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Local teachers and administrators are embracing a discipline program that is reforming the climate of their schools.

COVER: Hyde International Studies/Communications Magnet Elementary School Principal Heather Eubank (LEFT) and Harry Street Elementary School Principal Stacie Meyer PHOTOGRAPHY BY GINGEROOT STUDIOS

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News and information from our partners at Wichita Public Schools

Horace Mann receives national award

District honors Distinguished Classroom Teachers Photo caption: Horace Mann students work together on a math assignment.

H Front row from left: Shannon Andres, Megan Vicin, Kim Morrissey and Stephanie Chippeaux Back row: Theresa Blunt, Andrew Gonzalez, Cindy Siemens


he Wichita Public Schools’ has named the recipients of the 2010 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award. • Megan Vicin, kindergarten teacher at Kensler Elementary – New Teacher, Elementary category • Theresa Blunt, 7th grade math teacher at Truesdell Middle School – New Teacher, Secondary category • Shannon Andres, kindergarten teacher at Adams Elementary – Primary Teacher (Pre-K through 2) category • Andrew Gonzalez, 3rd grade teacher at Allen Elementary – Intermediate (3 through 5) category • Cindy Siemens, Language Arts teacher at Robinson Middle School – Middle School category • Stephanie Chippeaux, math teacher at South High School – High School category

• Kim A. Morrissey, P.E. teacher at Dodge Literacy Magnet – Support teacher category            Megan Vicin and Theresa Blunt will represent the district for the Kansas Horizon Award competition, which recognizes outstanding first-year teachers. Cindy Siemens and Kim Morrissey will represent the district for the prestigious Kansas Teacher of the Year award. The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Awards program honors outstanding teachers who affect the quality of education in the Wichita Public Schools. Peers, building administrators or parents have nominated each of the recipients. A committee consisting of principals, assistant principals, teachers, support staff, the assistant superintendents of elementary, middle and high schools and a member of the United Teachers of Wichita selects the final recipients.

orace Mann Dual Language Magnet was recognized as a high-performing school with the National Excellence in Urban Education Award. Horace Mann was one of thirteen schools in the country to be selected by San Diego State University’s National Center for Urban School Transformation. The award is given to schools that have high test scores, little or no achievement gaps, a large number of students from lowincome families, high attendance and low discipline problems. A team of evaluators also came to Horace Mann to observe what students were learning and how teachers delivered the lessons. “It was nice to have educators from other areas of the country say, ‘Wow! Look at what you do to educate students’,” said Ken Jantz, principal at Horace Mann. The school received a $1,000 award and complementary travel and registration to a May conference where staff will give a presentation about education strategies that work at Horace Mann. One of the evaluators who came to Horace Mann is a leader in dual language programs and Jantz said he is looking forward to learning new strategies from her.  

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s of this issue, I'm so excited to be called the editor of Wichita Family Magazine! We have so many fun things planned for the magazine and are hoping to make this already great publication even better.

I’ve written for Wichita Family Magazine for several years and have enjoyed the people I’ve met along the way and the new things I’ve learned in my research for stories. I was born in Wichita and grew up in a neighboring town. I even graduated from Wichita State, but it never ceases to amaze me all the awesome things that I didn’t know existed in and around this city. Events, attractions, new places to eat or play, groups to join, fun sights to see, the possibilities are endless. With three kids—ages 6, 4 and 2—life is never boring, but it definitely can get routine. I want to know what your favorite things are in or around Wichita. Where do you take your family for fun? What are your favorite things to do with your free time? How did you survive spring break and what are your plans for the summer? We need your help to make this magazine what you want it to be. Let us know what you like or what you didn’t like so much. Have a great idea for a story or would you like to advertise in the magazine? Let us know! Email me at and give me your feedback. Are you on Facebook? Become a fan of Wichita Family Magazine today! Being the slightly-addicted Facebook lover that I am, I’m planning to ramp up our Facebook fan page and I’m expecting you other Facebook addicts to start talking back on our page. Enjoy the issue and have a fabulous April!


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New perk for Wesley babies and moms The Wichita hospital is now home to Baby Bloom Photography, a full-service photo

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f you’re having a baby at Wesley Medical Center in the near future, be prepared for an adorable new feature that has been added to the experience.

It's called Baby Bloom Photography and it is a locally-owned and operated photography business that offers an inspired take on newborn photography. Gone are the days of plain baby mug shots, Baby Bloom Photography has a new way of doing things. Christy Procell, a local professional photographer who founded Baby Bloom Photography in 2009, has gathered photographers to offer mothers a ramped-up version of hospital mug shots. Wesley newborns and mothers are treated to a full-service photo shoot right in the hospital room. Don't worry, though, the backdrops, adorable hats and blankets resemble nothing of the

typical hospital setting. Procell, who is also the owner of Treasured Moments Photography in Wichita, was ready to step back a bit from the crazy schedule of shooting a wedding or two every weekend. So she decided to pursue new photography options. “I wanted more time to be home with my family,” said Procell. “My dad always told me to look for opportunities and this one seemed to be a perfect fit.” After months of arranging details and planning, Baby Bloom Photography was born. The morning after a baby is delivered at Wesley Medical Center or at the Wesley Birthcare Center, the mother schedules a photo session with a professional photographer. Wesley offers this studio-quality photo session

by Jessica Lindsey as a perk to its patients and there is no purchase required. “God gives us this talent for photography and we are honored to be able to pass it along to families,” said Procell. The Baby Bloom photographer come to the new mother's room and get to work creating beautiful memories of the newborn and family members. “First thing we do when we walk into the room is we crank up the heat,” said Procell. “We don't want the baby mad at the world right away.” With a warm, cozy atmosphere in place, the photographer uses various backdrops and props and makes use of hospital room furnishings for the shoot. There is always a barrier between the prop and the newborn, adds Procell, to prevent the spread of any germs from one baby to another. Wichita Family | APRIL 2010


“We provide a true studio session to capture the newborn essence,” said Procell. “We can incorporate parents, siblings, we shoot little feet, little hands, close-ups, etc. It's nothing like the typical hospital photo.” The entire session takes about 45 minutes and the mother and family are able to view the photos at the end of the session right in the room. There are photo packages and baby announcements available as well as a jewelry line and purses that can be ordered with photos on them. The best value, Procell added, is a CD with all of the images from the session that can be purchased for just over $100. “You'd pay at least that for sitting fee at a professional studio,” said Procell. There is a photo editor on staff who color corrects, crops, designs cards and does all of the editing required for the photographers. CDs and photographs are delivered in approximately 7 to 10 business days. “Each day of life is so precious,” said Procell. “Regardless of what life brings, those families will have these keepsakes, they capture a moment that you can never have back.” There is another side of Baby Bloom Photography as well, the non-profit side that does bereavement photography for Wesley. A Baby Bloom photographer is on call 24 hours a day in the case of an infant loss at Wesley. During a time when the parents may be overwhelmed and may not know what they need or want, the photographer is able to capture every detail of the baby.

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Local teachers and administrators are embracing a discipline program that is reforming the climate of their schools. story by Jessica Lindsey Photos by Gingeroot Studi0s


uring her first year as principal at Harry Street Elementary School in Wichita, Stacie Meyer felt like her office was a revolving door with one child after another being sent to her for discipline. Now in her third year in the position, Meyer steps into school each morning and welcomes a completely different role these days. It's one she is much more excited about. “Our goal is to allow students to own their behavior, to be responsible for it,” said Meyer. “Test scores have risen and the environment is better. I believe it has a lot to do with kids staying in the classroom, not down here waiting in line to see me every day.”

How did they do it? Meyer and her staff went through an extensive process, narrowing down and researching several discipline programs before adopting a program called Effective School Discipline two years ago.

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It's a program that several Wichita-area schools and schools across the country are using and seeing amazing results.

The program’s beginnings Effective School Discipline’s statistical data of results is impressive: Increased test scores, office referrals dropping by 70%, greater staff satisfaction and more parents on board. But it’s the personal experience of administrators and teachers who sing the praises of Effective School Discipline that have made this program grow from a concept to a growing success story. Larry Thompson, principal at Hesston High School in Hesston, Kansas and his wife Angela are the developers of Effective School Discipline. Thompson has a vast background with at-risk kids and this program was developed while serving as principal at Newton’s United Methodist Youthville school for kids who have behavioral or other problems.

After years in education, including time spent teaching special education, Thompson accepted the position of principal at United Methodist Youthville. The school was in bad shape, having gone through five principals in one school year, and after experiencing frequent police visits, low achievement and teacher retention. Thompson was determined to turn the school around from the inside out, starting with the teachers. “I believe schools have more influence than they give themselves credit for. I will not give into the notion that television violence, gaming, and families that are not involved can keep us from being successful with kids.” We have kids as a captive audience for seven hours a day. With the right plan in place we can have great influence on our students and I still believe we can win out over television and other issues they struggle with. The teachers in both Youthville and Hesston loved kids, worked hard and

Refocus Mats used in the process of Give‘Em Five, a segment of the Effective School Discipline Program

were good teachers before I got there. Now they just had the right plan that created the culture they wanted to work in. “The right plan, in the right hands creates amazing results. Our goal is to get this plan into the schools with good leaders and the results will speak for themselves. “I believe when teachers learn a process they can be consistent in their building. The time they have with kids becomes more productive,” said Thompson. “I believe we can model something to kids day in and day out. We have these kids seven hours a day and if we do our best job of teaching and influencing them, then we can be one of the most stable aspects of their lives.” He was working in a school where the worst consequence had already been given, the kids had already been kicked out of their schools, some even from their homes. No consequence within the school was going to be a threat. The philosophy of a “bigger paddle” would not work with these students. Many had already given up on themselves.

for their use of technology in Kansas.

Thompson moved his thinking beyond negative consequences and getting to the heart of the matter. Focus less on requiring mindless obedience and more on expecting responsibility. Creating a “system” that requires responsibility and not just obedience is a new approach. Most schools are still built on an obedience styled model. Then we are angry with kids when they do not act responsible.

Thompson’s system began to grow in popularity and since then he and his wife, Angela, a kindergarten teacher, developed the details of the program and have put together a team of trainers who offer consulting services for schools.

By expecting students to be responsible for their choices and training teachers to model only positive behaviors, Thompson created what would eventually become Effective School Discipline. It provided teachers and staff with the skills needed to help the students thrive. Thompson and his staff saw dramatic results. His school went from having nearly no computers or other technology because the students would destroy them, to within a couple of years being honored by Gov. Bill Graves as one of the Top 15 schools

The basics As Youthville’s students began returning to their schools, teachers and administrators noticed the difference and began contacting Thompson for information on what he had done to turn them around.

Scott Bacon, principal of Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, Kan., said he and his staff agree that the training is one of the most valuable and relevant experiences they have had. Consequently, the number of discipline referrals the school saw during the first semester of this school year was the lowest it has ever been. “Few of us in the education field have ever been trained on how to confront a student verbally,” said Bacon. “Yet we deal with students on a daily basis. Those who have been trained in the Give ‘Em Five method have a much greater sense of confidence that they have a strategy that will help them confront a student in a positive and productive manner.”

Give ‘em Five and the importance of refocus The program is a training for teachers to help create a system where everyone knows their part. One piece of the program is called “Give’em Five”. This is a process where teachers learn to use 5 themes to help guide their conversations with kids. The 5 themes are not a script, but a way to help teachers navigate those tough conversations that happen with students. The conversations need to sound natural and authentic or teachers will not want to use them. This is why in the training teachers develop their own book which has their words and phrases plugged into the themes. Teachers learn to work with the different levels of student compliance and begin to develop consistent tolerances in their classrooms and the school. The refocus mats that are used in many elementary schools are a great example of changing a schools philosophy from the old obedience model, to the new responsibility mode. Teachers used to say,”go sit over there until I tell you that you can Wichita Family | APRIL 2010


get up”. The teacher controlled the time. The refocus mats process is very different in theory. There are three refocus mats in a classroom. Usually used in the K-2 grade level. When a child is having difficulty working with the teacher the teacher encourages them to take advantage of some refocus time. Children learn this is not a negative thing, but a way to help them get things fixed and not have to be in trouble. The three mats are Red, Yellow and Blue with pictures on them to help the young non readers. If students sits on the red mat they are signaling they are upset and need to be left alone. When they move to the yellow mat they are now thinking

of solutions and when they arrive at the blue mat they are signaling to the teacher they have a solution for what happened and are ready to share it with the teacher.

do it all the time. He argues with the teacher.

The program also breaks down the different types of students that will be seen in any given school.

Interestingly, Thompson said at each training, they offer several role play situations. At the end of the scenario, all of the teachers and administrators in attendance are asked to hold up their hand with a card identifying if the child in the scenario was a Kid 1, 2, or 3. In every training session, there will be a mix of answers.

Breaking down behavior

Kid 1: Realizes he has made a mistake and acknowledges it when addressed. He does not fight it. Kid 2: Starts to challenge the teacher when he is approached about making a mistake. He may say that other kids

Kid 3: After trying everything, still will not cooperate. They have to be asked to leave the classroom.

“It just shows how inconsistent we’re being in schools,” said Thompson. “Even the best teachers don’t always know how to deal with the situations they’re put in while working in the classroom.”

Not just for ‘problem’ schools After six years in the position, Thompson left Youthville, taking the job as principal at Hesston High School. “People always asked me, what about a regular school?” said Thompson. “When I took the job at Hesston people thought, Hesston is a really nice school, it doesn’t have those kinds of problems. No, it doesn’t, but the program will work with all kids. It teaches them to be stronger leaders and treat each other better, work better, give better effort in the classroom.” His new staff embraced the program and office referrals dropped by ninety percent in the second year and have maintained in the seven years Thompson has been in Hesston. The school also has hit the goal of one hundred-percent proficiency on state reading tests, a feat that is nearly unmatched in another 4A school. Heather Eubank walked into a similar situation when she took over as principal at Hyde International Studies/ Communications Magnet Elementary in Wichita two years ago. There were no severe behavioral issues, Eubank said, but she chose to adopt the program as a way to foster leadership and further the positive trend she was already seeing in her school.

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“It’s in line with my philosophy that everybody deserves to be treated with dignity,” said Eubank. “No teacher sets out to embarrass or make a student feel bad, these teachers love these kids. But sometimes we react to situations, we get the parent voice going and that’s not what they need from us.” Eubank said she is proud to be a part of a school climate where kids want to be present, want to learn and are valued. “Students are taught from the beginning to talk through their issues,” said Eubank. “We help them understand and begin to think, how am I going to solve it so that it doesn’t happen again.” The responsibility that is internalized is the key, she added. “There is such responsibility built into this program,” said Eubank. “Kids will start being responsible when we allow them to be responsible. In this program they realize very quickly that they can’t get out of their responsibilities.”

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his is the question posed to dentists in the Wichita area by topDentists, a third-party research firm. Dentists and specialists questioned are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and of course physical results. The nomination pool of dentists consists of all dentists listed online with the American Dental Association (http://www., as well as all dentists listed online with their local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists who we have missed that they feel should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer’s work when evaluating the other nominees. Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot whose work they are familiar with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion




Don R. Mayer 215 South Hillside Street Wichita, KS 67211-2128 316-681-3479

Randy S. Metzler 501 Southeast 36th Street Newton, KS 67114-8730 316-284-2930 Terrence Vernon Turner Professional Endodontics 7570 West 21st Street, Suite 1042-B Wichita, KS 67205-1734 316-729-5670

varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given careful consideration by the editors. Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists. Of course there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in the United States. A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful list of dentists available. The dentists advertising in this section have shown their interest in serving our readers by advertising to give more information about their respective practices, services and affiliations.

William R. Watson, Jr. Wichita Endodontics 3535 East Central Avenue Wichita, KS 67208-3231 316-681-1099

General Dentistry

Steven W. Baxter Baxer Dental Associates 5255 North Maize Road Maize, KS 67101 316-773-6161

Neil Bhargava Bhargava Family Dentistry Sam S. Amirani 1230 North Broadmoor Avenue, Suite 300 1431 South Bluffview Street, Suite 109 Wichita, KS 67206 Wichita, KS 67218-3039 316-630-0002 316-686-7155 Kreg W. Boynton Connie Andrews Boynton & Boynton Family Dental Arts 1926 North Andover Road 1901 North Webb Road, Suite B Andover, KS 67002-8301 Wichita, KS 67206-3415 316-733-7888 316-685-8881

Sheri K. Boynton Boynton & Boynton Family Dental Arts 1901 North Webb Road, Suite B Wichita, KS 67206-3405 316-685-8881 Bruce A. Brittain 428 Lioba Drive P.O. Box 790 Andover, KS 67002-0790 316-733-2415 Scott A. Brooks 3455 West Thirteenth Street North Wichita, KS 67203-4500 316-943-2341

DISCLAIMER This list is excerpted from the inaugural topDentists™ list, which includes listings for more than 70 dentists and specialists in Wichita. For more information call 706-364-0853 or email ( or visit ( topDentists has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2010 by topDentists, LLC Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of topDentists. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission of topDentists, LLC.

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Richard A. Burton 310 Oil Hill Road El Dorado, KS 67042-3352 316-321-7171 Karen M. Callanan 3500 North Rock Road Building 2200, Suite 101 Wichita, KS 67226-1341 316-636-9400 Joseph P. Chang Chang and Strong Family Dentistry 404 South Edgemoor Street, Building 400 Wichita, KS 67218-1631 316-267-3924 Kevin K. Christensen 2860 South Seneca Street, Suite C Wichita, KS 67217-2865 316-522-4759 Robert H. Dakin 439 North McLean Boulevard, Suite 204 Wichita, KS 67203 316-262-0202 Lawrence H. Davis 3001 East Central Avenue Wichita, KS 67214-4814 316-685-9791 Vincent T. Farha 500 North Georgie Avenue Derby, KS 67037-1706 316-788-2806 Eric S. Farmer 7520 West Village Circle Wichita, KS 67205-9362 316-722-1110 David L. Foley 1031 North Andover Road Andover, KS 67002 316-733-0411 Thomas J. Foley 3213 North Ridge Road Wichita, KS 67205-1770 316-773-3311 Todd Frankenbery 9100 East Twenty-ninth Street Wichita, KS 67226-2177 316-634-0990

Craig Brian Lashley Lashley Family Dentistry 2105 North Ridge Road Wichita, KS 67212-1417 316-773-1177 Steve Latimer 202 North Main Street El Dorado, KS 67042 316-321-0300 Benjamin G. Lee 387 North Woodlawn Street Wichita, KS 67208-4330 316-685-2309 Karen M. Lennon 1700 North Waterfront Parkway, Building 400 Wichita, KS 67206-6603 316-687-2100 Christopher F. Mar 1700 North Waterfront Parkway, Building 400 Wichita, KS 67206-6603 316-687-2100 Sabina Reena May Dental Associates 444 North Ridge Road Wichita, KS 67212-6574 316-942-5358 Pamela R. McCullough 229 North Main Street Newton, KS 67114-3442 316-283-0870 General Dentistry Sara E. Meng 3455 West 13th Street North Wichita, KS 67203-4500 316-943-2327 Jeffrey L. Miles Dental Associates 444 North Ridge Road Wichita, KS 67212-6574 316-942-5358 Ted Richard Milligan 8123 East Harry Street Wichita, KS 67207-4603 316-686-3397

Hal Hale 7032 East Lincoln Street Wichita, KS 67207-2638 316-687-0100

Byron J. Nordhus Nordhus Dentistry 11940 West Central Avenue, Suite 100 Wichita, KS 67212-5180 316-721-6730

J. Greg Holm 7405 West Central Avenue Wichita, KS 67212-3514 316-722-3191

George P. Oxler 900 North Tyler Road, Suite 3 Wichita, KS 67212 316-722-2596

Aaron Anthony Huslig 105 South Andover Road, Suite G Andover, KS 67002-7920 316-733-4886

Jude Oxler 900 North Tyler Road, Suite 3 Wichita, KS 67212 316-722-2596

Bradley G. Krasne 500 Main Place, Suite 214 Newton, KS 67114-2211 316-283-8261

William W. Park 9100 East 29th Street North Wichita, KS 67226 316-684-5900

Estel Lee Landreth 4620 East Douglas Avenue Wichita, KS 67208-3930 316-685-9276

Grant E. Phipps 1223 North Rock Road, Suite 200 Wichita, KS 67206-1269 316-634-1911

R. P. Lansdowne 250 North Tyler Road Wichita, KS 67212-3716 316-722-8148

Steven Alvin Rohr 6505 East Harry Street Wichita, KS 67207-2905 316-684-1501

Brick R. Scheer 7707 East 29th Street Wichita, KS 67226-3403 316-636-1222

Richard E. Crowder 7015 East Central Avenue Wichita, KS 67206-1943 316-683-7645

Jim L. Shadid 3367 East 47th Street South Wichita, KS 67216-3059 316-524-5851

David C. Fahrbach 2020 North Woodlawn Street, Suite 570 Wichita, KS 67208-1885 316-652-7430

DeAnne A. Strong Chang and Strong Family Dentistry 404 South Edgemoor Street, Building 400 Wichita, KS 67218-1632 316-267-3924 Mark P. Troilo P.O. Box 98 Rose Hill, KS 67133-0098 316-776-2144 Steven F. Twietmeyer 3920 West 31st Street South Wichita, KS 67217-1112 316-942-3113 James A. Volker 7920 West 21st Street, Suite 100 Wichita, KS 67205-1742 316-722-2696 Antoine Wakim 710 North Woodchuck Street Wichita, KS 67212-3628 316-721-4477 Linda L. Winter Winter Park Dentistry 1445 North Ridge Road Wichita, KS 67212-2985 316-722-2166

Jon G. Hullings 1700 Waterfront Parkway, Building 700 Wichita, KS 67206 316-636-1980 Craig D. Ratzlaff Ratzlaff Orthodontics 7570 West 21st Street, Suite 1020-A Wichita, KS 67205-1734 316-722-7100 Robert Darrow Smith 1230 North Broadmoor Avenue, Suite 200 Wichita, KS 67206-3891 316-634-1230 Justin Bradley Trimmell Trimmell & Anders 2143 North Collective Lane, Suite A Wichita, KS 67206 316-260-6566 Pediatric Dentistry Mariah L. Frazier 7075 West 37th Street, Suite B Wichita, KS 67205-9366 316-613-2077

M. Dean Wright Cambridge Family Dentistry 2020 North Webb Road, Suite 301 Wichita, KS 67206-3410 316-687-2110

Michael Francis Iseman Wichita Pediatric Dentistry 1230 North Broadmoor Avenue, Suite 400 Wichita, KS 67206-3891 316-630-0090

Carol M. Ysidro 900 East Meadowlark Boulevard Derby, KS 67037 316-788-2118

Jerry Hoanh Le 430 North Woodlawn Street Wichita, KS 67208-4334 316-684-2100

Philip S. Zivnuska 2424 North Woodlawn Street, Suite 119 Wichita, KS 67220-3957 316-683-0411

Stephen P. Moore 2143 North Collective Lane, Suite B Wichita, KS 67206-2200 316-681-3228

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Ross Allen Padgham 431 Victoria Road Newton, KS 67114-5653 316-283-2970

Remy H. Blanchaert, Jr. 1919 North Webb Road Wichita, KS 67206-3405 316-634-1414 Roy Edward Cole 1919 North Webb Road Wichita, KS 67206-3405 316-634-1414 John Gagnon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 3510 North Ridge Road, Suite 500 Wichita, KS 67205 316-722-0800 William R. Whitlow 1919 North Maize Road, Suite 200 Wichita, KS 67212 316-721-4890

Top Family Dentists


Crystal Rachelle Walker 7075 West 37th Street, Suite B Wichita, KS 67205-9366 316-613-2077


Lana K. Anderson 372 South Hillside Street Wichita, KS 67211-2129 316-681-3178 Mark A. Moxley 825 South Hillside Street Wichita, KS 67211-3005 316-685-2731 Charles Fredrick Squire 555 North Carriage Parkway Wichita, KS 67208-4506 316-683-2525

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Top Family Dentists

Making a Dental ‘Impression’ Dr. Will Baker and his team at Landreth Team Dentistry explain what helps make them one of Wichita’s Top Family dental practices.

Dr. Will Baker - Landreth Team Dentistry l 4620 E. Douglas l 316-685-9276 l


hether entering Landreth Team Dentistry for a routine cleaning, cosmetic procedures, your child's first dental visit or anything in between, expect an experience in personal, professional care Dr. Will Baker and his team have created an environment that is welcoming and friendly and leaves the patient with a refreshed feeling after each dental visit. The detail-focused practice pairs its emphasis on comfort and communication with high-quality technology and a dentist who is dedicated to making himself the best he can be for his patients.

Patient-first philosophy As a new patient at Landreth Team Dentistry—4620 E. Douglas, one block west of the intersection of Douglas and Oliver—don’t expect to walk in to the first appointment and be rushed directly to the dental chair.

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The central philosophy of Landreth Team Dentistry is put the patient first. The first way to do that is by talking with the patient before performing any work, even a routine cleaning. “A lot of people who come in, when they lay in the chair it’s a guard for them, especially if they’ve had a bad experience in the past,” said Dr. Baker. Each new patient speaks with NewPatient Coordinator and Dental Hygienist Natalie Eastman before heading to an exam room. “We sit down with each new patient and talk with them, listen to them about their past experiences, what their wants are and what their needs are,” said Natalie. In a non-clinical setting, Natalie discusses the patient’s expectations and is able to establish a relationship with the patient, all before even sitting in a dental chair.

procedures, the team is able to put this knowledge into practice and help the patient to receive the best possible care in the most comfortable conditions. “Because we find out their needs early on, the patients don’t even realize that we’re using these special considerations when we’re treating them,” said Natalie, who has been with Landreth Team Dentistry for 22 years. “That’s just something we’re able to put into practice because we spoke with them about their needs.” Dr. Baker and his staff continue to explore many options to provide patients of all ages with the most comfortable dental visit. Sedation dental services are available for adults and children who are especially apprehensive or require extensive work. As an added measure of comfort Dr. Baker uses a strong topical numbing agent before administering any anesthetic.

If necessary, during later exams and


An educated, communityconscious team Landreth Team Dentistry was established in 1967 by Dr. Estel Landreth. Four years ago Dr. Baker joined the practice to learn from the experienced Dr. Landreth. “Dr. Landreth is my mentor and really is the best around to teach me everything I need to know,” said Dr. Baker. “I didn’t want to come out of dental school and just go from there. I have learned valuable skills and knowledge by joining him and now taking over his practice.” In addition to choosing mentors who are the strongest in their fields, Dr. Baker emphasizes continuing education for both himself and his team as an important part of serving his patients. “Dentistry can be boring if all you do day-in and day-out is clean teeth and fill cavities,” said Dr. Baker. “I find it refreshing to continuously be learning more and finding new and innovative ways to offer my patients the best possible treatments and solutions to their dental needs.” Dr. Baker takes many continuing education hours each year that go above and beyond the requirements by the state. He and his team also take part in team-building education that furthers their abilities to help patients feel comfortable during visits. “When you’re building a home you need a good floor plan, a good builder, a good interior decorator to end with the best home,” said Natalie. “It’s the same for a good dentist. You need a good support team, a high-quality lab, all of these things prior to starting the actual treatments so we’re able to have the best outcome.” The office also has bonded by taking part in numerous community projects either by donating time or services. Rather than Christmas parties in recent years, the team has given back by visiting and donating to patients at a local hospital. The team also is involved in school dental checks, Special Olympics checks, and donates services to several

local charities. Dr. Baker has visited numerous area middle schools to do a Meth Mouth presentation that he hopes can make an impact and prevent future issues as well. As one of the area’s leading dentists in the cosmetic field, Dr. Baker recently completed his second transformation donation for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s, “Give Back a Smile,” program that provides complimentary dentistry for survivors of domestic abuse. Team up with dental professionals who care. Dr. Baker and his friendly staff will go out of their way to keep you healthy and comfortable.

Contact information: Landreth Team Dentistry 316-685-9276 4620 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67208

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residency program in Omaha. By voluntarily completing additional requirements, Dr. Iseman became one of only a handful of dentists in Kansas who is a Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. “The extra training I've had has helped me be more knowledgeable in dealing with kids' psychology as well as the unique needs they have with their teeth,” said Dr. Iseman. “And because we work with kids each and every day, we are more comfortable doing it.” Dr. Iseman, who formed Wichita Pediatric Dentistry in 2005, is married and has four children. As a parent himself, he understands how important it is to be accommodating to parents and comforting to the patient at the same time.

Kid-friendly focus at Wichita Pediatric Dentistry


t Wichita Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Michael Iseman and his team have created an atmosphere that is professional yet as kidfriendly as they come. Picture how your child's reaction to the dentist might differ with televisions at each dental chair, video games and toys available and a staff that caters to kids each and every day. That's just what you're in for when your child goes for a visit to Wichita Pediatric Dentistry. “As a pediatric office, we focus our

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attention exclusively on children and young people, therefore we're more comfortable dealing with kids and their issues,” said Dr. Iseman, better known around the office as Dr. Mike. “We want an environment that is relaxed for parents and kids, where visits are enjoyed--not just endured.” Dr. Iseman, a Wichita native and Wichita State grad, earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2002 then completed a two-year pediatric-specialized

Parents are able to make use the free Wi-Fi connection and take advantage of the Starbucks Coffee machine during their visit. In addition, they are free to accompany their child during appointments if they feel more comfortable doing so. “We have nothing to hide,” said Dr. Iseman. “If parents feel more comfortable being beside their child as we clean or fix their teeth, we're happy to welcome them.” Dr. Iseman also realizes that some children, regardless of surroundings, may be especially anxious of dental visits. Complete sedation is available for children needing extensive dental work performed. This service is administered by a CRNA and is often covered by insurance. “Working with children and young people every day makes us more comfortable and allows us flexibility in dealing with each patient's needs,” said Dr. Iseman.

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Dr. Eric Farmer, DDS PA: Friendly team with exceptional experience


r. Eric Farmer offers his patients a modern, hightechnology dental office with the best equipment available and continuously improves upon his skills to provide the best possible care. But the technology isn't the only thing that makes his practice great. His friendly approach to his patients and good relationships with his experienced team make his practice stand out in the dental field. “I enjoy meeting the new people that come into the office and forming relationships with them,” said Dr. Farmer. “In terms of my staff, I truly enjoy each and every one of them and despite being the boss, I consider all of them friends. The chemistry that we have as a staff is exceptional and it really sets the tone for how we treat people.”

This thirst for knowledge helps him to continue to improve his skills and get better each day. “I have been practicing for 19 years and usually take over 100 hours of continuing education per year,” said Dr. Farmer, who added that the state requirement is 30 hours per year. “This demonstrates a commitment to stay current on the cutting edge and shows my enthusiasm for what we do as an office. I still love to learn new things and that keeps work fun and exciting for all of us.”

Dr. Farmer, whose office focuses on family and cosmetic dentistry, has been practicing for 19 years. The combined dental experience in his office is over 100 years. “As an office we are really family friendly,” said Dr. Farmer. “Most of us have kids of varying ages and have experienced the challenges that come with kids of all ages, 3 to 103.” The office is equipped with televisions at each dental chair to help the time pass quickly for kids who may be apprehensive about the visit. The screens also are a valuable tool to show patients dental videos or their personal x-rays. Dr. Farmer enjoys learning new and exciting aspects of the dental field.

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Using Top Technology for comfortable orthodontics


he thought of taking your children to have a consult for braces or getting them as an adult can be stressful for many families.

That's why Drs. Justin Trimmell and Paul Anders of Trimmell and Anders Orthodontics are trying to make it as comfortable as possible. Dr. Trimmell, a Hutchinson native, opened the practice six years ago with east and west side offices to provide convenience to his patients. The offices are open 5 days a week from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Dr. Anders, a Wichita native, joined the practice in 2009 and “is a perfect fit,” said Trimmell. With the latest and greatest technology and a team that is focused on providing the best care, patients are well taken care of from the first appointment to the final one.

And to make it even easier to know your child's needs, consultations with Trimmell and Anders are free. “You can call and schedule a consultation at any time,” said Trimmell. “You don't need a referral from a dentist.”

“We have the best bracket technology,” said Trimmell. “We're familiar with them all and that is a benefit for our patients.”

Trimmell suggested watching for issues that have been caused by thumb sucking, tongue thrust, etc. A child's self esteem can be harmed due to dental issues as well, said Trimmell, so a consultation could be done based on that alone.

The office is a leader in the area with Invisalign and has the latest computer technology to provide patients with top-quality 3-D imaging for many other treatments as well.

“Consultations are always complimentary,” said Trimmell. “We go over what we would need to do, how long it would take, what it would cost. And we look into insurance

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benefits and how to maximize those.” Aside from early treatment issues, 10 to 12 years of age is a good age to come in, said Trimmell. Outside of the best technology available, the friendly staff strives to stay on time. While waiting on family members to finish exams or treatments, there is an area for children to play, coffee available and television. “We try to make it as comfortable as possible,” said Trimmell. “And we make sure patients are familiar with each person in the office so they know who to talk with about financial questions or treatment questions or anything else.”


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Financial Foundations

Saving for Retirement and a Child’s Education at the Same Time You want to retire comfortably when the time comes. You also want to help your child go to college. So how do you juggle the two? The truth is, saving for your retirement and your child’s education at the same time can be a challenge. But take heart—you may be able to reach both goals if you make some smart choices now.

could lead to a scholarship? x Do you expect your child to qualify

for financial aid?

Figure out what you can afford to put aside each month. To do so, you’ll need

to prepare a detailed family budget that lists all of your income and expenses. Once you’ve come up with a dollar amount to save, you’ll need to decide how to divvy up your funds. Retirement takes priority. Though Know what your financial needs are. college is certainly an important goal, you The first step is to determine what your should probably focus on your retirement financial needs are for each goal. if you have limited funds. With corporate For Retirement: pensions mostly a thing of the past, the x How many years before you retire? burden is primarily on you to fund your x Does your company offer a retirement retirement. But if you wait too long, plan? you’ll miss out on years of tax-deferred x How much do you expect to receive growth and compounding of your money. in Social Security benefits? Remember, your child can always attend x What standard of living do you hope college by taking out loans (or maybe earn to have in retirement? scholarships), but there’s no such thing as a x Do you or your spouse expect to work retirement loan! part-time in retirement? If possible, save for your retirement For College: and your child’s college at the same x How many years until your child starts college? How many children? time. Ideally, you’ll want to try to pursue x Private or Public? What’s the exboth goals at the same time. The more pected cost? money you can squirrel away for college x Will you cover 100% of the expenses bills now, the less money you or your or only a portion, such as 50%. child will need to borrow later. Even if x Does your child have any special aca- you can allocate only a small amount of demic, athletic or artistic skills that your child’s college fund, say $50 or $100

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Mr. Morton’s Idea

Fact or Fiction?

In most areas, Arbor Day takes place on the last Friday in April. On that day, people plant and care for trees. The idea for Arbor Day came from J. Sterling Morton, a newspaper editor who lived in Nebraska and loved nature. Morton introduced Arbor Day to the public in 1872. His idea was a hit, and the first Arbor Day celebration took place in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. In the years following, the celebration of Arbor Day spread. Today, hundreds of people in the United States and around the world observe the day and plant millions of trees.

Tree Challenge Trees benefit the world in many ways. Do you know how? Take this quiz and find out. 1) Trees are used to make paper and plastic. Fact or Fiction? 2) Trees reduce noise pollution. Fact or Fiction? 3) Trees provide overhead shade. Fact or Fiction?


4) Trees protect the soil. Fact or Fiction? 5) Trees provide food and shelter for animals. Fact or Fiction? 6) Trees soften buildings. Fact or Fiction? 7) Trees clean the air. Fact or Fiction? 8) Trees bear fruit for people to eat. Fact or Fiction? 9) Trees provide jobs for people. Fact or Fiction? 10) Trees are used to make medicine. Fact or Fiction? Answers: 1) Fiction, plastic is not made from trees, 2) Fact, 3) Fiction, some trees like firs do not provide overhead shade, 4) Fact, 5) Fact, 6) Fact, 7) Fact, 8) Fiction, not all trees bear fruit, 9) Fact, 10) Fact

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Most trees fall into 1) __ A K two groups: deciduous, which lose their leaves 2) C __ __ R E __ once a year, and evergreen, which 3) B __ R C __ keep their leaves year-round. There 4) H I __ __ O __ Y are several types of 5) J U __ I __ E __ deciduous and evergreen trees. Do 6) __ L M you know what they are? Fill in the 7) __ A __ __ blanks to name that tree.



Answers: 1) Oak, 2) Cypress, 3) Birch, 4) Hickory, 5) Juniper, 6) Elm, 7) Maple

Q: What kind of tree can fit in your hand?

A: A palm tree.

Q: What is a tree’s least favorite month?

A: Sep-timber!

What Rhymes with…

List 10 words that rhyme with “tree.”












Some answers: bee, fee, flea, free, gee, he, key, knee, spree, three

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