This past September, I attended a Spear Institute dental seminar held in Washington DC, at the Washington Marriott Marquis hotel. Because the topic was treatment-planning complex cases, it covered a wide range of subjects and disciplines. I learned a lot about the subject of the seminar, but also gained a lot from the whole experience, as is often the case when I attend an out of town meeting.
One of the three presenters was Dr. Ricardo Mitrani, a prosthodontist from Mexico City. He made it to the meeting at the last minute. He had been delayed leaving Mexico, because he and his family were assisting in the aftermath of a major earthquake that hit that area September 19, and had left 219 people dead and major destruction in its wake. His story of how people of all economic backgrounds, nationalities, and religious practice had pulled together to aid and sacrifice for one another was truly inspirational.
Truly humorous was his story of one of his partners in his dental office. In the immediate aftermath of the quake, people either froze in place, sought cover to prepare for aftershocks, or ran outside in panic. His partner had just inserted an abutment piece into a front tooth replacement implant in preparation for insertion of a crown. He knew (as was being emphasized at that point in our seminar in DC) that it was important to insert the crown in a very timely manner before the tissue around the implant started to collapse inward. The quake came and then subsided, and his patient panicked and fled outside onto the street. The dentist sprinted out after him, ran around in the melee, found his patient, had him open and quickly shoved the crown into place. Only a dentist...
Dr. Miller's chairside dental assistant is Brittany, and Dr. Greene’s is Brenda.
Both Brittany and Brenda have been spending this past year taking courses covering many areas of dentistry, studying for countless hours, reading dental text books, and taking assorted examinations.
Their hard work has paid off as this month each passed their final examination and each has now obtained their NYS Certified Dental Assistant designation. This is an achievement that many dental assistants never accomplish, and we are proud of them. We commend them on their diligence and perseverance, and also thank them for their commitment to professionalism and devotion to providing optimum levels of patient care.
So join us all at Dr. Greene & Miller’s dental team in congratulating Brittany and Brenda on a job well done!
I am writing this blog while sitting in a hotel room. I’m attending a two-day course on new developments in laser dentistry, and will write about it in an upcoming article. So far it has been a great seminar, both lecture and hands-on training from people involved in cutting edge laser dentistry research and development.
Another area of office news to report is that Ashley, Dr. Greene’s dental assistant the past 8 years, is moving to Saugerties, NY. She has been doing volunteer work at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary on weekends for some time, and has accepted a full-time position there. Ashley has long had a heart for the welfare of animals in need, and we are excited for her and her new adventure working with rescued and orphaned farm animals. We will miss her but wish her all the best, and are excited about the great work of service she will be doing.
Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift for someone? Or maybe you want to treat yourself?
Greene & Miller Dentistry is offering a great deal on the Oral B Pro 5000 SmartSeries Rechargeable Toothbrush. Included in the package:
This package is only sold in the office, not in stores. And, if you would like to "test drive" the toothbrush before purchasing, we have a toothbrush available at the office.
Give us a call if you have questions, or stop by the office to pick one up!