Tillman Smiles February 2019






Author and Pastor RickWarren said,“The only way you can serve God is by serving other people.”At Tillman Smiles, this is our goal: to serve your needs and take great care of you. My great employees make this happen. They are my secret sauce. This past year we added three wonderful ladies to our dental team. Hollye, our wonderful hygienist for more than five years, is now a stay-at-home mom and still occasionally comes in to help us. Karissa, after the birth of her second baby, is now part-time and still takes great care of our patients. Bobbie, after more than eight years with us, has moved on and we wish her well. Anna moved to Houston with her husband, who is an engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TexDOT). We miss her. These ladies are still family, and, like the oldWillie tune, we love them all. The youngster of our group of new ladies is Ashley, who is always smiling, always happy. She lifts our day, and I hope she will help you have a great dental experience here. Her road to dentistry started when she waited tables for her mom, who owns the Azle Café. Then she got married to her childhood sweetheart, whom she lovingly calls“Bozo.”Her first baby followed, and recently she took a much-needed vacation on a Mexican cruise. After her daughter’s third birthday, Ashley knew it was time to go back to school and figure out which career path she wanted to pursue. She chose dentistry and has no regrets. In her role with Dr. Tillman, Ashley takes x-rays and assists inmost dental procedures. Extractions are her favorite! While she has only worked for Dr. Tillman for five months, this is home. Everybody has been so welcoming, and she feels like she’s been here for years! In her free time, Ashley loves to go off-roading with her husband and daughter. She even has her own lifted 4-wheel Jeep that she takes up in the mountains or down in the mud! Melissa, our hygienist who shares time with Karissa, started in April while she was still pregnant with her second baby. Now that baby Aleah has joined the family, Melissa splits her time between being home with her family and helping here at the office.


her orthodontist, she loved questioning him and eventually realized she wanted a career in dentistry. She saw her smile improve, realized that her confidence increased with her smile, and loved the thought of helping others reap the same positive benefits. Now she uses her confidence and excellent hygiene skills to help our patients achieve a happier, healthier smile. When she isn’t hard at work, she likes to spend time out on the lake with her daughters. Meledy is our full-time hygienist who replaced Anna. She is bilingual, has excellent clinical skills, and is a wonderful bubbly (and feisty) addition to our team. She’s just starting her family with her husband, and we are privileged to see her through her pregnancy. It hasn’t been easy for her, withmorning sickness setting in, but she has been a trooper, always with a positive spirit. She just found out she’s expecting a girl, and now it’s up to Dad to prepare their house for the arrival. Her journey in dentistry started as a dental assistant. We love how she steps in when needed and definitely helps with our Spanish-speaking patients on the phone or during dental cleanings. She has more energy than anybody I know and loves using that energy to help our patients. And yes, Yesenia is here with Karissa, Sam, and Catherine to take care of you. We are so happy to have all these fabulous ladies as part of our team. If you see them at the office, say hi and welcome them to our fabulous family! It is our privilege to take care of you. —David Tillman

While she is one of our newer teammembers, she has been a hygienist for five years. Melissa’s introduction to dentistry came when she had braces. Every time she saw


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Family game night is a time when a family can forget about all of life’s commitments and bond over a good old-fashioned board game. But the old, tattered Monopoly box or worn-out UNO cards can leave something to be desired, and the classics might be getting a little dull. If you’re tired of playing the same board games over and over, it might be time to start looking for ways to change things up. Here are four tabletop games you might not have heard of that are perfect for spicing up family game night. Your family will love delving into this cooperative murder mystery game that is a mixture of Clue and Dixit. You can play as the ghost or as one of the mediums who enters the haunting. The ghost player gives each medium a clue or vision about a potential murderer, and the mediums have to guess which person, room, or weapon was used to murder the ghost player. After each turn, the ghost reveals whether each of the mediums’ guesses are right or not. If all of the mediums succeed in guessing correctly by the seventh in-game hour, they work together to find the true murderer. Mysterium FAMILY GAME NIGHT Break the Monotony of Overplayed Board Games!

What You Didn’t Know About Chocolate Fun Facts to Wow Your Loved Ones This Valentine’s Day

Laser Chess

Chocolate is a treat savored by people all over the world. What we know as the sweet, creamy decadence that sustains Valentine’s Day actually has greater historical and cultural significance. Fermented chocolate drinks have been dated back to as early as 350 B.C. The Aztecs believed it was the beverage of wisdom, and the Mayans saw it as something to be worshipped. While the history of chocolate is as rich as its flavor, there are some common misconceptions about the treat. Dutch chocolate doesn’t necessarily refer to chocolate made in the Netherlands; the name refers to a specific chocolate-making process that uses the cocoa press. Before Dutch chemist and chocolate-maker C.J. van Houten invented the machine in 1828, chocolate was only used in beverages. Dutch chocolate is chocolate that has been modified with an alkalizing agent in order to produce a milder flavor, making it a fantastic option for use in baked goods, candy, and ice cream. German chocolate actually has nothing to do with the country of Germany, either. It used to be called “German’s chocolate,” named after its inventor, Sam German, an American who made sweet chocolate for baking. Adding sugar to the chocolate made it a go-to option for bakers around the world, and the base for German chocolate cake was born. For chocolate to be classified as Swiss, it has to be made in Switzerland, as chocolate-making is considered an art form in the country. Known for its “melt in your mouth” quality, Swiss chocolate uses condensed milk to add a velvety texture. Many chocolate makers outside of Switzerland will refer to their interpretations of Swiss chocolate as milk chocolate instead.

A classic game of chess is a great way to spend an evening, and it just got a little more interesting. Laser chess includes all the problem-solving skills a typical chess game offers but with a twist. At the end of each turn, a player fires a small laser beam that bounces off the mirrored chess pieces. If it hits the non-mirrored surface of a piece, that piece is taken by the player. A player wins when the opposing player’s king piece is illuminated.


Welcome to the island of Catan! After a long voyage at sea, the people in your expedition compete against other seafarers in building settlements. Enjoy the 45–90-minute game as you and your family build roads, barter resources, and race for absolute supremacy on Catan.

One NightWerewolf

Every night, werewolves prowl around the village, and it’s up to the villagers to find the werewolf once the sun rises — before it’s too late. Each person plays a unique role with different abilities to help find or conceal the werewolf. If the werewolf is caught, the villagers win the game, but if the werewolf manages to escape, the villagers lose.

Now you can bring some exciting variety into your family game nights. Don’t miss out on these excellent

tabletop games, and most importantly, have fun!

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Why You Should Exercise With Your Significant Other Each Valentine’s Day, people all over the world rush to the store to buy chocolates and all the ingredients necessary to whip up a romantic dinner for two. Unfortunately, these calorie-laden holiday traditions can undermine the fitness resolutions you made just six weeks before. Instead of throwing your goals by the wayside this February, why not make fitness a couples activity? The National Library of Medicine published a study showing that couples who focused on their health together went to the gym more often and reported feeling more connected in their relationship. These findings were corroborated by a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Scientists claimed that partners who exercised together reported higher levels of happiness and satisfaction in their relationship. If you and your sweetheart are looking for a romantic way to burn some calories this month, here are some great workout ideas for two.

Go for a Run!

If the weather is nice, the two of you can lace up and hit the pavement

together. You could even make a couples playlist to listen to as you run. If the cold temperatures

are preventing you from enjoying the great outdoors, head to the gym and challenge each other on side-by-side treadmills.

Play Catch!

Try Some Rock Climbing!

Grab a medicine ball and do some overhead passes, feet-to-feet situp passes, and back-to-back twists with each other. All of these easy at-home workouts help build a solid core.

This is a great way to get a good workout while simultaneously building trust with your partner. Most rock-climbing gyms offer classes in belaying, and staff members can give you tips to improve your form. Sign up to work with an instructor and test your personal limits together.



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Meet Some of Our Fabulous Ladies at the Office!


All About Chocolate Bring Variety to Family Game Night


Couples Who Sweat Together Stay Together Valentine’s Cookie Cards


The Most Iconic Super Bowl in NFL History

One for the Ages

How Super Bowl XXXIV Made an Icon Out of a Grocery Store Clerk Going into the 1999 NFL season, no one expected anything from the St. Louis Rams. When starting After going up 16–0 against the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV, Warner and the Rams looked poised to coast on their way to the Lombardi Trophy, but the late Steve McNair and the Titans had different plans. The Georgia Dome was rocking after two Eddie George touchdown runs, and a field goal brought the Titans level at 16–16, with just over two minutes of play remaining. In response, Warner dropped back and found receiver Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown, bringing the score to 23–16 with 1:54 left on the clock. But the Titans weren’t done fighting. quarterback Trent Green went down with a gruesome knee injury in the preseason, ESPN The Magazine slated the Rams to be the worst team in the NFL that year. With

few options, coach Vermeil named a virtually unknown player as his new starting quarterback, humbly stating in a press conference, “We will rally around Kurt

Quickly moving the ball down the field, Titans quarterback Steve McNair found himself with a third and 5 inside the Rams 30-yard line with 22 seconds left. Scrambling around and fighting off two players trying to pull him down, McNair threw the ball to Kevin Dyson at the 10-yard line. A quick timeout left six seconds on the clock, and the Titans were one play away from tying the game. What proceeded was a play that will be forever known as “the tackle.” McNair found Dyson on a quick slant, and when he caught the ball at the 4-yard line, it appeared a touchdown was imminent. Suddenly, linebacker Mike Jones wrapped the receiver up at the hips. As he fell to the ground with the ball in his hand, Dyson extended his arm, but when he hit the AstroTurf, he was 1 yard short of the goal line. The Rams had pulled off the impossible, earning their first Super Bowl title ever.

Warner, and we’ll play good football.”

Five years before his start, 22-year-old Kurt Warner was stocking shelves at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Cedar Falls, Iowa, for $5.50 an hour. However, he had amassed a whopping 16 snaps in the NFL prior to taking the reins for the 1999 season, and what proceeded to transpire on the field was utter pandemonium, giving the Rams the nickname “The Greatest Show on Turf.” This improbable season and the resulting MVP award for Warner set the stage for one of the most dramatic games in Super Bowl history.

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