Dental Office Design
and Consulting Specialists


Practice Design Group provides a full range of design services from initial project planning to stamped construction documents nationwide.

Initial Project Assessment

We identify initial design criteria and determine your optimal facility size.

Technology & Equipment Assessment

We identify your goals to integrate new equipment and technology into your practice and establish a realistic budget.

Architectural Consultation

We evaluate the appropriateness of project space(s) or site(s) based your practice objectives.

Financial Projection

We generate a summary of realistic costs for your specific project.

Design Programming

We issue a comprehensive design programming document that elicits details about your practice.

Architectural Investigation

We verify and assemble pertinent code, city, adjunct professional services, building and permitting requirements that will directly affect your project.

Floor Plan Generation

We generate schematic layout for potential locations to illustrate optimal or compromised conditions.

Design Development Services

We generate drawings and specifications to describe facility functional and aesthetic design intent.

Construction Documentation Services

We generate drawings and specifications for facility construction including an architectural stamp. Practice Design Group maintains joint venture relationships in most states.

Construction Administration Services

We protect your design investment and minimize or eliminate change orders through this service option.

Working with PDG

Practice Design Group has unparalleled experience consulting and designing dental facilities across the country. As advocates for the profession of dentistry, PDG is passionate about assisting dental specialists with maximizing their investment return in new and remodeled facilities, and in enhancing their quality of llife as practitioners.


311 Canyon Wren Drive, Buda, Texas
14 miles south of downtown Austin, Texas


Austin Bergstrom International Airport
18 miles and approximately 30 minutes from PDG


Hampton Inn and Suites, Buda, TX
4 miles and approximately 8 minutes from PDG (Downtown Austin hotels are 14 miles and approximately 25 minutes from PDG)

PDG Facility

2400 SF design studio with a 1600 SF finish materials library


Practice Design Group provides design and consulting services to dentists nationwide. Many clients choose to travel to our design studio for one or more design meetings to take advantage of our finish materials library, meet face-to-face and enjoy time in Austin. Pat and Jeff typically make multiple site visits to projects during construction to ensure projects are being construction in accordance with all drawings and specifications.


Pat and Jeff present multiple CE accredited courses on dental office design and construction each year including the Emerge Stronger seminar series sponsored by the Midmark Corporation.

Pat Carter, IIDA

Pat attended Clemson University and graduated with a degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 1975. Practicing as an interior designer, Pat started her career with hospital and hotel design projects for several architectural firms.

Pat was vice president of T.H.E. Design Inc. for twenty years prior to forming her own company, the Practice Design Group, with Dr. Jeff Carter in 2002. Pat has written numerous articles on dental office design in Dental Economics and other publications and is a frequent speaker at many national and state dental meetings including the ADA Annual Meeting, the Hinman Meeting, Texas Dental Association Meeting, Greater New York Meeting, Chicago Midwinter Meeting and Southwest Dental Conference.

Pat was at the forefront of the evolution of dental office design that utilized architecture and interior design to elevate dental facilities from the realm of generic office space.

Since 1979, she has participated in the design and construction of over 2000 dental facilities and is considered a leading expert on the provision of dental office design services nationwide.
Jeff Carter, DDS

Jeff graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Biological Science in 1976. In 1980 he received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Colorado, School of Dentistry. In his years as a practicing dentist, Jeff practiced as a young associate dentist, a group practitioner in a large clinic setting and as a solo-practitioner in his own practice.

In 1997, Jeff was hired by T.H.E. Design, Inc., of Austin, Texas. During his tenure at T.H.E., Jeff implemented technology integration services a much needed adjunct to T.H.E.’s dental office design services. In 2000, Jeff developed the Workstation and Pendulum Mounts to effectively integrate dual monitor systems in the dental operatory and other medical settings.

Since 1997, Jeff has been involved in the design and construction of over 500 dental facilities including dental schools and has published over 50 articles on office design and equipment and technology integration. Visit to access archives of Jeff’s columns in Dental Economics, Dental Equipment and Materials and Dental Office. Jeff is also a frequent speaker teaming with Pat to present CE courses on Custom Dental Office Design nationwide.

Jeff’s multi-faceted career also includes working as a Series 7 licensed investment broker, writer, stuntman, and B-movie actor.

In 2002, Pat and Jeff formed the Practice Design Group in response to dentists seeking a more collaborative and innovative design resource than was available through the dental supply houses and other formula-driven dental office design companies.


Client Design and Business Awards


2015 Dental Office Design of the Year - Outstanding Group Practice Racine Dental Group :: Racine, WI
2014 Dental Office Design of the Year - Outstanding Specialty Practice Dr. Lyell Hogg :: Mason City, IA
2014 Dental Office Design of the Year - Group Practice Dr. Craig Spodak :: Delray Beach, FL
2013 Dental Office Design of the Year - Small Practice Dr. John Dahm :: Hutchinson, KS
2013 Dental Office Design of the Year - Outstanding New Dentist Practice Dr. Jennifer Parrish & Dr. Charles Parrish :: Llano, TX
2011 Business of the Year Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce :: Delray Beach, FL
2009 Dental Office Design of the Year - Group Practice Mint Hill Dentistry :: Mint Hill, NC
2009 Outstanding Design Efficiency Mint Hill Dentistry :: Mint Hill, NC
2008 Matsco design competition - 1st place small practice Dr. Terrance Swonke :: Houston, TX
2008 Matsco design competition - 1st place multi-specialty practice Dr. Mark Kogut :: Dallas, TX
2008 Matsco design competition - 1st place group practice Dr. Mark Kogut :: Dallas, TX
2006 Grand Prize Winner - Small Practice Nicolas F. Abujamra, DDS :: Green Bay, WI
2006 Grand Prize Winner - Group Practice Shawn M. Sharp, DDS, James T. Meiring, DDS, and James L. Overman, DDS, Minster Dental Care :: Minster, OH
2006 Outstanding Design Efficiency Thomas A. Schmanski DDS, Yorkshire Dental Clinic :: Brookings, SD
2005 Outstanding Design Efficiency - Small Practice G. Gordon Rye DDS, PC :: Fairfax, VA
2005 Outstanding Design Efficiency - Group Practice Bridgman Family Dental Care :: Bridgman, MI
2004 Winner Kurt R. Schneider, DDS :: Mission Viejo, CA
2004 Winner Kurt R. Schneider, DDS :: Mission Viejo, CA
2004 1st Runner Up Eduardo J. Gerlein, DDS, MS, MMSc, Gerlein Orthodontics :: Chevy Chase, MD
2004 2nd Runner Up Justin D’Abadie, DDS and Jennifer Zatopek, DDS, Advanced Dental Care of Austin PC :: Austin, TX
2002 Winner - Best Solo Practitioner Practice Kani Louise Nicolls, DDS :: Asheville, NC


PDG has been featured in many publications


  • "Back Story" – Mentor Magazine – April 2015
  • "Missteps" that add cost to your project – Dental Economics – February 2014
  • "Expansion Remodeling" – Dental Economics – December 2013
  • "Design Updates in the Dental Office" – Dental Economics – October 2013
  • "Transitioning From Employee to Entrepreneur" – Dental Economics – August 2013
  • "Entrepreneur or Employee?" – Dental Economics – June 2013
  • "Using Color in the Dental Office" – Dental Economics – April 2013
  • "Selecting Furniture: It Makes a Difference" – Dental Economics February 2013
  • "Multispecialty Practices" – Dental Economics – December 2012
  • "Improving Patient Comfort" – Dental Economics – October 2012
  • "How and When to Integrate Technology" – Dental Economics – August 2012
  • "Competing with Corporate Dentistry" – Dental Economics – June 2012
  • "Hiring a design team Part II: Drawings – Dental Economics – August 2011
  • "Hiring a design team Part I: Drawings – Dental Economics – June 2011
  • "Choosing the Right Light" – Dental Products Report – May 2011
  • "Cost per square foot spin" – Dental Economics – April 2011
  • "The Value of a Dental Office – Dental Economics – March 2011
  • "The appraisal gap" – Dental Economics – February 2011
  • "Your First Office – Building Your Practice" – Dental Graduate – December 2010
  • "I Don't Want the Taj Mahal" – Dental Economics – November 2010
  • "Don't Bid... Negotiate!" – Dental Economics – October 2010
  • "More About Custom Cabinetry vs. Dental Furniture?" – Dental Economics – September 2010
  • "What is Dental Furniture?" – Dental Economics – August 2010
  • "Dental Project Cost Overruns – Understanding the Change Order" – Dental Economics – July 2010
  • "Avoiding Construction Project Cost Overruns" – Dental Economics – June 2010
  • "Building an Extraordinary Office" – A Team Effort – Dental Economics – May 2010
  • "Make a Difference with Lighting" – Dental Economics – April 2010
  • "What Makes an Interior Timeless?" – Dental Economics – March 2010
  • "How Large is an Ideal Operatory?" – Dental Economics – February 2010
  • "To own or not to own" – Dental Economics – January 2010
  • "Equipment / technology driven vs. design driven" – Dental Economics – December 2009
  • "Which Type are you?" – Dental Economics – November 2009
  • "Reduce your stress: dental floor plan zoning" – Dental Economics – August 2009
  • "The floor plan / what it is ... and what it isn't" – Dental Economics – July 2009
  • "Costs per Square Foot – What is Included?" – Dental Economics – June 24, 2009
  • "How Much Will My Project Cost?" – Dental Economics – May 29, 2009
  • "Synergy Gives Rise to Serenity" – Dental Economics – May 29, 2009
  • "When is it Time for a New Office?" – Dental Economics – April 29, 2009
  • "Integrating Large Format Technology" – Dental Office – February 1, 2007
  • "The Power of One" – Dental Office – September 1, 2007
  • "House that served as dentist’s office for 25 years is getting makeover" – Pickerington Times Sun – June, 2007
  • "2006 Best First Practice Winner" – Dental Office – May 1, 2007
  • "2006 DENTAL OFFICE DESIGN COMPETITION: A Thing of Beauty" – Dental Office – March 1, 2007
  • "Creating a Dream Practice" – Doctor of Dentistry – January, 2007
  • "Wisconsin WOW" – Dental Economics – October 1, 2006
  • "New product update" – Dental Economics – September 1, 2006
  • "The inevitability of neck and back pain" – Dental Economics – June 1, 2006
  • "The X–factor" – Dental Economics – March 1, 2006
  • "Small–town Dentists, Big–town Results" – Dental Economics – January 1, 2006
  • "An Overnight Success" – Dental Economics – January 1, 2006
  • "Clinical equipment" – Dental Economics – September 1, 2005
  • "What's happening out there?" – Dental Economics – June 1, 2005
  • "Wiping the bleeding edge" – Red Planet – March 1, 2005
  • "Air vs. Juice" – Dental Economics – January 1, 2005
  • "2004 Matsco Dental Office Design Competition Winner, Dr. Kurt Schneider" – Dental Economics – June 1, 2004
  • "Makin' a list …" – Dental Economics – September 1, 2005
  • "Special deliveries"– Dental Economics–September 1, 2004
  • "Moving Down from the Cheap Seats" – Dental Economics – June 1, 2004
  • "Evolution and Economics in Dental Office Design" – Dental Economics – April 1, 2004
  • "How much does stuff cost?" – Dental Economics – March 1, 2004
  • "My answers to the $10,000 question are Dr. Leah Patrick, the Dexis niche, and Scan X" – Dental Economics – January 1, 2004
  • "The $10,000 question" – Dental Economics – May 1, 2003
  • "The demise of "high–tech" products in the dental office"– Dental Economics – March 1, 2003
  • "The male/female difference in ergonomics" – Dental Economics – January 1, 2003
  • "A Dental Office for the 3rd Millennium" – Dental Economics – June 1, 2002
  • "Selecting intraoral cameras" – Dental Economics – May 1, 2001
  • "How to Profit from Office Design" – Dental Economics – April 1, 2001
  • "A Transformation in Colorado" – Dental Economics – March 1, 2001
  • "Selecting Operatory Equipment" – Dental Economics – March 1, 2001
  • "Purchasing equipment" – Dental Economics – January 01, 2001
  • "Benefiting from the tools of technology" – Dental Economics – May 1, 2000



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Practice Design Group
311 Canyon Wren Drive
Buda, TX 78610