Newsletter January 2022
2022 will certainly be a year of great accomplishment for us. But I am getting ahead of myself. What an exciting and thrilling year 2021 has been for us! We’ve learned how to live with this pandemic. Last year’s twists and turns have become second nature to us. My team and I are now more comfortable with our new lifestyle. Think how we must feel when we ask you to open your mouth and begin treatment. You could have been vaccinated and boostered, but you could still carry the virus and infect us. We have learned how to deal with this. We all look out for you and each other. Joining this unique team is not easy. As I mentioned last year, we have had several people join us only to leave because of our high standards and old fashioned concepts of listening, caring, and explaining. Our style of compassionate and thoughtful behavior involves a high level of engagement and commitment from our team. After much trial and error, we have created an amazing team of people who are at the very height of effective patient care. I love them.
This coming June will mark my 52nd anniversary in dentistry. I began this journey at New York University College of Dentistry in 1970. Since that time, I have seen the beginning of implant dentistry, bonding, dental computers, lasers, dental teleconferencing, bone grafting, dental CT Scanning, and much more. Two hospital residencies and multiple hospital externships trained me to be technically proficient. Having served as a rescue doctor on one of America’s most severe plane crashes in 1975, I also helped to identify perished burned victims through dental records as well as functioning on the advanced cardiac life support team intubating those in respiratory distress. Queens County Dental Society elected me to its presidency in 1988. In 1997 Cablevision provided me with my own television show, in which I produced and hosted more than 600 shows. In the early 1990s I pioneered and worked with the FDA on some of the first lasers in dentistry, written textbooks and co-founded the Academy of Laser Dentistry while lecturing throughout the world on technologically advanced dentistry. I gave up a recording contract with Columbia Records to go to dental school. Yes, I love dentistry. And I am grateful to have been part of this most noble profession. As I stated last year, my team and I wanted to celebrate this milestone of years with you. But we will have to wait until the vaccine does its job in the right time. At that time, we will send out an announcement for a wonderful gathering where we can mark this amazing achievement for me.
Gratitude to the Team who makes it all happen.
I celebrate my team. They are the most wonderful effective accomplished people I know. It is no secret that it is not easy to become employed in my office. Our standards are high, and we seek out only the best people who embrace our philosophy on patient care and team respect.
Marji (Director of Finance and Marketing) and I are proud of our sons. Philip is finishing up his Masters in Oral Biology at Rutgers and then on to dental school while Robert is in his second year at Boston College Carroll School of Management. Marji has been giving our office just the right appearance in every season and holiday while keeping our finances in tip top shape.
Dr. Schiff has been with me for 3 exciting and productive years. He tells us that, “2021 has been a year of tremendous accomplishment in the Schiff house. I am so proud of my wife for starting her new position as a nurse practitioner in the hematology and oncology clinic at Bellevue Hospital. I have achieved the rank of Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. But we are most proud of our daughter who brings home top marks in finger painting and scribbling from day care.”
Meena (chief of staff) states, “I am truly blessed with a great husband and my two adorable kids. I thank the lord every day for keeping us safe and sound. To my dental family, I really enjoy working with you guys. I truly love my job. Passes Dental Care you rock! I am looking forward to another great adventure with my team in 2022. Love you all.”
Lavanda (chief clinical assistant) tells us, “This year my husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. Both of our older boys Michael and Marcus were presented with great career opportunities. Mason got recognized as an advanced reader in his grade. We are so extremely proud of our boys!!! I’m also so happy with my work family at Passes Dental Care.”
Jane Ma, our magical dental hygienist, states “I am very thankful to be ending this year with such happiness and joy. I’ve grown so much as a dental hygienist and in my personal life. I am most excited that I became a wife! Even though there were difficulties this year, I am grateful that my family is safe and healthy.”
Tanasia (patient care coordinator) says, “Here we are again. Another year has passed, and I couldn’t be any happier! I’ve grown so much with our practice and wouldn’t change a thing about my dental family. I’m ecstatic to be going into the new year with my wonderful family and friends and can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store!”
Justin (insurance care coordinator) tells us, “2021 was a tough year. However, I am glad for all the growth and knowledge I’ve gained over this time. I’m excited to see what the future holds and ready to get out of my comfort zone. I appreciate all the wonderful people around me. I am hopeful for new positive experiences.”
Marlyn (dental assistant) fills us in with,”I am very grateful for my parents, family, friends, and my boyfriend in my life and thankful that everyone around me is healthy and safe. I am also grateful that I am starting a new life and changing my diet and getting my life back on track. I would also want to thank Dr. Passes for helping me grow in my dental career and helping me gain more knowledge and confidence. Here’s to 2022!”
Theresa (dental assistant) shares these words, “As 2021 comes to an end I am so grateful for all the wonderful memories my family and I have created. This was the year my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. And we also purchased our first home. I can’t wait to see what memories we create in 2022!”
Tiffany (assistant marketing director) tells us, “Over the course of this past year, my family and I experienced many changes. We celebrated successes and mourned losses, but the most important aspect was that we did it with the support and love of those around us. I graduated as a Provost Scholar from Hofstra University in May, passed two out of three of my teaching certification exams so far and am on route to graduate with my Master’s in May. My eldest son started middle school, my youngest son started pre-school and my husband became a certified personal trainer. I’ve been fortunate to have had the continued support of my Passes Dental Care family through it all. I couldn’t be more grateful or excited for what 2022 has to offer!”
From Marji’s Kitchen
This is a quick simple dish that is a crowd pleaser. Goes great with a light chardonnay or pinot noir.
Grilled Marinated Chicken Breasts and Orzo with onions and Black Olives
- ¾ cup fresh lemon juice
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup minced shallots
- 1 and a half tsp salt
- ¼ tsp thyme
- 2 Tbsp Whole Grain Mustard
- 12 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oil, shallots, salt, thyme, and mustard.
- With a sharp knife, score both sides of each breast in a cross-hatch pattern about 1/8” deep. Pour one-third of the marinade into a shallow glass bowl. Add half the chicken in a single layer and cover with another third of the marinade. Put the remaining breasts in a layer on top and pour on the remaining marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours, turning occasionally. Remove from the refrigerator for the last hour to bring to room temperature.
- Preheat the broiler. Arrange the chicken on a broiler rack and grill about 4 inches from the heat for 3 minutes. Turn and grill for another 3 minutes or until the juices run clear when pierced with a sharp knife. Make sure not to overcook. Transfer to a warmed platter and cover loosely with foil until ready to serve.
For the Orzo
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups coarsely chopped onions
- 1 cup brined Calamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
- 2 cups orzo
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over moderately low heat. Add the onions and saute’ until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Toss in the olives and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook the orzo until tender but firm, about 10 minutes; drain well. Reheat the onions and olives over low heat and toss in the orzo. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with your favorite vegetable.
Well, that’s all for now. We are excited explain to you all of the new services we have for you, including treatment for Sleep Apnea and a brand new CT Scanning device. Ask us about this. On behalf of my team at Passes Dental Care, we wish you a safe and healthy 2022. All our love.