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Around the Corner: Remote orthodontic business opens first Spokane location

Remote orthodontic business opens first Spokane location

SmileDirectClub has opened its first SmileShop in the Spokane area.

SmileDirectClub connects customers with a affiliated licensed dentist or orthodontist in the area who use teledentistry to straighten a patient’s teeth with at-home, invisible aligners.

The local SmileShop at 802 E. 29th Ave., Suite 1, in Spokane will allow patients to visit for a 3-D, digital scan to begin the process of teeth-straightening. SmileShop is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Founded in 2014, SmileDirectClub says it has a digital network of more than 225 affiliated licensed dentists and orthodontists overseeing customer treatment plans.

The plans are derived from impressions made with at-home kits or from a digital scan at one of more than 140 SmileShops across the U.S.

Wellness center to mark opening with mini-massages

Rio Wellness will be celebrating its opening Thursday,.

The wellness center at 1003 E. Trent Ave., Suite 130, in Spokane will offer a variety of yoga classes, personal development workshops, massage therapy and retreats. A full schedule of classes and events can be found at the Rio Wellness website,

Beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Rio Wellness will mark its opening by offering mini-massages, meditation practices, giveaways, snacks and mimosas.

Spokane ENT now offers new treatment for chronic rhinitis

Doctors at Spokane ENT now offer an FDA-approved cryotherapy device to help those with chronic rhinitis, characterized by a runny, sometimes itchy nose, sneezing and congestion.

The ClariFix device targets the nerves to interrupt biological messages telling the nose to drip, run and swell. The traditional treatments of chronic rhinitis are nasal sprays, drops and pills, but these generally only address the symptoms rather than the condition, according to a Spokane ENT news release.

Avista Foundation grant assists Providence heart imaging

The Avista Foundation has given a $50,000 grant to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which has allowed the Providence Center for Congenital Heart Disease to purchase new imaging technology.

The mobile technology will help those with congenital heart disease access diagnostic echocardiograms closer to home. The portable machines provide patients in rural areas with congenital heart disease, who require continuous monitoring by specialists, the ability to receive treatment without traveling to Spokane for the procedure.

State to recognize business

for its hiring of veterans

The Washington Employment Security Department has awarded Dealer Auto Auction Northwest in Spokane Valley the Hire-A-Vet Award.

Of the business’s 85 full-time employees, 21 are veterans, including 16 who were hired this year. The award will be presented at noon Tuesday at CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, in Spokane Valley.

Around the Corner is a periodic roundup of business-related happenings in the Inland Northwest. To submit items for consideration, email Business Editor Paul W. Smith at