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How did you end up
moving to Phoenix? 
At the end of two years at the training
program in Coolidge, I was ready to move
on. I'd done all I could to improve the
lives of the clients, and working with this
population of patients full time is extremely
hard work. I'd always dreamed of establishing
a hospital-based practice, similar to the one
I'd worked in at UCLA and Rancho Los
Amigos but also providing care for the
medical staff, nurses and employees as well.
The opportunity presented itself when
Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix,
the largest medical center in the state, began
looking to provide dental care for its rehab
population of patients, and hoped to model
its program on Rancho Los Amigos', which

of course I had firsthand knowledge about.
In August 1984, I was hired as director of
dental service at Good Sam, which was the
first medical center in Arizona to open up
a dental facility of this kind. 

What was it like to
set up this program? 
A local hygienist, Cindy Kleiman, helped
pave the way. Cindy already had been
working with spinal cord and stroke patients,
making adaptive mouth wands to enable
them to use their mouths instead of hands
as tools, and fabricating adaptive tools to
enable anyone with hand or arm weakness
to hold and manipulate a toothbrush, thus
helping to establish the need for dental care
in a hospital setting.

TOP PRODUCTS
1.	 Designs for Vision 3.5 power
loupes with Orascoptic LED light.
2.	 Midwest Dental burs for highand low-speed handpieces.
3.	 Schick intraoral camera and
digital X-ray sensors, which are
great tools for patient education.
We're able to view the images fullscreen and show the patient (and
insurance companies) findings
that aren't visible on X-rays. It's
also a great tool for oral hygiene
instructions.
4.	 Zia Dental Ceramics

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