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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.

Back to School Contest

July 30th, 2020

It's hard to believe that summer is almost over, but we've got your covered when it comes to purchasing your back to school supplies! We have a contest happening on our Facebook Page giving away this entire bundle.

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger - Facebook Contest

All you have to do is head to our Facebook Page and guess the weight of all the items pictured above (+ $25 Kohl's Gift Card). The person closest to the correct weight wins the entire bundle.

Complete List of Items:

• 1 Adidas Bookbag
• 1 Box of 12 Colored Pencils
• 8 Glue Sticks
• 5 Dry Erase Markers
• 1 Box of 10 Crayola Markers
• 1 Pencil Box
• 1 Water Bottle
• 1 bottle of Elmer's Glue
• 1 Travel Kleenex
• 1 Eraser
• 1 Chapstick
• 1 Box of 24 Crayola Crayons
• 1 Pack of 100 Index Cards
• 1 Mask
• 1 Lanyard
• 2 Pencil Pouches
• 1 Composition Notebook
• 1 Spiral Notebook
• 1 Pack of 150 Loose Leaf Paper
• 1 Pencil Sharpener
• 103 #2 Pencils
• 5 Ink Pens
• 2 Travel Hand Sanitizers
• 1 Toothbrush + 1 Travel Toothpaste
• 4 Highlighters
• 12 Mechanical Pencils
• $25 Kohl's Gift Card (not photographed)

This contest is happening from July 31, 2020 (7:00 AM)- August 4, 2020 (11:59 PM). All of the details on how to enter and how to claim the prize is located on our Facebook Page.

Annual Patient Appreciation Party

December 9th, 2019

It's almost time for our annual Patient Appreciation Party!

There will be ice skating, prizes and so much more! Bring friends and earn extra points on your Rewards Card! Tickets are available at our Dupont Road and Warsaw locations! We hope to see you there!

Veterans Day 2019

November 11th, 2019

Veterans Day holds a very special place in the heart of my family as my father and uncle both served and sacrificed for our country in WWII.

My father served in the European African Middle Eastern Theatre in early 1945. He was hit by shrapnel as he led a group into a battle and spent 5 months in a military hospital in England before being honorably discharged. He was awarded a bronze star and purple heart for his sacrifice.

 

This picture taken at my father’s funeral service is so precious to me. Daddy rarely talked about his time in the war and certainly would not have wanted this recognition, but he and the other men who have served deserve the honor that is bestowed gravesite.

Did you know that similar remembrance services take place at U.S. Service Cemeteries around the world? My Uncle Ansel (my mother’s brother) was killed in WWII and is buried at Epinal, France.

 

In the last few years, my sister has met a couple who oversee that soldier cemetery at Epinal and they keep us informed of those events. It is so heartwarming to know that all of the soldiers buried there are still remembered and recognized for the sacrifice they made.

Following is an excerpt from the report we received this past May:

“Extreme weather this 08/05/2019 but the ceremony that we(US MEMORY) organized at the American cemetery for the 75th anniversary of the two landings of 1944 (Normandy and Provence) was magnificent and took place in the presence of a large audience and civil and military personalities(Colonel Air Base Commander, several colonels from the 45th American Division who came as a delegation from Oklahoma, American Admiral from Washington, the French Mayors of Communes, etc…). All the pictures of boys in our possession were shown at the graves, A V of victory was presented on the central lawn made of artificial poppies planted by us and made by residents of retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, individuals, Felt and wire rod. The flags of all the American states were deployed by members of the US MEMORY, hymns and other musical pieces were played by a fanfare of a nearby regiment of tirailleurs, as well as by a group of Celtic-Pipers, school children sang in English, poems of soldiers were read and I had myself, after making the V layout, realized an exhibition in the chapel of the Mausoleum, on the Native American tribes represented among the graves of the cemetery.”

Throughout the year, Uncle Ansel’s cross is decorated; you can even see the picture that was posted so that visitors can put a face with the name.

  

It’s on my bucket list to visit Epinal and Uncle Ansel’s grave in person some day. I can’t imagine the emotions you would feel standing amidst all of these 5,200 men and women who sacrificed for our freedom.


 

Help a Great Cause + Earn Extra Points

September 1st, 2019

September is Hunger Action Month and we are collecting canned goods, boxed dinners, and dry goods for local food banks all month long at both of our locations. You can earn extra points (5 points per item; up to 25 points total) on your Rewards Card when you bring these items to your regularly scheduled appointment during September.

Food Drive | Hunger Action Month

Don't have an appointment in September? You can still earn points! Bring the items into our offices during the month of September and you will be given tickets to exchange for points at your next regularly scheduled appointment.

We're excited to partner with our patients to help support this great cause!

Please note our office hours to bring in food items:
Dupont Road Location: Monday-Thursday 8-5, Friday 8-4
Warsaw Location: Monday-Wednesday 8-5, Thursday 8-4

Team Meetings

September 19th, 2018

All-team meetings are a huge part of the culture at OSS. Every 6 months we take time to meet as a whole team. With two office locations and differing work schedules it is not uncommon for some team members to have no face to face interaction with several other team members. We value communication as our number one team principle, so it is important for everyone to communicate on a regular basis.

All-team meetings allow our collective talent and knowledge to come together. We share ideas and challenges which provides a broader perspective to problem solving and greater unity as changes are implemented. Sharing information across teams, as well as up and down the chain of command, is essential to making sure good ideas are implemented. This unrestricted communication is also important for identifying problems that need to be addressed.

Our culture functions much like a family. Caring/nurturing parents, responsible older siblings, and respect for one another set the stage for healthy family communication. Managers and team leaders are selected because they work well with their respective teams, and have the ability to identify and encourage the best in others around them. Teams are built based on the skill sets of the individual members. Special projects and specific duties are assigned to team members based on sub-skills and interests of individual team members.

Below is the agenda for one of our team meetings:


8:00                      All-team and small group photos at Parkview.

9:00                      Return to OSS for individual photos in the lobby.

10:00 – 11:00     Presentation.

11:00 – Noon     OSHA.

After OSHA teams will get details about: “Inspire a Genuine Smile Projects”.

Noon – 4:30      Groups discuss Genuine Smile Project ideas, lunch & offsite activity.

4:30                     Return to OSS.


Offsite activities are often intended to be a surprise and a reward for team members.  At the last all-team meeting we had a team lunch and then went for a trolley ride visiting some shops around town.

“Inspire a Genuine Smile” projects are designed to get our team members collaborating and serving others. This time we broke into several groups of 5 or 6 people, each group was given $50 cash and instructed to “Inspire a Genuine Smile”.

The groups all had unique ways of making that happen. One group bought three dozen cookies from a local bake shop and took them downtown with a sign that said “smile for a cookie”. They took pictures and made a short video of all sorts of people smiling for a cookie; homeless folks, police officers, business executives, and downtown shoppers all smiled for cookies!

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger

One of the teams went to an animal shelter and brought in items they needed for the cats and dogs. They stayed and played with some kittens, and shared a smile with the volunteers at the shelter.

Orthodontic Specialty Services - Dr. Aron Dellinger

Another team took a box of delicious treats to a firehouse and shared it with the firefighters. One group went to a Mexican restaurant and asked the manager which waitress could use some help. They got her table, enjoyed afternoon snacks, and then gave her an envelope with the $50 tip inside. She cried, then smiled and hugged them!

Another group went to the Dollar Tree, purchased a whole grocery cart full of household items, and then delivered them to a facility that helps displaced families get back on their feet. The volunteers at the facility were amazing! They took a beautiful smiling group photo and shared stories with the team.

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The last group went to Erin's House, a facility for grieving children, and purchased items from their wishlist. They delivered craft items, coloring books, stickers, markers and picture frames.

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All of the teams returned to the office and shared pictures and stories of the smiles that were inspired by each group that day!

I say this often and it remains so true...I am so blessed to work with this amazing group of people!

Breast Cancer Awareness

October 4th, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness is something that is near and dear to our hearts at OSS. For many years we, with the help of our patients, have been raising money during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year is no exception!

We will donate $1 to Breast Cancer Research for each patient that wears pink to their regularly scheduled appointment during the month of October. As an added bonus, we will award 5 extra points to each patient's Smile Rewards Card!

Last year $189 was raised and donated to Breast Cancer Research through a similar fundraiser, and we are hoping to beat that amount this year! Help spread the word by sharing this post!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Aron!

September 8th, 2017

If you follow us on our Facebook Page then you know that we love to celebrate holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, babies, and the list goes on and on!

Dr. Aron recently celebrated his birthday and one day in the office last month we asked our patients to write down a birthday sentiment including their favorite thing or favorite memory of Dr. Aron. We had so many great responses and here are a few!

"Whenever I have an appointment he always comes in with a smile on his face and asks me how my day is going or about school. He's always so cheerful and lighthearted."
-Hannah Age: 14

"When I got my expanders and I didn't want them, he talked me through it and everything was ok."
-Maddy Age: 11

"He's a great guy and always takes my concerns seriously and is always caring!"
-Nicole Age: 27

"He is always so kind and friendly to everyone. He always says hi and asks about vacations. Dr. Aron never forgets a name. He is a great orthodontist and I'm glad I have him as one!"
-Morgan Age: 13

"Dr. Aron is always interested in my hobbies and other things going on in my life."
-Piper Age: 12

"My favorite memory/thing [about] Dr. Aron is how he is super encouraging and nice. Whenever I had questions he would answer them. Thank you for always telling me my smile was beautiful."
-Mary Age: 14

"My favorite thing about Dr. Aron is how personable he is. He never makes me feel like a patient, but always a friend. Happy Birthday!"
-Libby Age: 16

We would love to hear your favorite thing or favorite memory of Dr. Aron. Tell us in the comments below or on our Dr. Aron's Birthday Facebook Post!

Summer Patient Appreciation Party

July 3rd, 2017

Have you heard the news? We are having a Summer Patient Appreciation Party at Winona Lake Limitless Park in Winona Lake, Indiana from 5-7:00 PM. There will be food, a dunk tank, face painting and door prizes! The public beach, playground, and splash pad will be open until 6:00 PM.

We are really looking forward to this event and hope to see you there! Head to our Facebook Event page to stay up to date on all the details and to RSVP!

Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week

June 9th, 2017

This week was the American Association of Orthodontics "Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week" and our office celebrated all week long!

On Monday we kicked off the week by having a great lunch from Cerulean Winona Lake.

Tuesday we had treats from Panera Bread...

...and a masseuse came to the office so we could each receive a 15 minute massage!

On Wednesday we were surprised with a bundle of cookies from Cookie Cottage.

I'm sure the surprises would have continued but Dr. Aron and a few members of our team left Wednesday afternoon for a continuing education seminar in California. Check out this gorgeous San Diego sunset!

With an average tenure of nearly 16 years our team has a unique bond and friendship. We lean on each other, help each other, and truly enjoy spending time together! It was fun to spend a little extra time celebrating this week!

Red Nose Day 2017

May 25th, 2017

Today is Red Nose Day! This is the third year for Red Nose Day in the United States and the second year our office has participated.

We, as a team, are proud to be a part of this day because it is such a wonderful cause. The purpose behind Red Nose Day is to help raise awareness and to fight child poverty in the United States and other areas around the world.

If you would like to learn more about Red Nose Day or how you can get involved check out Comic Relief Inc, which is the non-profit organization that sponsors Red Nose Day.

We would love to see your Red Nose photos! Post your photo on our Red Nose Facebook thread by May 27, 2017 and earn 25 extra points on your Patient Rewards Card!

World Orthodontic Health Day

May 15th, 2017

The World Federation of Orthodontics strives to encourage high standards of orthodontics throughout the world and today our office is celebrating the first official WFO World Orthodontic Health Day.

Throughout the remainder of this month you will see us in the office wearing our World Orthodontic Health Day t-shirts. The WOHD logo was designed by Ananth Shankar and is described as:

"The World Orthodontic Health Day is celebrated by a logo that aims to become an easily recognized icon of orthodontic care across the globe.

At the core of the logo is a wide smile, bright white teeth space within healthy pink gums that have braces on them. These braces represent the kinship between orthodontists and a world that unites when people smile - for this purpose the braces are actually human silhouettes holding hands as "buddy braces". This symbol of harmony also represents the coming together of a legendary spirit, thus in Olympic colours, signifying people of every race and colour coming together for orthodontic health.

The smile is within a white circle, the shining world and that itself is within a solid square block, a geometric outline that indicates stability and solid reputation. The font of the logo is classy, tall and modern. These elements are in the colours of the World Federation of Orthodontists - gold and burgundy."

Dr. Aron is a member of the WFO and has been involved in leadership with the American Association of Orthodontics. He looks forward to continued work with the WFO as it strives to improve orthodontic standards of care worldwide.

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