"LIKE US" ON FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM
Ninety percent of our new patients find our office through the old tried and true method of "word of mouth". However, times are definitely changing. Due to the advancement of social media, newspaper readership is dramatically down and telephone books have been antiquated. More and more patients are finding their needed services through social media. We felt now is the time to jump on that social media train.
Our Facebook page will appear a lot like a Chatter page in this website. However, our communication with you through Facebook will be more weekly than monthly. We hope you truly enjoy it. Provide us a "Like" on your mobile device if you enjoy our weekly updates and we thank you for all your great reviews!
WELCOME TO THE NEWEST MEMBER OF OUR RAKOWSKY DENTAL FAMILY
Our newest addition to the Rakowsky Family, Karen Vaccaro, is a licensed and registered dental hygienist in PA who has been practicing for over 30 years! She was raised in PA and graduated cum laude from West Liberty University with a Bachelors degree in dental hygiene. During her career, she has participated in practices specializing in general dentistry, pediatrics, periodontics, and geriatrics. Karen likes to stay current with the latest developments in dentistry not only in theory but technically as well. She pays particular attention to each patient's medical history and is passionate about the direct link between oral and overall health. Karen is a proud mother of 2 and has enjoyed some horseback riding, volunteering in the community, kayaking, art, restaurants, and discovering all the hidden treasures of Bucks County!
WEDDING BELLS ARE EVERYWHERE
Long time Dental Assitant Bev's son, Jake, got married September 27th 2018! Devon, and his now wife Francesca were married at the manor in West Orange NJ. Francesca is also a patient at our practice. We wish them all the best in this new chapter of their lives!
GRANDSON #2 FOR EILEEN!
Our long time dental assistant Eileen is the proud grandmother of her second grandson, baby Jace Carson, to parents Jeremy and Allison Stevens. He was born on October 11, 2018 at 6lbs. 11oz! Pictured above is Jace's big brother Bryce with him!
"IF NOT ME, THEN WHO"
Several Rakowsky Dental staff members participated in the September 23, 2018 Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run or Walk in support of the first responders, veterans, and military families. Travis, a Doylestown native, lost his life on his third deployment to the Middle East. When asked by his family why he was willing to again deploy, Travis coined the phrase, "If not me, then who?". The fund raising event was initiated in Doylestown by Travis' Mother. The movement grew to the point of over 25 cities, the US Military academies and American Aircraft carriers stationed throughout the world participate in this annual event. Rakowsky Dental is a proud sponsor.
PALISADES' SCHOOL EXAMS
Dr. Larry, along with dental assistant Eileen are approaching their 30th year of performing state mandated dental exams for grades kindergarten, third and seventh. We became the official school dentist of the district prior to the founding of the River Valley Waldorf School and now have worked under the 3rd Superintendent of the Palisades School District over this period of time.
FIGHTING THE CURRENT OPIOID CRISIS
Drug overdose now is one of the leading causes of death among men and women under 30 years of age. The Pennsylvania medical and dental societies are taking strong action to decrease their contribution to this epidemic. In this out of control crisis, specifically concerning Rakowsky Dental, Dr. Larry's Dental License alone has always limited the quantity of opioids he was allowed to write. The amount was always procedure oriented (ex. tooth or gum surgery) and the amount rarely exceeded a 3 day supply. New laws now demand that the dental office must call into a central database. This program provides all the doctor's names, what they prescribed, how much they prescribed and when they did they prescribe opioids to a common patient. The new regulation also requires the participating pharmacies to provide the same information to the same central database. Also new non-opioid meds are now being produced, all with the intention of decreasing the number of opioids that could be abused.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
We live in a world that is increasingly becoming more volatile and divisive. As we meet the challenges of political elections, the holiday season and the anticipation of a new year, the feeling of unity and civility seem to be terms we as Americans are slowly moving away from.
Thirty years ago, our dearest Eileen's brother was killed in a random act of violence. She and her family have decided to designate each November 1st as their "Random Act of Kindness" day. After the death, in Tom's pocket the family found the following card:
"On This Day"
Mend a quarrel, search out a forgotten friend.
Dismiss suspicion, and replace it with trust.
Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer.
Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or in deed.
Keep a promise. Find the time. Forget a grudge.
Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong.
Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine your demands of others.
Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle.
Laugh a little more.
Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice.
Decry complacency. Express your gratitude.
Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child.
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.
Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it still again.
Speak it still once again.
Hopefully this message can help guide each of us.
FROM OUR DENTAL FAMILY TO YOURS
FOR THE HOPE OF A MORE POSITIVE 2019!