In mid January, our hygienist Kerrie W. and her husband welcomed a new baby boy into their family. Jude was 8lbs 9oz and 21 inches long. He is a sweet, beautiful baby and we are excited to share this beautiful picture with you! Congratulations Kerrie. Enjoy that beautiful little one.
February 5, 2016
January 29, 2016
We are a growing team and a busy office. We always do our best to make time to relax and enjoy some laughs, but it isn’t often enough that almost all of us get to be together at the same time. So, at the end of each year our doctors come up with a special event to celebrate the hard work we all put in. It drives us all crazy, but they like to keep the details a secret until the time of the event. This year was extra special! The doctors took us to Arte Bar in Wauwatosa to paint a special picture. Pineapple! The reason this is so significant and dear to our hearts is that a pineapple was one of Joanne’s favorite things. A picture perfect fruit that is extended as a symbol of welcoming. We had so much fun painting these in her honor. After our painting class, we headed down the street to Cafe Hollander for dinner and surprise white elephant gifts. Dr Tack and Dr Taibl were in charge of shopping and chose some fantastic gifts! Everything from spa and restaurant gift cards to a wine lovers gift set. The best gifts of all? A set of Selfie Sticks as well as a framed photo of Dr Brunner, and another gift set which included a mug with Dr Brunner’s face and a snuggie. Wait…. those gifts were terrible! No worries, after a few good laughs the docs replaced the fantastic pictures of Brunner with nicer, more fun gifts at the end.
The paintings turned out gorgeous, the gifts were a fun and appreciated surprise, the food was awesome and the company was the best. We had such a great time!! Thank you to Dr Brunner, Dr Taibl and Dr Tack for all you put in to this event. We truly enjoyed it and can’t wait till next year.
Want to see pictures? Check out our facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/elmbrookfamilydental/
January 21, 2016
Another sweet baby has arrived! Our front desk team member Tiffany and her husband welcomed Oliver Beckett at the end of November. He weighed 7lbs 8oz and was 19 inches long. His big brother Owen loves to help take care of his baby brother. Congratulations to their whole family. What a cutie pie!
January 13, 2016
Our hygienist and media manager Amanda welcomed a new baby into the world. Adeline Joyce was born in October. She was 6lbs 5oz and 19 inches long. She is sweet as can be and the family is so in love! Check out her shirt!
December 30, 2015
Many of us use January 1st as a starting date for a resolution that results in a better “you”. We eat better, we exercise, swear less or read more. Why limit yourself? Consider adding “floss more” or “bush at night” to your resolutions! It’s important to make every goal a realistic one so that it lasts ALL year. Here are some tips to help you with those goals:
Be honest with yourself. You are the only one who knows what you can be successful at. If this means you will increase your flossing frequency to 1x weekly and succeed at that, then this should be your starting goal! Focus a short period of time on a small, attainable goal.
Don’t stop moving forward with your goal. If at the end of a 2 month time you have succeeded at flossing 1x weekly, increase that goal to 2 or 3 times weekly. Focus on that goal for another 2-3 months. Once you have created a routine of that, then increase it again while keeping in mind that your ultimate goal is to floss daily.
Set reminders and notes of encouragement. Sometimes we don’t follow through with our goals simply because we just forget! Set a reminder on your smart phone, in your e-mail or even leave notes on your bathroom mirror. It is helpful to have a schedule for this to keep you on track. Remind yourself every Wednesday and Friday (or any other days you choose).
The key to starting small and increasing slowly is to stay honest and stay positive. You don’t start sprinting when you’re going to run a marathon, right? So don’t start too fast with an un-realistic goal that you need to last your lifetime! Your teeth and your dental hygienist will thank you!
December 21, 2015
Beer cheese dip (this has been a fav at our office for years!) http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/beer-dip
No-bake chocolate hazelnut cheesecake: http://www.eatwisconsincheese.com/recipes/article?rid=3471
December 1, 2015
Thank you so much to everyone who shared the photo of our docs with their tu-tu’s and ‘liked’ it. The doctors will be wearing their new skirts to work on December 8th, but more importantly, they will be writing a check for Joanne’s daughter Megan that will go toward her Leukemia and Lymphoma Society race and fundraiser. She is still working toward her goal of $2,900 and would love to see some of her moms favorite patient’s donate! So, if you’re trying to decide how you can reach out and give back this holiday season, consider donating to her cause. Read her story and make a donation of any amount.
Megan has currently raised 45% of her goal and will be racing her first marathon in honor of her mom Joanne next year. Follow the link below if you’d like to read Joanne’s story donate to her daughter’s cause.
November 3, 2015
As many of you may know, our beloved hygienist of 10 years, Joanne passed away in October from AML Leukemia, a form of blood cancer. Her battle with this cancer has touched us and we miss her deeply. Through all of her journey, she maintained a positive and uplifting attitude, reassuring the people around her that things would be fine because she would be “going to a better place.” During a time that it is so easy to mourn the loss of someone we love, we are choosing to come together and celebrate the blessings of her life instead. Through this celebration, we have decided to host a fund raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in her honor.
Her daughter Megan is training for a marathon that will take place March of 2016 in Puerto Rico. All of the money raised for this race will go to the LLS. She has never run a marathon before and is certainly worried about all of the work that will go into training for it, but she humbly knows that her battle to train for this will be minor compared to the battles her mom fought. And of course nothing compared to the battles other patients deal with after being diagnosed with blood cancer. Please take the time to read her story. She is excited to be raising money and awareness for this cause. Her good friend is running alongside her for the same cause. Their goal between the two of them is to raise $5,800.
We are proud of Megan, and we know Joanne would be too! So, in honor of Joanne and in support of Megan’s cause, we have decided to dedicate the entire month of November to raising money for her race and to raise awareness for the LLS. We will be posting the photo above of our 3 dentists with tutu’s on our facebook page. If the photo reaches 200 likes, each ‘like’ will be matched with a $1 donation toward Megan’s race up to the amount of $1000, and the docs will wear these tutu’s to work on December 8th. So, visit our page, like our photo, share the photo and encourage your friends and family to do the same! You can also donate to the cause directly in our office. For every dollar donation, you will receive an entry into a drawing for free custom whitening and a Sonicare toothbrush. If you can’t make it in to the office (no appointment necessary to donate and enter), you can donate on Megan’s web site directly. Only entries made inside the office will qualify you for the special drawing. Our staff will be sharing her story and wearing orange ribbons all month long. Follow the links below to Megan’s fund raising page and our facebook page. Thank you for supporting this cause!
October 15, 2015
As many of you have known, our hygienist Joanne had been battling AML Leukemia. Today we are sad to announce that she has lost her battle. On the morning of October 14th, Joanne passed away at AngelsGrace Hospice in the presence of her family. Her battle with Leukemia began just over a year and a half ago and included many treatments, one of which was a bone marrow transplant from her son Patrick. Sadly the transplant was not a success and it became clear that her battle would be lost. She was then moved to hospice care. She was sure to keep a positive attitude and enjoy every moment she had with her family.
Although the last year and a half did not allow Joanne to work, over 10 years with our team made it easy for the staff to keep in touch. We still enjoyed her company at team gatherings and missed her bold personality, infectious laugh and awesome bakery around the office! She was always honest with her patients and their needs. She was meticulous and detailed in her cleanings and exams. She enjoyed getting to know more about each and every one of her patients. We are confident that if she were here and still working hard for all of you, that she would want to remind you to floss every day! After all, you are the only one responsible for YOU!
Carrie G. was able to visit her the week before she passed. Joanne shared some comforting words for those she was leaving behind. She said: “I don’t know why everyone is so sad. I am going to a better place.”
Joanne: Indeed we know that you are now in the arms of your Lord and no longer suffering. You will be forever in our hearts and we will not forget you. Thank you for your great hard work while you were a part of our team. Thank you for being a great friend to all of us. Don’t worry, we will keep taking great care of your patients for you. We love you and miss you.
A memorial gathering will take place at the Brookfield Krause funeral home this Sunday, October 18th from 1-4pm. In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations for AngelsGrace Hospice as well as the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. And because we don’t want others in the future to suffer from AML or other forms of Leukemia, Elmbrook will be hosting a pretty awesome fund raiser in Joanne’s name during the month of November. Stay tuned for details!
October 2, 2015
We understand that in the morning at the start of the day you’re in a hurry to get out the door and at the end of the day when you’re tired, you’re in a hurry to get to bed. Nevertheless, a good oral hygiene routine is critically important to your oral health as well as your overall health. And while it may be tempting to save time and only brush your teeth, the benefits of flossing each night are very real.