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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...
In early December, I attended a two-day dental seminar at the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ. It was probably the best-taught and most information-dense dental seminar I have attended to date.
Dr. Spear is a well-known and widely acclaimed prosthodontist, and has assembled a large team of dentists, laboratory technicians, and staff to provide education and training to dentists, dental staff, and technicians.
He originally started in Seattle, Washington as the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education, then combined with other dentists and moved to a much larger facility in Scottsdale at the new Spear Institute. The Scottsdale campus is truly impressive, with educational and clinical facilities offering state-of-the-art equipment and technology. They have a total staff of over 130, and so a wide variety of services are provided to dentists, staff, and technicians world-wide. Completing the Arizona facility is an extensive internet website for member dentists and their staff. It offers a full curriculum of learning modules for dentists, focused training videos for dental staff, patient education modules, and an online discussion forum where dentists can present cases for input or ask individual questions to be fielded by Spear’s staff dentists as well as fellow participating dentists.
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!
Most of us have seen the classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life", and many of us know that "Bedford Falls", the location of the story, was inspired by Seneca Falls, New York. I thought you might enjoy learning about some of the details that you may not have been aware of in this story from the It's a Wonderful Life Museum: