Monday, May 21, 2012

Mary Ann’s Unfinished Business

Our office coordinator Mary Ann Perry  received her Master’s of Science in Organizational Management and Human Resource Development from Manhattanville College last Thursday. She completed this degree in only one and one half years! The thing she enjoyed most in this program was doing her final project on the lack of diversity in the National Football League. Her instructors told her that her project was the best researched paper they have yet encountered at Manhattanville. She actually had 32 pages of annotated bibliography! She is now working on finding a publisher for this project.

After Mary Ann gets this paper published she plans to continue her ongoing education. Her next interest is getting a phD in Black History. Mary Ann enjoys gaining knowledge to be an expert story teller.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Another Happy Patient

It's a pleasure to present "Another Happy Patient": I recently finished braces for a young woman who had had braces as a child, but she was never happy with the result, and the teeth had gotten more crowded as she got older. Her biggest problem was that she could only close her teeth on one tooth in the back, so it was difficult to eat. Her upper jaw was way too narrow for her lower jaw, and the lower teeth were very crowded. We had discussed surgery to make the upper jaw wider, but she was not interested. We decided on a compromise- treatment that included extracting two lower teeth, and wearing braces for up to two years. Since she was so anxious to be done with braces, we ended treatment after only 1 year and 3 months. The patient was so happy! She reported that “just from a ‘I can eat salad’ standpoint, it’s so much better. We knew it was going to be a compromise but I wasn’t going to do surgery. My teeth are so straight now, and it’s so much easier to close my lips. Thank you so much Dr. Okun.”