Dentist Joe Baba plans east-side practice at the new Oak Creek Professional Office Park

WICHITA — Dentist Joe Baba has purchased 10,000 square feet at the new Oak Creek Professional Office Park at 21st and Greenwich for his Baba Dental Design.

That’s where Slawson Cos. already has the Oak Creek residential development.

Baba, who currently has an office at the Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis campus, plans a 5,300-square-foot office at Oak Creek within two years.

“Being located somewhere near 96 seemed to be a wise thing to do,” he says of the nearby K-96.

Baba’s practice is in jaw-joint dysfunctions, sleep apnea and orthodontia.

Almost half of his patients come from outside of Wichita, so that’s why expressway access is important to him.

“I believe we’re providing a very tremendous service to the community and to the state and just want to make that more available,” Baba says. “We have been able to help people that for 15, 20, 25 years have been in pain and have not found a solution for that.”

Also, Nancy Tran, who practices general dentistry in Baba’s clinic, likes the east-side for its growth potential.

“She perceived more possibilities for her there,” Baba says.

“It’s good to know that companies like Cabela’s also see . . . future growth in that area,” he says of the outdoor retailer, which plans a store across the intersection at Regency Lakes.

Plans are to keep the St. Francis office for now as well.

“It accommodates our west-side patients quite well, so we want to make sure we continue to do that,” Baba says.

Eventually, he’d like an office on the west side, too.

Slawson’s April Reed and Jerry Jones handled the deal for Baba’s property. Jill Martin of Citywide Realty represented Baba.

Reed and Jones are marketing the 3.3-acre Oak Creek Professional Office Park to a range of businesses.

Slawson has begun construction on site improvements and a parking lot for Baba’s practice and three additional buildings. There’s also room for a 10,000-square-foot building on the west end of the project. The pad sites, which can accommodate buildings totaling 32,600 square feet, are for sale.

Baba wants to take his time preparing for his new building.

“I’ve learned that design is probably the most important part of planning a project like this,” he says.

In the meantime, he wants to keep treating as many people as he can at his St. Francis office.

“It’s really a passion of ours,” Baba says. “It’s really gratifying to be able to help people . . . who have been in pain and dysfunctional for so long and see them well and happy again.”