The Face of Aspen Dental

Statesboro Herald –

A corporation operating more than 660 dental offices in 36 states, Aspen Dental has now opened its doors in Statesboro. Really, it was the experienced and personable Dr. Athena Chapel and her team who started seeing patients last week.

Chapel, of Greek heritage as her first name suggests, was born and raised in Philadelphia, where she attained her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Temple University School of Dentistry about 34 years ago. She owned a private practice in rural, upstate Pennsylvania for 32 years, until she sold it to go to work for Aspen Dental and move to Georgia.

“I had a chance to move out of the Snow Belt and I liked everything about Aspen (Dental),” she said. “I liked their whole concept of how they like to treat their patients, and it’s all about the patient care and making everybody aware of their teeth and their health.

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Bringing Smiles to Guatemala

With a population of 14.7 million, more than half of all the residents in Guatemala live in poverty. But from the smoldering volcano to the bright colors to the souped-up chicken busses, the country is alive and filled with personality, and the inner beauty of the Guatemalan people make it a very special place.

Kyle Guerin – Sr. Manager, We Serve – Pacific Dental Services
Barbie Vartanian – Manager, Pacific Dental Services Foundation

From January 23-28, 14 members of the Smile Generation® family served at the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation’s clinic outside of Antigua, Guatemala. The team had the privilege to serve 119 patients and provide nearly $70,000 in donated dentistry. “This is the first time I have traveled on one of these international trips with the PDS® Foundation, and I was blown away by the joy of the patients I had the privilege to serve,” said owner doctor, Ashley Hopkins, from Austin, TX. “I absolutely fell in love with the people of Guatemala. I also had a great time getting to know other dentists and team members from different regions. We’ll be friends forever!”

Realizing the tremendous need for oral healthcare in Guatemala, the PDS Foundation established a clinic in Xenacoj, Guatemala in January of 2015. Dental diseases continue to be a serious problem for Guatemalans with poverty, poor education and malnutritio n being the major factors. The clinic sits in a rural yet accessible region located just off the Pan American Highway. Through a partnership with Hope Haven International, the PDS Foundation Clinic provides comprehensive care to many individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. In addition, the clinic supports Special Olympics athletes and their families.

To ensure the Clinic’s long term sustainability, the Foundation established a residency program with the University of San Carlos to ensure oral health services are provided year round. The program has already graduated five students and three more students are currently in their ten-month rotation.

In addition to Guatemala, the Pacific Dental Services Foundation provides oral healthcare to underserved populations in Ethiopia and Fiji. Since the Foundation’s first service trip in 2010, over 100 clinicians have volunteered, providing care for over 13,000 patients.

Thank you to all the PDS team members who give their time and talent to serve others.

The Talk of the Town: Patients First

Dental One Partners & Dental Works –

In 2006, a brand new dental practice opened its doors in Aurora, Colorado. It was a start-up practice located in an outdoor mall with one Dentist, four team members and three operatories.

Flash forward 12 years, to the present, this small practice is now thriving beyond imagination.

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MCDC marks Children’s Dental Health Month with bike giveaway

Sentinel-Standard –

My Community Dental Centers have launched a month-long sweepstakes offering children aged 10 and under a chance to win a bicycle and helmet in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month.

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DentalOne Ends the Year on a Charitable Note

DentalOne Partners & Dental Works –

DentalOne Partners home office and supported practices spread joy and kindness during the holiday season by giving back to their local communities. From Colorado to Illinois, helping those in need was a priority for the DentalOne family across the country. Here’s a glimpse at what some of our supported practices and home-office teams did!

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Dallas Business Journal Recognizes Dr. Sulman Ahmed as a 2018 Minority Business Leader Honoree

Digital Journal –

Dallas Business Journal recognizes Dr. Sulman Ahmed, Founder & CEO of DECA Dental Group, as one of the selected 2018 Minority Business Leader honorees. After having judges review more than 100 nominations, Tracy Merzi, publisher of DBJ, notes that the 2018 class of honorees “represent the best of the best in North Texas.”

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Recap of the Culture at DentalOne in 2017 (Top 17 of 2017)

Dental One Partners & Dental Works –

Here at DentalOne, we are also reflecting back on 2017 and remembering all of our favorite memories from the past 365 days!

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Local patients help non-profit reach milestone

Hillsdale Daily News –

Most people go in for their routine dental check-ups expecting a free toothbrush, not balloons and confetti. Sisters Ava, 7, and Lily Middleton, 5, received special treatment on Tuesday though.

The sisters were the 100,000 and 100,001 patients at the My Community Dental Center. The local center is one of 36 centers statewide who have been scheduling new patients since 2006 in an effort to reach 100,000 children served. MCDC also has centers in Coldwater, Three Rivers and Sturgis.

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Affordable Dentures & Implants Donates $3.5 Million in 2017

In January 2017, Affordable Dentures & Implants announced it would partner with Brighter Way Institute of Phoenix, Arizona, for a nationwide program to deliver free dental implant, oral surgery, and prosthetic treatment to hundreds of US military veterans and homeless citizens. The network of affiliated dental practices set a goal of contributing nearly $3.25 million in pro bono implant and prosthetic services in 2017.

Affordable Dentures & Implants has announced that it exceeded its goal and donated more than $3.5 million in dental services in 2017. Overall, 120 doctors from more than 20 states participated in the six Brighter Way events, where approximately 1,500 implants were placed and approximately 350 denture pieces were fabricated. Affordable Dentures & Implants is looking forward to continuing the program in 2018 and again has six Brighter Way events scheduled. The company hopes to meet and exceed the level of donated care given in 2017.

Dr. Asia Richardson Talking to the WBTV, “Are You Brushing Correctly?” –

Any toothbrush can work, if it’s used correctly – but I find that my patients get the best results with a sonic brush.  Watch this video to learn more.