After 11 years in the air force, a young family convinced Barry Smith it was time to settle down and move into private practice. With family members running a very successful medical practice in Camden, south west of Sydney, it seemed a logical location to establish a dental practice, as the area at the time was just starting to undergo rapid growth.
Initially, the practice operated from a spare room in the medical centre, with a small reception desk in the corridor. It seemed a modest idea at the time, but no one could have foreseen the demand. It was clear that a single chair was not going to be adequate.