Category: Office News

A cool portrait

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I hope to be practicing dentistry here for a long, long time.  So I think it’s important to take office pictures!  We had a photo session a few months back and I really like how this portrait came out.  Sadly, we’ve already changed staff.  We’ve had to say goodbye to Mary in the front but we get to welcome Kayley.  She’s taking over the reception duties in the afternoon!

What’s New at Sycamore Dental?

I want to make a quick blog entry today to share a few happenings in the office and give a thank you to a very considerate patient.

It’s 2016 and things are exciting.  The amazing whitening promotion has ended but if you still have a card or mailer then we will still honor it.  January is going to have a really simple promotion.  All new patients can get an exam, x-rays and a cleaning for only $45.   So if you have been putting off your cleaning for a while then schedule an appointment this month to get it taken care of.  At that price there is no excuse!

Every once in a while I will get an email asking me general dental questions.  Sometimes I will alter that question and make it into a weekly blog entry.  So if you have any questions, you can send me an email to sycamore@sycamore.dental.  I will answer it here on the blog.

I will be going back to Ensenada in the first weekend of February for the Thousand Smiles cleft palate clinic.  It’s a really good cause.  They provide free surgical correction to children in Mexico with cleft palate and then follow it up with extensive dental treatment.  It can include implants, orthodontics, and everything else you can think of.  There is also an orphanage which buses a bunch of kids over for much needed dental care.  I’m going to be providing all types of dental services over the weekend.  If you would like to help in some way, give us a call to let us know.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

The last thing I want to mention is a big thank you to a nice patient of ours.  He has a family run business in Newbury Park, named Alfi International.  They make kitchenware and appliances right here locally.  He sent us a set of kitchen knives which are among the best I’ve ever used.   So I suggest you try their awesome knives and support local Thousand Oaks businesses!

-Dr. Sycamore

Looking Back at 2015

This will be my last post for 2015.  I’d like to just write down a few words and thoughts to describe how I feel about 2015.

Most of 2015 was spent on the construction and build out of my building.  It took forever and was really stressful but I think now that its done and some time has passed, I’m starting to think back about some of the fun and exciting times of construction.  I’d like to acknowledge a few of the people who really helped me so much in the construction phase of my dental practice.

Robert Silva is the owner of Perfection Plumbing.  He is probably the nicest plumber you’ll ever meet.  He did an amazing job on the extensive plumbing job.  He never made a fuss when issues sprung up and was the absolute best.

Joe Amodio is the owner of  Amodio J Electric.  He did a completely new electrical system.  He worked extensively with the power company in order to reroute the service to the back of the building from the side.  His team is very respected by the city inspectors which is huge in making sure there are no snags with inspections.   Joe looked at my initial plans and pointed out several things that I would have hated and we were able to change them before he even started working.  He saved me a ton of time and money.

Nate Talley owns Talley Construction.  I can’t say enough about this guy.  He’s been doing construction for a long time.  He’s seen it all.  He is as honest as they come.  If you get an opportunity to use him as a contractor then do it.  The beautiful marble work among many other things thanks to him.

My wife Kim was in the construction zone everyday working with the contractors and inspectors.  She went above and beyond in making sure everything was coordinated and is the main reason everything looks as good as it does.

I opened my practice midway through 2015.  I’ve been very lucky to work with two amazing ladies who help me to provide a good experience to my patients.

Abigail is our receptionist and the main point of contact for my patients.  I was very lucky to bring her into the practice.  She has an amazing positive attitude and is very flexible to make people feel welcome when they call or visit the office.

I have been working with Citlaly for about a year and a half.  She is my favorite assistant I’ve ever worked with and I will always be so grateful to her for her flexibility in working with me in the office.

Last, I want to thank all the patients who have found our practice in many different ways.  I’m so greatful that you’ve trusted us enough to be patients in our practice and I hope that you will stay with us for many, many years to come.

2015 was a very exciting year for me, but I have a feeling that 2016 will be even better!

 

What’s in a Name?

NameWhen I was doing the construction phase of starting my practice, a lot of family and friends asked me what I was going to name my practice.  I thought about the different names and what they would purvey about myself and my practice.  Ultimately, I decided not to use a business name and instead to use my own name.

I think there is a trend going on in dentistry that is negative.  We are seeing some dentists who are opening up multiple offices and hiring newly trained dentists to run them.  There are also large corporations which start up practices and run them in conjunction with a part-owner dentist.  I think both of these scenarios lead to a practice that’s first focus is on profit.  You see, the owners of these practices are not necessarily even present in the building and are mostly interested on the profitability of the practice.  They put pressure on the attending dentists and staff to sell more treatment which may not be necessary or beneficial.

Another negative aspect of these types of practice is a high rate of turnover of the dentist.  You may go and get to know a dentist and like how he or she treats you and then when you show up you may find out that you are scheduled with someone you’ve never met.  This can be unsettling to many patients.

I laughed when I was watching the Middle, on ABC last week.  The dentist who Frankie works for shuts down his practice and purchases a franchise in a corporate run dental chain.


I suppose that is why I put my name up on the side of my building.  When you come to my office you can be assured that I am the only dentist who will ever see you.  I don’t have any associates or partners.  Its just Justin Sycamore DDS.  I even do all of the cleanings at this point.

The other issue is that I have complete ownership of my practice.  All treatment decisions are made by myself and you, the patient.  I will discuss with you all the treatment options, their pros and cons, and different prices and let you choose the best option that works for you.  I won’t use any pressure to sell you any treatment.  I think that if I’m 100% honest and fair with you, you will come back and be with me for years and years to come.

So, what’s in a name?  My practice is not named after a city or a road.  The practice is named after me.  It represents me.  It stands for my honesty and my integrity.

-Dr. Sycamore

Office News

A Little Update

I have been really busy lately and haven’t had a chance to make a formal blog entry so I will make a little update today about two exciting things that happened recently.

The Halloween Candy Buyback was a really big success. I wasn’t sure if anyone would come, but we had a big turnout and collected well over 100 pounds of candy! So thanks to everyone who came and supported the buyback! It was pretty amazing to see that much candy in a pile. It took up most of our storage closet. So I feel really happy about our event.

The other great thing that happened was I got to volunteer with a group called Thousand Smiles which helps kids who were born with cleft lip and cleft palate. They head down to Mexico several times a year to put on all volunteer clinics. It’s a pretty incredible organization! I believe it’s supported by the Rotary Club. There is a surgical unit which takes the children to a local hospital and repairs the cleft lips and palates and then there is a dental team which does all of the dental work including orthodontics and implants. I got to spend part of the week in Ensenada, Mexico where I could be part of this great team of surgeons, nurses, and dentists who volunteer their time for those who really need help. So it was a great time and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year!

Halloween Candy Buyback

I’m not a grinch.

I love Halloween.  Its one of my favorite holidays.  My house and dental office has Halloween decorations.  I dress up as Indiana Jones every year.  I also don’t have any issue with candy.  I think candy is a wonderful treat once in a while.  I’m not the dentist who passes out toothbrushes on Halloween.  I love candy too.  So, why the Halloween Candy Buyback?

I hope all children are able to dress up and trick or treat as long as they like.  Its so fun to be out at night and visit neighbors houses who have decked out their homes in spooky decor.  Its fun to see which of your friends got the most candy.  When I was growing up, my brothers and sisters and I would sit around and lay out our candy and then trade it among ourselves.    We would gorge ourselves on Halloween night.  I am all for this!  I hope kids eat a ton of candy on Saturday night and even Sunday too!  But then, I think its healthy to say, “Halloween was really fun!  Lets take down the decorations, put away our costumes, and get rid of this extra candy!”

So why not bring it to my dental office.  I will ship it to Operation Gratitude where they will distribute it to the troops overseas.  It is a great treat for a soldier who has been out of the country.  Have you ever been out of the country for several weeks?  I have, and I really started to miss American snacks and candy.  So it is a great way to give an American soldier a little piece of home while he or she is away.  But not only do they eat the candy themselves, but they also give it to children overseas to create goodwill.  So it’s a really worthy cause.

I hope everyone has an amazing and safe Halloween and that you will bring in your extra candy to our Halloween Candy Buyback on the Monday after Halloween!

-Dr. Sycamore

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