Thanks to a courageous organization called National Women’s History Project (www.nwhp.org) each March is designated as National Women’s History Month. Their passionate lobbying in Sonoma County in 1987 led to Congress declaring the third month of each year as a special month to honor women and their accomplishments. The goal is to ensure that the history of American women will not go unnoticed in our schools, workplaces and communities – providing information and educational materials upon request. This year the organization’s theme is “Women of Character, Courage & Commitment.” Though they honor countless historical women figures throughout the years, like Clara Barton – founder of the American Red Cross, the late Coretta Scott King – civil rights activist and wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Gloria Steinem – women’s rights activist and writer, they also “recognize the achievements of all women in all facets of life.” They also encourage women, particularly multi-cultural women, who have often gone overlooked, to learn of their own historical roots and background, as a support to their individual power and dreams.
Park View's Point of View
At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we do not have to look far to find dedicated, hard-working women. Though they all have a variety of ethnicities and histories, their common goal is to support our philosophy of providing “dental care with a little extra care.” We are often asked why we choose to have an all-women staff. Though we whole-heartedly respect our male counterparts in the dental field, we find that in pediatric dentistry, young children feel an instinctual comfort level with female dentists, hygienists and assistants. Many of the women who work here, including our welcoming office management, are moms themselves – and what could be more comforting than being greeted by a caring mom. There is also a practical aspect to it as well. Women’s hands are smaller than men’s, allowing easier access into those little mouths. Since our goal is to perform all procedures as quickly as possible, ensuring very little discomfort, this is especially valuable.
We also take this time to honor Dr. Deborah Pilla, who has been making children’s smiles brighter since 1985 when she pioneered one of New York City’s
first dental practices, exclusively dedicated to children. Since then she continues to provide one of the most colorful, child-friendly environments, state-of-the-art technology and the most sedation options available.
As a respected member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Little Baby Face Foundation, recently featured on NBC’s Dateline, Dr. Pilla volunteers her time to consult, coordinate and perform reconstructive surgeries for children with congenital facial birth defects. In 2010 she was celebrated as the organization’s Honoree and was awarded the prestigious Telly Award for her leading role in their documentary, highlighting some heartwarming case studies.
Last month, Dr. Pilla partnered with her college alumni, Hobart William Smith and student Kathryn Pawlak to spread her "dental care with a little extra care" to children around the world. They just returned from their first dental mission, hosted by Foundation 3K, in Ojo de Agua, Dominican Republic to teach healthy oral habits to children.
This March, National Women’s History Month, Dr. Pilla wishes to acknowledge her entire all-women staff for their commitment, dedication and their demonstration of what a positive role model is for every child who walks into Park View Pediatric Dentistry.
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