A+ Family December 2017

San Diego Location: 3780 El Cajon Blvd., Unit 1

Poway Location: 12915 Pomerado Road Poway, CA 92064 Phone: 858-748-5100

San Diego, CA 92105 Phone: 619-265-2467

A YEAR IN THE LIFE SAYING GOODBYE TO 2017 The Happy Tooth

How will you remember 2017?

didn’t find the crayons waiting for me, I felt so disappointed. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for my parents to be unable to give their child even a box of crayons for Christmas.

For me, 2017 was the year I realized I wasn’t as fit as I used to be. I started struggling with back problems, likely due to the fact I’m not as young as

I once was. In 2017, I made my health a priority, and I didn’t even have to invest in an expensive gym membership or new workout equipment. I began to stretch every day, and I saw promising results in just a few weeks! This is something I plan to carry with me into 2018.

“Toys for Tots aims to spread a message of hope and kindness, and we’re excited to be a part of delivering that message for the third year in a row.”

We also made some changes around the office, particularly in the way we use social media. Hopefully, patients don’t need to come see us every day, but we love to keep in touch. This year, we hit Facebook hard. On our page, facebook.com/AplusFamilyDentistry/, we’ve posted pictures of office happenings and shared patient success stories. Success stories really help motivate our team and remind us of our role in helping a patient with their health and confidence. What’s more, I know how much it can help someone to realize they aren’t alone in their dental struggles and to see how it’s possible to achieve your ideal smile. This is our way of bringing a little positivity into the online world. 2017 is almost over, but there is still time to experience other positive things worth remembering. One event I look forward to all year long is our annual toy drive. By teaming up with the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive, we have the opportunity to help less fortunate children in our community. This is a cause dear to my heart, because I know what it is like to be a child on Christmas morning and feel like you’ve missed the magic of the holiday. I grew up in Vietnam, right after the Vietnam War. My family was very poor, and the holidays could be hard. When I was 6 years old, I wished for a box of crayons or colored pencils so I could draw. After being extra good all year, I truly thought I would get them. That Christmas, when I woke up and

Falling on hard times shouldn’t take away the magic of the holidays. I am proud to have an opportunity to help kids and their families who are in a position similar to what my family experienced in Vietnam. Toys for Tots aims to spread a message of hope and kindness, and we’re excited to be a part of delivering that message for the third year in a row. The drive needs toys for children of all ages, but this year, they especially need toys for boys and girls ages 6–12. If you would like to donate, we will continue to collect new, unwrapped toys at our offices in San Diego and Poway until Dec. 21. Our office will match every donation received, and together, we can help families across our community have a happy holiday.

May you and your loved ones enjoy a wonderful holiday season. I look forward to seeing everyone in 2018!

–Dr. Justene Doan

December 2017 Edition

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