Sunday, July 31, 2011

Merry Mary

There are two Mary's at Hill Dental Studio which can be sort of confusing, but Mary Wilson is our highlighted employee this week and can handle any business aspect, from scheduling to financial arrangements.  She was quickly brought onto the team after Dr. Hill took ownership and comes to us highly recommended by her husband, Dr. Hill's dental sales representative and we totally agree!

Dr. Hill: How would you describe yourself?

MaryW.: Energetic, out-going and compassionate.

DH: After growing up in Alaska, college in Arizona, and 6 years in Colorado, what brought you to Texas and specifically the dental field?

MW:  My best friend at the time was married to a dentist, I coached her kids in gymnastics.  She said they would love to have me be a part of their dental practice.  I told them I didn't know a thing about dentistry.  She said, "you have all we are looking for.  You are a positive, energetic, people-person, that is easy to talk to."  That was 13 years ago. 

DH:  What is your favorite part of being a team member at Hill Dental Studio?

MW:  I love the relationships that I have developed.  I am happy to say that I look forward to going to the office.  I feel we are family.  Everyone here cares about each other. 

DH:  Indoors or Outdoors?

MW: Outdoors

DH:  Backflips or Cartwheels?

MW: Backflips

DH: Stallions or Thoroughbreds?

MW:  Thoroughbreds, and I try to ride a few times a week.

DH:  Potato or Tortilla Chips?

MW: Tortilla Chips with guacamole and hot salsa

We are so glad Mary is a part of our team! Make an appointment today and come experience how Mary, as well as the rest of the team at Hill Dental Studio, can make all your dental goals a reality.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Gentle, Quality Experience

This week's spotlight is on one of our hygienist, Nancy Prosser.  Dr. Hill was lucky to have her already part of the team when he bought the practice in 2009.  She was adaptable and went with the flow of the new transition and we were so glad that she decided to stick with us as part of our new team at Hill Dental Studio!
Dr. Hill:  How long have you been in dentistry?

Nancy: Before gloves were mandatory!  Is that long enough?  :)

DH: What drew you to the field of hygiene?

NP:  After high school, I worked as an orthodontist's assistant and became close friends with the hygienist  The independence and development of patient relationships was appealing.  Once my 3rd son started school I decided to start hygiene school.

DH: Three boys?  I guess that kept you busy!

NP:  Yes, between my sons: Nikalus, Nathaniel, and Dru, my 4 dogs: Mattie(10 yr yellow lab), Belle (12 yr chihuahua) Chewie (11 yr chihuahua), Scout (5 yr rat terrier), and my husband of 30 years, Phil, you could say I've been pretty busy.

DH: What is your strong suit?

NP:  I always strive to make my patients feel comfortable and I truly enjoy my "job." 

DH: What is your favorite part of being part of the HDS team?

NP: We are continually learning together as a team, and are committed to providing quality care to our patients.  That's what it's all about--our patients!

DH: Letterman or Leno?

NP: I was a Carson fan, but I do watch Letterman occasionally.

DH: City or country?

NP: I'm a city girl that has spent most of my adult life in the country...and I love it!  You can take the girl out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the girl. 

DH: Bike, run or swim?

NP:  Bike, but I have completed a few mini-triathalons.

DH: Mexican or Italian food?

NP:  Italian.

We are so blessed to have Nancy on our team! Make an appointment today and come experience the thorough, but gentle care Nancy and the rest of the team provides at Hill Dental Studio.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Rising Star

This week begins our next series of blogs which will highlight one employee each week. 

This week we are excited to share with you one of the best assistants on the planet!  Jessica Jones came to us by God's divine hand.  He planted her in just the right place at the right time.  In 2008, Dr. Hill's wife met her first and his kids fell in love with her, as did the rest of the office once she joined the team.  You will too as soon as you hear her sweet southern draw and her kind words making sure that you are comfortable at Hill Dental Studio

Dr. Hill:  Jessica, how would you describe yourself?

Jessica: I'm a small town country girl with big ambitions.   

DH:  Tell me about your education.

JJ: I received my Registered Dental Assitant license from Collin College in 2009.  

DH: What is your strong suit?

JJ: I have a strong passion for the dental field and enjoy making my patients feel at ease and comfortable.  

DH: What is your favorite part about being a part of the team at Hill Dental Studio?

JJ: I feel blessed to be a part of such an advanced and forward thinking dental practice.  You are very knowledgeable in all aspects of dentistry and I am very excited for the opportunity to learn from you.

DH:  Pizza-thin or thick crust? 

JJ: Thin

DH: Big Brother or Survivor?

JJ: Survivor

DH:  Rock, Hip-Hop or Country?

JJ: Elvis

DH: Football, Basketball or Baseball?

JJ: Baseball

We are so glad Jessica is a part of our team!  Make an appointment today and come experience the southern hospitality that exudes from Jessica and the rest of the team at Hill Dental Studio.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sleep Apnea/Snoring

Do you snore? Do you currently wear a C-PAP ? Are you feeling excessively tired during the day?

Ask us how we can help!!!
If you are satisfied with your sleep, then stop reading now. If you want to know how Dr. Hill can help you live a longer more productive life, then keep reading.

There are many reasons to be tired during the day, but one of the leading reasons is poor quality sleep due to sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea think they are getting adequate and restful sleep, but their body might be struggling and fighting for air and they won't even know it. As a result, they are missing the important deep, restful sleep required for good health. Patients often don't feel refreshed and are tired throughout the day. Even worse, the stress on the body from the decreased oxygen level in the blood may cause many health complications like high blood pressure, abnormal heart beats, even heart attacks or stroke.

Here are a few questions to help you determine if you likely have Sleep Apnea. I'm sure you don't suffer from any of these but if you do and want to know the simple dental device that can save your life and possibly your marriage, then keep reading.
  • Do you snore?
  • Is your snoring interrupted with pauses or occasional choking?
  • Has anyone ever said you stop breathing or gasp during sleep?
  • Do you feel fatigued, exhausted or tired?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
  • Do you wake up in the night or morning with headaches?
  • Have you ever nodded off or fallen asleep while driving?
  • Do you fall asleep while riding as a passenger in a car?
  • Are you likely to fall asleep while watching TV?
If you answered yes to more than a couple of these questions, you owe it to yourself to talk with us about possibly having sleep apnea.

Common treatments:

Historically, most physicians and sleep medicine doctors have prescribed a C-PAP. It is a device with a pressure pump, hose and mask or “nose pillows” to increase the pressure of the air going into your lungs. Most of the problems with sleep apnea are due to an airway obstruction. This is commonly called obstructive sleep apnea. For many people a more simple dental appliance, much like a night guard, can be just as effective and more comfortable.

If you have been told you need a C-PAP or are currently supposed to use one and hate it, contact Dr. Hill at Hill Dental Studio today for a complementary Sleep Apnea consultation.