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Oviedo Premier Dental hosts grand opening By Laura Newberry THE CHRONICLE

The motto at the new Oviedo Premier Dental is “Creating Smiles for Your Future,” which represents more than a business slogan; it’s a hope for expanded clientele and a new take on dentistry. The owner and doctor of dentistry at Oviedo Premier, Dr. George Yarko, has been building a client base in the East Orlando and Oviedo area since 1986. “I was pretty much the first dentist that moved out this far east, down by UCF in East Orange County,” Yarko said. “I pulled from all of Oviedo, Geneva, Winter Springs and Titusville.” According to Yarko, the patients he and his associate, Michael Simpson, accumulated over the years were too abundant for his two former practices, Lockwood Dental and East Orlando Dental. “We wanted to increase the newest technologies and patient conveniences in the new office,” Yarko said. “We wanted to be a premier dental facility, everybody’s dental office. Our other offices were just too small for that.” Oviedo Premier Dental had a soft opening in October for their new office on Mitchell Hammock Road, and has seen many of the former practice’s past customers. However, according to

Yarko, they are looking to attract fresh clientele to the new location. Yarko said the new eight-room facility is complete with the latest dentistry technology, including a computer that manufactures crowns the same day they’re needed. The office will continue to provide services that the former practices accommodated, such as Invisalign, cosmetic fillings and veneers. “He’s able to do implants and time-intensive procedures that most dentists aren’t able to do,” said Rick Rampi, the marketing coordinator for Oviedo Premier. “Instead of going out and referring them to another dentist, they can do everything here. It’s a one-stop shop.” Yarko aspires to eventually provide further facial cosmetic services in his office, such as Botox and Juvederm injections. Both are skin fillers that reduce facial wrinkles. “Dentists are starting to do this now for patients. I haven’t taken the courses yet, but that’s a future hope,” Yarko said. In addition to his dental experience within the East Orlando community, Yarko has worked as a volunteer dentist for the University of Central Florida sports teams since 1987. Yarko provided various services for both coaches and players for sports ranging from

Award given to Oviedo student By Marisa Ramiccio THE CHRONICLE

Sasha Rahaman, of Oviedo, was recently awarded the Academic Performance Award by the faculty and staff of Johnson and Wales University’s Miami Campus. One graduating student per college is given the award based on academic average and recommendation by the faculty. Rahaman was one of

three students to receive this award. Rahaman received her bachelor’s degree in Restaurant, Food and Beverage Management, with a concentration in Sales, Meeting and Event Management. While in college, she was a member of Eta Sigma Delta and was a Student Success tutor. She was also involved in the International Community and the Series for Hospitality Excellence.


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what the building looks like at the event, and our logo. A lot of people drive past it and don’t know it’s a dentist office,” Rampi said. The first 25 people to attend the event will receive a free spin brush, Rampi said, and every guest will receive coupons for exams and Invisalign treatment. Oviedo Premier partnered with five different restaurants for the event: Yogurtopia, Woody’s Bar-BQ , Marco’s Pizza, Tijuana Flats and Bernie’s Gourmet Hamburgers, all of which are providing free food for attendees. Free beer and wine will be provided by Tim’s Wine Market. “We’re going to have a Courtesy Oviedo Premier Dental contemporary artist there as well, Paul Vincenti,” Rampi OPEN WIDE: Oviedo Premier Dental, which had a soft opening in October 2010, will have a grand opening on June 30. said. “There will be half-awomen’s cross country to office,” Yarko said. “Players relationship with past clien- dozen of his pieces there, so soccer. who go off to the NFL still tele, as well as reach out to people in the Oviedo area He also made custom come and get their dentistry new patients, by hosting a can come and check out mouthguards that make it done by me.” grand-opening event for some artwork.” The event will be open easier for the UCF football Such players include their new office. players who are interviewed Daunte Culpepper, former The event will take place to the public. “We want to get the word often by media to speak. quarterback of the at Oviedo Premier Dental “It’s helped my practice Minnesota Vikings, and on June 30 from 5:30 p.m. to out. The practice is topnotch,” Rampi said. “When because I’ve gotten quite a Asante Samuel, cornerback 7:30 p.m. few of the students and ath- for the Philadelphia Eagles. “It’s kind of difficult to you become a patient here, letes who have stayed with Yarko and Simpson are see the building from the it’s like you’re becoming a my practice, even at the new hoping to rekindle their road, so we’re trying to push part of a family.”

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