First-Year Student from Zimbabwe is Recipient of Scholarship Sponsored by Dr. Reinhart

A toothache may have changed Sandrah Moyo’s life forever. Before moving to Schwenksville five years ago with her family, the 26-year-old was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. One morning she remembered waking up in her home country with the terrible pain in her mouth. While most people in this country would quickly see a dentist to fix the problem, because of Zimbabwe’s crumbling economy at the time, it meant Moyo had to wait at least two weeks before someone could look at her tooth.

By that time, it was too late. The only option was to have the tooth removed. Moyo decided she never wanted anyone else to have the same experience.

“I was in a lot of pain, and I didn’t want others to go into such pain,” she said.

Sandrah MoyoSo, she decided she wanted to study dentistry. She enrolled in a program in her country but had to leave a year into her program. Her parents’ application for a Visa to immigrate to the United States with Moyo and her three younger brothers was approved. Her mom was a teacher in Zimbabwe and is now a certified nursing assistant. Her dad was a pastor and today works as a licensed practical nurse.

The decision to move was bittersweet for Moyo.

“My parents felt America would present my brothers and me with better opportunities and better lives as a whole,” said Moyo. “Yet the change meant I had to lose my place at the School of Dental Therapy and Technology and I’d no longer be together with a number of friends and family and I had to move to a foreign land.”

While there were friends and family already living in Schwenksville to welcome her, it wasn’t long after she arrived in the U.S. that Moyo said she noticed cultural differences between the two countries. For example, the way people from different generations interact with one another is very different.

“Here I realized people call each other by their first names,” she said. “I work with people older than me, and it feels strange to call them by their first name. It’s disrespectful in Zimbabwe. It took little bit of time to get used to that.”

In the spring of 2017, a year after arriving in this country, Moyo said she enrolled at Montgomery County Community College as a part-time student in the Dental Hygiene Program. Taking six credits each semester, she’s finished her prerequisites courses in 2019 and was ready to begin taking her dental courses. Then the pandemic threw a wrench in her plans.

Sandrah MoyoUnable to move forward with the clinical portion of her dental studies, Moyo pivoted slightly in order to keep moving forward.

“During COVID, my advisor said to keep taking classes,” she said. “So I earned a certificate of completion as a medical office assistant.”

In the meantime, she’s become an active leader on campus and has taken advantage of numerous opportunities that have become available to her as a result.

“As a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, I was able to travel to China this past summer as part of the Medicine and Science Delegation under the International Scholar Laureate Program, one of the Honor Society partners,” she said.

Moyo said she was astounded by the way medical professionals in China combine modern and traditional healing techniques when treating patients. She marveled at a couple facing fertility issues who incorporated traditional Chinese medicine into their treatment and now have a son. Another patient she said suffered a terrible accident that injured his face, yet healed using acupuncture.

“I was exposed to the Chinese culture and their world of medicine and, at the same time, managed to build lasting friendships with my fellow delegates,” she said.

Moyo is also a recipient of the Willig Family Scholarship and Planned Giving Advisory Council Scholarship.

“I’m grateful to be a part of the MCCC family and one of the recipients of these scholarships,” she said. “Because of that, the future dentist in me keeps moving forward and not giving up. As such, I promise to work hard and prove myself worthy of all the opportunities I’ve been presented with, and hope that one day I will be able to look back and remember how my dreams came true as I give back to the village that helped raise me.”

Lastly, Moyo was awarded the 2021 Tracy Ross-Reinhart Dental Hygiene Scholarship. This scholarship is sponsored by Dr. Tracy Reinhart of Weaver, Rechner & Reinhart Dental Associates. Reinhart began her education at MCCC as a dental hygienist and later became a dentist. She is currently a member of the program’s advisory committee.

This fall, Moyo finally begins her clinical dental hygiene courses. Her goal is to complete her associate’s degree before continuing her education to become an orthodontist eventually. She thanks MCCC for helping her keep her dream of working in the dental field alive.

“Attending Montgomery County Community College has been one of the paramount experiences one can have,” she said, “as it has not only brought me closer to my dreams, but has wonderfully exposed me to a world of many opportunities. It has allowed me to experience how it feels to go to school without the financial burden weighing on your shoulders compared to how I felt in my mother country, Zimbabwe. It has shown me how truly one’s life can be impacted by the saying, ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’”

“My future goal after Montgomery County Community College is to become a renowned orthodontist, she said, “and I aspire to be a great community leader who will be able to change people’s lives one smile at a time.”

This article is courtesy of the Montgomery County Community College Website. Written by Eric Devlin.

CDC and Department of Health Mask Mandate – 7/1/21

Please note the latest update below from the CDC and Department of Health regarding mask mandate.

Despite the lifting of the state’s mask order earlier this week (June 28), please note that there has been no change to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s (DOH) guidance for health care settings, including dentistry, so nothing has changed for you, your staff, your patients or other visitors at your offices.

The DOH Guidance for Dental Health Care Personnel from June 3, 2020 remains in effect for dental practices in Pennsylvania. As part of this DOH guidance, the CDC Interim Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response (last updated Dec. 4, 2020) also remains in effect.

Covid-19 Travel Update 3/19/21

Please note that our office is continuing to follow PA guidelines. According to a recent update from the PA Department of Health, we are no longer requiring those travelers entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from other countries or states, to quarantine or provide a negative COVID-19 test. Travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 such as masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene.

For more information, visit the Department of Health website at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx.

 

WRR Celebrates 27 Year Anniversary

As Dr. Weaver reminisces about the early days of WRR, he recalls the “conversation” held via a phone voice recording on an old tape recorder system. “I called Dr. Reckner’s home late at night on a Thursday in the summer of 1993 and left a message about a desire to partner with him in our own practice that we would build in Souderton. I was away for the weekend and when I returned, Dr. Reckner had left a message in response to mine saying that he thought it would be a great idea”, said Dr. Weaver.  “We both wanted a beneficent practice where we educated patients, listened to their needs, took into account the patients’ feelings, provided comfort in patient care, and delivered high-quality dental service.” 

After practicing for a few years, both doctors began training in orthodontics, oral surgery, and endodontics. In 1999, Dr. Tracy Reinhart joined the practice followed five years later by her husband, Dr. George Reinhart. Together, along with Dr. Weaver and Dr. Reckner, and later additions Dr. David Guengerich and Dr. Chris Zeledon they have worked to create a warm, friendly and family-oriented practice dedicated to providing the utmost care to each of their patients. 

The early days in the practice began with two chairs and two employees; two dentists, two computers, and 2,000 square feet. In 2010, with two locations, one in Souderton on Route 113 and one in Harleysville in the Peter Becker Community, Weaver, Reckner and Reinhart Dental Associates added a third location and started providing dental care for the patients at 181 Main Street, when Dr. Jack Brent retired. After several years practicing in that office, it became apparent that the building needed an update. “We needed a building that could accommodate the latest advances in dental technology,” said Dr. Tracy Reinhart. And, in 2016 the new office on Main Street in Harleysville was officially opened to the public and the practice discontinued operations at the Peter Becker location. 

Now, Weaver, Reckner and Reinhart Dental Associates offers two locations with 11 chairs each and over 70 employees. “While our practice has grown tremendously over the years, one thing that has stayed consistent is our commitment to making our patients smile by providing the most up-to date dentistry in a caring environment, “ said Dr. Weaver. “Thank you for trusting us with your dental care. We look forward to continuing our tradition of making you smile.”

COVID-19 Travel Update 1/22/21

Please note that our office is following the PA guidelines for out-of-state travel before your next visit to our office. According to a more recent mandate from the PA Department of Health, travelers entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from other countries or states, must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 10 days upon entry into Pennsylvania. If a traveler chooses to get tested upon entering the Commonwealth, or is waiting for test results, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days, or until receipt of a negative test result, whichever comes first. As we continue to monitor and plan for patient and staff safety, we will be verifying with patients regarding their recent travel. We appreciate all of our patients understanding as we navigate through these guidelines.

For more information, visit the Department of Health website at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx.

 

WRR Donates Thanksgiving Bags to Keystone Opportunity Center

Staff members packed up 14 bags of Thanksgiving dinner trimmings, gift cards and other essential items for families in our community. Each year, the office comes together to create beautiful Thanksgiving baskets which are delivered to the Keystone Opportunity Center. The Center serves families every month and always welcomes new donations and volunteers. If you would like more information on how you can help this holiday season, visit their website at www.keystoneopportunity.org.

Covid-19 Travel Information Update

The most recent update from the PA Department of Health has developed guidelines for traveling to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases. As we continue to monitor and plan for patient and staff safety, we will be verifying with patients regarding their recent travel. 

COVID-19 Information for Travelers

If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.

If you travel to the following states, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

For more information, visit https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx.

 

Latest Update 6/8/20

For the past 12 weeks, we have been following all recommendations set forth by governing agencies and public health experts by reducing our office hours, treating only emergency-based dental needs and postponing all non-essential dental care. This process has been an adjustment for all of our doctors, staff and especially our patients. We thank you for your continued support and patience during these uncertain times. Despite the obstacles, we have remained diligent in our philosophy of caring for you and your families to the best of our abilities.

We are happy to report that since the PA Department of Health and CDC have allowed us to perform regular dentistry, we are able to take care of our patients again! As you can imagine, we have an overwhelming number of appointments that need to be rescheduled due to the closure.

So, what does this mean for you?

If you had a routine cleaning previously scheduled during our closure, we will be in touch with you first to reschedule those appointments as soon as possible. If you have an upcoming re-care appointment already scheduled with one of our hygienists, we will contact you to let you know if we are able to keep the time or if we need to reschedule the appointment.

If you are someone that previously had dental treatment scheduled (including fillings, crown and bridge work, implants, etc.), those patients will also be contacted to reschedule appointments accordingly. Similarly, orthodontic patients will be notified to begin rescheduling their treatments. If you have any questions on your treatment, please contact our office.

As always, our top priority is to keep our patients and team members safe. We have instituted several new policies which include staggering appointments allowing for appropriate social distancing, parking lot check in, taking of patient and employee temperatures, and no contact check out. We also ask that anyone who enters our office wear a mask. We have also updated our safety measures and taken every precaution in our office to maintain a safe and efficient dental experience.

New Check-in/Check-out Process

·     Parking lot check in to minimize patients in waiting room. Call the office upon arrival and we will let you know when we are ready for you to come in.

·     Upon entry, patients should wear a face mask and will have their temperature recorded.

·     Paperless updates for any personal and insurance changes. New Patient form on our website can be faxed or e-mailed to our office before appointment.

·     Limited contact at check out. Expanded payment options now include: ApplePay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Tap to Pay, as well as all other credit cards, HSA, FSA, and Care Credit.

·     All high-touch areas are sanitized between patients.

PPE and Safety Measures Update 

·     All front desk staff are wearing masks. Clear plexiglass shields have been installed as well as distancing markers placed at the front desk area.

·     Clinical team members are equipped with additional PPE according to current guidelines, gloves and head coverings

·     Molekule air filtration units have been installed in every operatory as well as throughout the office. Molekule’s proprietary technology, Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO), works at the molecular level to destroy pollutants, including viruses. PECO is able to destroy pollutants 1000 times smaller than the standard filters must meet to qualify as HEPA.

Orthodontic Update for Our Patients

Orthodontics DentistryWe wanted to reach out to all of our orthodontic patients, in the hopes of shedding some light surrounding COVID-19 and our response to the latest recommendations from the Center of Disease Control as well as the Governor of Pennsylvania. At this time, we are continuing to suspend all routine (non-emergency) orthodontic dental care for the month of April. We will continue to evaluate the upcoming months as guidelines and recommendations are given.

If you or your child is in active orthodontic treatment, we realize that you may have some questions or concerns regarding how postponing routine appointments may impact treatment. We want to reassure you that missing an appointment or two will not have long term effects on the outcome of your case. It is possible that it may delay treatment time slightly, however since orthodontic treatment is individually based, this may not be the case for everyone.

If your child has an appliance that you manually adjust, please give our office a call so that we can let you know how to proceed.

Until we are able to see you for the next routine orthodontic appointment, please continue with the recommendations given at your last appointment. If you run out of rubber bands (elastics), please call the office so that we can mail them to you.

We ask that you practice the best oral care possible. Remember to brush for a full 2 minutes at minimum twice each day. Swirl the brush around your brackets or appliances and remember to brush your tongue gently. We recommend that you continue to floss each day and if you have not been flossing, now is a great time to begin the daily flossing habit!

Please be assured that our team is here to help. If you have an urgent need during this time, such as pain or injury, we will be available on an emergency basis only on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Fridays in our Souderton Office only. If you have a question or concern, please call our Souderton Office at 215-723-2162 so that we can work together to resolve the specific situation.

As soon as we are approved to reopen fully, our team will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible. Thank you for your patients and understanding during this time or mandatory postponement. We look forward to seeing you back in our offices soon!

Hoping you and your families stay safe and well!

Doctors & Team of Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental