Jacaranda Smiles is Celebrating Movember!

Jacaranda Smiles is celebrating “Movember” this month to help spread awareness of mens health. We encourage men to stay up to date on their checks ups for a happier, healthier, and longer life!

We have been posting pictures on our Facebook page of the doctor’s “No Shave November”. The doctors have committed to not shaving all month as long as the posts are liked and shared! Make sure to like or share the posts to see how long the docs can go without shaving!

Meet Priti!

Want to know more about our office manager, Priti? Read more about her below!

What is your favorite part about your job?

I love talking to all the kids, finding out about them and what makes them happy. I also love teaching my team so they can reach their true potential. My challenging and most interesting part of my job is to always improve on systems and to keep things well organized. It’s always great to hear the team tell me that things are easier for them because of a new system, or because how well we are organized in the office.  Hence,

“WORKING WITH MY TEAM IS MY FAVORITE PART OF MY JOB!”

 

What is the last movie you watched? Did you like it?

The man from U.N.C.L.E, a great movie it had a great story, sets and fashion.

 

Where did you go on your favorite vacation and what did you do?

All my vacations are great, because I’m with my family 24/7. We have so much fun, laughing, eating, and touring. And we get to learn about a new culture and country. My favorite has to be Kenya though.

 

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?  

Yes, we have a parrot called Lila and my kids have finally convinced me to get a dog, so let’s see……

 

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

Kiko’s in Plantation. They have great Sushi, and we are always bumping into friends there.

 

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Maybe a Giraffe. They are so tall, graceful, and have long eye lashes. They are not harmful and are peaceful animals.

 

Have you ever had braces or Invisalign? If so, how old were you?

I had braces on for 3 months, when I was 29 years old. Then I got pregnant. Due to the pregnancy, I couldn’t stop throwing up so I had the braces taken off. I guess that’s the advantage of being married to your orthodontist. Some of my dear friends have had treatment as adults, and they all  receive compliments wherever they go on their smiles. So it’s great to hear that.

 

What is your favorite joke?  

A joke my son tells:

“What’s grey and goes round and round”

An elephant in a washing machine!

Any joke my boys tell me are funny.



Which celebrity do you think has the best smile?
Julia Roberts, her smile is so big and the teeth are nice and big to match.



What is your favorite fact about teeth?
You can move teeth to make them look fabulous. Even if you are born with crooked teeth, you can do something about it and the outcome is life changing. Also, it doesn’t have to be just braces, there are so many alternatives, such as Invisalign.

Meet Tricia!

Have you seen Tricia, our iCAT specialist, around the Plantation and Pembroke Pines offices? Read more about her below!

What is your favorite part about your job?

I love everything about my job! I enjoy my co-workers and causing a little mischief. I also think we have awesome patients and like to interact with them daily.


Where did you go on your favorite vacation and what did you do?

On my favorite vacation, I went on a cruise to the Bahamas. It was a great trip with lots of sun and fun!

 

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?

Yes, I have lots!

3 Dogs: Pixie, Shakira, Lady

3 Cats: Murphy, Perry, Einstein

1 Snake: Zero

Fish: several salt and fresh water fish!

 

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

My favorite local restaurant is Tijuana Taxi. I love eating lunch there because of the good food, drinks, and prices!

 

Have you ever had braces or Invisalign? If so, how old were you?

Yes, I had braces at age 44! It is never too late to get that smile you have always wanted!

 

What is your favorite joke?

How do you catch a unique animal? You nique up on them!

How do you catch a tame one? The tame way! 🙂

 

What is your favorite fact about teeth?

That teeth have memory.

Meet Carolina!

Have you met Carolina in our Plantation or West Pembroke Pines office? Get to know more about her!

 

What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part about my job is the kids! I love that our patients make me smile and enjoy my job!

 

What is the last movie you watched?

I watched Rio 2 and I liked it a lot.

 

Where did you go on your favorite vacation and what did you do?

My favorite vacation consisted of going to the beach with my family. Spending time with my family is the best!

 

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?

I do not have any pets.

 

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

My favorite local restaurant is Perricone’s because they have the best steak!

 

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

If I could be any animal, I would be an eagle because they have good vision and can go anywhere.

 

Have you ever had braces or Invisalign? If so, how old were you?

Yes, I had braces when I was 18 years old.

 

Which celebrity do you think has the best smile?

Sofia Vergara

 

What is your favorite fact about teeth?

Teeth have the strongest tissue – enamel!

Meet Jenn!

Want to know more about Jenn M? Read her interview!

 

What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part is being able to help people get a beautiful and healthy smile that will last them a lifetime! I also love my work family – they rock!

 

What is the last movie you watched? Did you like it?

I last watched Fast 7 at the Imax Theater. It was a great movie, but very sad.

 

Where did you go on your favorite vacation and what did you do?

My favorite vacation was three years ago. I went on a cruise with my whole family.

 

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?

Yes, I have a French bulldog named Minnie.  🙂

 

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

I do not have one favorite, but anywhere by the water that has seafood.

 

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I would be a dolphin because I love the ocean.

 

Have you ever had braces or Invisalign? If so, how old were you?

I have not – I was blessed with a beautiful smile!

 

What is your favorite joke?

What do you call a bear with no teeth?

A gummy bear!

 

Which celebrity do you think has the best smile?

The Rock has the best smile!

 

What is your favorite fact about teeth?

It is amazing that both our skeletal and facial structures continue to change throughout our lives resulting in crowding and bite changes. That is why retainers are so important!

Meet Pati!

Want to know more about Pati, our office coordinator? Check out her interview!

 

What is your favorite part about your job?

I enjoy everything about my job! I love my coworkers and our patients are amazing!

 

What is the last movie you watched? Did you like it?

The last movie I watched was “Fast 7” from the Fast & Furious movies. I loved it!

 

Where did you go on your favorite vacation and what did you do?

My favorite vacation has to be my trip to Colombia to visit my family. We danced, ate, shopped, and walked around the city. I was super fun and I enjoyed my time with my family.

 

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?

No, I do not have any pets.

 

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

My favorite restaurant is California Pizza Kitchen because they have the best entrees, salads, and desserts (tiramisu) in my opinion.

 

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I would be an elephant because I love the way they walk and they have awesome ears!

 

Have you ever had braces or Invisalign? If so, how old were you?

I had metal braces as a 35 year old adult and can honestly say that you can have the smile you have always wanted at any age!

 

What is your favorite joke?

I love all Spanish jokes!

 

Which celebrity do you think has the best smile?

Julia Roberts has a beautiful smile.

 

What is your favorite fact about teeth?

My favorite fact is that throughout your life time you will use about 20 gallons of toothpaste!

Meet Lorri!

Want to know more about Lorri, our office coordinator? Check out this interview we had with her!

 

What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part about my job is the patients! I love growing our Jacaranda Smiles family and getting to meet new people. I also like getting days to go smoothly and our Jacaranda Smiles team. We share some really funny jokes that make our workdays fun and full of smiles.

 

What is the last movie you watched? Did you like it?

The last movie I watched was “Meet the Millers”. I thought it was so-so.

 

Where did you go on your favorite vacation and what did you do?

I had an amazing trip to the Keys – what happens in the Keys stays in the Keys! 🙂

 

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?

Yes, I have a third child and her name is Tinkerbell – she is a shi pooh.

 

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

My favorite restaurant around the Plantation and Pembroke Pines area is Olive Garden because I LOVE their soup and salad.

 

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I would be a tiger because they are beautiful and majestic.

 

Have you ever had braces or Invisalign? If so, how old were you?

Yes, I have had braces as an adult! I was 44 years young – it is never too late for braces! 🙂

 

What is your favorite joke?

Recently, I played “Knock, Knock” with Siri on my iPhone and it made my day! Here is how the joke went:

Me to Siri: “Knock, knock!”

Siri: “Who’s there?”

Me: “Siri.”

Siri: “Siri doesn’t do knock, knock jokes!”

 

Which celebrity do you think has the best smile?

I have always thought that Julia Roberts has a gorgeous smile!

 

What is your favorite fact about teeth?

There are too many to count as I have been in the dental field for quite a while!

 

Make sure to say hello if you see her in our Plantation or West Pembroke pines orthodontic and pediatric dentistry offices! She is a huge help in making our patients feel welcome at their orthodontist and children’s dental appointments.

Meet Dr. Rene

What is the favorite part about your job?
As a young child I remember being afraid of the dentist. I guess it was all the sounds, smells and instruments that were not familiar to me. When I reached the age 10 I remember switching to a pediatric dentist by the name of Dr. Hernandez. He was extremely nice, patient and took time to explain all the different tools and procedures. Once he was able to help me relate and familiarize myself with those things that were alien to me, it made me more comfortable. It was with Dr. Hernandez that I was no longer afraid of dental visits. It also made me realize how his demeanor made a scared boy into someone that actually enjoyed going to the dentist. It was this experience that made me realize I can provide the same sense of security and comfort to the next generation of kids. I loved the thought that with my comforting personality, patience and quirky sense of humor I could do the same for a scared child as I once had done for me.

What was the last movie you watched?
The last movie I watched Frozen. I had heard all the hype and finally rented it with my wife and daughter and it was every bit as good as advertised. It was especially moving for me due to the fact I have a young daughter. I saw her face light up when watching the movie and all of the colorful characters and made me enjoy the movie even more.

Where did you go on your favorite vacation and what did you do?
My favorite vacation was my trip to Bora Bora. This trip had a sentimental component as well since it was my honeymoon. The crystal clear island waters and lush green landscape made it the most gorgeous landscape I had ever seen. It is a small island, but a paradise nonetheless. One of the more exciting and unforgettable things I did on this trip was to swim with reef sharks. Imagine swimming in the ocean with nearly 15 sharks swimming all around you. The sharks will swim to an arms length of you and then veer away. It was especially impressive to get a close up look at this fierce predator in their habitat, but I would be lying if I said I couldn’t wait to get out of the water.

Do you have any pets and what are their names?
I love dogs and for that reason have two. Lilly is a white maltese and Yoshi is a white Shiba Inu. Lilly just turned 7 years old, and has a spunky personality. She will bark at you to get your attention and to pet her.   Yoshi will be turning 4 and is the definition of hyper. All Yoshi wants to do is chase a ball or have you chase him throughout the house. They are both very friendly dogs and especially caring with my daughter.

What is the one thing you want people to know about their smile?

The one thing I would want people to understand about their smile is that like the rest of our body we need to take care of it. As a pediatric dentist I see kids of all ages, shapes and sizes but the one thing that remains constant are the kids that take care of their teeth have a much lower probability of having dental problems. What does taking care of your teeth mean? It is not just about brushing your teeth. There are multiple facets that play a role in dental decay and therefore we need a multifactorial approach. Diet, hygiene, genetics, teeth alignment, and health history are all contributing factors that need to be considered in developing a strategy for a healthy oral cavity. That’s where the role of the dentist is so important, in assessing all contributing factors in each individual, creating an optimal environment for healthy teeth and then keeping them healthy.

What do you love about Jacaranda Smiles?

When I was attending dental school, I first starting to envision what my practice would be like. I asked myself, “how did I want myself to be viewed by my patients?” “What did I want my patients to say once leaving that office?” Very early in my professional career I decided that the things that should be most important is patient interaction. We live in an era where we are very detached from human interaction but in dentistry its this human interaction that is so very important. Going to the dentist is not always a fun experience especially for the young ones. We all need a dentist who will take time to explain, comfort, and nurture those young patients to ease the fears, discomfort and anxiety of THE dental visit. What I most love about jacaranda smiles is that vision I once created about what I wanted my office to be in the future is achieved. I love involving families in what WE need to do to create healthy smiles. I love interacting with kids to ensure positive dental experiences. I am proud that we at Jacaranda smiles have created a family style atmosphere that places impetus on relationships. 

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

My favorite local restaurant is Smokey Bones. I grew up in Miami and didn’t have a wide variety of barbecue restaurants in our area. I recently moved to Broward and it was one of the first restaurants I tried and have been hooked ever since. I eat there once a month and always order the same thing.

Are you afraid of anything?

The one thing I am afraid of is bugs.  I’m not afraid of any other type of animal such as snakes or sharks.   All I know is that if it is an insect I want it as far away from me as possible.   When I was younger I was bit by a spider on my arm on a hiking trip.  Shortly after, I was in terrible pain and arm ballooned to a larger size.  Couple this experience with multiple eyes and legs and you have my largest fear.

If you could be any animal what and why?

Growing up I was always fascinated by swinging and hanging on things. My mother would always yell at me for hanging on door frames and on the garage railings. While most people fascinate over flying over all and prefer to be an animal that has flight, I am more fascinated with those animals that have perfected the art of swinging. There is one animal that is unique in this respect and has evolved to become a perfect swinger. If I could be any animal it would be a Gibbon. A Gibbon is about a 30 pound monkey that lives in trees. It swings through trees like fish swim in the sea, effortlessly. They have a tail that can be used as an extra arm and are quite fast. Imagine Tarzan on steroids and you have a Gibbon.

What is your favorite joke?

What does the dentist of the year get? A little plaque.

 

Meet Dr. Khakhria

What is your favorite part about your job?

Meeting and becoming friends with so many families over extended periods. Acting as a positive part of their lives and leaving them with a smile to remember me by for the rest of their lives.

What is the last movie you watched? Did you like it?

“Barfi”- it was amazing. It is a Bollywood movie, but with an incredible story that just moves anyone who watches it. It does have subtitles and is very easy to follow for non-hindi speakers. I would highly recommend it.

Where did you go on your favorite vacation and what did you do?

When I took my boys back to Kenya where I grew up. I had the chance to show them where I went to school- right from Kindergarten to High school. We even ran into my boarding school matron! (I saw her after 30 years). The whole trip was a very memorable experience

Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?

Yes- a parrot, her name is Leela. She is a 6 month old yellow crowned amazon. Her vocabulary is increasing every day.

What is one thing you want every person to know about his or her smile?

People around you will remember your smile……. good or bad.

What do you love about Jacaranda Smiles?

I love everything about it. We have created an organization that takes pride in what we do everyday. We don’t just do orthodontics and pediatric dentistry. We help people gain huge confidence to achieve anything they want to. It just happens to be via orthodontics and pediatric dentistry that we can make them feel more confident in themselves.

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

Kiko’s restaurant in the Fountains in Plantation. It is a great place for sushi- fresh fish and very creative. I have been going there for years.

Are you afraid of anything?

Of course, who isn’t? I have a big fear of heights! So I decided to jump out of a plane in college to face the fear…. Didn’t help. Am still scared of heights.

Have you ever had braces or Invisalign? If so, how old were you?

Absolutely. If I am going to use it on someone, I owe to them to go through it first. I went through both whilst in dental school.

What is your favorite joke?

OMG, I have so many!!!! I always have a silly joke of the week. I suppose my absolute favorite one is: “Why did the deer need braces? Because he had buck teeth!”

 

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