Over the years, we have realized how truly awesome our patients are. Whether they are artists, entrepreneurs, or they are just doing something really cool, we want to tell the world about them. We will be doing a “Feature of the Month” to feature a patient and why we think they are really great!
This month, we are going back to our southern roots with David Belser and his company Four Oak Designs. David is from a family of lawyers and decided to stray from the path and take up woodworking. Since then, he has been gracing front porches from New Jersey to California with his handcrafted porch swings. We are thrilled to have such a talented young man as part of our dental family!
“I have known David and his family for over 30 years. He is a quality young man producing an outstanding product.” – Dr. Steineker
After experiencing the relaxation of a bed swing at a friend’s house, he decided to make his own. Soon after, he decided that other people should be able to experience the joy of bed swings and started to make and sale them from his shop in Pike Road, Alabama. Not only does he make bed swings, but he also makes tables and wood floors too!
Check out the article about him in the “Alabama Makers” section here: http://alabamanewscenter.com/2016/09/12/alabama-maker-four-oak-designs-swings-are-made-for-sleeping/
You can also view (and purchase!) your very own bed swing from his website here: https://www.fouroakdesigns.com/
Tooth sensitivity is absolutely no fun, and cavities, whitening, cleanings, and dental hygiene can make sensitivity even worse. At Steineker and Dillon, we use MI Paste to help relieve tooth sensitivity so our patients are comfortable both in the dentist chair and at home!
MI Paste uses Recaldent, a special milk-derived protein that releases vital minerals into your mouth, to ease sensitivity. This water-based and sugar free paste is safe to use both at home and at the dentist. MI Paste does not irritate dry mouth conditions and the topical creme can be safely used several times a day!
To apply MI Paste, simply squeeze a small amount onto your finger and apply to tooth surfaces. Allow the paste to sit for 3 to 5 minutes before spitting out the remainder of the paste. Be careful not to rinse with water so you can allow the rest of the MI Paste to slowly dissolve on your teeth!
We have a fairly large team here at Steineker & Dillon, and each team member contributes to our ultimate goal: great teeth. Kristen is no exception! Kristen is a dental hygienist and has been working for Steineker & Dillon for 6 and a half years. Around the office, we call her “big Kristen” because we actually have 2 Kristens here!
Kristen has been married to her husband Cliff for 3 years now and they have 2 cats (Punchkin and Down) that they absolutely adore. She is originally from Georgiana, but she and her husband currently reside in Wetumpka. One of her favorite things to do (besides clean teeth!) is attend Crossfit daily. Whenever Kristen goes shopping, Crossfit gear is one of her most favorite items to shop for!
Outside of Crossfit, Kristen enjoys spending the weekends boating on the lake or going to the beach. If she’s not feeling the outdoors, she enjoys watching Game of Thrones and finding a good book to read. No matter what activities she is enjoying, you bet that she will be enjoying some tasty Mexican food!
Healthcare costs can be pricey sometimes, but there are ways to help manage healthcare costs and still get the necessary treatments for you! Care Credit is one way to help you maintain a beautiful smile without breaking the bank.
Care Credit is a credit card that is used specifically for a variety of healthcare costs, including dentistry! Many will use the Care Credit card when a procedure isn’t fully covered under insurance. One of the best features of the card is that they do not charge interest in the amount is paid in full within the promotional period of 12 months! With several other financing options available, Care Credit gives the cardholder flexibility when it comes to managing healthcare costs and can relieve the pressure from large upfront medical bills.
To apply, visit the Care Credit website and follow the steps! You get a credit decision immediately so you can start using your card immediately. Now is the time to get the treatment done that you’ve been putting off!
Our next introduction blog features one of the nicest people you will ever meet…Heather! Heather has been with the Steineker & Dillon team for 8 fun years and has loved every minute of it! Heather is a dental hygienist and loves her job!
Heather is a mother to 2 beautiful children: Jordan (12) and Jaycie (9). She loves being able to spend time with them on the weekends, and she absolutely loves watching Jaycie do gymnastics! Heather enjoys spending time with her kids enjoying the great outdoors. She is fantastic on the grill and loves to cook. Heather is also a big animal lover! Dogs, cats, snakes…it doesn’t matter to her! She actually had snakes when she was younger!
Heather has been such a huge blessing to our team and we hope to enjoy many more years of her great work and incredible spirit!
This summer, we want our patients to look and feel their absolute best, and whitening does just that! We have 2 different forms of whitening at Steineker and Dillon: Bleach for Life and Bleach to Go.
Traditional bleach trays start with an office visit. During your visit, you will have a model taken of your mouth which we will use to form a clear plastic mold. On your return visit, you will receive the plastic mold and bleach. The best part is that if you stay current with your regular dental cleanings and examinations, you will receive a free tube of bleach at every appointment!
are a current patient, you get free bleach for life! The bleach for life program allows you to receive a free tube of bleach at your regular cleaning appointments. Within just a few uses, you will start to see a whiter smile. In just 2 weeks, your teeth will be as white as they can be!
The bleach to go is just as effective, but it’s a little quicker process! The bleach to go comes with 10 trays for both top and bottom teeth. This system does not have custom fitted molds, but the molds that come in the package will form to your teeth, so you will be able to talk like normal! Bleach to go is a great option when you need to quickly brighten your smile for an upcoming wedding or event.
Things get a little crazy around the office sometimes, but at least we have Cindy to keep everyone on track and to keep things running smoothly! Cindy is our office manager, and has been for 18 incredible years!
Cindy is a Montgomery native. One of her favorite friends just so happens to be her fur baby, Otis! While not snuggling and playing with Otis, she also enjoys spending time with her beautiful little granddaughter Edy and making sure she is one spoiled little girl! She also loves spending time around the water. Whether it’s the beach, lake, or river…Cindy doesn’t mind as long as she’s surrounded by water! And if her family is there, it’s even better! She loves to be surrounded by family whenever possible.
One of the many reasons Cindy loves her job and has been with Steineker & Dillon for so long is the relationships she has built with all of the patients. Over 18 years, she has been able to see patients experience many different times in their lives and she loves that! Her goal is to be able to retire and move to one of her favorite places…the beach!
Monday is Memorial Day, so we at Steineker & Dillon get to enjoy a long weekend and then there is only a few days of May left! Where has the time gone?! The days are getting longer and the weather is getting hotter outside (thank goodness for an air conditioned office)!
May was pretty successful around the office! First off, we hired a new insurance coordinator, Meagan! We are so happy to bring on a new member of our amazing team and look forward to the many possibilities she will bring to the table.
We have also been in the process of making blankets for the Montgomery Cancer Center that we will be delivering next month! So far, we have made several soft felt blankets (by hand!) and we cannot wait to take them to the cancer patients, along with some other special goodies. Anything we can do to make them feel a little bit more comfortable while receiving treatment, we will gladly do!
Last but not least, several of our Dental Divas had the privilege of getting to help Healthy Athletes, which is a program dedicated to helping provide medical exams for those in the Special Olympics. The Dental Divas gave many of the athletes dental exams and gave them some handy advice and how to take care of their teeth. The girls had a blast and loved seeing the beautiful smiles that radiated from these beautiful people!
Check back next month for the next monthly updated and learn about everything that happened in June in the Steineker & Dillon world!
Ever wanted to know who exactly the people are that clean your teeth every 6 months? Well, here is your chance! We are blogging about one of our amazing team members every 2 weeks, and first up is Krystal! Krystal is a dental hygienist and has been for 23 years! Can you imagine?! A dental hygienist is licensed by the state and they clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases, and provide other dental preventive care. Besides cleaning people’s teeth and preventing diseases, Krystal strives to educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health!
When Krystal is not working, she enjoys traveling. Two of her favorite places to go are the beach and out west to ski with her husband. Many people may not know that Krystal is also a twin sister! Along with her twin, she has two other sisters. She really learned how to speak up when she had something to say with so many girls in the house! God bless her mom!
Krystal’s favorite part about her job is being able to develop relationships with her patients. She loves getting to know her patients and to hear their beautiful stories. She is allowed a little window to peek into their world, and that is one thing Krystal will never take for granted!
There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at Steineker & Dillon. Between Facebook, Twitter, the blog, and the website, social media is a time consuming task. Add in community events, volunteer events, and everything else that goes into marketing, and you’ve got quite a bit of work that needs to be done. Despite the fact that we have a fabulous full time Marketing Director, Sara Kathryn, even she needs a little extra help sometimes. That’s where I come in. I’m Jessica and I’m the Marketing Intern here at Steineker & Dillon!
In addition to assisting Sara Kathryn, I also go to school full time at Auburn University Montgomery where I am a senior majoring in marketing. I am hoping to graduate this December! I’m a Montgomery native and have lived here for most of my 22 years. I currently work at a boutique where I am helping in the marketing department there as well. My husband certainly helps me stay sane in the midst of this busy schedule, as well as my 2 sweet shelter dogs (aka my fur babies).
When I do get a little down time, I enjoy watching The Walking Dead and Supernatural, pretending that I’m an interior designer, and attempting to complete crafty projects from Pinterest. After graduating college, I would really love to move further north in the great state of Alabama and find a marketing job that allows me to have fun, be creative, and travel a little. I would also love to start a family and adopt as many sweet dogs as possible! But for now, I will continue to post blogs and manage the Facebook page here at Steineker & Dillon!