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40 YEARS!

August 9th, 2021

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

Our teammate, Tami, recently celebrated 40 YEARS with OSS! Yes, you read that correctly...40 YEARS! Tami wears many, many hats in our office and works in multiple areas, including: the Treatment Coordinator Team as our Treatment Coordinator Assistant, our Clinic, Front Desk and Financial Teams.

Tami started with OSS as a “temporary position” until she could get a real job. Her original training was in the check clinic. There would be 2 clinic techs who checked 4 patients at a time!  She has worked in 9 different buildings in 4 northeast Indiana towns over her 40 years.

We recently had a big celebration at the office to celebrate this major milestone!

Her family, including her mom, daughter-in-law and grandchildren joined us for lunch.


I thought it would be fun to ask our teammates to share things they love/appreciate about her and here is what they had to say:

• Tami has a work ethic that is based in the best possible attitude about the team and the roles she plays. She believes that “getting the job done properly and efficiently” is the key to everything that happens in the office. Tami despises wastefulness, whether it be time, materials or talent. She knows that when the job is being done properly and efficiently then the team wins. Tami also knows that because we spend so much of our time working, we should work hard to have fun on the job!

• Tami is a joy to be around and I love working with her! P.S. Her secret homemade popcorn is AMAZING!!!

• I just love working with Tami! She is a hard worker, fun to be around, and she holds me accountable all the time!!! She is my work mom! LOL!

• Tami is always so polite and willing to lend a helping hand or a listening ear!

• Tami is full of wisdom. I can recall many conversations when she told me how things were going to go down when I got to specific times/milestones in my life. We now jokingly laugh when she says, "I told you that was going to happen!". When I go to her and give her a scenario, she offers great wisdom and I almost always do what she suggests. It is so comforting to see how she’s taught in ways that she never knew she was teaching. She is a very sincere person as well. She truly cares about her teammates and goes out of her way to let others know they are loved.

• Tami knows how to do her job and knows how to do it well. I knew that from the moment I walked in the door and started as a clinic tech. From the very beginning of my career with OSS, she was someone that I felt comfortable approaching with questions about the job. She answered my questions with such understanding, empathy and never once did I feel silly asking her those questions.


As you can see, Tami is a mentor, a friend to her teammates and someone that has helped shape OSS into the place it is today. We hope you know how loved and appreciated you are, Tami! Thank you for your dedication to OSS and for the love you show your patients and teammates each day!

20 Questions with Kristy

July 28th, 2021

Kristy is one of our lab techs and she recently celebrated her birthday! Today, she's in the hot seat answering 20 Questions!

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


1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

We would go to Turkey Run every year for a family reunion. We would play with cousins, play games, walk the trails and run around the hotel!

2. What is your dream vacation?

Hawaii.

3. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mexican food.

4. Favorite restaurant?

My husband and I like to support family owned restaurants, but if I had to name one...it would be Salsa Grille. It’s close to home and I love Mexican food!

5. Favorite movie?

I can’t name a favorite but I do love true stories, comedies, action and romance. Some of my favorite actors/actresses are Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Bell, Matthew McConaughey and Mark Walberg.

6. Favorite book?

I like true stories and self help books.

7. Biggest pet peeve?

Rudeness.

8. As a child, what did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?

I’m guessing a teacher. As a child, I remember pretending that I was the teacher and my dolls were my students. Haha! [Editor's note: I love that Kristy was able to find this gem of a photo!]

9. Beach or mountains?

Beach! My husband and I even got married on the beach!

10. Which celebrity would you love to have over for dinner and why?

I’m not sure!

11. If you could donate $1,000,000 to the charity of your choice what would it be?

It would be a charity for kids to help with health and educational needs.

12. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My kids- Trey (age 8) and Elin (age 4).

13. What song would you say sums you up?

I can’t think of one.

14. What hobby makes you the happiest?

I like taking my dog for walks. Is that a hobby??

15. If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

Health, Wealth and Happiness.

16. Dogs or cats?

I like both. We currently have a 2 year old Golden Doodle named Trooper.

17. What's your most hated chore?

Cleaning bathrooms.

18. Do you have any phobias?

Public speaking.

19. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Reading minds!

20. What is your favorite snack/treat?

Crackers or chips with dip.


We loved reading your answers, Kristy! We hope you had a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

20 Questions with Talisha

July 23rd, 2021

It's Talisha's birthday, and today she is answering 20 questions!

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


1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

Being in 4-H! 4-H week was always the best week of the summer. I worked with beef, swine, sheep, foods and sewing.

2. What is your dream vacation?

An all-inclusive trip to Turks and Caico.

3. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chick-fil-A grilled chicken nuggets and Chick-fil-A Sauce.

4. Favorite restaurant?

Shorty’s Steakhouse in Garrett, IN.

5. Favorite movie?

The Sound of Music.

6. Favorite book?

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

7. Biggest pet peeve?

When people don’t get into the turn lane when making a turn.

8. As a child, what did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?

Wife of a farmer.

9. Beach or mountains?

The BEACH...hands down!!

10. Which celebrity would you love to have over for dinner and why?

Joni Erickson Tada. I'm not sure if she’s considered a celebrity, but she is such an encouragement in the midst of a life-changing spinal cord injury.

11. If you could donate $1,000,000 to the charity of your choice what would it be?

I would donate it to our church; Headwaters Church in Fort Wayne.

12. What is your proudest accomplishment?

Raising two kids to be independent and living on their own. To quote my favorite theologian Dr. Gene Dellinger, “your job as a parent is to raise your kids to be independent and to be able to support themselves. You don’t want them living in your basement until they're 30 years old.".

13. What song would you say sums you up?

House Party by Sam Hunt. If you haven't heard the song, it's basically about being a homebody and not wanting to go out. If I had to choose between going out or staying home, I will always choose to stay home! HA!   

14. What hobby makes you the happiest?

Walking. [Editor's note: Talisha is a CRAZY fast speed walker! Her walking pace is most people's jogging pace.]

15. If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

1.) The outside temperature would be 80 degrees all year. 2.) I could eat whatever I want and not gain an ounce. 3.) I could bring my dog to work every day.

16. Dogs or cats?

Dogs. I have a sweet Shih Tzu, Zoey. She's 6 years old and I just LOVE her!

17. What's your most hated chore?

Putting away clean laundry.

18. Do you have any phobias?

I don’t have any.

19. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

To be invisible.

20. What is your favorite snack/treat?

Mint chocolate chip ice cream.


Thank you so much, T, for taking the time to answer these questions! We hope you have a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

20 Questions with Kristine

July 20th, 2021

Kristine recently celebrated her birthday, and we're celebrating today by having her answer 20 Questions!

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


1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

Going to Myrtle Beach every summer and camping in our camper. We would go to the beach during the morning and spend the afternoon at the pool!

2. What is your dream vacation?

I want to visit Ireland to see all the beautiful landscapes and have some beers with my breakfast in an Irish pub! Haha

3. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tacos, chips and salsa with a Cherry Pepsi. YUM!

4. Favorite restaurant?

Oh, there are waaaayyy too many for me to choose.

5. Favorite movie?

I’m a sap so any romance or romantic comedy.

6. Favorite book?

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

7. Biggest pet peeve?

Rude people, ugh! So annoying.

8. As a child, what did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger.

9. Beach or mountains?

Beach, definitely beach!

10. Which celebrity would you love to have over for dinner and why?

Justin Timberlake, so he could serenade me with his beautiful voice. : )

11. If you could donate $1,000,000 to the charity of your choice what would it be?

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

12. What is your proudest accomplishment?

Marrying my best friend and having our 3 kids (Henry age 6, Jillian age 4, Bridget age 1).

13. What song would you say sums you up?

Whiskey Girl by Toby Keith.

14. What hobby makes you the happiest?

I love taking pictures of my kiddos!

15. If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

1.) A cure for cancer 2.) That my kids could meet their Papa Dave who passed away before they were born 3.) To own a huge plot of land where all my family could build houses so we could live close together!

16. Dogs or cats?

Dogs.

17. What's your most hated chore?

I have two...grocery shopping and meal prep.

18. Do you have any phobias?

It's not really a phobia but I have a great dislike for bugs; any and all bugs.

19. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Flying, so I could get places faster!

20. What is your favorite snack/treat?

Wine; any sweet wine.


Thank you so much, Kristine, for taking the time to answer our questions! We hope you had a very special birthday!

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