Jason A.Schermer May 2018


May 2018

Jason A . Schermer , D . D . S & Noor Almuda l l a l , D .M. D COMPREHENS I VE RESTORAT I VE & ESTHET I C DENT I STRY

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to provide for us. She’s supported me for my whole life and is my biggest cheerleader as I try to get into dental school.

successful people, and if that doesn’t show how strong she is, I don’t know what does. It’s not easy to do something like that, but my mom worked hard. I am so grateful for her and everything she’s done. –Dr. Noor Almudallal Hearing about everyone’s amazing moms really warms my heart, but I have some bad news. As great as these moms are, my mom is actually the best mom of them all. She is one of the most driven, loving, and intelligent people I know. She’s definitely way smarter than I am! She worked as the Director of the Burials program for the State Archaeologist of Iowa for 30 years. Part of what led me to where I am today is the time I spent with my mom. When I didn’t have school, I would drive around Iowa to sites with her, and doing archaeological field work was my first summer job. Her office was 70 miles away from our home, so I got to spend a lot of time with my mom driving back and forth. It was really nice. My mom is also one of the few people allowed to touch my hair. It’s a very exclusive group with an extremely long waiting list and an intense vetting process. But I figured, after everything she’s done for me in my life, she deserves to make the cut.

The world is full of amazing moms, and we’re lucky enough to know a few of them ourselves. This Mother’s Day, we wanted to take a moment to shine the spotlight on the moms who have done so much for everyone in our office. We wouldn’t be who we are today without you! My mom is the best! She is the sweetest and most supportive person I have ever met. Whenever my brothers and I wanted to achieve something in life, she would cheer us on. At one point, my brothers decided college wasn’t for them and found trade jobs that made them happy. Mom supported them all the way. She’s the kind of mom who, if her kids are happy, then she’s happy. –Lauren People say their moms can cook, but our mom is legitimately the best in the kitchen. Her pasta dinners are incredible, and she has her own business making designer cookies for birthdays and holidays. It might help that she’s Italian, and with five kids in our family, she’s had a lot of practice cooking and baking over the years. But she always makes each meal special. She also made sure each kid got one-on-one time with her while we were growing up. Mom is our BFF, and we love her so much! –Lexi and Taylor If I had to describe my mom in one word, it would be “strong.” She is certainly physically strong with her 100-mile bike races and triathlon trainings. This year, she and I are doing two triathlons together! But my mom is also mentally strong. She and my dad got a divorce when I was really young, and she learned how to be an entrepreneur in order

Thanks, Mom! –Emily

My mom has always been there for me. I can call her if I’m worried about something and need advice or if I just have a question about cooking. She taught me a lot over the years, especially about the importance of thinking things through and making good choices. Though Mom doesn’t always agree with everything my siblings and I do, she supports us, she’s accepting of our differences, and she makes sure we know we’re loved. And that means so much to me. –Melanie I got a lot from my mom, but one thing I didn’t inherit (and wish I had) is her patience! Mom has more patience than an angel. When I was a kid, she was patient with my brothers and me, and today, she’s equally as patient with my kids, nieces, and nephews. She’s a retired teacher, but even after a lifetime spent teaching her students and her kids, she’s still so willing to teach her grandkids and plays with them in ways that help them learn and grow. My mom has always been a wonderful mother, and today, she’s an equally wonderful grandma! –Janae My mom is a strong, smart, capable woman whom I admire a great deal. She’s an engineer who worked full-time while raising three kids and managing a household with my dad. All three of her kids grew up to be

I love you Mom! Thank you for making my life so much better.

Go to bit.ly/2EU0UGZ to view our Mother’s Day video message. –-Jason A. Schermer


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“fortunately,” and mentioning something good about the road trip or the destination. The next person (moving clockwise) then follows by saying something “unfortunate” about the previous person’s statement. Take turns with every passenger in the car. If someone stumbles, they get a strike; three strikes and you’re out. The last passenger standing wins. Play an Audiobook or Podcast We get it. Sometimes passengers don’t want to play games. Occasionally, they’d rather relax or take a nap. However, your listening material doesn’t have to be limited to Dad’s favorite music. Instead, consider listening to a family- friendly audiobook or podcast, which can make the longest and most boring parts of your trip an entertaining or educational experience. Almost any popular book is available in audio form, but it can be hard to find an enjoyable podcast. “Transistor” is a science-focused podcast that explores subjects kids and adults will find fascinating. Or if you’re looking for something fictional, try “Storynory,” in which the narrator tells fairy tales and legends from all over the globe.

Road Trips

Don’t Have to Be Painful

Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll soon pile the whole family into the car, ready to brave the road for a vacation. Everyone knows that riding in the car for hours can be torture. But with a little creativity, you can turn the worst part of a long trip into a fun event. Pack a Travel Game When the excitement of the family vacation starts to wear off, keep the peace and entertain your kids with a travel game. Many board game manufacturers offer travel-sized versions that are easy to pack and play in the car. Before

your next road trip, consider purchasing digital Yahtzee, which packs all the fun of the classic game without the dice, or IQ Fit, a logic game with over 100 challenges. Both games cost around $10 and can provide hours of entertainment. Include the Whole Family Once the travel games no longer pique anyone’s interest, try an activity that can be fun for the whole family: a traditional road trip game. If you have a car full of storytellers, try “Fortunately, Unfortunately.” The rules are simple. The first person starts by saying,


“This isn’t the same dentist you visited as a kid. No more Highlights magazines and crappy fish tanks. The staff and services provided have a different take on dentistry. I look forward to coming back! I went 20- plus years between dentist visits because my previous experience was so bad. I’m glad to be here now. Dr. Schermer and Janae have taken excellent care of me and made me enjoy going to the dentist once again. Thank you!” –Keith P. “Dr. Schermer and his entire team have made going to the dentist a painless and enjoyable experience. Thanks for making my smile GREAT!” –Madi B.

“I’ve been seeing Dr. Schermer for about 10 years and could not be more pleased with his services. He is kind, patient, and knowledgeable. His office is pristine and his staff is very professional. I can routinely get the early morning appointments I need and don’t have to schedule six months in advance to do so. I transitioned my children to Dr. Schermer when their pediatric dentist abruptly ended their care. He is kind and gentle with children also.” –P.N.


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READY FOR FUN? St a r t t he Vaca t i on Wi t h t he Pr e - Summe r Check l i s t

2. Prep the Medicine Cabinet You don’t want to arrive at the beach and realize you forgot sunscreen. And being in the woods without bug spray is asking for trouble. Take inventory of all the essentials right now. This is also a great time to restock the first-aid kit in preparation for summertime scrapes and bruises. 3. Create a Summer Bucket List Though kids eagerly await summer vacation, by day 76, even school starts to sound appealing. Avoid the summer burnout by creating a list of fun things to do all summer long, like trips to the zoo, camping in the backyard, or building a cardboard robot. If the kids say, “I’m bored!” come August, you can direct them to cross something off the list.

4. Schedule Your Dentist Appointments

There are around 104 days of summer vacation, and every year, families have to find the best way to spend them. The possibilities are endless, but before your family jumps into summer fun, there are four things you should do first. 1. Talk to the Teachers Before the bell rings on the last day of school, make time to chat with your kids’ teachers. Schedule an in-office meeting or send an email asking for suggestions to help your kids maintain their academic progress over the summer. Being aware of the areas where your kids need improvement can empower you to make sure they don’t struggle when school starts again in three months.

Summer is a great time to schedule checkups because you don’t have to work around school hours or worry about kids missing assignments. Unfortunately, every other family has the same idea, which means the waitlist to see your dentist can get long. Don’t wait until the last minute to take your family in for their checkups. The last thing you want to do is try fitting in a dentist appointment between family vacation and your own work hours. Summer vacation is a wonderful opportunity to make lasting memories with your family. This list can help you make sure those meaningful memories are as fun as possible.

Sautéed Zucchini and Squash With Feta

Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

Why did the dentist go to jail?

Zucchini and summer squash are arriving on grocery store shelves. Here is a great way to take these humble, delicious vegetables to the next level. This easy dish is perfect for early summer.


Ingredients •

Dr. Almudallal accepts these insurances } Cigna, Guardian, Aetna, Delta Dental, Anthem, and GEHA Connection Dental.

1 zucchini

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons fresh thyme 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

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1 summer squash

1/2 medium red onion

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Salt and pepper to taste

Directions 1. Cut zucchini into 1/4-inch-thick semicircles. Dice onion.

2. Heat a large skillet to medium high. Add olive oil, onion, and thyme. 3. Once onion is soft (about 2 minutes), add zucchini and squash. Season with salt and pepper; cook 4–5 minutes until squash barely begins to caramelize. 4. Place in serving bowl and top with feta.



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Food Why have a cheeseburger from a fast-food chain when you can try a local favorite? A great way to start is by asking your taxi driver or hotel concierge about their favorite place to eat. You’ll discover new foods and flavor combinations, and the locally owned restaurant is sure to appreciate your business! Art Just as your town probably has local artisans who produce unique and interesting work, the same is true for your vacation destination. Anyone can get a gift shop bauble that was mass-produced somewhere else. Take the time to peruse market stalls and craft fairs while you travel. It can lead you

The virtues of buying locally sourced food and supporting small businesses have been widely extolled. But we rarely think to apply the same practices when we travel. Many Americans spring for all-inclusive packages when planning their next summer vacation, but doing so means they’ll miss out on some of the best aspects of the culture they’re visiting. Part of the joy of traveling is having new experiences you can’t have at home. Whether you’re in another state or another country, you owe it to yourself to seek out the unique aspects of that location. But to find the character and quirks of your destination, you’ll have to explore beyond the hotel lobby.

to some truly special souvenirs, and you’ll support the arts and traditions of the region!

People While you’re out sampling local restaurants and exploring local markets, you’ll meet plenty of local people. Don’t be afraid to strike up a friendly conversation. You can make new friends around the globe and learn about their unique experiences. One of the most enriching experiences in life is meeting new people and gaining new perspectives. Memories Treasured memories are the best souvenir you can bring home from any vacation. So you owe it to yourself to get out and explore!


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