalo was purchased from Dr. Joel Levin and Dr. John Houghtaling who continue to practice pediatric dentistry and provide orthodontic care out of the Amherst and Buffalo Winning Smiles locations. In addition to the expansion, by the end of the year, orthodontics will be in the Orchard Park location as well. Within the next year, Dr. Foley looks forward to moving the Delaware practice, currently located in a second floor business suite, to a recently purchased building nearby on Linwood Ave.
Dr. Michael Foley, a native of Warsaw, NY, earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 1998 and continued with two years of advanced training in pediatric dentistry at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Following two additional years of private practice in Michigan, Foley returned to the Western New York region and earned his board certification through the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2008.
Winning Smiles Pediatric and Adult Dentistry prides itself on caring for families through an array of specialties including pediatric dentistry, early intervention orthodontics, outpatient treatment at Women and Children’s Hospital, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, implant placement, periodontal care, prosthodontics, sleep apnea care, and in-house treatment under general anesthesia.
The Winning Smiles team would like to congratulate Dr. Michael Foley on 10 successful years of exceptional leadership, optimal patient care, and innovative vision!