Doctors Attend Orthodontic Conference in Spain

 

The International Association of Orthodontics (IAO) held their Annual Meeting this spring in Sitges, Spain. Dr. Todd Weaver and Dr. John Reckner attended the four-day conference along with two members of the Weaver, Reckner and Reinhart dental assistant team. 

Dr. Weaver and Dr. Reckner joined by two of our Expanded Function Dental Assistants Laura and Lydia.

The IAO is a global organization that provides education and support for dentists who practice orthodontics. It is comprised of disciplined dentists who have a passion for delivering high-quality orthodontic treatment to move teeth with a strong base in education and study. The Conference brought together dentists from all over the world to lecture, learn, and make connections with other professionals dedicated to the discipline of straightening teeth. 

“Even though we have been practicing orthodontics for over 20 years, there are always new techniques to learn and take advantage of for our patients,” said Dr. Reckner. “We learned of newer techniques to correct both overbites and underbites in a streamlined system called the Carriere motion appliance. We also heard about the latest possibilities with Clear Correct, the aligner system we currently use for patients who prefer not to wear braces.”

The trip was also filled with opportunities to explore some of the beautiful areas of the city, and share stories and ideas with fellow dental practitioners. “I thoroughly enjoyed expanding my orthodontic education on this trip. Learning about new innovative techniques is really exciting and I can’t wait to adapt it at work,” said Dental Assistant, Laura. 

The dentists at Weaver, Reckner and Reinhart value continuing education as one of the most important activities in the dental field.  Learning constantly and applying new concepts is vital to successful patient care and treatment planning.

“We hope to be able to attend next year’s IAO meeting and look forward to our continued advancement and learning from key leaders in orthodontics,” said Dr. Weaver. 

Weaver, Reckner and Reinhart Dental Associates provides full-service dental care to patients in Bucks and Montgomery County as well as the surrounding areas. For more details regarding our wide selection of dental services or to hear more about our orthodontics services, visit our website at www.gotta-smile.com or call 215-486-1649 or 215-486-1652.

WRR To Move Souderton Office in 2024

After nearly 30 years at the Souderton Center location, Weaver Reckner and Reinhart Dental Associates is excited to announce that we are making plans to relocate our Souderton office to the former R&S Keystone Diner property at 4714 Bethlehem Pike. The practice is currently working with a designer and local engineer to plan a new state-of-the-art facility while continuing to provide the best dental care for patients and the community. 

Dr. Todd Weaver and Dr. John Reckner started their practice nearly three decades ago in Souderton with two chairs, two computers and two employees. In the years that followed, the practice added three additional partners in Dr. Tracy Reinhart, Dr. George Reinhart and Dr. David Guengerich, and an additional office was opened in 2016 in Harleysville. WRR welcomed Dr. Patrick Huynh in 2021 and has grown to over 75 employees. 

“Souderton Center has been a wonderful location for us and we are forever grateful for the space that we have had these past 30 years,” said Dr. Weaver. “However, with our continued growth and the addition of dental services to the communities around Souderton, we need more space, which will offer our patients more comfort and ease of scheduling.” 

Following the approval and planning process, the goal is to begin construction on the new property later this year to create a modern, technologically-advanced facility with an anticipated opening in late summer 2024. There will be private, dedicated parking with easy and safe access for patients with entrances from both Bethlehem Pike and Keystone Drive. 

“We are looking forward to continuing to provide high-quality dental care in the Souderton community and in the best facility we can,” said Dr. Reckner. 

Both the Souderton and The Harleysville offices will remain open throughout the entire process. Updates will be provided for all patients and the community during this time through e-mail alerts and social media. 

 

LOCAL SCHOOL VISIT TO KICK-OFF CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Children’s Dental Health is recognized nationally throughout the month of February. Sponsored by the American Dental Association, this year’s theme is “Brush, Floss, Smile”. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates is committed to educating and providing fun tips for both kids and parents. One of our hygienists visited Hilltop Preschool to talk about what to expect when they come to the dentist for the first time, how to clean their teeth and the best foods for their teeth.

 

DR. WEAVER AND DR. RECKNER TO LECTURE AT FALL PA ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY

Dr. Todd Weaver and Dr. John Reckner will be attending the fall  meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry in Hershey. Both doctors received their Masters in the Academy of General Dentistry four years ago in New Orleans. Dr. Reckner will be presenting a lecture on Wirelign and Dr. Weaver will present two restorative cases using implants to support a full prosthesis. Earlier this year, both doctors attended the Spring meeting which focused on periodontal (gum) disease diagnosis and treatment. The American Academy  of General Dentistry is the largest General Dental organization in the country and is focused on advancement of technology, technique and treatment. 

 

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.