Terrific Team: Our
talented trio of Pediatric Dentists wish you - our patients,
parents, colleagues and friends - a happy and healthy holiday
season. Dr. Bruce Weiner (center) founded the practice
thirty-three years ago. Dr. Janell Plochekc (left) has been with the
practice for eleven years. Dr. Nathan West (right) has been an
associate of the practice since July.
Dr. Nathan G. West, a 2011 graduate of
the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s
Pediatric Dentistry Program, moved to Fort Worth this summer and joined our
office in July.
A former Eagle Scout, Dr. West is a natural with kids and
is already a local Boy Scout leader. He has four children, including a
newborn daughter who arrived November 28th.
Dr. West completed his undergraduate work at the
University of Arizona, majoring in business management and graduating magna
cum laude in 2005. He received his dental degree from the University of
Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in 2009.
While in San Antonio for two years of specialty training
in pediatric dentistry, he conducted research on dental sealants that was
published this past summer in Pediatric Dentistry, the journal of the
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. West, who is fluent in
Spanish, lived in Colombia for two years and has participated in dental
mission trips to Paraguay, Colombia, and Mexico. While in dental school, he
volunteered at a dental clinic in a homeless shelter in Hartford,
He sees patients in the Fort Worth and the Burleson
offices and enjoys getting acquainted with Tarrant
Dental hygienist Anne Ferguson’s oldest
son, Blake Brogdon, married his high school sweetheart, Lauren Hunt, in
August. The couple lives in Manhattan, where she
is a law school student and he is a
soᨀware developer. The New York Times wedding
section ran a feature story about the couple, who
met in kindergarten!
Office Manager Sherry
Reaves’ 25- year-old daughter, Lauren Williams, a personal banker,
married Tyler Jones last April.
The couple lives
in Rockwall. Sherry’s younger daughter, 10-year-old Ally, was a bridesmaid
at the wedding. This past October, Ally was
crowned Little Miss Arlington through the Miss Arlington Scholarship
Both Anne and Sherry have been with
the office for twenty-eight years.
Dr. Loria Guiatas, the pediatric dentist
who worked in our office from 2006 through 2010,
married Takis Nahatis of Dallas in October. Loria now lives and works in
Dallas. She grew up in Fort Worth, was a patient in our practice, and worked
part time in the office while she went to college
and dental school. Dr. Weiner was her role model and mentor.
Hospital Coordinator Diana Dobson, who
has been with our office for eleven years, sings
with several choral ensembles, including her church choir. With the choral
group One Purpose, she has had the privilege of singing the national anthem
at Texas Rangers baseball games.
Shalise Coleman, a full-time dental
assistant and a part-time student, is in her senior year at UTA where she is
majoring in sociology, psychology, and criminal justice. Shalise, who takes
most of her classes in the evening, has been with our
office for ten years.
Dental Hygienist Lisa Englehart, who
joined our office in the summer of 1998, has
departed for a career in academia, teaching full time in the Dental Hygiene
Program at Tarrant County College’s Northeast Campus. During her thirteen
years in our practice, Lisa was the
educator and OSHA coordinator, teaching compliance with the latest state and
federal standards. She assisted our clinical
studying to become Registered Dental Assistants (all passed with
flying colors). She enjoyed teaching so much that
she went back to school part time and in 2007 received an advanced degree in
dental hygiene from Texas Woman’s University. She is currently enrolled in a
long-distance Master’s program at the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center. Her additional education qualified her for
her dream position at TCC.
Leticia Ortega, the practice’s Financial
Coordinator and School Education Program Coordinator, presents dental health
education programs to pre-schoolers and primary-school-age children. “In the
past year I’ve visited over twenty schools and still counting,” recalled
Leticia who has been with our practice thirteen years. To arrange a dental
program at your child’s school, just call the
and ask for Leticia. Leticia’s daughter Destiny, who has Cerebral Palsy,
plays basketball with the Dallas Junior Wheelchair
Mavericks Basketball team. With Destiny’s help, the Mavericks won their
first prep national championship this season,
defeating teams from Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, California, and
Clinical Coordinator Heather Bartko has
been with the office seventeen years. Her son,
Mitchell, competes on the Burleson Centennial Swim Team, competing in the
100-meter free-style and 200-meter backstroke as well as team relays. Her
daughter, Laura, is a talented artist.
Burleson ISD selected Laura’s work to illustrate her school’s
official recycling sticker.
MEET THE WESTS:
Dr. Nathan West (left) with his family - Keslie, 6, Brenan, 3, Anika, 8, and
who on November 28th gave birth to their fourth child, Sawyer Grace.
Dr. Plocheck continues her involvement in
the dental profession at local, regional, and national levels. She serves on
the Examination Committee for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry,
administering oral boards to pediatric dentists striving to achieve “diplomate”
status. Within the ABPD she is also a member of the Renewal of Certification
Committee, devising guide-lines to insure that board certified
pediatric dentists remain current in their field. At
the regional level, Dr. Plocheck lectured members of the Southwestern
Society of Pediatric Dentistry about the conversion to digital radiographs
in the office. Her talk was titled Digital
Radiographs: If I Had Only Known Then
What I Know Now. Closer to home, Dr. Plocheck serves on the Technology
Committee of the Fort Worth District Dental Society, which recently launched
the organization’s website. Dr. Plocheck’s
volunteer work extends to Mayfest, where she is a longtime member of the
Central Committee, which oversees aspects of the four-day festival that most
people take for granted. This includes everything from
setting up tents and trailers to recycling trash. In her spare time, Dr.
Plocheck enjoys growing vegetables in her garden and traveling near and far.
Dr. Weiner currently serves as the
regional representative on the Continuing Education Committee for the
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In that capacity, he attends
several meetings a year to help keep him and our office
up to date with recent developments in the field.
His most recent continuing education course was a joint meeting of the AAPD
and the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The program was titled Doing the Best for Children: Are We Up to
Date? Dr. Weiner plans to attend additional continuing education
courses in February and March as well as the Annual AAPD meeting in May.
On a personal note, Dr. Weiner is always happy to talk about his
three grandsons. The youngest just celebrated his
first birthday, the two others are
five and eight years old. His wife, Hollace, a
writer and historian just completed her fifth
book. She was recently honored by the Fort Worth Business Press as a “Great
Woman of Texas.”
Fort Worth Pediatric Dentistry is moving into the future
with technological advances to streamline your visits:
Online account system that
allows you to log into your family’s account
This is an
up-to-the-minute, “real time system” rather than one which requires updating
overnight. With this new system, parents may do the following:
Check appointment dates and
Change home addresses, phone numbers, email addresses,
and other contact information
Update insurance data
Review ledger charges and account balance
Make online payments
|FORT WORTH OFFICE
6210 John Ryan Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76132
240 SW Wilshire Blvd
Burleson, TX 76028
Texting and Emailing Appointment Reminders
their appointments with the touch of a button.
Appointment reminders are now sent via text message to parents and
patients with cell phone numbers. Accounts without cell phones, or those who
do not wish to receive text reminders, will receive emails. Both methods
allow patients to
Computer Charting System
In the near future, we will have a chartless practice.
The transition to digital radiography (x-rays) was completed several
years ago. Patient dental information will soon be entered into our computer
system rather than written on a paper chart.
In the business
area, changes include processing credit card payments at each computer
terminal. Depending on your preference, the check-out staff will be able to either print or email your receipt. Patients
will have the ability to update their childrens’ health histories online and
have that information loaded directly into their records.