Well, so far 2012 is off to a great start and I want to let all of my incredible patients know what I forsee for the year ahead. First of all, we recently hired a fantastic new hygienist, Kelly, who will be in the office every Tuesday. So far, the feedback from patients has been very positive and her form of treatment and communication is right in line with mine. Having her here has allowed me to free up some time to be more available for emergency treatment and also to run the business side of things. When you meet her, please give her a warm welcome to our office family.
As the office continues to grow I want to make sure I'm giving back to the community that is allowing me to have the practice I dream of. This year I'm making a scholarship donation to the Folsom Chamber of Commerce that will allow a student at either Folsom High School or Vista del Lago to have some financial reprieve for their first year of college next fall. Incidentally, I'm also heading up the scholarship committee and our goal is to provide at least 4 scholarships in the amount of $500 each. Children and adolescents hold a dear place in my heart so this is a perfect project for me to give my time and dollars to.
On February 4th, I'll be spending the day as a volunteer for Smiles For Kids. I'll be providing much needed free dentistry to some underprivileged kids in the Sacramento community. This is one of my favorite days of the year and a big part of why I became a dentist in the first place was to give my services to programs like this. I will also "adopt" one of the kids I treat that day so that they may have any unfinished work completed in my office after the day is done.
In addition to these things I will also continue my service to the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, FLYP (Folsom's Leading Young Professionals), and the Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS). I am currently serving on the Peer Review Committee with the SDDS and that has been a tremendous learning experience for me. The program allows us to provide a non-letigious way to address patient complaints against their treating dentist so that a resolution can be reached without the use of attorneys. A group of dentists, such as myself, review the case, meet with the patient & doctor, and determine the outcome of the case. It's a great service for both patients and dentists and I am proud to be a part of it. Finally, at the end of the year I will be taking an advanced orthodontic educational program so that I can treat more complicated cases than I have taken on in the past.
Many thanks for all the support you have continued to give me. It means the world to me. Here's to a fantastic year ahead! :-)
Dr. Shaina DiMariano