BEAUMONT’S Beautiful Smiles
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FROM THE BEAUMONT FAMILY DENTISTRY TEAM
With Christmas just around the corner, we asked our team to share some of their favorite holiday traditions. Take a look at how the team at Beaumont Family Dentistry will be celebrating this year! DR. TAKACS: As a family, we would always go to Christmas Eve mass, then come home for dinner and wait for the kids to sleep before attacking the gifts that needed to be put together, which would usually keep us up until the early hours of Christmas Day. My parents would arrive early Christmas morning before the kids were up. The packages would be placed under the tree after we thought everyone was asleep. Breakfast always consisted of an egg-bacon- bread casserole and pastries, which we ate after opening the presents. DR. MILLER: Every other year, my family, along with my in-laws, boards the Polar Express and enjoys cookies and hot chocolate on our journey to the North Pole. The kids love it! Santa boards the train and each child receives a sleigh bell. Last year, my daughter Riley got the “first gift of Christmas!” GWEN B.: My family’s tradition is that we always have a holiday party the weekend before Christmas. We have a potluck and exchange gifts. I look forward to it every year! Of course, there was always someone who would ask, “Is this all?”
KRISTEN L.: We make homemade Christmas ornaments and exchange them at Thanksgiving in a game of “dirty Santa.” TERESA D.: Each year, we pick ornaments for each other and add them to the tree. We all say what each ornament means to us about the other person. And my husband and I go find mistletoe in the woods every year and hang it. LISA P.: My mom usually has Thanksgiving at her house for myself, the siblings, and all the grandchildren. We hang out all day, help in the kitchen, then enjoy the feast. After we get a second wind, we drag out all her Christmas decorations, put up her tree, and help her decorate for Christmas. Now that my kids are grown, they have started helping me do the same at our house. They get all my decorations out for me and put up my tree. We are going to try to make this our continued
family tradition — once the kids become adults, they put up their parents’ tree after Thanksgiving.
PAT K.: All of my family, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews go to my parents’ house on Christmas Eve for appetizers, then everyone opens gifts. On Christmas Day, everyone comes to my house for a big meal. This is one of the few times throughout the year when we all get together.
KRISTIN O.: We watch Christmas baking shows and get a new Christmas ornament for the tree.
PHILENA S.: My family and I all gather at my parents’ house on Christmas Eve. We put together pajama boxes for the kids with PJs, books, candy, etc. While drinking hot cocoa in new PJs, they gather around my dad, who reads them the nativity Christmas story. The next morning, we fix a big breakfast and open gifts.
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MEETING GRANDMA COOKIE FILLING THE OFFICE WITH SWEETNESS Everyone who’s come into our Beaumont office knows Pat Takacs as Grandma Cookie, a name given to her by one of her granddaughters, and wisely so. Pat provides the office with a fresh batch of cookies every morning. “Patients always tease me that they keep coming back because of my cookies,” Pat says with a laugh. Pat is Dr. Takacs’ mother, and she has been assisting Beaumont Family Dentistry since day one. At first, Pat would visit every now and then, helping wherever she could, but she eventually moved to Beaumont and started working full time at the office. She continues to do whatever she can for the office, the patients, the dentists, and the entire team. “I don’t know what you’d call me. I’m the master of all things, I suppose,” Pat says with a laugh. “I write weekly birthday cards to our patients, I send out ‘Welcome to the Office’ cards for all of our new patients, and I send thank you cards for patients who might have referred someone to us. If I see a patient who’s been sitting in the reception room for a while, I’ll go out and sit with them just to keep them company. I also call patients to check in with them after they’ve had surgery, just to see how they’re doing. I’ve always enjoyed reaching out to patients and helping with the important things that our busy team might not have the chance to.” When it comes to her favorite part about working here, she says she doesn’t have a favorite. “I don’t have a ‘best part’ because it’s all wonderful. It’s nice to work with everyone and have the chance to see family so often. We don’t actually have much time to chat while we’re at work, but knowing we’re all here is very reassuring.”
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LORI R.: A fun family tradition in my family is to spend a whole Saturday at the beginning of December baking Christmas cookies and candies with my mom, mother-in-law, kids, aunts, and nieces to share. As of last year, we have turned this tradition into a fun birthday celebration for my youngest daughter, Fyn, that we will continue for years! The Sunday after we’ve baked all of our goodies, we celebrate by sharing all of the cookies and candies from the day before with family and friends for her special December birthday! JOY D.: At Thanksgiving, we always host “Friendsgiving” and open our home to anyone we know who doesn’t have a place to spend the day. This started years ago because we weren’t from Lexington and didn’t have any family close by, so we cooked a big meal and waited to see who showed up at lunch time. I remember our first year here in Lexington, we had so many people show up that our small apartment dining room wouldn’t fit everyone. We turned our master bedroom into a dining room and rented long tables and chairs for the meal. There has rarely been a year where we didn’t have at least half a dozen people join us. Sometimes we’ve had family come from out of town, too, but most years, it’s just us, our children, and friends. It’s so much fun to share in my favorite holiday where the focus is on gratitude, things we are thankful for, and friendship. KIM M.: We get Chick-fil-A chocolate peppermint milkshakes and drive to see local Christmas lights. On Christmas night, it’s a tradition for me and my husband to go to Sir Pizza. KRYSTLE G.: Every Christmas, we spend time with family and try hard to keep the “magical feeling” in the air. My favorite tradition is watching my daughter on Christmas morning. She wakes up and runs to see the leftover cookie crumbs that Santa has left on the plate, then outside to see the trail of carrots the reindeer tend to drop as they fly away leading the sled. Santa even leaves her a letter, thanking her for the milk and cookies, along with the hoof print signature from the reindeers. No matter how old we all are, we still keep the spirit of Christmas alive and remember that the day is about the birth of Jesus Christ. CANDI K.: We hide a pickle ornament in the tree and whoever finds it without touching the tree gets a special gift and hides the pickle next year. We have been doing this since my daughter was little, and we continue this tradition even though she is 28 years old now. We also have another tradition at my dad’s house. We have these small ball ornaments that snap open and closed. Everyone writes a secret Christmas wish and puts them inside. The next year, we pass them out and try to guess whose wish was whose and see if it came true. It’s the little things like this that bring us closer. CHARISSA G.: We attend Christmas Eve church service together with both my parents and my in-laws and also participate in the ornament exchange every year with Beaumont Family Dentistry at Leestown coworkers. We go see Santa at Joseph Beth with my kids’ best friends every year. We like to compare how the kids have grown year after year, and this year, we will have a new baby to add to the group photo. My mom also always gives us a chocolate orange in our stockings. LIZ M.: Being Italian-Catholic, we do not eat meat on Christmas Eve. Therefore, Christmas Eve dinner consists of a variety of homemade pasta dishes and seafood, including spaghetti with marinara sauce, garlic butter noodles, baked mostaccioli, and crab legs. A lot of crab legs!
Having the opportunity to watch as her family grows not only in size but also within the business is something Pat is very proud to be a part of. “What else can I say?” She asks. “My dad was a dentist, as well, and I came to respect this field by working with him through high school. Dentistry is so much different now; my dad would be awed by what it’s become. I’m very proud of my family for pursuing this line of work because, boy, oh boy, it’s absolutely amazing.”
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How We Celebrate the Holidays
Welcoming and Looking After Our Patients
Getting Your Bite Back
Homemade Gingerbread Dog Treats
Peyo the Therapy Horse
MEET A DIFFERENT KIND OF THERAPY ANIMAL
Having a horse in a hospital room may not sound very sanitary, but Peyo goes through a strict grooming regimen to be deemed hygienic enough to be around patients. His hooves are greased, his mane and tail are braided, and his entire body is rubbed down with antibacterial lotion before being covered by a blanket. Before Peyo became a therapy horse, he was almost put up for sale by Bouchakour, who had a hard time wrangling Peyo’s fiery personality. But, over time, when they traveled to shows and competitions together, Bouchakour noticed the horse was drawn to the injured and disabled and would instantly calm at their touch. “It is one of the most pure, honest, and sweet things,” Bouchakour says. “They like each other very much without asking for anything else.”
fantastic comfort animals that can relieve anxiety and promote a positive environment for bedridden patients — as long as the doorway is big enough. Meet Peyo, the 14-year-old “love stallion” from Dijon, France, who is cheering up chronically ill patients one nuzzle at a time. This accomplished artistic dressage competitor accompanies his owner, Hassen Bouchakour, on visits to hospitals and nursing homes, bringing joy with every clop of his hooves. Patients suffering from all manner of ailments blossom when Peyo comes to visit, laughing and smiling while being nudged by his soft nose. He seems to have a keen sense for patients who are truly suffering, and though his handler is always nearby, Peyo often chooses which rooms to enter of his own volition.
Horses have been loyal and useful companions to humans for centuries. But unbeknownst to many who fear these long-legged, 1,000-plus-pound mammals, horses are also naturally intuitive and extremely sensitive to the moods of people around them. These traits make them excellent therapy animals for those with autism, cerebral palsy, chronic illnesses, and PTSD, among many more. In fact, there are dedicated horse-riding camps geared toward chronically ill children and adults all over the world.
However, riding horses isn’t the only way to benefit from equine therapy; horses are also
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