December 2015

Dentus named Best In Business for Dental Care Providers.
(We’d vote you best patients if we could.)

Best in Business 2015

Every year, readers of the Vancouver Business Journal are invited to nominate companies and professionals in Vancouver and Southwest Washington who are a pleasure to do business with. Dentus was voted the Best in Business for Dental Care Providers for 2015, an award we’re honored to receive. The community’s vote of confidence has certainly put a smile on our faces.

Almost 3,000 votes were cast to determine which nominees made this list across nearly 70 categories. These are businesses customers felt provided high quality service – the kind of place they’d recommend if asked.

We are grateful our patients think we belong on this list and look forward to providing quality dental care in the future. If there is a local business you think does an outstanding job, watch for the Best in Business awards next year and remember to make a nomination.

For a complete list of 2015 winners, visit: http://www.vbjusa.com/news/top-stories/2015-best-in-business

October 2015

Dentus’ own “guardian Angell” garners recognition for open hand and heart

Dr. Angell photos

Dr. Jacqueline Angell was named 2015’s Citizen of the Year by the Washington State Dental Association – a steeped tradition and the highest honor given by the Association. Nominated by dentists throughout the state, Dr. Angell has been called a guardian angel of sorts by her colleagues.

With a degree from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Angell learned to quickly assess patient needs when she began work in Alaska with the Indian Health Service where patients were flown in from miles away. After her time in Alaska, Dr. Angell moved to the Lower 48 and settled in the Northwest. “This place is stunning” she says, “My heart rate goes down, everything flows easy in the woods.” Her volunteer work in the Northwest ranges from helping the homeless through Portland’s Night Strike program, volunteer work at New Heights Clinic for the under-insured working class, and Dentus’s Pay It Forward program among many others.

Founded by Dentus, Pay it Forward allows a patient of record to nominate a family member or friend for dental care at the office. The beauty of the program happens when the customer takes its mission to heart; sharing in Dentus’ passion for helping others.

Reflecting on work in the inner city, Dr. Angell remembers a time she extracted a tooth from a tattooed homeless man at the Night Strike program, “The reason I like volunteering with the homeless is because instead of just avoiding them I want to get to know them.” In a chance encounter, she’d meet the man again one night in Portland when he approached her for money. Dr. Angell recognized the man, reminded him of the extraction a couple nights ago, and relief swept over the exchange as they were able to have a meaningful conversation – not just a panhandling acquaintance. Connections like this that shift the conventional dynamic and narrative (coincidental or not) have formed much of the basis for Dr. Angell’s charitable work. When she’s not supporting the community locally, she’s taking her skillset and empathy to developing countries across the globe.

From Haiti to Africa to Vietnam, her outreach is widespread. While overseas, she has collaborated with struggling communities to cultivate an enriching experience for everyone involved. Dr. Angell donated funds for two portable dental units and a new van for the Evergreen4Kids program in Habanero (65 miles from Haiti), as well as, helped supply clean drinking water to the community and continues to provide generous support to the local school. “Because of the relationships we’re building there, together we’re poised to make a difference” Dr. Angell says. She has returned every year since 2007 and has no plans to stop this charitable tradition. In Togo, Africa, Dr. Angell taught the only nurse there about basic dental care and trained the townspeople to set up a dental program. While laying the groundwork for an efficient organization in Africa, “It was life-changing for me as an [organizational] architect” she explains.

Complimented as a “wonderful mix of huge professionalism and awe-inspiring compassion”, Dr. Angell offers a seat in her chair to people of all walks of life. Dentus is proud to highlight her compassion and contributions.

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October 2014

Dentus hosts 6th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back / Sweet Swap Event

Dentus Halloween Candy Buy-Back 2014 and Operation Gratitude

Bring your extra Halloween candy to Dentus Dental Center November 3rd through November 7th, 7am – 5pm. For each pound of candy, you'll get $1 and 1 raffle ticket. Pick out your favorite treats, bring the rest to us, and we'll hand over the cash. More candy means more raffle tickets and a better chance to win the grand prize!

Each year, we collect approximately 125 lbs. of candy, which we send to Operation Gratitude, an organization that has sent over a million care packages to our troops oversees.

In an effort to curb the adverse effects of excessive sugar consumption, including tooth decay, Dentus doctors are reminding Vancouver residents that eating fewer sweets and maintaining regular checkups will give you something to smile about.

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September 2014

Dentus's far-reaching "pay it forward" practices get generous coverage in the local press.

Dentus philanthropic activities

A recent feature in the Vancouver Business Journal describes the ongoing philanthropic activities that reflect the personal commitment by Dr. Shillinger, Dr. Angell and their staff to Dentus's core philosophy of "giving back".

Since joining forces at Dentus in 2009, the reach of their joint commitment has been extended from the homeless shelters and free clinics of Vancouver and Portland to the needy of rural Washington; from Haiti and the Dominican Republic to far-off Togo, Africa.

For the full story of how Dentus's culture of giving helps make a difference at home and abroad, go to: http://www.vbjusa.com/focus-sections/philanthropy24/10463-business-spotlight-dentus-dental-creating-a-culture-of-giving

Dentus named one of Vancouver/SW Washington’s Best in Business.

In a poll taken late last year, the Vancouver Business Journal named Dentus to the "Best in Business" list in the Medical category.

What was especially gratifying about the recognition was that the top-rated businesses and professions were chosen not from a list of candidates prepared by the publication, but from unprompted nominations made by readers, based on "trust" and "professional excellence".

A Business Journal spokesman said that nominations for 2014 will open in November, with winners to be named by year's end. Ballots are sent to all subscribers, but nominations may be made by anyone wishing to participate, via the publication’s website or Facebook page.

For a complete list of 2013 winners, visit: http://www.vbjusa.com/news/391-best-in-business/9744-best-in-business-2013-award-winners

October 2013

Dentus hosts 5th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back / Sweet Swap Event

Dentus Halloween Candy Buy-Back 2013 and Operation Gratitude

Bring your extra Halloween candy to Dentus Dental Center November 4th through November 8th, 7am – 5pm. For each pound of candy, you'll get $1 and 1 raffle ticket. Pick out your favorite treats, bring the rest to us, and we'll hand over the cash. More candy means more raffle tickets and a better chance to win the grand prize!

Last year, we collected 125 lbs. of candy, which was sent to Operation Gratitude, an organization that, this year, will be sending their 1 millionth care package to troops oversees.

In an effort to curb the adverse effects of excessive sugar consumption, including tooth decay, Dentus doctors are reminding Vancouver residents that eating fewer sweets and maintaining regular checkups will give you something to smile about.

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November 2011

Dentus rewards patients with more than a great smile

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It means a lot to us when our patients tell others about Dentus. That's why this past summer we thanked them by holding two "Spread the word. Win cool stuff" prize drawings. To enter, patients simply filled out a referral card. When the person they referred returned the card, they were both automatically entered into the drawings.

There were a lot of amazing prizes our winners could choose from. Here's what they went home with:

This year's prize for spreading the word:

Great Wolf Lodge: 2 night stay

This year's prize for being referred:

Great Wolf Lodge: 1 night stay

Everyone agrees, last summer's drawing was a great success, so look for another referral reward event—and another chance to "Share the Smiles"—this coming spring.

October 2011

Dentus hosts 3rd Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Event

Dentus Halloween Candy Buy-Back 2011 and Operation Gratitude

Bring your extra Halloween candy to Dentus Dental Center on Wednesday, November 2nd, 4pm – 7pm. We will pay $1.00 for each pound. There will be decorations, costumes and a lot of fun! The Tooth Fairy may even make a special appearance.

Last year, we collected 125 lbs. of candy, which was sent to Operation Gratitude, an organization that has sent more than 685,000 care packages to troops overseas.

In an effort to curb the adverse effects of excessive sugar consumption, including tooth decay, Dentus doctors are reminding Vancouver residents that eating fewer sweets and maintaining regular checkups will give you something to smile about.

More information

November 2010

Dentus holds drawings to say "thank you", and the results are in...

Dentus image

It means a lot to us when our patients tell others about Dentus. That's why this past summer we thanked them by holding two "Spread the word. Win cool stuff" prize drawings. To enter, patients simply filled out a referral card. When the person they referred returned the card, they were both automatically entered into the drawings.

There were a lot of amazing prizes our winners could choose from. Here's what they went home with:

This year's prize for spreading the word:

A 42" flat screen TV

This year's prize for being referred:

A Wii® gaming system

Everyone agrees, last summer's drawing was a great success, so look for another referral reward event—and another chance to "Share the Smiles"—this coming spring.

October 2010

Dentus hosts 2nd Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Event

Dentus Halloween Candy Buy-Back 2010 and Operation Gratitude

Bring your extra Halloween candy to Dentus Dental Center on Monday, November 1st, 4pm – 7pm. We will pay $1.00 for each pound*. There will be decorations, costumes and a lot of fun! The Tooth Fairy may even make a special appearance.

Last year, we collected 84 lbs. of candy, which was sent to Operation Gratitude. An organization that sends over 60,000 packages each year to troops overseas and expects to send their 600,000th package this December.

In an effort to curb the adverse effects of excessive sugar consumption, including tooth decay, Dentus doctors are reminding Vancouver residents that eating fewer sweets and maintaining regular checkups will give you something to smile about.

*Candy must be unopened with no bite-marks or tearing.

More information

October 2009

Dentus buys back Halloween candy, sends care packages to soldiers

Dentus Halloween Candy Buy-Back and Operation Gratitude

This Halloween, Dentus is encouraging the local community to bring in extra Halloween candy, and is paying $1 for each pound*. In an effort to curb the adverse effects of excessive sugar consumption, including tooth decay, Dentus doctors are reminding Vancouver residents that eating fewer sweets and maintaining regular checkups will give you something to smile about. All goodies received will be sent to men and women serving in the military overseas, through Operation Gratitude, an organization which has already sent over 460,000 care packages to U.S. soldiers. Candy will be collected at Dentus Dental Center on Monday, November 2nd from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Kids will be excited to know that the Tooth Fairy will be attending the event in support of their good deeds.

*Candy must be unopened with no bite-marks or tearing.

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June 2009

Dentus Pop Quiz rewards patriotic patients

Dentus Patriotic Quiz

Now through July 1st, Dentus will be holding a Patriotic Pop Quiz Contest, as a fun way to help patients brush up up on American History, and celebrate the 4th of July holiday. All patients are encouraged to participate, by simply visiting the front desk and completing the short quiz. Kids under 12 can play too, and will have their own version. Entrants who answer all questions correctly (without the use of a cell phone, PDA or the internet) will have their name entered into a prize drawing, to be held July 3rd. Second and Third Prize winners will receive a $25 Regal Cinemas Gift Card. The First Prize winner will receive an iPod Shuffle™.

May 2009

Dentus hosts new contest, patients give it their best guess

Dentus Candy Jar

May marked the launch of a new contest at Dentus, designed to offer patients a little fun, and some great prizes. Passers-by will have noticed a large jar labeled "Guess!", filled with candy, as they walked past the Dentus reception counter. First, second and third prizes were awarded to those who guessed the closest to the actual number of items in the jar (see below). Because of the popularity of this contest, Dentus plans to repeat it periodically throughout the year.

  • 1st prize: To Andrea Keller, who guessed 2750 (off by 7) and won an I-Pod Shuffle
  • 2nd prize: To B. W., who guessed 2685 (off by 72) and won a $25.00 gift card to Regal Cinemas
  • 3rd prize: To Merri Compton, who guessed 2537 (off by 220) and won a $25.00 gift card to Regal Cinemas

February 2009

Children's Dental Health Day 2009

Dentus Dental Health Day

Dentus' Dr. Kirk Shillinger provided dental care at the 2009 Children's Dental Health Day 2009 held at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. Participants provided children of families with low income and no insurance with free dental services during the February 7 event. Doctors met with 291 patients, restored 497 surfaces, sealed 334 teeth, provided pulp therapy to 30 teeth, extracted 42 teeth, and placed fluoride varnish on 145 teeth. The event saw strong local involvement, with a total of 225 volunteers comprised of 30 dentists, 33 OHSU dental students, 25 hygienists, 49 Clark Collage dental hygiene students, 31 dental assistants, 30 Vocational Skill Center dental assistant students, 2 language interpreters, and 25 reception and auxiliary staff. This year's sponsors include Clark County Dental Society, Clark County Public Health, Clark College Dental Hygiene School, Ronald McDonald House Charities, SW Washington Free Clinic Dental, SW Washington Dental Hygiene Association, Washington Oral Health Foundation and Greater SW Washington Hygienists' Association.

An "Angell" of hope for Habanero.

There was a reason to smile in Habanero, Dominican Republic this February. Thanks to Dr. Jacqueline Angell of Dentus Dental Center in Vancouver, WA, her dental team, and a number of other volunteers, many residents of Habanero received much needed free dental care. The dental effort, which operates entirely through grass roots fundraising, spent a week in the impoverished town. During this second annual visit, the team provided care to approximately two hundred of the towns residents, many of them children. The care consisted mainly of extractions and restorations. This dedicated team also brought clothes, shoes and toys for the children.

The sporadic electricity and marginal working conditions did not hamper their efforts. The team worked long hours and then retired daily to the modest home of Brenda Backes, a Washington resident who founded Evergreen4kids.org. Initially, Brenda partnered with Dentus Dental Center to provide dental services and preventive education to the local preschool children. The effort has blossomed into an attempt to help any resident in need. The need is great, and the financial requirements are raised through a number of fundraisers in the Vancouver, WA area, year-round.

As the sun went down on their last day in Habanero, the team worked without electricity on their final patient. Outside the preschool, which served as their clinic, the locals gathered and waited for up to three hours to express their gratitude. Candles were lit throughout the crowd as they sang songs and bid the group farewell. This week lit the candle of hope, once again, for the people of Habanero. As Dr. Angell and her team took the dusty four-hour ride back to the airport, they too felt hopeful. Their hope was that they had made a difference. Indeed they did.

(Above article provided courtesy of Molly Maloney-Clark of Vancouver, WA.)

August 2002

Dentus wins national dental center design contest

Dental Economics magazine Dental Economics magazine

We don't want to toot our own horn, but our attention to detail has been noticed nationally. Dentus was born from a desire to create a comfortable, efficient and modern dental experience for our patients. That goal helped us to win the 2002 National Dental Center Design Contest sponsored by the Matsco companies.

The title was awarded to Dentus in the "multiple practitioner" category, out of a total of 62 entries nationwide. Elements considered by judges included ergonomics, integration of technology and the design of the interior and exterior of the structure, among others. Doctors Opray and Kaindl, along with the Dentus building were featured in the cover article in the Sept. 2002 issue of Dental Economics magazine.

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