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Friday, December 2, 2011

GIVING BACK TO THE BOCA RATON COMMUNITY - FEEDBOCA


 
In an effort to expand our support of the Boca Raton community and Boca Helping Hands, we have launched a month long food drive: FeedBoca 2011. The FeedBoca drive will run from December 1st through December 30th and donations will gladly be accepted at locations throughout the city.

"I am very proud to be expanding our relationship with Boca Helping Hands, a truly tremendous organization within our community. With the expansion of our traditional Movie Day Food Drive, we hope to create more of a city-wide focus on the fact that even in Boca Raton, there are a large number of residents in need." 
          Dr. Jennifer Statler, Owner - Statler Krumholtz Orthodontics  

FeedBoca 2011 will be an effort lead by Statler-Krumholtz in close coordination with Boca Helping Hands (www.bocahelpinghands.org)  When reached for comment on the program, Jim Gavrilos - Executive Director of BHH, offered the following:

"We are truly looking forward to working with Dr. Statler and staff again this year. The demand for services from Boca Helping Hands has simply skyrocketed in this last year. In an average month in 2010, BHH would distribute some 600-700 pantry bags of perishable and non-perishable groceries to local families. Today, our volunteers pass out over 3000 pantry bags each month. Every bag goes to a family with a story...and every donation helps!" 

Here's what we need - please donate regular sizes, no glass containers or opened or expired items.:

Tomato products (i.e. soups, sauce)
Boxes of cereal and cereal bars
Canned meat, fish and poultry
Canned or dried beans
Juice
Canned or dry milk
Peanut butter
Rice
Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Crackers
Canned or dry soup
Pasta
Mac and cheese meals
Canned pasta meals

Donation drop off locations:
Statler Krumholtz Orthodontics
7400 W Camino Real #110
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Boca Helping Hands
1500 NW 1st Ct
Boca Raton, FL 33432




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Friday, October 28, 2011

WHY TREAT WITH EARLY INTERCEPTIVE ORTHODONTC TREATMENT?

"As the twig is bent, so grows the tree."
"Arbol que crece torcido jamas su tronco endereza"
Early orthodontic care can mold a growing child.

Children sometimes exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper or lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough, or is too wide, too narrow, or crooked can be recognized at an early age. Children between the ages of 6-10 that show signs of these discrepancies are usually candidates for early orthodontic/orthopedic treatment.
To be able to modify the growth and development of the jaws at an early age (in their growing years) will allow for sufficient space to accomodate the adult permanent teeth, and to relate the upper and lower jaws to each other. Taking advantage of this valuable window of opportunity in their development, will accomplish a healthy, functional, esthetic and comfortable result.
This Phase I early interceptive treatment can prevent the later removal of permanent teeth to correct overcrowding, or surgical procedures to expand and/or align the upper and lower jaws.

It is recommended that children have their first orthodontic consultation/evaluation at the age of 7. At Statler-Krumholtz Orthodontics, this consultation is totally complimentary. We make their experience exciting and memorable. Every child and their parent are given complete tour of our office, familiarizing them with what we do here.  A series of photos, and two x rays are taken to provide Dr. Statler with all the materials needed to be able to make an accurate diagnosis. She will provide you with a thorough exam and conservative approach to see if your child actually needs braces, pre-orthodontic guidance, or absolutely nothing at all.

We would love to hear your comments, or questions, and are always ready to speak with you about your childs needs.



Friday, August 5, 2011

Why Orthodontics by Lieutenant Commander Jennifer T. Statler

     One would think Devil Dogs aspire to look angry and tough: deep set eyes, crooked smiles and iron jaws seem to be prerequisites for the Marine Corps. Or so I thought until I met Chris Kennedy in my first year of practice at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii. Upon first impression Chris seemed polite, if not indifferent, reserved and simple. After conversing with him, I realized tha tonly his appearance lacked fortitude. His quiet strength and surprising hope inspired me to look beyond what I saw and motivated me to pursue a practice to help others like him.
     I began with the usual line of questions, asking if he had any issues regarding his oral health or occlusion. As he began to articulate his concerns in great detail, the focus of the routine exam changed from dental health to the patient's sense of self. While Chris was healthy, at least by military standards, there were underlying issues no provider had previously addressed. Chris suffered from severe Class III malocclusion and had a far better ability to chew his cheeks than his food. His mid-face deficiency was so bad that he was convinced that others made fun of his appearance. While he was equal and deserving, he often declined to take the lead due to his appearance. He felt that his "condition" held him back from reaching his potential.
     At the time I did not realize the impact this individual would have on how I defined my profession. When I began to explore the potential for orthodontic treatment, I discovered that none was available in Hawaii, as the military considers many esthetic procedures unnecessary. Proposing a joint venture with the Army, I teamed up with two board-certified orthodontists and the orthognathic team at Tripler Army Medical Center. For the first time, we offered comprehensive orthodontic treatment for Marines and sailors at Kbay. Over the next three years we facilitated the treatment of over one hundred servicemen and women, including Chris.
     Initially I was responsible for treatment planning and records but from the orthodontists I quickly learned about cephalometrics, appliance mechanics and goals of treatment. Reviewing each case, the surgeons discerned anatomical obstacles and performed pre-operative procedures on the models to ensure success. Cases began to come out of the woodwork; suddenly my schedule was filled with evaluations for people scarred by their malocclusion. My patients were excited about their potential treatment and actively involved in their progress.Soon half of my practice was orthodontics, both surgical and traditional. After hours and in between my regular schedule, I saw patients whenever I could.
     From this invaluable first-hand experience, I found myself completely dedicated to orthodontics, and thrilled to see my patients exhilarated by their positive results. Watching wallflowers blossom and the shyest demeanors become confident, I knew that this was how I wanted to spend my time. Pursuing a postdoctoral residency in orthodontics allowed me to gain the training and knowledge to become a full time practicing orthodontist.
     Shortly after surgery, Chris came in to see me. With tears in his eyes and a wide, full smile, he thanked me for changing his life. Looking back at a handsome man I hardly recognized, I thanked him for the same.