A practice based in Tuckahoe recently held a party involving its patients and others to mark being in business for 18 months. The celebration was held in honour of its customers rather than the practice itself.
The atmosphere was about having fun, with many of the children attending having paint daubed on their faces.
One of the owners of the practice, Erica Pichardo told reporters: “I absolutely love my job. It’s a pleasure to be here, and to dish up a cup of happiness to these patients.”
The party also had a Hawaiian theme which everyone attending thought a great idea. Many of the staff even went as far as adorning Hawaiian clothing; children played with Hawaiian toys.
One of those attending the party was the office manager, Lynda Lederle-Natale. She said: “The month of August celebrates our 18-month anniversary here in Tuckahoe.
“In the Jewish religion, the number 18 means long life and happiness. It’s a good number, so we decide to have a patient appreciation day. Without our wonderful patients we wouldn’t exist.”
Referring to the fun the children were having at the party, another attendee added: “Painting the children here is a lot of fun for me. It brings me much joy to see their little faces change into whatever they want it to be.
“I’ve been here for eight different days throughout the month hanging out with all the kids and it’s really a great opportunity for them because coming to the dentist can be pretty scary. They do a great job here calming the kids.”
The party attracted a large number of the practice’s patients. One first time younger patient, Alyssa Gallo who is only 8 years old said: “The dentist was really nice. I was really good so they let me pick out three prizes. I can’t wait to come again, the office is really cool.”