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College Drive Dental 2007 Fall Newsletter

College Drive Dental 2007 Fall Newsletter

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From the office of  Jordan Kaplan, D.D.S.& Joseph Uhrich,D.D.S.Fall 2007
Thank you for all your referrals. We appreciate them! 
Dr. Joseph Uhrich, D.D.S.Dr. Jordan Kaplan, D.D.S.
FALL 2007
New premedication guidelines from the  American Heart Association 
Many patients with heart problems have been instructed to take an antibiotic premedication priorto dental work. For many years, this antibiotic has been prescribed in order to prevent infectiousendocarditis. Infective endocarditis (IE) is an infection of the heart’svalves or inner lining, which is caused when bacteria enter the blood-stream and travel to the heart. This bacteria, found in the mouth, canbe introduced into the bloodstream during various dental procedures.Therefore, many of our patients with heart conditions have followedthe instruction of their physicians and taken an antibiotic prior to anydental work. Now, however, the American Heart Association haschanged their guidelines as to which patients need to premedicate.The new guidelines focus on the patients at the greatest risk of developing a heart infection.
The following conditions requirepreventive antibiotics before dental work:
Artificial heart valves
A history of infective endocarditis
Serious congenital heart conditions (unrepaired cyanotic congenitalheart disease, including those with shunts or conduits; a completelyrepaired heart defect with prosthetic material or device; a repairedheart defect with residual defect at the site or adjacent to the site of aprosthetic patch or a prosthetic device)
A cardiac transplantation that develops a problem in a heart valveIf you have any of these heart conditions, or are not certain if you do, please contact yourphysician or cardiologist to determine whether or not you need to premedicate under the newguidelines.
Patients who previously were required to premedicate, and are not now, include those with:
Mitral valve prolapse
Rheumatic heart disease
Bicuspid valve disease
Calcified aortic stenosis
Congenital heart conditions, such as ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect, and hypertrophiccardiomyopathyAgain, we recommend that anyone with any heart condition speak with their physician orcardiologist to clarify the new guidelines and, if necessary, receive a prescription for the antibioticpremedication.
The above information pertains to antibiotic premedication for heart conditions.Patients with
 joint replacements
may also need to premedicate for dental work. As mentioned, weadvise all patients to contact their physicians to determine the need for premedication and also toobtain a prescription for the antibiotic.We understand that this information may be confusing and would be more than happy to clarifyany questions you may have. Please call
College Drive Dental Associates
(708) 361-4626.
“Smile quotes” 
Every time yousmile at someone,it is an action of love, agift to that person,a beautiful thing.
 —Mother Teresa 
The world alwayslooks brighter frombehind a smile.
People seldom noticeold clothes if  you wear a big smile.
 —Lee Mildon
Dorothy Miller,
a professionalclown, also known as
was featured on the front coverof 
Clowning Around 
magazine’sFebruary 2007 issue. The articletells of Dorothy’s long history of “clowning” and her contributions tothe community as a clown. “Blab-I-Gail” was a clown educator for32 years. She was a clown instructor at Daley College;various park districts; at Clown, Mime, Puppet, DanceMinistry conferences; and a staff member at Clown Campat the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse for 20 years. Shealso established the Therapeutic Humor Program at St.James Hospital in Chicago Heights, Illinois.” At age 87,Dorothy is still making people laugh. Thank you, Dorothy!
Victoria Drzyzga
welcomed their thirdchild, a girl, on February 8, 2007.
Claire Anne
was born at 10:24 a.m.,weighing 6 pounds 13 ounces andmeasuring 20 inches long. Claire hastwo big brothers,
) and
(2). Welcome, little Claire!
Lupe Gonzalez
Michael Kulikauskas
on June 30,2007. The wedding took place atImmaculate Conception Church inChicago, and the reception was held at Silver Lake CountryClub in Orland Park, Illinois. Congratulations, Patricia andMichael!
Renee Casteel
James Cook
got married on June 2,2007, at St. Alphonsus CatholicChurch in Wrigleyville in Chicago. Areception with 200 of theirfamily and friends inattendance was held in theWinter Garden Room of the Harold WashingtonLibrary. The happy couplemet their sophomore yearat Ohio University inAthens, Ohio. Renee’smother is
Best wishes,Renee and Jim!
Allison Novorolsky
have anew baby boy,
Baron Roderick.
Baronwas born April 14, 2007, at 5:42 p.m.He weighed 9 pounds 9 ounces and was21 inches long. Baron has a big sister,
(2). Congratulations to theNovorolsky family!
Jackie Welsh
had a baby girl,
on April 18, 2007. Kendellweighed 6 pounds 10 ounces and wasborn at 10:49 a.m. The grandfather is
James Welsh,
and the aunt and uncle are
Jerri Lacher.
Congratulationsand welcome, little Kendell!
Erin Barkauskas
Anthony Carone
on June 23, 2007, at St. Stephen’s Church inTinley Park, Illinois. A reception was held tocelebrate the occasion with family and friendsat the Orland Chateau in Orland Park. Inattendance were Erin’s parents,
Patricia Barkauskas,
and Erin’s sister,
who was the maid of honor. The newlywedshoneymooned at Disney World andthe Bahamas.They now livein Manhattan, Illinois. Congratulations!
Carla Lambert
’s son,
Ray Price,
Sarah DiGenova
on June 8, 2007. Thewedding took place at the Odyssey CountryClub in Tinley Park, Illinois. To celebratethe marriage, Ray and Sarah went on anAlaskan cruise. The newlyweds now live inChannahon, Illinois. Best wishes, Ray andSarah!
Joanne Bangs
welcomed theirfirst grandchild. Little
was born to theirdaughter and son-in-law,
on May 30, 2007. Abigail was born at11:35 p.m. and weighed 8
pounds. Tom andJoanne are greatly enjoying their time spentwith their new granddaughter. Best wishes toall of you!
Allison Abrahamian,
age 16, wascrowned Teen Miss Burbank. Allisonhas participated in many beauty pageants and wonseveral awards and ribbons. She was the first runner-upfor the state-level pageant. Her photos have beenfeatured in the hair magazine
 Hairstyle 101
. When notinvolved in beauty pageants or photo shoots, Allison isbusy as a lifeguard at theBurbank pool and givingchildren swimminglessons. Her proudparents are
Lori Shemoski
areproud to announce the marriage of their daughter,
Paige and Mike weremarried on February 17, 2007, at St. Julie’s Church in TinleyPark, Illinois, and held a reception at DiNolfo’s in Homer Glen.The couple honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico. Paige and Mikecurrently live in Tinley Park.
Dorothy Miller Claire Anne Drzyzga Kendell Grace  James and Renee Cook Anthony and Erin Carone Sarah and Ray Price Abigail Sutter Allison AbrahamianMike and Paige Stryczek Baron Novorolsky 
are also happy to share the news of the graduation of 
and her sister,
Amanda Shemoski,
from Lewis University inRomeoville, Illinois. The sisters both received Master’s degrees inschool guidance and counseling. Amanda has received a job as aguidance counselor at Carl Sandburg High School. Congratulations,Paige and Amanda!
Maria DeGrazia
got married to
Aaron Cohen
on June 9, 2007, at St.Alexander’s Catholic Church in PalosHeights, Illinois. Their weddingreception was held at DiNolfo’s inHomer Glen. Maria and Aaron spenttheir honeymoon in the DominicanRepublic. Congratulations!
Cathy Uhrich
’s son,
graduated from Miami University of Ohioon May 5, 2007. Steven double majored in journalism and English/creative writing, with aminor in French. Steven has moved to New York City to pursue a career in journalism. Best of luck to you, Steve!The
celebrated another excitinggraduation. Their daughter
graduated fromSouthern Illinois University Dental School onJune 2, 2007. Liz will be continuing hereducation at St. Louis University in order tospecialize in endodontics, which willrequire another two years of schooling.Congratulations, Dr. Liz!
Roberta Bennett
celebrated their 25th weddinganniversary on June 6, 2007. They honored the big occasion with a tripto California, where they visited Napa Valley, Carmel, Sausalito, andSan Francisco for nine days. The photo shows them enjoying PfeifferBeach off of Big Sur. The Bennetts have two sons,
(18) and
(15). Best wishes to you,Randy and Bobbi, on this happy occasion!
Eric Fussell
pitched for the Windy CityThunderbolts, an independent minor leaguebaseball team, this summer season. He was thenumber-one-ranked pitcher on the Thunderboltsand a high-ranking pitcher in theFrontier League. He tossed threeshutouts during the season. Ericdid a lot of traveling with theteam, visiting baseball fields inPennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan,and Missouri, among others. Eric is the 24-year-oldson of 
Cathy Fussell.
Awesome job, Eric!
Chad Rapsky
graduated from the IndianaUniversity Kelley School of Business onMay 5, 2007, in Bloomington, Indiana. Hisproud parents are
Terri Ann Rapsky,
grand-parents are
Joan Hansen,
and aunt and uncle are
Tim Hansen.
Great job, Chad!
Kim Lask
have a new baby girl.
Maya Elizabeth
was born on July 22, 2007, at 12:10 p.m. She weighed 6 pounds11 ounces. Maya is the Lasks’ first child. Congratulations,Mark and Kim!
We have anew dentalassistant…
Say helloto Martha! 
We would like to welcome and introduce our newdental assistant,
Martha Armenta.
Martha has beenassisting
Dr. Kaplan
Dr. Uhrich
here at
CollegeDrive Dental Associates
since April 2007. Her additionto our staff has been a great benefit to us and our patients.She comes to us with quite a bit of dental assistingexperience. Martha received her training to work as anassistant in 1997 with the Red Cross at Camp Pendletonin California. She was there visiting her brother in theMarines and decided to stay for dental assistant training.Martha has worked in a couple other dental offices sincethen and has proven to be very proficient in her work.When she is not working here at the office, she enjoysspending time with her three daughters, ages 12, 16, and18. Martha also enjoys gardening and painting ceramics.She lives in Merrionette Park, Illinois.Martha says that one of the things she likes best aboutdental assisting is being with her patients who have a lotof dental work to be done. Seeing the before and after of big dental cases is very rewarding. Martha also findsdental surgical procedures to be very interesting. It is thisenthusiasm for her work that makes Martha an excellentaddition to our College Drive family. Hopefully, you willmeet and get to know Martha at your next dental visit, if you haven’t already. You can help us in welcoming herand helping her to feel at home at College Drive DentalAssociates.
Michael Alvis,
son of 
Sharon Alvis,
playedbaseball this summer on the Orland Park Magic 13U baseballteam. The Magic had an excellent season, taking third placein a national qualifying tourna-ment for the USSSA NIT WorldSeries in Omaha, Nebraska, andtaking first place in Plainfield,Illinois, earning a berth in theCABA World Series over theJuly 6, 2007, weekend. Way togo, Michael!
Steven and Liz UhrichEric Fussell Chad Rapsky Roberta and Randall Bennett Michael Alvis and team Magic 

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