WAXHAW – While visiting the Dominican Republic, Leon and Olya Banchik saw North Carolina from a plane ride and fell for the greenery and nature the state had to offer.
The Banchiks realized they wanted to move their family from busy Las Vegas to a quieter but still fun Charlotte area.
“We had a great life out there (in Las Vegas) and a great thriving practice but we weren’t living life like we wanted to,” Leon said.
After that flight, they made a list of details they wanted out of their lives, and it didn’t match with Las Vegas. After looking at the Charlotte area, they realized they wanted to live in a smaller town. They chose Waxhaw.
The couple opened the doors to Reafield Dental on Jan. 21 and had a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Feb. 12.
Those who attended the ribbon cutting were greeted with food and, of course, bright smiles. Two of the many who came for a visit were Waxhaw Mayor Stephan Maher and Wesley Chapel Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Kaperonis.
“I went on the tour, and it’s a very inviting, relaxing and soothing environment, so I’ll encourage my wife to check it out because she’s looking,” Maher said.
The couple has lived in places such as Los Angeles, New York City and Boston. But the community and people in Waxhaw are unlike any they’ve experienced.
“I got home the other day and saw a bunch of bikes in our driveway, and a bunch of kids playing basketball. I said, ‘This is why we did this,’” Olya said. “From someone who hand-picked this place, it’s a dream to live here.”
The Banchiks want the community to know they put their patients’ needs first and want to exceed their expectations.
Back in Las Vegas 12 years ago, the couple started a foundation called “Smiles for Survivors” in honor of their loved ones. Both of their mothers are breast cancer survivors, as well as many close friends.
“We provide all necessary dental work free of charge for breast cancer survivors or patients if they cannot afford to have dental work,” Olya said.
They’ll launch the foundation for their new patients in a few months.
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Reafield Dental is located at 9925 Rea Road, suite 104, Waxhaw. Services include general, cosmetic, laser and restorative dentistry, as well as exams, preventative care, implants and Invisalign. Visit www.reafield dental.com or call 980-500-3999 for details.