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2020 Office Year in Review

Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and Happy Holidays from all of us at Davidson Family Dentistry.

2020 has been a year like none other.  Here is our news of the year 2020.

COVID 19

In late January and into early February when the pandemic was in its infancy, Dr. Dave and Dr. Michael began a disaster preparedness plan based on science, logic, and “reading the tea leaves” as the news was very troubling.  Since dentistry has and is on the forefront of infection control, we certainly didn’t need to reinvent the wheel but there were ways to make sure our particular wheel worked at peak efficiency. The science community was all over the board with information so we needed to be ready for any eventuality.  Our plan was to have adequate supplies of PPE, sterilization equipment, and sanitization supplies without hording.   The need to protect our employees and protect our patients were paramount.  We began purchasing expendable supplies in the event of shortages.  Dr. Dave has joked with his family for their entire lives about the need to have toilet paper.  In fact, his exact quote is “in the event of nuclear war, toilet paper will be worth its weight in gold”.  

And then it happened.  On March 18th, we closed the office for routine dental procedures on advice from the scientists at the American Dental Association and in consultation with the Iowa Dental Association.  Days later Governor Reynolds issued an emergency proclamation closing all dental offices in the state for routine and elective dental procedures.  Every day we did have a dentist and a skeleton staff available to see emergencies and do a deep cleaning. Infections and dental pain never takes a holiday and pain and infection has zero knowledge or zero regards for a pandemic.  Many dental offices in our area closed and didn’t see any patient emergencies.  Because we made plans, we could and did see many of our colleagues’ emergency patients. 

After being closed for two months, on May 8th, we were allowed to reopen with all of the other dental offices in the state and see patients for all procedures including routine procedures.  We were all given very specific marching orders from the Governor’s office and we followed or exceeded them.  We recalled all our staff and we have been working under this new reality as set forth by the Governor.

We are so proud of all our staff through this pandemic.  It has been a challenging period with additional requirements for everything we do.  The dentists and staff have stepped up to the task and have worked very hard with rarely a complaint.  

New Employees

When we moved from our Beaverdale office in 2005, we had 10 employees that made up our Davidson Family Dentistry team.  We still have several of our founding team members along with 35 additional highly skilled team members.  Dr. David Davidson was the only dentist in 2005.  After his retirement in 2019, we still have 6 dentists.

Planned retirements, returning to school, staying at home with children, helping ill family members along with the stresses and fears of COVID 19 brought significant challenges with our staffing.  We have 17 new employees this year and we couldn’t be happier with their additions.  Our Clinic Administrator, Diane, along with our other managers Jan and Cami do a fantastic job of “match making” new employees with the job and our other employees.  We are very protective of our Davidson Family Dentistry culture and our new employees must add and not subtract from our culture.  

Dental hygienist Hayley joined us in February.  She has been in dentistry for 15 years and has lived in the Des Moines area for 2 years.  Hayley is originally from Atlantic and previously worked for one of Dr. Dave’s dental friends in Atlantic.  She is appreciative of her helpful co-workers.  

Business assistant Nancy H. joined us in May right after we reopened from our mandatory shutdown.  Originally from Moline, Illinois, Nancy has been in dentistry 18 years and lives in Winterset.  Her favorite part of her job is “helping people”.  

Dental assistant Emma joined us in June.  Emma is originally from Waterloo and has been in dentistry for 2 years.  She is anxiously awaiting acceptance at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry where she has applied to be a 2021 freshman dental student.  She works primarily with Dr. Michael and enjoys all the varied dental services we provide for our patients and how much she is constantly learning.  

Dental hygienist Natalya joined us in June.  She is originally from Sevastopol, Crimea.  She has been in America for 20 years and a dental hygienist for 18 years.  Natalya has a unique and special background in dentistry.  In Ukraine, she was not only a dentist but a Periodontist (gum specialist).  Because of the rules by the Board of Dentistry, Natalya is not allowed to work as a dentist in Iowa unless she attends an American dental school.  Natalya especially likes the Russian Icons that Dr. Dave has on display in the office.

Dental assistant Angie joined us in July.  Angie has lived in the Des Moines area for 6 years and has been in dentistry for 11 years.  She especially likes how our staff is “so helpful and welcomed me as a new employee and continues to be helpful every day.”

Dental hygienist Namsun joined us in July.  She is originally from Seoul, South Korea and has lived in the Des Moines area since the flood of 1993.  She has been in dentistry for 20 years.  Namsum loves how our “office is so well organized”.

Insurance specialist and sleep apnea coordinator Teri joined us in July.  She is originally from Swisher, Iowa and has lived in the Des Moines area since 2005.  She has worked in dentistry for 12 years.  Teri especially likes her coworkers and “loves how ethical the practice is”.  

Dental assistant Larysa joined us in July.  Larysa is originally from Russia and has lived in Iowa for 18 years and the Des Moines area since 2014.  She has been in dentistry for 10 years.  Larysa is our first Level 2 expanded function dental assistant.  Larysa really likes how our “practice is so busy”.  

Business assistant Amy joined us in August.  Amy is originally from Kansas City.  She interviewed with us via Zoom and took our offer for employment before she moved here.  She has been in dentistry for 3 years.  She is very thankful for her new coworkers and our Education Collective for her children.  

Business assistant Debbie joined us in September.  Debbie is originally from Keokuk and has lived in the Des Moines area for 33 years.  Debbie is unique with our new hires because this is her first time working in the dental field.  Her business experience is long and varied and she has picked up on the ways of dentistry very quickly.  Debbie is also unique because she had Mr. Davidson (Dr. Dave’s father and Dr. Michael’s grandfather) as a teacher when she attended American Institute of Business, when she moved here from Keokuk.  Debbie especially “loves our friendly and welcoming Davidson Family Dentistry staff”.  

Dr. Ellen Babor joined us in September to help us with Dr. Stemper’s maternity leave and will be with us through Dr. Baier’s maternity leave in the spring.  Dr. Babor is the daughter of a dentist and is originally from Marengo, Iowa.  She is a 2017 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.  Dr. Babor has commented that she “loves all the people I get to work with here.  They are a very friendly and talented”.

Business assistant and marketing coordinator, Darcy joined us in September.  She is originally from Waverly, Iowa.  Darcy has lived in Des Moines for 29 years and has been in dentistry for 7 years.  Darcy especially enjoys providing customer service and helping patients and staff.  

Dental assistant Maddy joined us in September.  Maddy is a new graduate of the dental assisting program at DMACC.  She is originally from Atlantic.  She is appreciative of Jessie (dental assistant) and Dr. Mulcahy for their assistance and guidance as she starts her professional career.  She has the gift of joy and is a blessing to patients and staff alike.  

Dental assistant Emina joined us in October.  Emina is also a new graduate of the dental assisting program at DMACC.  Emina is a first generation American.  Her family emigrated here from Bosnia 20 years ago. She is especially “thankful for the teamwork here at Davidson Family Dentistry”.   

Dr. Christina Mulcahy joined us in November.  Dr. Mulcahy is a daughter of a dentist and is originally from West Des Moines.  She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.  She practiced dentistry 5 years in Texas before she, her husband, and two children returned to her home town 2 years ago.  We are very thankful she has joined us as a full time dentist as she is very compassionate, skilled and has a patient centered approach to patient care.  She has really “enjoyed getting to know all of the team at Davidson Family Dentistry.  Everyone has been incredibly welcoming.”  She looks forward to meeting our patients as the months and years continue.   

Business assistant and dental assistant Julie Ann joined us in November.  She is originally from Mason City.  She has lived in the Des Moines area for 12 years and she been in dentistry 5 years.  Julie Ann “loves working with patients and solving problems”.  She also “loves the awesome decor of the office”.  

 New Babies

Our Davidson Family Dentistry family continues to grow via the happiest of ways, new babies. 

 Dr. Justine Stemper gave birth to a healthy son in August, baby Ezekiel (Zeke).  Congratulations to Dr. Justine and her husband Matt.  Zeke joins his big sister Eliza.  Congratulations to the Stemper family. 

Dental assistant Meaghan added another son to her quiver of boys.  Baby Anderson was born in September.  Anderson joins his big brothers Derek and Jensen.   Congratulations to Meaghan and her husband Sol.  

New Equipment

This year we concentrated on safety and preparedness.  During the COVID mandatory shutdown, we added a new ultraviolet air purifying system to our HVAC.  All return air is cleaned and purified before it is returned into the office ambient air.

We also remodeled our sterilization room to make it more convenient for our staff to keep our instruments sterilized at the very top levels that we demand. We added another sterilizer.  We now routinely use five sterilization units.

We added an emergency generator for our building.  We have never had a loss of power that has interrupted our operations for an extended period of time yet natural disasters can happen anywhere.  We wanted to be prepared.

We also replaced one of our operatory x-ray units that needed upgrading to continue our high standards of technically superior treatment.

New Training

This was not the year for out-of-town training.  Travel was not predicable or safe.  Our staff keep up with their continuing education requirements with on-line education.  Dr. Michael Davidson & Dr. Cameron Clause are planning on further hands-on implant training out of state in February provided they have received their COVID vaccinations and the “coast is clear” for distance training.

Elementary Education Collective

You may have already read in the Des Moines Register or heard on WHO radio about our elementary education collective.  During the summer, we recognized many of our staff with school-aged children were stressed, and rightfully so, about the start of school.  Most of our elementary age children were scheduled for a hybrid education which meant that someone had to provide the on-line portion of the child’s education.  Because we depend on our highly skilled workforce to be present and unencumbered by this stress, we hired 2 teachers to help with the on-line school requirement and we provide this in our basement at Davidson Family Dentistry.  It has been a big hit.  Dr. Dave calls it our one room schoolhouse even though we can’t really call it a school.  

Retirements

Dental hygienist, Vicki, and dental hygienist, Joyce, retired in May.  This was a planned retirement date that was set months ago prior to the start of COVID.  We are very thankful for Vicki’s 20 years and Joyce’s 7 years of faithful service.

Marketing coordinator and sleep apnea coordinator, Mary Ann, retired in November.  We also knew many months ago that her retirement was at hand.  We are very thankful for her 6 years of faithful service.

Dr. Dave’s Retirement News

Many of you inquire what Dr. Dave is doing with his new found time of rest.  He and Diane did do some travel prior to the COVID nightmare.  Their favorite vacations involve wildlife viewing, visiting ancient civilizations, and places they have never visited before.  With those parameters, in January they traveled on a tour in Mexico visiting ancient Mayan sites.  

In February they went to Hollywood, California and saw 3 tapings of the game show” Jeopardy”, an episode of “The Masked Singer”, and the taping of a sitcom called “The Neighborhood”.   Alex Trebek was very gracious and would answer questions during breaks and was a lovely host.  Nick Cannon was surprisingly pretentious, and the staff and crew at “The Neighborhood” were fantastic and Dr. Dave says he hadn’t so many belly laughs in years and most of you know he is fairly jolly and joyous most of the time.  Dr. Dave’s sister, brother-in-law, nephew and his girlfriend joined them.  They visited many of the famous sites in the LA area and even went to see Mickey for a day.

In March, Dr. Dave and Diane took Dr. Michael’s two children to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for a week to escape the Iowa winter.  They all had a great time.  While there, they discovered a Freddo’s ice cream store.  Dr. Dave was willing to move to Santiago, Chili just to be close to Freddo’s passion fruit sorbet and red raspberry sorbet but now there is an American location, albeit not exactly down the street. (Santiago would still be worth a return.)  When they all returned, the whole COVID exploded and they found out southern Florida had been a real hot spot.

COVID pretty much ended his travels for the year but there was a silver lining.  Dr. Dave and Diane’s daughter, Elizabeth was due in May 2020 and she and her husband have a 3 year old.  So, during a month of COVID closure they both went to Cedar Falls to help out and allow them to take Charles, the three year old, out of day care.  Dr. Dave spent another month in Cedar Falls helping after the baby, Michael Davis, was born. It’s never too early for a grandfather to impart grandfatherly wisdom.  Apparently Grandpa Davidson’s stories set a pretty high bar for all of the other family storytellers.   

Once this COVID thing is in our rear view mirror, Dr. Dave and Diane will be back on the travel trail.

Holiday Wishes

Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and Happy Holidays to you all.  We are very thankful and grateful you have chosen to place your dental health with us.  All 45 of us at Davidson Family Dentistry wish for you a blessed season and a healthy, prosperous, and NORMAL 2021.

Dr. David Davidson

Posted December 23rd, 2020

Learning Collective

At Davidson Family Dentistry our employees with school-aged children cannot work from home AND help patients with their dental care needs.  We needed a creative solution to support these families as schools rolled out various models of learning inside and outside the school building this fall.

Rather than risk the loss of valuable employees who would be forced to stay home for online learning classes, we hired two facilitators. Ms. Katy Fukuda has a background in education; she taught English in Tokyo, Japan and middle school in Pennsylvania and moved all of her curriculum online over Spring Break in March 2020 before moving back to her hometown of Ankeny. With a newborn at home, Ms. Fukuda was looking for a creative way to use her skills and our learning collective was a perfect fit. Ms. Kelly Barchinger has a background as a nanny, camp counselor and in hotel management/event planning and she coordinates the important play – both inside and outside – aspect of a child’s day as school is not continuous learning from 7am-5pm (the hours the dental clinic is open).  We have been operating our learning cooperative since the start of the 2020-2021 school year at no charge to our employees.

The learning collective is open to any of our employees with flexible hours tailored to fit school schedules across 4 metro districts, work schedules, and older students “trying it out at home”. Our busiest day is Tuesdays with 8 students in attendance. Right now, we have students in 1st-6th grades using the collective with four 3rd graders as our biggest group.  If metro school districts switch from in-person schedules to all online or hybrid, we have the capacity to meet the needs of all of our employees.

Both parents and children seem to like this arrangement. The parents have fewer worries knowing that their children are safe, supervised and keeping up with schoolwork while the parents can continue working. The children are always excited to come see their new friends.

We are excited that our employees and students have embraced this new program.

Challenging times call for creative solutions!

 

Posted September 15th, 2020

Dr. Biegert leaving Davidson Family Dentistry

After 5 years of treating and preventing dental disease at Davidson Family Dentistry. Dr. John Biegert will be leaving us effective September 3, 2020. We will miss his caring and competent skills and wish him the best in his new endeavors. We will all be working diligently to get all of his existing treatment plans into his schedule before he leaves.  We are reworking the schedule so that the treatments that cannot be finished before he leaves are absorbed by other dentists here in our office.

Posted August 24th, 2020

Plans Changed? What to do?

August & September plans changed again?  What to do?

Vacations                                                                    Cancelled

Concerts                                                                      Cancelled

State Fair                                                                     Cancelled

Festivals                                                                       Cancelled

Iowa – ISU Football                                                   Cancelled

Downtown Farmer’s Market                                   Cancelled

Iowa Cubs                                                                    Cancelled

Iowa Wild                                                                    Uncertain

Schools                                                                         Uncertain

Restaurants                                                                 Limited

Churches                                                                      Limited

Shopping                                                                      Limited

Public Gatherings                                                       Limited

Movie Theater                                                             Limited

Library                                                                          Limited

Museums                                                                      Limited

Polk County Offices                                                    Closed

State Capital                                                                Closed

Davidson Family Dentistry                             Open

With everything closed, uncertain, limited or cancelled, Davidson Family Dentistry is ready to fill your empty schedule.  Our facility is open with all Federal and State safety mandates in place PLUS many additional safety measures we have added for your protection.

This is a great time to redirect your budget and take care of yourself. If you have dental treatment that needs completed, now is the time!

Call us at (515) 279-3848 to schedule.

Posted August 10th, 2020

Re-Opening Announcement

On May 6, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds allowed the resumption of routine dental services throughout the State of Iowa starting Friday, May 8, 2020.  Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming some of our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In some cases we have taken additional steps that we believe are prudent to protect patients and staff during this time that COVID-19 is still active in our state.

You will see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Making Smiles Happen,

 

Davidson Family Dentistry

 

Posted May 7th, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE!

We continue to operate under Governor Reynolds proclamation regarding delaying routine dental procedures until May 15th.  Both old and new patients are being seen with

We have attempted to determine patients who fall within those categories and call them. However, if you fit any of the above classifications and have not scheduled with us, please give us a call at 515-279-3848.

Monday – Friday we have a dentist scheduled for emergency patients.  We will not be doing any hygiene or cleanings of any kind unless pain is present.

Plans are being made for after we are allowed to return to doing more routine procedures.  We have already updated a number of our health safety systems (new UV air filtration system designed to kill viruses circulating through the HVAC systemdeep cleaning of all surfaces in the officeface shields and/or N95 masks for some procedures, and new protocols for check-in).  We are exploring adding more hours and offering extended hours during the recovery period.  However, we will need to see what additional mandates or guidelines are provided by various governing authorities.

Be assured that we are all anxious to be of service to you again for your dental needs. We have missed seeing all of our patients and after this forced separation we are excited to see you again soon.

Posted April 29th, 2020

Covid-19 Update!

We continue to operate under Governor Reynolds proclamation regarding delaying routine dental procedures until May 1st.  Both old and new patients are being seen with

We have attempted to determine patients who fall within those categories and call them. However, if you fit any of the above classifications and have not scheduled with us, please give us a call at 515-279-3848.

Monday – Friday we have a dentist scheduled for emergency patients.  Commencing Monday, April 20th, we will also have a dental hygienist scheduled for emergency patients who need deep cleanings or periodontal maintenance and are having pain or discomfort in their gums.

Plans are being made for after we are allowed to return to doing more routine procedures.  We have already updated a number of our health safety systems (new UV air filtration system designed to kill viruses circulating through the HVAC system, deep cleaning of all surfaces in the office, face shields and/or N95 masks for some procedures, and new protocols for check-in).  We are exploring adding more hours and offering extended hours during the recovery period.  However, we will need to see what additional mandates or guidelines are provided by various governing authorities.

Be assured that we are all anxious to be of service to you again for your dental needs. We have missed seeing all of our patients and after this forced separation we are excited to see you again soon.

 

Posted April 15th, 2020

Important Coronavirus Announcement

Effective today Tuesday, March 17, 2020 our office will be closing until April 6, 2020.

At Davidson Family Dentistry our first priority is to our patients, staff, and community. We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.  The American Dental Association and the Iowa Dental Association have recently announced their recommendation that all elective treatment for the next 3 weeks be delayed.  We will follow this recommendation. Elective procedures include all cleanings and routine restorative work or any procedures that can wait 3 weeks without issue.

We will be seeing patients on a limited emergency basis by appointment. We will have a staff member in the office Monday through Thursday from 8-5, and Fridays 8-2, to take your calls (515-279-3848) and make the same day appointments for emergency cases.

If you have an appointment scheduled with us in the next 3 weeks, our staff will be reaching out to you to reschedule.

We will be updating our status through email, text, and FaceBook should the situation change.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

Thank you,

Davidson Family Dentistry

Posted March 17th, 2020

Dr. Vonnahme leaving Davidson Family Dentistry

After 12 years of preventing and treating dental disease at Davidson Family Dentistry, Dr. Vonnahme will be leaving us effective March 13, 2020. We will all miss her kindness and caring, competent skills and hope that she continues to stay in touch.  We will all be working diligently to get all of her existing treatment plans into her schedule before she leaves. We are reworking the schedule so that the treatments that cannot be finished before she leaves are absorbed by other dentists here in our office.

We wish her all the best.

Posted February 28th, 2020

2019 Office Year in Review

Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and Happy Holidays from all of us at Davidson Family Dentistry.  Here is our news of the year 2019.

New Employees

Many of you who came from our Beaverdale office in 2005 see our growth in size and all the new employees.  Of the original 10 employees that came with Dr. Dave from Beaverdale, we still have 7 of our original team.  One retired and two took new challenges.

Dental assistant Julyn returned to us in May from a brief employment excursion in a local orthodontic office.  “Sometimes what we want is right where we are” to quote a quasi-famous dentist that you all know.  Welcome home Julyn.  Originally, Julyn was from Fairfield, Iowa.  We were fortunate to recruit her to our office when she transplanted herself to the Capital City. Julyn works mainly with Dr. Michael.

Dr. Cameron Clause comes to us from The University of Iowa College of Dentistry.  Dr. Clause is originally from Mankato, Minnesota and had a temporary landing stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota before finding us.  Like Dr. Michael, Dr. Clause is the son of a dentist.  To our good fortune, Dr. Clause is engaged to Dr. Holly Steger from Indianola, which is what brought him from Sioux Falls to Des Moines.

Dental assistant Meredith joined us in June from the same orthodontic office where Julyn had worked.  Meredith works mainly with Dr. Stemper.  Welcome Meredith.

Business assistant ReChelle joined us in June.  She is a registered dental assistant but enjoys the business side of the office.  She had experience in other offices before joining us part-time.

Dental hygienist Amber I. came to us in July.  Amber is originally from Algona and worked for one of Dr. Dave’s good friends in Algona before moving to the bright lights of Des Moines. We are excited to have her as part of our hygiene team.

Dental assistant and business assistant Chrislyn joined us in August.  Chrislyn works both in the front office areas and in the back helping out wherever necessary.

Business assistant Deb came to us in October.  Deb is experienced in dentistry and has returned to our profession from management in the food service and hospitality world.  Deb is originally from Arizona and had worked with assistant Aubrey at another office before joining us.

Dental assistant Nancy S. is our most recent addition.  Nancy joined us shortly after Dr. Dave’s retirement in November.  Nancy is an experienced dental assistant.  She works primarily with Dr. Biegert and has hit the ground running. She adds a bilingual assisting element with a fluency in Spanish.

Babies

Dr. John Biegert added the only girl for our Davidson Family Dentistry family in June.  Baby Alice was born in July to Dr. John and his wife Erin.  Alice joins her big sister Rose.  Congratulations Dr. John and Erin.

Dental assistant Liz gave birth in July to her first baby, a boy named Logan.  Congratulations to Liz and her husband Keith.  Logan is their first child.

Dr. Alyson Baier had a baby boy named Hudson in August.  Congratulations to Dr. Alyson and her husband Andrew.  Hudson is their first child.

Dental hygienist Sarah B had a baby boy named Carver in August.  Congratulations to Sarah and her husband Trent.  Carver joins his big brother Grady.

Dental hygienist Amber F. had a baby boy named Bodie in October.  Congratulations to Amber and her husband Matthew.  Bodie is their first child.

Dental assistant Amela had a baby boy named Kenan in October.  Kenan joins his big brother Vedad.  Congratulations to Amela and her husband Ricky.

New Equipment

This year we added a new Quattro as part of our instrument sterilization package.  As you know, equipment and instrument sterilization and the protection of your health is of utmost importance to us.  We have 3 autoclave type sterilizers and a whole host of other techniques and procedures with additional offsite monitoring to ensure our accuracy.  The Quattro helps with this mission.

We also purchased a new computer server and several new computer stations.  With state-of-the-art dental technology we must have the computer hardware to support our high tech dentistry.

New Training

Dr. Clause had training in dental implant placement.  Implants are the future of dentistry and we are pleased that the dentists at Davidson Family Dentistry are all active in implant placement and/or restoration.  The future is now at DFD.

All of our doctors, dental hygienists, and dental assistants spent well over 200 collective hours in continuing dental education this past year. We learned more on dental products and procedures as well as updates on sterilization, personal protection, HIPPA compliance, and our OSHA mandatory training.

Our business assistants were involved in insurance, HIPPA and OSHA training and other education to help you negotiate your dental visits as easily as possible.

Dr. Michael, Dr. Dave, Diane, and our team-leads spend countless hours learning and teaching to provide an office ”culture”  that is second to none.  The reason we are here is for you.

Insurance  Changes

In September, Davidson Family Dentistry joined the network at United Healthcare Dental.  In November we left the Aetna dental network, although we continue to process all insurance for our patients.

Expanded Functions

In 2012, the Iowa Board of Dentistry approved Dr. Dave to teach a class for dental assistants and dental hygienists in nine specific dental procedures: making temporary crowns, monitoring nitrous oxide, placement of periodontal dressings, placement and removal of dry socket medications, testing pulp vitality, final impressions, applying cavity liners and bases, occlusal registrations, and gingival retraction.  In 2015, the Board of Dentistry added two more procedures to the list of approved dental procedures: preliminary charting and removal of adhesives.  Dr. Dave was approved to teach the additional classes.

Dr. Dave has not only taught our own staff but he has had dental assistants and hygienists from all over the state.

In 2019, the Board of Dentistry revamped expanded functions and again Dr. Dave has prepared coursework for the changes.  Cementing temporary crowns and placement of a class 1 temporary fillings are the two new classes.

Dental Board

Many of you already know that Dr. Michael Davidson has served our state by being one of five dentists chosen by the governor to be part of a nine person Board of Dentistry overseeing and setting policy for Iowa in regards to dental practices and for the protection of the public.  After this current three year term, Dr. Michael has decided not to submit his name again to the governor.  With the retirement of Dr. Dave, his young family, and in general a busy life, he has decided to withdraw from this large commitment.

Retirements

Star (Lois) retired in August.  She had promised Dr. Dave she would work as long as he worked. When Dr. Dave announced his retirement, so did she.  Star has been Dr. Dave’s right hand since 1986 and she is already missed but we are happy and grateful for her many, many years of faithful service to our practice and our patients.  Good luck in your new adventures Star.

After 39 years, Dr. Dave (blog writer) retired from active practice as of November 6.  Dr. Dave had been looking for an additional dentist for a couple of years because he knew the magical 65 was approaching.  This last June we found Dr. Cameron Clause and knew he was the dentist for which we had been searching.  Dr. Dave is now the “permanent substitute”.  He jokes that “if we need a right-hander from the bull pen, I’m available”.  So far, he has been called in once in December.  He was very appreciative of the hundreds who came to his retirement party and others who called, emailed or sent cards with encouraging words.  Dr. Dave and Dr. Michael are the owners of the business, Davidson Family Dentistry, so Dr. Dave continues to watch over the patients and the business.  Even with his retirement, it is business as usual at Davidson Family Dentistry.

 

Holiday Wishes

Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and Happy Holidays to you all.  We are very thankful and grateful you have chosen to place your dental health with us.    All 45 of us at Davidson Family Dentistry wish for you a blessed season and a healthy and prosperous 2020.

 

Dr. David Davidson

Posted December 23rd, 2019