About the Cover – An Interview with Ted Dalios

Ted G. Dalios was born and raised in Chatham-Kent, and at an early age became involved in the family restaurant business. A student of Indian Creek Public School and Chatham Collegiate Institute, his post-secondary goals led him to Toronto where he received his education in Denturism, and subsequently Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) programmes.

He is now the proud owner of the Chatham and Wallaceburg Canadian Hearing Institutes, Denture Specialists, and Snoring and Sleep Apnea Clinic.

Ted and his team are proud to offer exceptional hearing, denture, and snoring/obstructive sleep apnea treatment to the residents of Chatham-Kent, with locations in Chatham, Wallaceburg & Tilbury. They are also delighted to announce that they soon will be moving their Chatham location from 334 King Street West to 56 Grand Avenue East (former location of the Gospel Text Store)!

To get to know Ted a bit better… we asked him a few questions:

What age were you, and what was the reason you decided to go into the fields of Denturism and Hearing?

I was always interested in the fields of law and health sciences. When I decided to pursue Denturism while in Toronto, the HIS program was being offered at the same time, so I decided to complete both knowing that the two fields would complement each other.

After school in Toronto, what brought you back to Chatham-Kent?

Family and friends are one of the most important things in my life, so the decision to move back to Chatham-Kent was very easy. I had the opportunity to visit many areas across Canada and the US and it made me realize how special
Chatham – Kent truly is.

How long have you worked now in these fields?

23 years.

How long have you owned your own Hearing and Denture Centre?

We opened our first clinic in 2006 on King Street.

What is the favourite part of your job?

The absolute best part of my job is seeing how our products and services improve the quality of life for so many people. Relieving someone’s pain or long term irritation, helping someone hear clearly again, or seeing someone being able to eat the foods they love again is something that always brings great joy to myself and our entire team.

How would you describe our Seniors in Chatham-Kent?

The Senior population is certainly a growing demographic in Chatham-Kent. This population expects a high quality of life, and we always try to offer cutting edge products and services to accommodate their needs.

What is the most exciting thing about your new Chatham location?

Our team and clientele love our recently renovated location, but since the renovation, we quickly realized that we would need a larger space due to the increased demand for our level of service and quality. The great thing about our new location is that it truly was a blank slate. This allowed us to design the facility in a highly accessible fashion. The facility will be entirely barrier free and feature extra wide doors and hallways. One of the most exciting items about our new location is that we will be featuring the most advanced technology in the fields of denturism and audiology. We will be operating in one of  the most technologically advanced clinics in Canada. We also wanted to celebrate the original building that has a long history in Chatham-Kent. We will outfitting the exterior of the new clinic with a range of architecturally original items not usually seen in Chatham-Kent. This truly will be the next chapter for a very recognizable building/property in the area, and I am confident that the entire community will love the final product. The entire facility is just shy of 7000 sqf; the new clinic will take up approximately 3600 sqf and the remaining 3000+sqf will be available for leasing opportunities.

What is your favorite thing about living and working in Chatham-Kent?

Even though Chatham-Kent is currently going through some amazing growth, you still get that great small town feel. I see people I know and have grown up with everyday. This is the community that my family and I feel safe in, and are proud to be a part of.

Having 3 little children, how do you balance your work life with your family life?

This can be a real challenge sometimes. Many times we get called in on weekends or after hours to accommodate patients in need. Thankfully the new clinic will be more efficient and allow myself, and my great team, to see more patients during regular hours.

Do you hope that one of your children will one day follow in your footsteps with the same career choice?

I would support them no matter what career they decide to follow. I hope they are lucky enough to find a profession they enjoy as much as I do mine.

This Q&A was provided by: 

Ted G. Dalios DD, HIS

Photos taken by: Brooke Windibank

Cover shot features : Ted Dalios and his wife Joscelynn, and his three adorable children Nicholas (age 7), Grayson (age 6), Malia (age 3)

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