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COMOM 2017 – Free Annual Dental Clinic

Dental professionals seeing patients at COMOM

2017 COMOM Dental Clinic

This past weekend, Colorado Mission of Mercy held its annual free dental clinic, this year in Pueblo, Colorado. I volunteer at this clinic when I’m in town, but unfortunately, I was out of state this year. Luckily, we had several staff members – and a dog – who did a good job representing our office. Along with 200 dentists, 120+ hygienists, and countless other volunteers, they had a very rewarding weekend. We don’t know the final numbers yet, but it looks like over 1700 dental procedures were performed.

COMOM Mission

From the COMOM website, its mission is as follows:

The Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) provides quality dental services, at no cost, to individuals of all ages who cannot afford and access dental care; eliminating dental pain, promoting oral health, creating smiles, and providing oral health education.

COMOM 2017, Pueblo, Colorado

Susan holding a portable x-ray unit

Susan at COMOM 2017

Almost every staff member has volunteered at COMOM in one capacity or another. This year, Susan, Lee Ann and Jane attended. Susan is not holding a ray gun, that’s a portable x-ray unit! She spent all day Friday (and I mean all day) taking x-rays of patients once they were seen in the triage area.

Lee Ann explaining findings to a patient.

Lee Ann, 2017 COMOM

Lee Ann helped with oral cancer screenings.  The good news is that she only saw one patient with a suspicious lesion in their mouth.  Here, she is relaying her findings to a patient and explaining next steps.

Jane took on a different role this year and served as co-lead for all 120+ hygienists. She attended planning meetings, helped set up, organize, and tear down hygiene stations, and made sure hygienists had everything they needed. Some days, she arrived at 5:00 a.m. and didn’t leave until 7:00 p.m.  Near the end of the last day, with 70 patients still waiting to have their teeth cleaned, she even rounded up a few dentists to help work through the back log.

Therapy Dogs at COMOM

Lee Ann, Jane and Indy at the 2017 COMOM dental clinic

Lee Ann and Jane posing with Indy

Carla usually stays home with the dog when I volunteer, but had the idea last year that therapy dogs would be a good fit with COMOM. Often times, patients camp out over night to save a place in line. Once inside, they wait to be triaged, wait for x-rays, and then wait for whatever procedure they are going to have done. In other words, a lot of waiting. Carla and I have both gone through the Go Team therapy dog training with Indy, seeing first hand the positive reactions he receives.  Therefore, Carla started talking with COMOM coordinators early this year about having therapy dogs visit with waiting patients, and they agreed to have Indy come on a test basis.

Therapy dog Indy getting petted by kids

Indy getting petted by kids

What a hit he was! Hundreds of patients gave him hours of non-stop affection. Carla and Indy started outside, greeting patients as they were waiting in line to come in. Then they came inside and worked the waiting areas where people he’d met outside would call for him to come over for another round of petting. The volunteers also found Indy to be a good stress reliever.  As a result, Carla was asked if she could get more Go Team dogs/handlers there for the Saturday clinic. Because there’s a Go Team in Pueblo, she was able to get three more dogs and handlers to come and visit patients and volunteers on very late notice.

Indy Visits Waiting Patients

Indy Visits Waiting Patients

Indy Visiting With Patients

Indy and the Old Man

COMOM in Greely, 2018

Next year’s event will be held in Greeley, CO. This is such a rewarding opportunity for us, you can be sure our office will be represented again.

Bon Voyage and Happy Retirement, Lisa

Lisa

Bon Voyage, Lisa

The end of an era – Lisa is retiring.  We took over the practice in 1990 following the unexpected passing of its founder, Dr. Jim Ryan.  At the time, we knew it would be important to keep the staff to provide continuity to the patients. We were fortunate that all staff members, including Lisa, decided to stay on and give the new guy a shot. With the help of that original staff, Lisa, Joyce, Jeannie, and Sharon (and, of course, Susan, who came with me), we were introduced to patients and we were able to accomplish a smooth transition into the practice.  Over 27 years and several moves of the office, Lisa has been with us, offering wonderful, compassionate, and professional care to our patients. While we wish her well as she enters this new phase, we will definitely miss her smiling face in the office and we know her patients will, too.

2016 ADA Conference in Denver, CO

2016 ADA Convention, Denver, Colorado

2016 ADA Conference

The American Dental Association held its annual meeting in Denver this year. Unfortunately, Carla and I were out of town on a long planned vacation.  However, our wonderful staff represented our office well.

We always learn a lot at dental conferences and make a point of trying to attend those that are close to Colorado Springs.  This year, staff attended lectures on dental procedures and trends.  They also visited tables of dental vendors and saw the latest in dental equipment and supplies.  And, they were fortunate to hear key note speaker Malala Yousafzai, winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. https://www.nobelprize.org/…/laur…/2014/yousafzai-facts.html

 

Dental Convention – 2016 Rocky Mountain Mid-Winter Dental Convention

2016.Mid.Winter

2016 Mid-Winter Dental Convention

Attending the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention is something my staff and I try to do each year.  This year’s convention, affectionately known as the 2016 Mid-Winter Dental Convention, took place last Thursday and Friday in Denver.  We were fortunate that the entire staff was able to attend.  The convention draws dental professionals from all over the state as well as from neighboring states.  It provides opportunities to attend lectures, view exhibits of the latest products and equipment, and to network with other providers.  We have recently added a diode laser to our array of treatment options.  One of the best sessions my hygienists and I  attended was an informative lecture on the use of lasers for periodontal treatment.   It was a fun and productive two days for everyone.

Welcome, Judy!

Photo of hygienist Judy

Staff photo of hygienist Judy

We are thrilled to welcome new staff person,  Judy, to the practice.  Judy has over 20 years of experience as a dental hygienist and will be working with us on a part-time basis.  Her full biography is  here. 

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