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20 Questions with Anne Marie

May 4th, 2021

It's Anne Marie's birthday, so it's her turn to answer 20 Questions!!

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1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

Putting up the Christmas tree and nativity set each December. I loved taking the ornaments out of the boxes and reminiscing every year.

2. What is your dream vacation?

Can I have two? I would love to go on an Alaskan cruise and I would also love to visit all the National Parks.

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

Any type of Mexican food - tacos, nachos, burritos, etc. etc. etc!

4. Favorite restaurant?

Cork and Cleaver or Granite City.

5. Favorite movie?

Father of the Bride.

6. Favorite book?

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.

7. Biggest pet peeve?

Rudeness.

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

A mom.

9. Beach or mountains?

Mountains.

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

Really, no one!!

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

Maybe a charity that trains shelter dogs to be comfort dogs for those with PTSD.

12. What is your proudest accomplishment?

Being a mom. It really was what I wanted most growing up! I have four great kids; 3 girls and 1 boy. Their ages range from 30 to 15.

13. What song would you say sums you up?

Any song that talks about being blessed would sum me up!

14. What hobby makes you the happiest?

I love to read! One week I could read about WWII and then the next week, I could be reading about vampires! LOL! The only type of books I don't enjoy are creepy, scary books. (editorial comment: Seriously, you don’t think that vampires are creepy or scary???)

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

1). World peace 2). Owning a vacation house in the mountains. 3). Being able to eat or drink anything I want and not gain weight + stay healthy.

16. Dogs or cats?

Dogs all the way!! Currently we have one dog, Sully. He's 5 years old and just a love bug! We also have 2 granddogs; Cash is 3 years old and Murphy is 1.

17. What's your most hated chore?

Unloading the dishwasher.

18. Do you have any phobias?

Bugs - all types and all kinds! YUCK! I'm also very claustrophobic.

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

Communicating with animals. (Can you tell I'm an animal lover?!)

20. What is your favorite snack/treat?

Anything sweet! I'm not picky when it comes to desserts and candy, but I do not like cheesecake!


Thank you so much, Anne Marie, for taking the time to answer these questions! We hope you have a VERY happy birthday!

20 Questions with Becky

April 21st, 2021

It's Becky's birthday! If you've been following along with our new blog series, then you know it's her turn to answer 20 questions!

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


1. Favorite Childhood Memory?

I had so much fun running around my grandparents' farm in Michigan with my three cousins and my two brothers (I was the only girl). We would wonder through all the barns jumping from the bales of hay and pretending that we were driving the tractors. We would walk the lanes between the fields to where the cows were grazing and help my grandpa, dad and uncles call the cows in at the end of the day to be milked.

2. What is your dream vacation?

Melbourne Australia (I don't want to travel anywhere that I would have to learn a new language). The countryside is beautiful and the coast is gorgeous. There is so much to do with markets, music venues, food and site seeing. Plus, I love their accent.

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

Lobster and mashed potatoes!

4. Favorite restaurant?

Anywhere that serves good seafood.

5. Favorite movie?

"Legends of the Fall". It has everything: wartime, the older days in the west, a love story, family, betrayal, and of course Brad Pitt when he was young. He is so hunky!

6. Favorite book?

I don't have a favorite. I like to read romantic fiction, but I haven't read a book in quite some time. My go-to authors are Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts. I also like biographies.

7. Biggest pet peeve?

Irresponsible people! I can't stand it!

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

I wanted to be a nurse. My aunt was a nurse and I thought she was so cool.

9. Beach or mountains?

100% beach. I love the water; whether it is a lake or an ocean. My husband and I lived by the coast in Texas when my boys were little. We were at the beach every weekend with our friends riding our 4 wheelers in the dunes or along the shore.

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

Oh, I really don't know. I would rather go to their house so I could see how elaborate they live.

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

(I have a few I would donate to, because they are the ones that have affected my loved ones.) Organizations that help with Muscular Sclerosis, cancer, and Alzheimer's Disease.

12. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My sons! Just to know I had a hand in helping them become the men they are today. I am so proud of them!

13. What song would you say sums you up?

Be Kind by Zak Abe.

14. What hobby makes you the happiest?

Flower gardening and hiking/strolling the trails in state parks.

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

To heal everyone, peace, and lots of money.

16. Dogs or cats?

Dogs. Right now I have what I call my granddogs; Max is a blonde Cocker Spaniel and Oakley is a Golden Retriever.

17. What's your most hated chore?

House work- it never ends!

18. Do you have any phobias?

I don't like it when I can't see. My husband took me scuba diving in Lake James. When I got down to where I could no longer see my hand in front of my face, I tapped him and motioned UP!!! I did not like the darkness! I think I was really afraid that I couldn't see what might touch me.

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

Flying. BUT if I could have the magical powers of Samantha from the TV show "Bewitched" I would choose that one - twitch my nose and change anything for the better.

20. What is your favorite snack/treat?

My snack is chips and salsa, but my treat would be the carrot cake at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Yummy!!!!!!!!!!


Thank you so much for sharing your answers with all of us, Becky! We hope that you have a very special birthday!

20 Questions with Robin

April 14th, 2021

It's Robin's birthday, so it's her turn to answer 20 questions!

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


1. Favorite Childhood Memory?

Staying at a beach house in Myrtle Beach every summer with family and friends.

2. What is your dream vacation?

To cruise around the world.

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

Pizza: thin crust pepperoni and mushroom from Pizza Hut or a wood-fired margherita pizza are my favorites.

4. Favorite restaurant?

In the world: Sunset Mona Lisa in Cabo San Lucas. In Fort Wayne, my favorite is the Hoppy Gnome..

5. Favorite movie?

Forrest Gump. “Run, Forrest, run.”  “My Mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates…’”

6. Favorite book?

The Stand by Stephen King.

7. Biggest pet peeve?

Improper use of spelling in writing: your, you're and their, there, they're.

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

An actress.

9. Beach or mountains?

Beach.

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

Am I going to get in trouble if I say Bradley Cooper?

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

Youth for Christ or Rapha House.

12. What is your proudest accomplishment?

Performing in the opening ceremonies for the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. That year the games were at the Indy 500 Track and I performed in two numbers. For the first number we were dressed up like cheerleaders and danced on stage. The second number was for the finale; they brought back all of the performers so it was a huge production with a lot of people. I was dressed as a butterfly in the finale and they had butterflies all around the track. I was put on a lift & was high in the air. Disney choreographed the whole thing...it was such a neat, once in a lifetime experience.

13. What song would you say sums you up?

Oceans by Hillsong UNITED.

14. What hobby makes you the happiest?

Playing tennis.

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

Is world peace too cliché? This question is too hard. Abstract or concrete?  1) Love, joy,  and peace or 2) A house on the Mediterranean Coast, a boat in the Caribbean and a jet to get me between them.

16. Dogs or cats?

Cats. We currently have two; Aladdin and Jasmine, but we call them Al & Jazzy because their full names are just a mouth full.

17. What's your most hated chore?

Cleaning toilets.

18. Do you have any phobias?

Alligators.

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

Reading people's minds.

20. What is your favorite snack/treat?

Ice Cream. I just love it all, but if I could only choose one it would be chocolate peanut butter ice cream.

Whew! That was hard work.


Thank you, Robin, for sharing the answers to these questions, and we hope you have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

April 2021 Coronavirus Update

April 6th, 2021

In response to Governor Holcomb’s mask advisory effective April 6, 2021:

1. Our team will not be required to wear a mask when they are behind the plexiglass shields at the front desk.

2. Any person in the clinical area will be required to wear a mask, except for patients seated in an exam chair. Keep in mind that there can be 6 to 8 patients in our clinic at any one time with their mouth open. We will continue to do all that we can to protect them.

3. If you chose to be seated in our reception area, wearing a mask will be optional. We realize that some of you have received the vaccine, have antibodies, or have conditions that make wearing a mask difficult. We will respect your decision to wear or not to wear a mask. If you chose to wear a mask, we will do our best to reciprocate in kind when speaking to you within a reasonable distance.

4. We will not be returning the reception area to its prior seating capacity, so for your comfort, it will be best if you limit the number of family members in the office. Parents will be invited to the clinic per the protocols below, siblings should be supervised and remain in the reception area or your vehicle.

5. We ask that you contact us prior to any appointments, if the patient or any family member has COVID symptoms or has tested positive within the last 2 weeks.

6. You can send the patient into the office when you arrive; you no longer need to wait for a text message from our office.

7. We will take temperatures at the front desk for all patients and anyone remaining inside the building. We will also ask you to use hand sanitizer.

8. We will continue to follow the appointment protocols that were put in place last year.

- During most 20 to 30 minute check or repair appointments, parents will not be invited to the clinic.

-During 30 to 80 minute appointments that do not involve local anesthetic, parents will be invited to the chair only when the doctor is present. During the remainder of the appointment, the parents can remain in the reception area or vehicle.

-Procedures involving local anesthetic (i.e. extractions of primary teeth, lasers, temporary anchorage device placements, etc.) For parents, your presence chairside during these appointments should be dictated by individual patient needs, considering all levels of anxiety, patient age and maturity. We have found that some highly anxious patients do best in the absence of parents. We have also noticed that some feel grounded and secure when a parent is present. We will guide you on what we feel is best.

-Many of the appointments involving local anesthetic dovetail with a shorter procedure. Instructions will be given at the completion of the first portion of the appointment. It is encouraged that after instructions are given, the parent return to the car or to the reception area to wait for the completion of the remainder of the appointment.

We thank you for your partnership with us over the past year and into the future as we work to keep your family and our team safe and healthy.

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