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Medical community growing in downtown Raleigh

Posted July 14

— Christian Reuters spent his lunch break Monday in the dentist chair, something he wouldn't have been able to do without missing work.

"I work two doors down, so I walk by it every single day," he said.

Dr. Brett Wells and his partner opened their practice, Downtown Dental, on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh two years ago.

"There wasn't any dentist in the heart of downtown," Wells said.

As downtown continues to grow and more people move in, so is the medical community.

The growth is also what attracted Dr. Mark Samia to South Wilmington Street, where he opened his third Wake County practice last month.

Medfirst Medical Center is the only urgent-care facility in the heart of the city.

"(We're) very happy to say that we exceeded our goals for June, and it looks like we are well ahead of our schedule for July," Samia said.

WakeMed has also opened an internal medicine practice on East Davie Street called City Center Medical Group.

And the owner of Eye Care Center opened on Fayetteville Street in 2007. He says his business has been growing ever since.

For patients like Reuter, the convenience is priceless.

"I actually went to the Eye Care Center last week, so I am getting all of my boxes checked off," he said.

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