It has been a busy and eventful year. I had the opportunity to provide lots of different service in the church and in the community. I had planned on participating in the Winston-Salem Missions of Mercy clinic. It is a clinic that provides free dental care to underserved populations. It was scheduled for a weekend in November this year and I was unable to attend as I had planned. Around that time Anthony began to have all of his medical events and hospital stays. I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to provide a service for Anthony and his patients in your name. Anthony has had to reschedule a number of patients to take care of his health. Most Orthodontic patients are very flexible and willing to accommodate. However, removing braces is one of those appointments that patients are excited to do and don’t want to wait any longer once the Orthodontist says they are ready. It is also an appointment that takes more time and involvement from the Orthodontist so it is harder to reschedule and fit it in to already full January schedules.
I had Anthony’s staff offer my debonding services to nine patients so we could get their braces off before Christmas. I went in on a Friday morning and was able to debond seven of them. (One patient was in Mexico for a Quinceanera and the other had exams at school that they couldn’t get out of.) The other seven patients and Dr. Basil were all extremely grateful for their new smiles and early Christmas presents that will last a lifetime. (They will last a lifetime if they wear their retainers.) It wasn’t exactly how I planned to serve, but I did get to use my dental license to help a fellow family member in need.
Also, a few weeks earlier, I was able to help out another dentist friend who had broken his hand and needed help finding a locum tenams for 8 weeks while his hand healed. I helped him by contacting 65 dentists that I know to see who could help. It was through my help that he ended up finding someone to fill in for him.
Thank you for a great 2014!
Scott F. Tucker