Allan W. Stevenson, DDS General Dentist
www.trailridgefamilydental.com 205 W. Highway 95, Parma, ID 83660
Selflessness and Service Something I Learned From My Mother and Stepmother
With Mother’s Day on the horizon, I’ve been reflecting on the two incredible maternal figures I’ve had throughout my life. Lynne, my mother, passed away in 1984 after a battle with breast cancer. I still think about her all the time, and she remains an inspiration to me. My stepmother, Linda, who is actually a breast cancer survivor herself, is another wonderful woman and a great asset to our family. My mom was a giving, selfless homemaker who was ever mindful of those around her. In addition to raising us, she babysat to provide additional income for our family. I remember her playing a big role in the lives of many young people, and she was unfailingly positive and supportive. Obviously, it was difficult to watch her experience an illness as severe as breast cancer, but she still made time to show her love for me, which I greatly appreciated and will never forget. Linda has been a member of the Stevenson family for over 25 years, and we’re lucky to have her. She came into my life during my later 20s, but she’s always been eager to build familial bonds. Whenever a grandchild has a birthday coming up, you can bet there will be a card in the mailbox from Grandma and Grandpa. Sometimes it can be hard for stepparents to integrate into a family unit, but my relationship with my stepmother has never been anything less than great. The selflessness that my mom demonstrated on a daily basis still has an impact on me to this day. I’m dedicated to serving those less fortunate than I am, and my mom was the same way. I know she would have been proud of our recent mission trip to Guatemala, which was an amazing experience I won’t soon forget.
I recently traveled to the country, along with Vernena and Shanell, and we were able to provide dentistry to native people who wouldn’t get treated otherwise. I’m so glad I could take along a few staff members because the trip became a real bonding experience for us.
It was a whirlwind visit, and a reminder of how blessed we are to live in this country. Most of the people we treated don’t have the means to meet basic needs we often take for granted. I’ll admit the dental days we participated in were very taxing, but they were also very rewarding. Many of the people we treated had infections we rarely see in our everyday patients. We did our best to do a little educating as well, but the language barrier was an issue. Though I know Spanish, many residents speak a local dialect, which means that we had to use a translator in order to convey information to the locals. Even without being able to communicate directly, I think we were still able to share some valuable tips. The folks we treated demonstrated a gratitude that was moving to all of us. Giving a little of yourself to others is something everyone should experience. I know I value whatever small impact I can make on the lives of those in need. My mom and stepmother shared this value, and I owe a lot to both of them for making service a meaningful part of my life.
– Dr. Stevenson
An Epic American Journey
The Storyof Lewis and Clark
I f you wanted to, you could go online right now and view a detailed map of every inch of the country with a simple Google search. With technology like that, it’s easy to forget that not so long ago, much of the United States was largely an uninhabited wilderness. When Thomas Jefferson organized the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, he knew little of the vast swath of land he had bought on behalf of the country. To survey the newly acquired terrain, Jefferson commissioned two men, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark, to lead an expedition across the Continental Divide. They set off from St. Louis 213 years ago this month, on May 14, 1804. When asked what is so enduring about the story of Lewis and Clark, historian Stephen E. Ambrose notes, “They were first. They led the way. Everyone who canoes on the Missouri River paddles in their wake. Everyone who crosses the Rocky Mountains does so in their
footsteps.” The expedition they led was truly a journey into uncharted territory, which can be hard to comprehend for contemporary Americans. Lewis and Clark departed with 33 people and encountered many native tribes, both friendly and hostile, during their excursion. Perhaps the most famous Native American they met was Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone woman who provided the party with invaluable guidance. Nearly 18 months later, on November 7, 1805, the expedition became the first party of Americans to see the Pacific Ocean. Remarkably, despite the incredible hardship of the journey, only one man, Sergeant Charles Floyd, died during the trip. The cause of death, innocuously enough, was likely a ruptured appendix. In addition to mapping out a significant portion of the continental United States, Lewis and Clark also identified scores of native species that were previously unknown. The geographical, botanical,
and anthropological discoveries of the pair are still marveled at to this day through the remarkable journals they kept. The story of Lewis and Clark is an essential part of American history and a powerful account of courage and discovery. Geography professor John Loga Allen succinctly summed up the allure of the tale in his remark, “It is the American Epic.” When we think of the American ideal of perseverance and ambition against insurmountable odds, it is hard not to think of Lewis and Clark.
INGREDIENTS Curry Roasted Cauliflower
Grid n°4780 easy
• 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets • 1 fennel bulb, fronds removed, thinly sliced • 3 tablespoons ghee, melted • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast* • 1 tablespoon curry powder
3. Place in the oven to bake for 35 minutes or until slightly browned. 4. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley on top! • 1 teaspoon turmeric • ½ teaspoon garlic powder • ½ teaspoon coriander • ½ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon white pepper • Chopped parsley, to garnish
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1. Preheat oven to 400 F. 2. Line a baking sheet with
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parchment paper. In a bowl, add florets and fennel along with ghee and toss to coat. Then add the other ingredients and toss again.
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*Nutritional yeast is not required, but it gives the dish a cheesy flavor, so is recommended. Recipe inspired by PaleOMG.com.
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A Sparkling Success Give Kids a Smile Day 2017
O n Friday, February 17, we held our
all day long. Trailridge hygienists Heidi, Lori, and Daney and assistants Julia, April, Ashley, Jamie, Rachel, and Selena also lent a hand. Program coordinator Vernena
annual Give Kids a Smile
Day at Trailridge Family Dental. This year’s event was our most successful to date. We treated a record 42 children who would otherwise miss out on dental care, providing services totaling $21,594. Give Kids a Smile Day is always one of our favorite days of the year. It brings us a ton of joy to provide care for children in need.
and the front desk team of Sheila, Tara, and Amanda ensured that the event ran smoothly and as many children as possible received treatment. We also owe a big thanks to Henry Schein for donating toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other supplies that were essential to the event. Give Kids a Smile Day is a true community effort. We are so grateful to everyone who participated and are proud to see the event grow larger and larger every year. It takes a lot of effort to put these events together, but seeing the kids smile makes it all worth it. Giving back matters to us, and our free dental days are some of the best opportunities to spread some education and service. Our next free dental day will be Stars, Stripes, and Smiles Day on October 13, 2017. On that day, we will serve veterans and reserve and active duty military personnel. We’re already looking forward to it — and to next year’s Give Kids a Smile Day.
This year, we had three dentists — Dr. Allan W. Stevenson, Dr. Ryan M. Leininger, and Dr. Jack D. Klure — treating patients
We want to thank everyone who donated items and helped put together the kits we took on this trip. Look at the joy of the people in Guatemala, all because of the generosity of our wonderful patients and community. We are so grateful for this opportunity to make a difference in their lives! Thank you for making our Guatemala trip such a success!
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Inside This Issue
Selflessness and Service
An Epic American Journey
Curry Roasted Cauliflower
Giving Kids a Reason to Smile
Win a Disney Vacation
Lights, Camera, Egg-tion!
Fun Facts and Famous Movie Eggs Lights, Camera, Egg-tion!
Eggs are gold-medal winners — and we’re not just talking about their yolk. For centuries, they’ve been a staple of breakfast dishes and baked goods all around the world, but how much do you really know about eggs? Did you know that apart from being used in meals and Easter festivals, they have also had a very prolific movie career? “WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY” — 1971 Eggs come in all shapes and sizes! Just ask Veruca Salt, the bad egg who demands a golden goose. Along with the other rotten eggs, she falls down the garbage shoot on her way to the furnace. Did you know that eggs left at room temperature age more in one day than they would if they spent in a week in the refrigerator? “ROCKY” — 1976 Eggs contain the highest quality protein you can buy in stores, but you don’t need to tell Mr. Balboa that. In one of the most iconic scenes from “Rocky,” Sylvester Stallone starts his morning off right
by drinking five raw eggs. Would you be willing to try his all-natural, organic, sugar-free protein shake?
“AIRPLANE!” — 1980 In this satirical comedy, the passengers aboard an airplane all start getting sick. The doctor on board, played by Leslie Nielsen, suspects food poisoning as the culprit. As he investigates a woman’s symptoms, he begins to pull intact egg after egg out of her mouth — cracking the final one to release a live bird! “GHOSTBUSTERS” — 1984 When Sigourney Weaver’s character comes home with an armload of groceries, she becomes horrified as a box of eggs begins acting strangely. It opens up, and the eggs inside start frying and popping all on their own. Talk about eggs-traterrestrial!
Keep an eye out for eggs’ next big blockbuster appearance. You never know when they’ll crack out another hit!
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