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downtown dental disappears

By: Nancy Raskauskas | Posted on | November 1, 2010 | Comments Off

CORVALLIS – Anyone who has walked by the sleek former office downtown dental, located at 142 S.W. Second St., lately might have seen this note:
“R.I.P., downtown dental, 2008-2010. Due to a financial cock-up of biblical proportions, I am forced to close my dental office effective 15 Oct. 10. Sorry. I am not too jazzed about it either. If you were a patient here, I will be contacting you as the dust settles regarding next steps for your care and records transfer.”
Underneath the unsigned note is clip art image of the Monopoly man shrugging.
Calls to owner Dr. Chris Martel’s former offices last Monday yeilded a return message that the voicemail inbox was full and could not accept messages. An e-mail message was not returned.
The sudden closure came as a shock to many.
His office was actually scheduled to host the? monthly Downtown Afterhours event on Oct. 21, a few days after the sudden closure.
Last month, downtown dental earned one of three “Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards” picked up by the Downtown Corvallis Association at? the Oregon Main Street Conference, Oct. 6-8, in Albany.
Oregon’s First lady, Mary Oberst presented an award to Martel for his beautiful downtown dental renovation project, as well as the award for “Best Economic Restructuring Story.”
— Nancy Raskauskas, Gazette-Times

PHOTO CAPTION: Chris Martel, dressed as the parody deity the Flying Spaghetti Monster distributed free cup cakes to passersby to commemorate International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Monday, Sept. 20, during a Pirate-themed costume contest at downtown dental.? Winners in each of five categories received $1,000 in dental credit for their pirate smiles, while the best Flying Spaghetti Monster (read up on this Corvallis-based religion for the pirate ship connection) won a $5,000 credit. People who passed by Downtown Dental on Second Street and Madison Avenue were offered free balloons and cupcakes if they promised to floss. (David Bassett |

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