From the Doctor’s Desk
We’re all excited that summer is here, but spring was pretty great too! Here are some highlights from the past few months.
In April, I had the honor of speaking at the Oregon Dental Convention about the “Orthodontic Management of Cleft Lip and Palate.” It was a great privilege being invited to give a lecture at such a distinguished meeting.
Later in April, Smile Oregon raised over $40,000 at our annual benefit event at the Multnomah Athletic Club. It is a real joy to be part of Smile Oregon and to help the organization grow. I’m excited to share that we just hired our first employee, a Project Manager; this role will help Smile Oregon expand its reach throughout Oregon. Our 8th annual Family Walk and Picnic will be July 21 at 10am at Gabriel Park. I would like to invite all of you to join in the fun and attend the walk, click here to register.
In May, the Garfinkle Orthodontics team put on our annual Dental Education Forum for 100 of our colleagues from local dental offices. I presented a lecture on the Orthodontic Management of Cleft Lip and Palate. This was our 8th year hosting this event and we all had a great time.
In May, I attended a continuing education course in Arizona about the impact and importance of the airway and its connection to dentistry. This is something I have appreciated for many years, and it is exciting to see more attention and development of the field. The members of the dental study club I teach also participated in this continuing education event. If you or someone in your house snores or you have concern about the quality of sleep you or your child is getting, I would be happy to have a conversation with you about it and hope to help makes things better for you.
On the family front, my kiddos can’t wait for summer so they can come into the office for their annual checkup, grab an ice cream, and play on the iPads until we tear them away.
Dr. Garfinkle loves to give back to our neighborhood!
In February, we hosted Wilson Youth Lacrosse for mouthguard day, providing complimentary mouthguards for about 75 K-8 players! This was our fourth year hosting the event and it gets more fun every year.
To date in 2018, we’ve given over $8,000 in auction certificates to eight local schools and sponsorships to programs and individual patients. These include:
- Play Fit Fun- Encouraging healthy activity and nutrition for local children and families
- Apoyemos- Spanish immersion program for Ainsworth, West Sylvan, & Lincoln
- Global Medical Brigades- a former patient traveled with this volunteer group to Nicaragua to provide medical assistance to people in need
- Youth Town Hall at Wilson High School- our patient hosted a Youth Town Hall meeting as part of the group Oregon World Affairs Young Leaders in Action
- West Sylan Drama Program
- Russian Ballet Academy
- Dr. Garfinkle even sponsored a patient’s basketball shoot-a-thon!
*Photos from Global Medical Brigades/patient volunteer trip
Around the Office
Congrats to Dr. Garfinkle and team for achieving Diamond level Invisalign Provider! Dr. Garfinkle continues to be the leading provider of Invisalign in Oregon.
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Ice cream is here!
Grab an ice cream after your appointment or just pop in if you’re in the neighborhood!
Our summer schedule most weeks is as follows:
Closed: July 4-5
Dental Education Forum
Last month, Dr. Garfinkle presented to nearly 100 area dentists, hygienists, and dental professionals at the Dental Education Forum about the management of cleft lip and palate during a child’s adolescent years. We’ve been hosting this event for 8 years now and it’s always a good opportunity to engage with our dental community and for Dr. Garfinkle to share his expertise with his peers.
Patient Appreciation Day
Thanks to everyone who turned out for our annual Patient Appreciation Day at Oaks Park Skating Rink! We gave out some cash prizes to some lucky patients. We’ve now hosted at Sky High, Superplay, and Oaks Park- we’d love to hear your suggestions for next year!
Events & Contests
Show your Garfinkle Ortho pride and creativity by making Dr. Judah a bowtie! Use any medium (paper, paint, fabric, your computer, toothpicks, wood, leaves, grass, or anything you can think of) to create a life-sized bowtie and either bring it in to the office or send us a picture.
At the end of the contest period, Dr. Judah will select two winners to receive a $100 Visa Gift Card!