“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.”
  Helen Keller


Puppy Pause

At my orthodontic office, Braces Omaha, we gave out puppy themed calendars to our patients and referring doctors this year. They were labeled “Puppy Pause”.

It is amazing how puppies make everyone smile. People light up when they look at the photos. It made me think how important it is to celebrate new life, whether it’s a baby or a cute little creature.

Take some time to celebrate life by holding a baby or taking a “Puppy Pause.”



I try to take three things in to my orthodontic office everyday. I believe they are essential for a wonderful life.

BG, Be Good! You have to strive for excellence whatever you do. It is your decision!
BK, Be Kind. Wow, this is not always easy because others can influence us. You can do it!
BH, Be Happy. This is fun and your smile makes it happen. Your happiness is your choice!


“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. you have to fail in order to practice being brave”.
-Mary Tyler Moore

Thank you costs nothing!

I was invited to a Nebraska Husker Spring Football practice as guest because I recently added Husker Mascot Braces by WildSmiles to my orthodontic practice. It was a meet and greet with the coaching staff as well. Coach Mike Riley delivered the vision for the team and answered all the questions we had for him. He went on to thank the folks in Nebraska and all of us there for supporting the team and the Husker coaches. He then asked his staff to introduce themselves. Each one stepped forward to give their name and position and thank us for supporting them! Thank you did not get old. Each time a coach thanked us, my spirit lifted a little.

There is power in thank you. It costs nothing to say thank you to someone. It lifts the spirit and makes one feel more human and valuable. Shout out a thank you today, it’s free and will mean a lot to the receiver.


Smiles Matter!

One of my orthodontic assistant’s daughters had her first car accident this week.  It was not her fault and only her bumper was injured. The daughter called the office today saying she had a loose orthodontic retainer. She was more worried about her smile than her car!

I thought back to my first car accident. I was in our car with my mom and I slide on some ice into another car.  It was definitely my fault.  I was more worried about my dad’s smile than the car. He was out of town and I was not sure how he would react to my accident.  He was happy no one was hurt and to this day I can only remember his smile.

Huge traumas can be erased by our smiles. Our smile is a window to our soul. Whether given or received, a smile can make a huge difference in our lives.

Isn’t it interesting how smiles matter?