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International Volunteer Day

December 2nd, 2020

December 5th is International Volunteer Day and we thought it would be fun to highlight different volunteer organizations that our team members contribute to in our community.


Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Meet the Team

Rhonda and her husband volunteer with the Fort Wayne chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. SHP utilizes groups of volunteers to build bunk beds and deliver them to children, who don’t currently have a bed, in the greater Fort Wayne area. On build days, you might be cutting, pre-drilling or sanding the pieces of wood, pre-assembling the head and footboards, or branding them with the SHP logo. Rhonda’s main responsibility is to vet the applicants and schedule the deliveries. During the deliveries they provide the children with complete beds including a mattress and bedding. They assemble the bunks and make the beds; it is so rewarding to see the happiness in their faces and to know that they won’t be sleeping on a couch or the floor that night.

International Volunteer Day - Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

For more information on Sleep in Heavenly Peace click here.


Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Meet the Team

Robin volunteers with CASA of Kosciusko County. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate (for children). The CASA is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of a child in court. They provide the judge with a carefully researched background of the child to help the court make a sound decision about that child’s future.  Robin’s caring spirit makes her a perfect fit for being a CASA volunteer.

For more information visit CASA's website.


Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Meet the Team

Marissa participates in Boomerang Backpack for Churubusco students K-12. Each month churches in her community send small snacks or meals home to students in need. It is packed once a week and the student takes the backpack home on Friday.  Marissa said, "It gives the volunteers good fellowship time together!". She's grateful that our office has chosen to participate by donating toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss for the last couple of years.

For more information on Boomerang Backpack click here.


One of the organizations Dr. Aron has worked with for nearly his entire career is a Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team/Clinic called “Kids First”.

The Kids First Clinic meets at both Parkview and Lutheran hospitals in Fort Wayne on alternating first Fridays of each month (unfortunately the team has not been able to meet during COVID). The clinic/team is comprised of various health professionals who will spend time diagnosing and advising treatment options for cleft palate individuals, and other patients who have structural/developmental issues involving the head and face. The consultations and services provided directly in this clinic are fully donated by the doctors and other healthcare professionals on the team. [There is a minimal hospital processing charge that is necessary for the hospitals to comply with insurance and to cover cleaning and disposable items used by the clinic.] The hospitals donate the space for the clinic and also donate the time of their nursing staff and others who serve the team.

Because the patients have multiple health needs the team is diverse in training and background. We have pediatric dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and dental assistants working the dental aspects of these cases. Plastic surgeons perform the facial reconstructions, lip and nose surgeries, and palatal repairs. Ear nose and throat physicians treat the hearing problems, nasal, sinus, and airway issues. Dieticians assist with feeding issues of new born cleft babies and assist with nutritional concerns as the patients grow and mature. Speech pathologists also help with feeding issues and provide speech and language skill therapies to help the patients compensate for their structural challenges. There are also social workers who help families find ways to obtain services and other resources that are needed for the patients to achieve successful outcomes.

On clinic days, all of the various specialties perform their individual assessments for each patient. Then the team meets as a whole to discuss immediate and long term needs for those patients. This timely sharing of information between specialists and the ability to discuss details with one another allows us to prioritize and sequence the order of events that will provide the best outcome for our patients.


International Volunteer Day - Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Various team members from our office volunteered with Mission of Mercy at their last event. Mission of Mercy (MoM) is a large scale dental clinic that provides dental care for people of all ages who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it. The MoM clinics take place every 2 years and the most recent clinic took place in 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Our team was able to use our unique talents/skills from completing restorations, helping create dental prosthetics and helping keep paperwork and patient flow organized.

For more information on Mission of Mercy click here.


Heather French Henry said, "Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else's help.". We would love to hear about the organizations you volunteer with. Leave us a comment below or visit our Facebook page and leave a comment there.

Celebrating Kristine!

November 18th, 2020

You may remember our blog post series last year where we celebrated each team member on their OSS anniversary. Kristine is celebrating her first anniversary with OSS this month, and we couldn't leave her out...so we are bringing back the series to celebrate her!

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Meet the Team

Kristine was actually a part of our clinic team from 2013 to 2017. During those years, she got married and started a family. After her second child was born, she decided to stay at home with her two littles. In 2019, she was ready to rejoin our team.

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Meet the Team

She currently works at the front desk on Fridays at our Dupont Road location. She also has the time consuming and painstakingly detailed job of staying up-to-date on the ins and outs of HIPAA. [Fun Fact: we actually have 5 team members, including Kristine, that have take a sabbatical during their career with OSS.]

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Meet the Team

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Meet the Team

Kristine lives in Ohio, is a busy wife and mom of three young kids (ages range from 5 years to 7 months old). One of Kristine's biggest hobbies is taking photos. She says she is not a professional photographer by any means, but she takes "a ton of photos" of her family and she proudly displays them around her home. Reliving the memories through photographs is she something she greatly enjoys. Kristine also freely admits she has an "unhealthy obsession" with Kohl's, and she spends EVERY SINGLE Kohl's Cash she gets.

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Meet the Team

Kristine is hilarious and her laugh is contagious. We're so grateful that she has rejoined our team and we appreciate all of her hard work. Biggest congrats, Kristine, on celebrating another year with OSS!

Breast Cancer Awareness

October 28th, 2020

Inspiring genuine smiles is something we are passionate about, but did you know that finding a cure for breast cancer is another passion of ours? According to breastcancer.org: "about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime". Our team has been affected by breast cancer in many ways; Dr. Aron's mom passed away after a long battle with breast cancer in 2007. And we've had a few team members who have battled breast cancer as well, including one of our current treatment coordinators, Dee.

Today Dee wants to share her story with all of you:

"9 years ago I turned the BIG 4-0. My OBGYN, who I will ALWAYS be thankful for as he truly saved my life, suggested I get a baseline mammogram. Please note: I had a breast reduction 18 months prior to this and NOTHING was found in that breast tissue. I have NO family history of breast cancer, had NO current lumps or symptoms, but he said, “lets get one” so I complied…..

First, I received a phone call about a "suspicious area” and they needed a more detailed mammogram. Then a second phone call saying a biopsy was needed. Then the third phone call, the ever dreaded phone call, saying my OBGYN would like to meet with my husband and me to discuss the results of the biopsy. Basically I knew right then...I had breast cancer. We met with my OBGYN a few days later, and honestly I have no idea what the conversation was. All I kept hearing was “YOU. HAVE. BREAST. CANCER”. A very aggressive form of breast cancer. One that if left go, I likely wouldn’t be here today….

February 8, 2012 the journey began…

  • I had a bilateral mastectomy, tissue expanders placed and a port for chemo.

  • 8 rounds of chemotherapy followed by a year of an additional chemotherapy. I lost all my hair, my eyelashes and my eyebrows….basically I lost my self esteem.

  • Breast augmentation (ironic due to me already having a reduction. Needless to say I was not my plastic surgeon’s “typical” patient!).
  • Partial hysterectomy with NO hormone therapy since my cancer was Her2 /PR/ER+ (basically hormone fueled).

In the end though, I WON, and I NEVER let cancer define me…

So please, I urge you…GET YOUR MAMMOGRAM, do NOT put it off!!"


Thank you, Dee, for sharing your journey with us! You are such a warrior and we are so proud of how bravely you fought this battle!


For many years now, our office has been helping to find a cure for breast cancer by donating to breast cancer research.

• Each October, we offer a chance for our patients to help in the fight by choosing to do all pink ties on their braces. We donate $1 to breast cancer research for each patient who chooses to do so.

• We offered to donate $1 to breast cancer research for each "like" on this Facebook post!

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Breast Cancer Awareness

Needless to say Dr. Aron had to wear a tutu! You can see the video HERE.

• Our team has participated in breast cancer walks for over fifteen years.

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Breast Cancer Awareness

• Dr. Aron's wife, Robin, has participated in the Vera Bradley Classic Tennis Tournament.


It is our hope that a cure is found very soon for this disease, but until that moment comes, we will continue to support the researchers in finding a cure.

Travel to Spain

October 15th, 2020

One my favorite things about being an orthodontist is the various opportunities for continuing education. Continuing education insures that my professional skills are up to date and keeps me constantly learning and growing. There are several local, regional, national and international professional groups that I am affiliated with, and these groups offer a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year.

I regularly attend monthly meetings of a local dental society in Warsaw, Indiana. I also attend the annual meetings of the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists [GLAO] and the American Association of Orthodontists [AAO]. These meetings move around the US from year to year and provide an opportunity to meet and study with orthodontists all over the country. I also attend meetings of the World Federation of Orthodontists [WFO] and once every five years there is an International Orthodontic Congress. This year's International Congress was scheduled to be held in Yokohama Japan, but it was canceled due to COVID-19.

I have great relationships with several orthodontic manufacturers with worldwide distribution and they often have meetings outside the US. Forestadent is an international company that manufactures our braces and many of our wires. Each year Forestadent holds a symposium, and the location of that meeting moves all around the world. The 2019 symposium was held in Malaga, Spain.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Malaga is located in an area of Spain called Andalucia, specifically a long stretch of shoreline called the Costa Del Sol. This area lies along the southwestern coast of Spain and is just a few short miles above the northern tip of Africa. Morocco is only a 30 minute ferry ride from Port Tarifa, Spain, so it is very easy to travel from the Costa Del Sol area to North Africa and back for a day trip. My wife, Robin, and I were blessed to be able to attend last year’s Forestadent Symposium and had a great time touring Spain and North Africa.

We arrived in Malaga three days before the Forestadent Symposium, so there would be time for us to go sight-seeing, and take in the beauty of the Costa Del Sol.

DAY ONE: we did a hike called the Caminito Del Rey  (translated the King’s Little Path). This hike was formerly known as the world's deadliest path. It has recently been made safe for tourists and provides some of the loveliest vistas we’ve ever experienced.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

DAY TWO: we took a day trip to Tangier, Morocco. We took a bus from Malaga to Port Tarifa and along the way we got a glimpse of the Rock of Gibralter! Then we ferried over from Tarifa to Tangier and explored the ancient North African city. We saw a place called Hercules Cave.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

We rode camels along the beach.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

We walked through the Kasbah market place in the ancient “medina” area of the city.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

We had lunch in a local restaurant, and we were even entertained by a snake charmer. The snake charmer is an interesting story! We were enjoying lunch and the next thing we knew a basket was set down next to Robin. When the lid came off we quickly realized a LARGE snake was inside and Robin literally jumped out of her seat! It is an experience we will not forget!

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

DAY THREE: We stayed in Malaga and explored the lovely city. There is an ancient fortress, and a Moorish castle atop the cliffs of the beautiful coastal city. We climbed on the walls of the fortress and explored the rooms and gardens of the Alcazaba Castle.  These two ancient (10th to 15th century) structures overlook the coast and the beauty of Malaga below.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

The rest of the trip I spent in lectures and attending the evening dinners and events that Forestadent had planned for the attendees. There were excellent programs of research and clinical technique presented by some of the most famous researchers and clinicians in the world. New technologies and the use of 3D imaging and printing were the major focus of last year’s program.

Robin and other spouses of symposium attendees continued to shuttle back and forth from the hotel each day exploring southern Spain. They took a day trip to the Alhambra, one of the world’s most beautiful Moorish Palaces.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

The next day they traveled to the beautiful city of Ronda. Ronda is situated around a mountainous gorge and has views and gardens that are breathtaking.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

There is a bridge that connects the two sides of the El Tajo Gorge and can be walked easily. This city is one of the most visited sights in all of Andelusia.

Traveling to Spain | Orthodontic Specialty Services | Dr. Aron Dellinger

These memories of the people of Spain, the Andelusian food and culture, and time spent learning and growing with friends will always hold a special place in our hearts!

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