2004 Dental Assistants Recognition Week: delivering excellence throughout the World.
As always we are grateful to those who took the time to tell us what they did--and we're sure there are many more out there who did things but were too busy to let us know. But we appreciate any efforts added to those of the ADAA and the ADA and our Canadian counterparts to help build well-deserved recognition for dental assisting professionals everywhere.
DENTAL ASSISTANTS ASSOCIATIONS
CAPE ATLANTIC DENTAL ASSISTANTS ASSOCIATION GREEN CREEK, NJ
Presented by Kathleen Storz, CDA
This local association had bronzed gold DARW logo pins made up and their leadership including Kathleen Storz, CDA, Sandy Pickens, CDA, RDA, Patricia Hoffman, CDA, RDA, Brenda Amenhauser, RDA, Amie Fairman, CDA, delivered pins to 150 private practices in Cape May and Atlantic Counties ... along with information on the local component and ADAA membership applications. The students of Cape May Technical School Dental Assisting Program and Delaware Valley Academy of Medical and Dental Assistants also were presented with pins. All told: approximately four hundred assistants and students received pins and learned about DARW and ADAA.
THE MIDLAND EMPIRE DENTAL ASSISTANTS SOCIETY ST. JOSEPH, MO
Presented by Patsy Klein, CDA, COMSA, CDPMA
Midland Empire contributed generously to a food drive in their community during DARW and made sure that information about dental assisting and the ADAA was included. They also hosted a booth at an alumni meeting and distributed buttons, ADAA literature and goodwill. Also, during the observation a luncheon was hosted by local dentist Dr. Patricia Boise honoring DARW and dental assistants and photography from this event was the basis of later publicity in the local press.
GENESEE (MI) DISTRICT DENTAL ASSISTANTS SOCIETY MILLINGTON, MI
Presented by Deborah Jaruzel, CDA, RDA
Never at a loss for creative ideas, this local was the recipient of two GDDAS banners designed by their president, Carol Stamm, at a dinner honoring DARW and dental assistants. Each attendee received a monogrammed tote bag, and flowers were presented to Society officers in recognition of their efforts. All this and education too. A program offering two C.E. credits was also part of the event.
NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA DENTAL ASSISTING SOCIETY FALLS, PA
Presented by Colette Jesikiewicz
Several individuals made contributions of effort and talent that added up to successful observation of DARW. First, Diane Kelchner, CDA, EFDA, wrote an article introducing the dental assistant to the general public and was rewarded with publication in the Hazleton, Pa., newspaper. Mary Ann Kapral and Linda Tier used the Crest program and spoke to Head Start students in two counties. Lisa Mission, EFDA, took the Toothprints Program on the road to both parents and children and the Luzerne County Dental Society. Bonnie Bell, CDA, EFDA, wrote to dental assistants informing them of EFDA changes in Pa., and Colette Jesikiewicz began work with the Luzerne County coroner's office and state police crime lab to educate the public in the important role dentistry plays in forensics.
SOUTH CAROLINA DENTAL ASSISTANTS ASSOCIATION Presented by Lois Bell, CDA
Not only did the Association request and receive a DARW proclamation from S.C. Governor Mark Stanford but their leadership met with Governor Stanford and discussed the important contributions to the public's health made by dental assistants. In addition to various activities around the state that month, one highlight was the Columbia DAS that prepared and sold gift baskets to local dentists for presentation to their staffs.
WASHTENAW DISTRICT (MI) DENTAL ASSISTING SOCIETY DEXTER, MI
Presented by Gwen Graham-Feldkamp
A Hawaiian luau was deemed appropriate to brighten a Michigan winter and so inflatable palm trees, flowers, grass skirts and non-Hawaiian "molars confetti" were abundantly presented along with a folder, pens, notebooks and calendars for all recipients. Also, beach bags with dental samples and leis for all. Paraffin hot wax treatments for hands were offered too and door prizes punctuated the day. In addition, two educational presentations were made by Oral-B and Premier Dental.
BETSY CROSSWELL, DMD, & CORINA ATANASE, DMD MIDDLETON, CT
Presented by Patti Deegan
During DARW, each day a sign of appreciation was given or shown such as a picture collage of the practice's assistants in the reception area or flowers or special snacks. A luncheon for the staff was held at a local Mexican restaurant. The doctors of the practice were invited to speak at the Middlesex Dental Society monthly education day on March 10th and in addition to introducing the practice's assistants, they were lauded for their knowledge and commitment to patients and staff. Reaching out to the community during DARW, the office made contributions to Eddy House, a local women's shelter, Rocky Hill Veterans Home and WIC (Women-Infants-Children) Center.
UNIVERSITY PARK ENDODONTICS LEAWOOD, KS
Presented by Drs. Paul A. Jones, Stephen W. Brumit & Sara A. Hedges
A week of special treatment for dental assistants was arranged starting with a surprise sign in the window: "Dental Assistants Are Special." Each assistant received a floral bouquet with balloons and a breakfast served by one of the doctors. A series of lunch and learn events were also presented. The week ended with a special treat of pampering at a local spa.
STAFF OF JAMES J. BRENNAN, DDS, LTD CUMBERLAND, RI
Presented by Kathi Gisonde
A surprise testimonial dinner was given for the staff with one assistant being honored for 25 years' service. Each assistant received a gift bag containing vitamins, mineral water, personal care products and a certificate for a manicure. The assistants were further hailed with an original poem:
DENTAL ASSISTANTS ARE SPECIAL
During DARW and all through the year, we like to show gratitude that's warm and sincere. It's important that you know just how we all feel; That the verses expressed here are truly for real. You all come to work, be it sun, rain or snow, Coffees in hand, you are ready to go! Each morning begins with attending our "huddle" Sharing patient denial and Assistant rebuttal. With the daily appointments discussed and reviewed, It's time to get started, all pumped and renewed! Here come the patients! (sleep still on their faces) ... Assistant to greet them with charts in their places. Be it wire adjustment, banding or repair, You are gentle and courteous showing that you care. When lunch time approaches and tummies make noise, Unhurried instructions are given with poise. Now patients all ask, "when will treatment be done?" The Assistants endearingly say, "listen hon ..." "Keep wearing elastics as you have been told And your braces will come off before you are old!" You're all great with the patients, all kidding aside. And we say that sincerely, with love and with pride. There are Dental Assistants who come and they go, But none who top ours; this fact we all know!
STAFF OF ERIN NEIL BROMLEY, DDS LEE'S SUMMIT, MO
Presented by Michelle Smalley
Luncheon was brought into the practice and individualized cards were presented to each assistant as well as other dental staff members. An ad was taken in the local newspaper naming all the assistants and thanking them for their efforts. Ms. Smalley notes that throughout the year, appreciation is shown to the assistants through luncheons and the services of a massage therapist from time to time.
DOUGLAS AVENUE FAMILY DENTISTRY DES MOINES, IA
Presented by Jane Ryan, CDPMA
In honor of DARW, Ms. Ryan presented over 150 toothbrushes and floss to the Iowa Homeless Youth Center of Des Moines at the Buchanan House. Buchanan House is a facility based in a homelike set ring providing training and education to youth between 16 and 20 years of age.
STAFF OF FAIRFAX ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY FAIRFAX, VA
Presented by Julia Spradlin
The doctors of the practice thanked staff each day during DARW as follows:
Monday: Monogrammed golf shirts and the announcement that an appreciation dinner would be held
Tuesday: Luncheon and a $50 gift certificate to Hecht's
Wednesday: A $10 gift certificate to Baja Fresh
Thursday: Gift certificate for a manicure
Friday: Gift bag with chocolates and personal care items.
DENTAL ASSISTING SCHOOLS
NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE WAHPETON, ND
Presented by Lucinda Johnson
Providing patient care and developing public awareness were the winning twin themes for this school during DARW. Students designed and presented tooth buttons to dental assistants at affiliated sites in the area during the entire month of March and in early March attended a dental seminar in Fargo where they hosted an exhibit promoting the profession. A hands-on presentation was made to local girl scouts demonstrating radiology and model-pouring lab skills to create interest in careers as dental assistants, and fundraising activities were launched to purchase dental supplies for needy families.
Students performed toothprints on child patients in NDSCS clinic free of charge and presented health talks to their hometown grade schools. Other presentations were made to dental assistants in the area and the school's Dental Assisting Supervisor provided a luncheon for the DA students.
SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (CLASS OF 2004) AVON PARK, FL
Presented by Kim Andrews
Students created baskets with food treats, DARW pens and ADAA journals and membership applications, and hand delivered them to 17 dental offices in the area to raise awareness and increase ADAA membership. Ms. Andrews presented her class with a surprise breakfast and handwritten notes of professional encouragement as well as a DARW tote bag and travel mug.
WEST KENTUCKY COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE PADUCAH, KY
Presented by Jennifer Miller
The class of 2004 spearheaded activities during DARW that include Ms. Miller and a student appearing on a local TV news program talking about the history and purpose of the week and detailing the upcoming activities. Fifty dentists in the community were invited to send their assistants to a "Spa Day" at the school with cosmetology students providing pedicures, manicures and facials. Students also treated participating assistants to breakfast, lunch or dinner.
CARVER CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER CHARLESTON, WV
Presented by Debra B. Skeen, CDA
Day by day, the dental assisting program students called positive attention to DARW:
Monday: Exhibit board displaying this year's theme and showing students on-the-job training at various dental offices ... and all the students are ADAA members.
Tuesday: All school students receive free dental services at Carver Clinic and the dental assisting students participate in X-rays, sterilization and general assisting.
Wednesday: DA students undergo CPR training
Thursday: DA students assist hygiene students at WVU Institute of Technology
Friday: DA students visit Tyler Middle School talking to alternative students about the dangers of tobacco
CHOFFIN SCHOOL OF ACCREDITED DENTAL ASSISTING YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Presented by Alice J. Smith, CDA, CDPMA
Students participated with inner-city schools to provide preventive services to 80 elementary students and several preschoolers. Two TV stations taped clips for later broadcast. A field trip to the Youngstown Development Center, a state complex housing over 120 mentally challenged residents, gave students an opportunity to provide hands-on brushing and flossing instructions. Within the Chofffin School, the health professions display case honored dental assisting students and the faculty presented them with pizza and a cake.
COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO TWIN FALLS, ID
Presented by Tonja Bowcut, CDA
The DA Program students--all ADAA members--started the week by decorating instructors' cars with smiles and balloons and spent the rest of the week pampering a "secret buddy" with flowers, charms, "pedicures-in-a-box" and other treats. Faculty provided a luncheon one day and local offices were provided with candy bags bearing a DARW label. Students made presentations at three local high schools promoting dental assisting as a career choice.
ELI WHITNEY REGIONAL VOC/TECH SCHOOL HAMDEN, CT
Presented by Angela Macolino, CDA
Dental assisting students and faculty, through monetary donations, contributed 300 packages to the 103rd Air Control Squadron in Orange, Conn., in honor of DARW. Each package contained toothpaste, floss, brush and inter-dental cleaner. Soldiers receiving the packages were being deployed to Germany the next day. A reception for the students was hosted by the 103rd Family Support Services and the remaining packets were distributed to families of those not deployed. A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to students and faculty.
HERZING COLLEGE/LAKELAND ACADEMY DIVISION CRYSTAL, MN
Presented by Linda Boyum, RDA
A full week of activities was organized by students who received Professional Development Points in the leadership skills category. Activities included students hosting free cake for the entire student body, a tooth brush exchange with everyone participating receiving a new toothbrush in return for an old one. Other activities included a faculty baby picture contest, collection of dental materials to be sent to our troops in Iraq and the presentation of flowers by students to the faculty and the dental assistants at Crystal Dental Care.
INDIANA SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Presented by Patricia A. Capps
The week began with the Magnificent Molar Award, a shadow box replicating a molar with a gold restoration. Criteria were attitude, flexibility, team playing, mentoring and clinic capability. Comprehensive care clinic assistants received a bouquet and candy, and a poster honoring them was prominently displayed in the clinic. Throughout the rest of the week, all assistants received various snack treats, and on Friday, the department chairman took the periodontic assistants out to lunch.
THE INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH EDUCATION FAIRFIELD, NJ
Presented by M. Alvarez, CDA, RDA
Dental assisting students sold lunches, cakes, cookies and brownies to students, faculty and staff of the school in order to raise money for gift packages for dental assistants of the U.S. Navy serving in Iraqi waters. In addition to the money raised, local firms were contacted that donated products to be included (bakery goods, personal care items). Students also prepared and presented cookies pinned with a blue ribbon for veteran dental assistants in honor of DARW.
LINN-BENTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE ALBANY, OR
Presented by Sheri Billetter
Students mailed DARW letters to local dental offices helping to make them aware of the event and carrying on a practice begun with the previous year's students. The next week, an activity was carried out almost daily.
Monday: An assembly of dental assisting students featured Division Director Jim Bell addressing the class in regards to dental assisting as their career choice.
Tuesday: Students received an ice cream treat.
Thursday: Students participated in a dental trivia game with prizes.
Friday: Capitol City DAS presented students with a floral arrangement and students presented their instructors with a charm bracelet including their initials and a tooth charm.
OKLAHOMA HEALTH ACADEMY TULSA, OK
Presented by Amy J. Beckman, CDA
Students visited "The Little Lighthouse," a development center for children, and presented education on brushing, flossing and the importance of preventive dentistry. A party was given for the DA students honoring them not only for their efforts during DARW but for the other educational sessions they had provided during the year. At the party each received a gift bag, and the director of the school, Jim Wolfenbarger, made a presentation on the importance of attitude and flexibility in the dental office.
OZARKS TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE SPRINGFIELD, MO
Presented by Janet Sell
Students presented a display table at the Springfield Dental Society promoting DARW, DANB and local meetings. Faculty hosted a brunch for students and presented them with flowers. A sealant program was conducted by students at a local dental practice.
PALM BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAKE WORTH, FL
Presented by Colleen Bradshaw
A luncheon for students and faculty was provided and a unique partnering with a local uniform store was formed where the store offered discounts to Certified Dental Assistants during DARW. Postcards were mailed out announcing the event in conjunction with the stores and Palm Beach CC Dental Health Services.
PIMA MEDICAL INSTITUTE SEATTLE, WA
Presented by Karen Rebiger, CDA
Students made educational handouts providing instructions on proper brushing and flossing and made gift bags including toothbrush, floss, paste and disclosing tablets. These were provided to residents of a women's correctional center in Washington state. Students also presented a table clinic at the school and distributed floss to all students.
PORTER AND CHESTER INSTITUTE ENFIELD, CT
Presented by Susan M. Corriveau, CDA
An alumni open house honored school graduates now employed in dental assisting. Hosted by the current dental assisting class, each participant received a framed card saluting dental assistants. During DARW, thank-you posters were sent to the dental assistants in clinical external sites. As a community service project during March, students collected nonperishable food for the Enfield Food Shelf and donated the proceeds from recycled can collections to the Shelf as well.
SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE SAN DIEGO, CA
Presented by Laura Collins, CDA, RDA, & Margaret Fickess, CDA, RDA
The school's dental assisting students donated money to buy cookies for the dental assistants in their externship in honor of DARW. Along with the cookies went decorated bags with DARW logos, drawings, ribbons and personal messages. Brochures from San Diego County DAS were included along with ADAA membership applications.
SEATTLE VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE SEATTLE, WA
Presented by Margaret M. Camden, CDA, RDA
The dental assistant's role in the future was the theme chosen by this school for its observation of DARW. Students designed a futuristic dental chair to help increase patient and operator comfort. The chair featured patient lumbar adjustment and a heated seat designed to ease arthritic patients. A DVD visor and aromatherapy was also included and the chair was suspended by laser beams. All controls are computer generated. Seattle's mayor signed a proclamation about DARW that was prominently displayed and students launched an ADAA membership drive with an impressive 90 percent participation rate.
DENTAC: VILSECK DENTAL CLINIC, GERMANY
Presented by Capt. Christy Gajewski
Festivities started the Week with an appreciation banner for the dental assistants and trip to the base bowling alley for a catered lunch and free bowling. Each day saw the assistants greeted with a different banner and various food treats. Free tickets to the movies were also included one day. Concluding the Week was a potluck lunch party with a raffle for more movie tickets, food coupons and decorative household items. But the big finale was a certificate of appreciation for all and for all an Austrian ski trip including transportation and lift tickets and 50 percent off on an international trip.
DENTAC: FT. HUACHUCA, AZ
Presented by Col. Mark N. McDonald
A number of activities were executed to show appreciation to the dental assistants of this installation. Doctors hosted a bbq luncheon for the entire clinic and the Commanding Officer issued a proclamation, while the base newspaper published a prominent article on dental assisting highlighting one soldier and one civilian dental assistant. During the Week, the Runion Dental Clinic marquee informed all that Dental Assistants Recognition Week was indeed March 7-13.
DENTAC: CAMP ZAMA, JAPAN
A croissant luncheon, balloons, banners and tokens of appreciation appeared at various times throughout DARW for dental assistants at Camp Zama. In addition, assistants received certificates of appreciation and cash bonuses from the Japanese government. Grand finale was a clinic excursion to Tokyo Disneyland.
SUFFOLK COUNTY DENTAL SOCIETY ISLANDIA, NY
Presented by Jane Meslin
Dentists showed their appreciation to over 200 assistants at a Staff Appreciation Night at a nearby hotel. Buffet dinner and a musical comedy dental show was presented. In addition to the talents exhibited in the show, other dentists played cool jazz while donated door prizes were raffled off with goodwill and good fun as the net result.
DENTAC/DCC: FORT BLISS, TX
Presented by MSG Jaime R. Nunez
Both Ft. Bliss clinics took a break to honor their 58 civilian and military assistants during DARW. Luncheon and a cake were provided courtesy of grateful dentists. In addition, the hospital dental clinic presented each assistant with a certificate of appreciation.
DENTAC/DCC: FT. CAMPBELL, KY
Presented by 1st Sgt. Michael S. Hunter
Luncheons were held in each clinic honoring the assistants who were uniformly praised for their hard work and dedication in providing care for America's soldiers. Goodie bags, thank-you cards and other tokens of appreciation were provided ... all this during the redeployment of 20,000 101st Airborne Division soldiers.
DENTAC/DCC: FT. DRUMM, NY
Presented by SPC Jacqueline Ward
Several of the dentists showed their appreciation by providing lunches at both of the Ft. Drumm dental facilities. Ft. Drumm Dental Activity showed appreciation by donating a cake for the luncheons.
DENTAC/DCC: FT. GORDON, GA
Presented by SFC Senter
Special DARW ceremonies were held at each of the Fort's three dental facilities and included luncheons, certificates of appreciation, posters and a general expression of support for the fine work of these dental assisting professionals.
DENTAC/DCC: FT. HOOD, TX
Presented by SSG Tara Staggers
Perkins Dental Clinic celebrated DARW throughout the week starting with a continental breakfast, homemade cookies, a luncheon hosted by the dentists and concluding on Friday with cake and ice cream and personalized messages of appreciation.
DENTAC/DCC: FT. LEE, VA
Presented by SFC Claude Lewis
Management and doctors expressed their appreciation for the dental assistants at Bull Dental Clinic by providing a catered luncheon and presenting them with a letter of appreciation.
DENTAC/DCC: FT. LEWIS, WA
Presented by 1st Sgt. Smith
Flowers were presented to every dental assistant on Thursday, March 4, but each day, banners on electronic bulletin boards at all base entrances announced "Happy Dental Assistants Recognition Week. Thanks for all you do!" Also on Thursday, dentists treated assistants to an authorized extended lunch hour at a nearby steakhouse. Other events included a Dental Assisting Olympics, Rubber Dam Rodeo, Sterilization Packer and Dental Records Relay.
DENTAC/DCC: FT. RILEY, KS
Presented by MSG Larry Emanuel
Compliments of military leadership, dental assistants received a ribbon and corsage or candy. There was an extended lunch period and potluck luncheon one day, and a photo montage contest another day with the winner receiving a coupon for dinner for two at Applebee's. The DENTAC Commander, Col. Hanson, personally presented each dental assistant with a certificate of appreciation.
DENTAC/DCC: FT. SILL, OK
Presented by Col. William R. Bachand, Commander
A pizza party and bowling tournament at the post bowling alley provided a much needed stress breaker to show appreciation for assistants and provide an opportunity for interaction other than at work.
DENTAC/DCC: FT. STEWART, GA
Presented by Tammy L. Burke
A feature article in the base newspaper, The Frontline, lauded assistants for their work in helping to prepare soldiers for mobilization and outlined their duties and challenges. Col. Thomas G. Homing, Dental Activity Commander, stated, "Once a year we have a week to honor dental assistants and thank them for what they do because we could not do our job without them."
U.S. ARMY DENTAL ACTIVITY: FT. WAINWRIGHT, AK
Presented by MSG Barry S. Whitley
All dental assistants--civilian and military--were treated to a Mexican luncheon during an extended lunch period and then DENTAC Commander, Col. Hamilton, presented each with a carnation and thanks for a job well done. A cake was presented carrying the unit's crest and "Dental Assistants Recognition Week" and was served by the CDR, 1st Sgt., OIC, NCOICs.
DENTAC/DCC: WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, NM
Presented by SGT Croucher
The clinic staff was assembled for an awards ceremony and general recognition and thanks and each assistant was called up and presented with a certificate of appreciation. A surprise luncheon with an array of goodies followed.
DENTAC/DCC: U.S. ARMY DENTAL ACTIVITY, HI
Presented by 1st Sgt. Purcelle Harris
The staff at Schofield Barracks and Tripler Army Dental Clinics took time from their duties that help to prepare troops for deployment to observe DARW. At Scholield, dental officers dressed in white shirts and bow ties to greet and seat their assistants for a luncheon where they were entertained by "Mighty Mouse" and presented with cards and flowers and a personalized certificate of appreciation. At Tripler, there was also a luncheon and team-building competitions that included relay races and a load of laughs. Col. Henry Waddeil, Jr., and Col. Gregory Blythe joined in the hula hoop competition.
DENTAC/DCC: DARMSTADT (GERMANY) DENTAL CLINIC
Presented by SSG Nancy Zale
A banner and balloon launched the Week's festivities and luncheons with a daily drawing for a much appreciated hour off of work were held. On Wednesday, doctors took their assistants to a local restaurant, and the Week was ended with a cake and a certificate of appreciation for each assistant.
DENTAC/DCC WUERZBURG (GERMANY) KATTERBACH DENTAL CLINIC
Presented by LTC David G. Smith/Mark E. Eavey
Entering the post on Monday, a marquee highlighting DARW was on display and so was a bulletin board in the reception area recognizing each assistant with picture and name. Numerous posters also announced DARW. Chocolate treats and a thank-you card for each assistant were delivered to their operatory. On Tuesday, the OIC and NCOIC prepared breakfast burritos to order and on Wednesday the assistants were treated to lunch at a nearby restaurant and presented with certificates of appreciation. Thursday brought ice cream treats and Friday capped activities with a luncheon bowling party.
DENTAC/DCC: WUERZBURG (GERMANY) LEIGHTON DENTAL CLINIC
Presented by 1st Sgt. William Fitzgerald
In honor of DARW, clinic staff visited the laboratory of Dr. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen who discovered the X-ray in 1895. The lab is located in downtown Wuerzburg on the campus of the University of Wuerzburg where Dr. Roentgen taught on the physics faculty.
RAF MENWITH HILL (ENGLAND) DENTAL CLINIC
Presented by Sara Dixon
This five-person Air Force clinic in North Yorkshire England has one full-time assistant and so an article in the base newsletter honored her on March 4. During DARW itself, she was showered with appreciation and acknowledgment of her contribution with flowers, cards, candy, gifts and a special luncheon at the week's end.