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Monday, December 1, 2008

Holiday News, 2008

Welcome to our first ever e-Newsletter! Hear about the activities we planned for throughout the year, be inspired by the exciting news in our patients' lives, and learn about how our office continues to remain at the forefront of orthodontic technology by incorporating the newest in research and appliances.

A NOTE FROM DR. BUI

As 2008 comes to an end, let us reflect on the events this year as well as begin to make our New Year’s resolutions.

My resolution is to continue to evolve and improve our practice, to always provide exceptional care for our patients, and to serve the community.

I send my warmest welcome to our new patients and count my blessings for the continued support of our great patients as I look ahead to 2009.

OUR TEAM

Dr. Bui

Dr. Bui is continuing to keep busy with teaching and taking continuing education courses.

She is also proud to announce her participation in both the Susan G. Komen Foundation's Race for the Cure and the Disneyland 1/2-marathon this past summer.

Staff

Stephanie, while impatiently waiting for baseball season to return, is studying for the DAT (Dental Admission Test) and applying to dental school.

Anuja is a recent graduate of UCI and the newest member of our team. She is also studying for the DAT and applying to dental school.

Year in Rewind

OCWDS Meeting

Dr. Bui is active in professional organizations. She hosted a meeting for the Orange County Women's Dental Society (OCWDS) last February.

Instructing at USC

Happy to extend her knowledge to future colleagues, Dr. Bui teaches orthodontic techniques and concepts to dental students at USC. She braves rush hour traffic to make her weekly trek to LA throughout the year. Dr. Bui also stays at the forefront of orthodontic issues by taking continuing education courses.

Business Expo

Dr. Bui and Staff took part in the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Expo this summer. Families gathered in the grassy fields of Masuda Middle School to enjoy an evening of food, giveaways, and entertainment.

Summer Ice Cream Social

Our office hosted its first annual ice cream social in August. Patients of all ages dropped by in the afternoon for a midday treat! After weeks of gathering information on our patient's favorite flavors, we were excited to offer Neapolitan, mint chocolate chip, and cookies and cream. To mix things up, we also provided a variety of braces-safe toppings, including chocolate syrup, raisins, chocolate chips, granola, and plain M&Ms

Candy Buy-back Program

October is National Orthodontic Health Month. Following this year's Halloween, our office arranged a candy buy-back program on November 1-2 to help the local braces-wearing and health-conscious community alike.

December Canned Food Drive

Our office conducted its first canned food drive through the month of December. We asked donors to consult the OC Food Bank's list of Most Needed Food Items to help provide OC's underpriveleged with the most useful and long-lasting goods.

Patient Spotlight

It's a... Baby Boy!

Keith Khoan and his wife are expecting their second baby boy at the end of the year. Congratulations from Dr. Bui and Staff! We can't wait to meet him!

Election 2008

McKenzie Ringor ran a successful campaign to become 6th grade class president of Stacey-Clegg Middle School. She is working hard by attending meetings and putting in votes of her own in order to make junior high more fun!

Top Notch Students

Kevin Pham made Honor Roll this semester at Ralston Intermediate School. His least favorite subject is English, but an enthusiasm for math allows him to excel in school. Bravo! We give him high marks here at Dr. Bui's office for being an exemplary patient as well.

Eric Pham completed his third semester at UC Berkeley this Winter. Eric must be racking up frequent flier miles and reward points by making sure he's in our office every 6-8 weeks for his regular appointments. He must really think highly of us! We welcome him back to Orange County!

Spectacular Performances

Emily Nickels performed with Fountain Valley High School's choir this month for their annual Christmas concert. We hear the acoustics were stunning inside the old, high-ceiling church! Look for her in next year's Spring concert and Broadway show.

Jessica Ho frequently takes the stage as a backup dancer for Blue Ocean Music, a Vietnamese performance group based in Westminster. In their most recent concert, her son Anthony, 20 months old, stole the show with his debut performance where he ran out on stage to greet the crowd!

Star Athletes

Dylan Palmer, our office's most versatile athlete, is at the top of his game after helping his baseball team win the Fall Championship this year! Congratulations!

Kayla Johnson's junior high soccer team made it to the playoffs this season! She will be playing in January for AYSO Region 59, West Garden Grove. We wish her and the team much luck and hope that they will be starting the New Year off with a trophy! We wish her brother, Tyler, good luck in 2009's soccer season as well!

Ryan Mendoza is an avid hockey player. He and his mom, Kathy (a stellar RDA at Dr. Markham’s office), travel all over the country for games and tournaments. On one of his most recent trips, scouts in attendance took notice of his bold talent. That means: hockey fans, be on the lookout for Ryan as your next star player!

Lending a Hand

Tim Pham and his mom frequently enjoy being active in their community and sharing their time and resources with the less fortunate. During Thanksgiving, they volunteered for the Amercan Family Shelter soup kitchen at the Westminster Community Center. In the summer, they both ran in the Race for the Cure at Fashion Island to benefit the fight against breast cancer. Throughout the year, Tim's mom continues to be involved in a variety of community projects via the Westminster School District.