January Newsletter
January 19, 2017
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John Vrbicek's 30 Year CDT

John is celebrating his 30 Year Anniversary as a Certified Dental Technician (CDT). John has worked in our in-house laboratory, Studio One Ceramics, for the past 11 years, fabricating crowns and bridges for our patients. This is a special milestone to recognize, as not all dental technicians are certified in this field. 

Becoming and maintaining a CDT demonstrates significant mastery of the knowledge and applied skills needed in dental technology. You must obtain 12 hours of continuing education each year after passing an initial written and practical exam. 

Over the course of John's career, he has shown leadership serving as President of The Iowa Dental Laboratory Association for several years, as well as serving as a chair member of The Dental Laboratory Technology Advisory Committee at Kirkwood Community College. John attends many educational meetings throughout the year and values the importance of learning new techniques and materials with his industry peers. He will continue to grow his knowledge and abilities as a dental technician, creating beautiful smiles for years to come. 

Kyle Gets Accepted into Dental School

We want to acknowledge and congratulate Kyle Haganman for getting accepted into The University of Iowa College of Dentistry! Kyle is the nephew of  Dr. Chris and has worked in our in-house dental laboratory since July of 2015.

Kyle was always interested in health care as a career, growing up with a father as a family physician and an uncle as a dentist. He decided on dentistry after shadowing various dentists, including Chris, during his undergrad at U of I. Kyle played football for the Hawkeyes and graduated in the Spring of 2011 with a degree in Psychology. After applying to dental school, he was not accepted, so he decided to enroll in the dental lab technology program at Kirkwood in order to gain knowledge of the dental field and become a more competitive applicant. After completing the two year program, he accepted a position as a dental technician at our office, while continuing to shadow and volunteer at a local free health care clinic. Kyle will continue to work in the lab until he starts dental school this fall.

Kyle not only values the experience and knowledge he is gaining working at The Dental Center, but also the relationships he has built. Before school starts, he is looking forward to taking time off after his wedding in May to fish and spend quality time with his wife-to-be, friends and family. 

Making a Difference in Haiti

Our patient, Dave Soper, makes an annual trip to Haiti to help residents with plumbing needs. Before Dave left on his most recent trip, he asked if we'd contribute toothbrushes and toothpaste. We were so pleased to be able to help and so proud of Dave's efforts. Thanks to Dave for sharing these pictures with us!

Toys for Tots

The Dental Center was represented at this year's December 14 Toys for Tots distribution day by Kim McGinn, Becky Stovie, Melissa Dostal, and Lisa Shannon. It was really a fun, busy day with much joy as parents selected toys for their children. Thank you to these ladies for volunteering in our community!


GLO PRO Whitening Discount

GLO PRO is a convenient, easy way to get whiter teeth without the sensitivity. In office, at home, or on the go.... it is quick and effective! 

$50 off in-office and take home dual whitening package. 20% off all other GLO PRO products and services.
Offer valid through March 31, 2017.

The GLO PRO Teeth Whitening Device reinvents the experience of teeth whitening using patented G.L.O. (Guided Light Optic) technology, combining professional elements of heat and light built into a one of a kind closed system mouthpiece that accelerates the whitening process, preventing the whitening oxygen from escaping the tooth surface, bombarding the stains and making the whitening process more effective and more efficient.

Continuing Education

Black & Gold Study Club

Dr. Stovie and Sarah, our dental ceramist, attended the Black & Gold Study Club Meeting, titled “Building Better People.” The meeting was led by Bryan Dodge, an inspirational speaker and leader. Bryan Dodge is passionate about stirring up the best in people. Through his energetic and educational approach, Bryan inspires individuals and organizations to ask one crucial question: Why? Why choose this job, this purpose, this belief? Bryan believes that once you know why, then you will be ready to recognize what is important to you—and how to make the changes necessary to prosper personally and professionally. Dr. Stovie and Sarah both enjoyed this day long seminar. Inspiring to be your best at work and at home! 

Staff Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Anna on January 23rd!

Staff Anniversaries

We are celebrating three anniversaries this month! Kim M. is celebrating 3 years at The Dental Center, Dr. Hingst 17 years, and Kim L. 1 year. Thank you for your loyalty and hard work! 

Patient Testimonials

Nice staff and very professional

"Everyone is friendly from the office staff to the hygienist to the dentist (Dr. Shannon) and then the discharge office staff. Great cleanings! Good advice on how to care for your teeth between appointments."

Caleb J. 12/24/2016

Best office ever!

"The Dental Center and Dr. Stovie have restored my damaged teeth and I have never felt as confident about going in for appointments! They are consistent and professional. As a busy person, I also appreciate that appointments are efficient and start on time. I had a cleaning today and Taylor did an amazing job!"

Cyndie H.12/19/2016

Prompt Service For an Emergency

"I chipped a tooth and phoned the office to get an appointment. Dr. H worked me in the following day at noon. I was seen without delay and he fixed the fractured tooth. It feels amazing! Whenever I have an issue they always get me in. Nice to know you don't have to suffer for days when something unforeseen happens."

Patricia S.12/14/2016