Subject: Hot Rod Dentist
Just the Facts:
-Orthodontist and car nut Dr. David Myers designed his Arkansas practice to resemble a 1950s diner/drive-in/service station.
-Myers built all of the furniture by hand with his father's help. A 1947 Mercury coupe fitted with a 1946 Ford grille and a surfboard roof resembles a woodie wagon and acts as the reception desk, while a 1956 Olds 98 and a pink 1959 Cadillac have been made into couches.
-Myers' fondness for the work of legendary custom painter and pinstriper Larry Watson was the inspiration behind recreating Watson's shop as his private office. Even his office desk is a tribute to Watson's candy-and-white pearl 1959 Caddy.
CONWAY, Arkansas - The dental assistants don't wear roller skates, but Dr. David Myers, with his hot rod-filled office here, may have the hippest orthodontist practice in the country.
Meyers designed his 3,800-square-foot office to resemble a 1950s diner/drive-in/service station. Patients are greeted at a reception desk built to look like a vintage woodie wagon. It's really a 1947 Mercury coupe fitted with a 1946 Ford grille and a surfboard for a roof.
The project started when his staff suggested adding couches in the treatment room so parents could hang out near the patients. Fresh from a trip to the Disney-MGM Studios theme park, Myers knew he could take his love for hot rods and transport it to the office.
Because Myers has long lusted over the work of legendary custom painter and pinstriper Larry Watson, he recreated Watson's shop as his private office. His office desk is a tribute to Watson's candy-and-white pearl 1959 Caddy, while the room's facade recreates some of Watson's signage.
He also tips his hat to his grandparents by incorporating a vintage gas station in the treatment room. "When I was a kid and we'd be driving to my grandparents, I knew we were close to their home when I spotted the Sinclair gas station with a green dinosaur out front," he explained.
Myers spent three years on the building, which he opened in August. He won't disclose the cost, other than to say it was cheaper than the traditionally decorated building he originally planned to use before the deal fell through.