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SHEALA LANSDEN JOINS BLUEFISH DENTAL & ORTHODONTICS
Pediatric dentist finds joy in working with children
Bend, Oregon, Aug. 7, 2018 — Bluefish Dental & Orthodontics is delighted to announce pediatric dentist Dr. Sheala Lansden has joined our multi-disciplinary team. Dr. Sheala (pronounced “Shay-la”) received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Texas A&M University, College of Dentistry in 2014, where she recently completed additional training and education to obtain her board certification in pediatric dentistry.
“We are very happy to welcome Dr. Sheala to our Bluefish team,” said Bluefish founder Dr. Catherine Quas (Dr. Cate). “She has a strong work and community ethic and her experience plus passion for pediatric dentistry align perfectly with our values and philosophy of care.”
Dr. Sheala is a native Texan, graduating valedictorian of her Palestine high school class. She received her bachelor of science degree in biomedical science with a minor in business from Texas A&M University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and with a 4.0 GPA. As an undergraduate she was nominated for the Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award. While studying for her DDS, Dr. Sheala also received multiple honors, including the Senior Student Award from the Texas Academy of General Dentists. She was a member of the Odontological Honor Society and the Dean’s List.
After receiving her DDS, Dr. Sheala worked in private practice for several years in Nacogdoches and Bullard, Texas. During this time she worked in both general and pediatric dental practices. Despite thriving, she felt called to specialize in pediatric dentistry.
“I realized that the times I found joy were when I was introducing my ‘water gun’ and singing songs with my kids in the chair. Not that the adult patients didn’t give me joy, but there is just something different about having a young mind that is so curious and open to new things and new advice,” said Dr. Sheala. “There was a voice inside me that told me pediatrics is where I needed to be. It is where I had always truly wanted to be. It is actually the reason I went to dental school.”
She still vividly recalls an incident that occurred ten years ago, while working as a substitute teacher at an elementary school: A student approached her with a request to visit the nurse, and when she asked why, he opened his mouth to reveal teeth that were severely decayed. Dr. Sheala made multiple attempts to find a local dental office that would accept the student as a patient, all of which were unsuccessful.
“It crushed my heart to have to return to school the next day knowing that I could not do anything to help this sweet boy,” said Dr. Sheala. “That was the moment I knew I wanted to be a pediatric dentist and got on track to work toward dental school.”
While working as a general dentist she began to feel that something was missing. After some serious soul-searching, she came to the conclusion that she was meant for pediatric dentistry.
After seeking counsel from colleagues and trusted peers, Dr. Sheala decided to apply for and was accepted to the pediatric dental residency program at Texas A&M.
“We are impressed with the passion that Dr. Sheala has for pediatric dentistry. She felt that she wanted more and she pursued her vision with courage,” said Dr. Cate. “And because of her past experience, she has the ability to look at and consider facets of adult dentistry that will benefit our growing patients in the future.”
Dr. Sheala, her husband, Dustin and their young son Kaison will be making their home in Redmond. Dustin is a native Oregonian, and the family is excited about establishing roots in Central Oregon. Dr. Sheala believes in giving back to the community, and she has a long history of volunteering for children’s and adult oral health initiatives. She looks forward to exploring and participating in volunteer opportunities in our region.
Athletic and adventurous, Dr. Sheala likes snorkeling, scuba diving, sky diving, snowboarding and running. She also enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
“We believe that Dr. Sheala is a great fit for Bluefish and our community,” said Dr. Cate. “She has a lovely, positive energy that brightens up a room and that people instinctively respond to. She’s intuitive and dedicated to continuing education, which aligns very closely with our practice philosophy. We admire her drive and passion for pediatric dentistry and we look forward to introducing her to our Bluefish families and the community.”
ABOUT BLUEFISH DENTAL & ORTHODONTICS
Bluefish Dental & Orthodontics was founded by Dr. Catherine Quas in 2004. The pediatric dental and orthodontic practice has two locations serving all of Central Oregon. The Bend office is located at 2565 NE Butler Market Road, (541) 317-1887. The Redmond office is located at 1429 SW 15th, (541) 923-1300. www.bluefishdental.com
For further information, contact:
Bridget McGinn, Director of Marketing
Bluefish Dental & Orthodontics
2565 NE Butler Market Road
Bend, OR 97701
Bluefish Dental & Orthodontics was recognized as one of the top three Healthiest Employers of Oregon in 2014 for the 2-99 employee size category by the Portland Business Journal. Jill Crafton, office manager for Bluefish, accepted the award on behalf of the practice at the luncheon ceremony held Oct. 23, 2014, at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland.
“It is so fitting that Jill was able to accept the award on behalf of Bluefish,” said Dr. Catherine Quas, owner of the practice. “Jill’s personal efforts toward her own wellness goals were actually what inspired us to create a wellness program for our team. We couldn’t be more proud of Jill and our entire team for coming together over the past year to have fun and encourage each on the path to wellness.”
The Healthiest Employers of Oregon award was created by the Portland Business Journal to recognize organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. The rankings are determined by a detailed assessment tool developed by Indianapolis-based Healthiest Employers, LLC. The assessment is comprised of 76 scored questions from six key categories, including: Culture and leadership commitment; Foundational components; Strategic planning; Communications and marketing; Programming and interventions; and Reporting and analysis. The categories, proprietary scoring and benchmarking were formed with help from the academic, medical, wellness and business communities.
Bluefish ranked high in the scoring process primarily because of the BlueFit employee wellness program, which was launched in January of this year. The custom program features a variety of offerings including an all-expense paid opportunity to participate in the Personal Effectiveness Seminar at Wings Seminars in Eugene, OR, yoga sessions, financial wellness presentations and paddle board outings among other workshops and classes. Each month participants keep track of their activities to earn points. A random drawing determines the monthly wellness winner and the person selected can choose a cash reward, payroll contribution toward a wellness related item or activity or to have Bluefish make a donation to a charitable organization of their choice.
“One of the things that we have learned through the process of planning for and then implementing our wellness program is that every individual is unique,” said Bridget McGinn, marketing director and member of the BlueFit wellness committee. “Each member of our team has their own personal wellness goals and motivations. We try very hard to offer a variety of opportunities and incentives to help meet everyone’s interests and needs.”
The Bluefish team is committed to providing their patients with high-quality care and personalized service. To achieve this, they believe that it is important for each employee to be in a healthy state of mind, body and soul. The BlueFit wellness program was created to support this organizational value. One important outcome they have experienced since the wellness program was launched is that team members have experienced a greater sense of camaraderie.
“We are all very respectful of the fact that all of us are on our own journey, and everything is relative—what is extremely challenging for one person might not be a challenge at all for another team member,” said McGinn. “We’ve been gaining a greater sense of appreciation and respect for our differences.”
The top three award winners in each category were highlighted in an Oct. 24, 2014 special publication inserted into the weekly issue of the Portland Business Journal. Bluefish is featured on page nine of that publication. To view a pdf file of the article: PBJ Bluefish Article
To learn more about the selection process for the Healthiest Employers of Oregon awards, visit: healthiestemployers.com
To view the complete list of award winners, visit the event description (scroll down to see the award winner list) at: www.bizjournals.com/portland
To view selected images from the awards ceremony, visit: Scenes from Oregon’s Healthiest Employers and HR Summit
View Portland Business Journal article featuring Bluefish: “How 16 of Oregon’s healthiest employers keep their workers well”
View KTVZ/News Channel 21’s online coverage of our award: “Bend dental clinic makes healthiest employers list”
Media Release: Susan Armstrong, DDS, one of three dentists accepted into pediatric dental residency program
The team at Bluefish Dental & Orthodontics is pleased to announce that Susan Armstrong, DDS has been accepted into the Lutheran Medical Center Pediatric Dental Residency Program in Yakima, WA. The two-year program, which begins this July, immerses dentists in scientific study and clinical experience including advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures. Other areas of focus are child psychology and clinical management, oral pathology, child-related pharmacology, radiology, child development, management of oral/facial trauma, care for patients with special needs, conscious sedation and general anesthesia. Upon completion of the program Dr. Armstrong will be eligible for board certification as a pediatric dentist.
Dr. Armstrong received her DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) from University of Detroit Mercy and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, WA. Her previous residency experience sparked an interest in pediatric dentistry, and led her to accepting a position with Bluefish Dental & Orthodontics, a children’s dental practice in Central Oregon, in 2007.
“In every way Bluefish has played a role in my decision to return to school to complete a residency program in pediatrics,” said Dr. Armstrong. “In fact, my experience here is the main reason that I want to pursue my education in pediatrics. I have had the very best mentors in pediatric dentistry—Dr. Cate Quas, first and foremost—and Dr. John Frachella. They have made me who I am today and helped me to realize that I do not want to practice any other facet of dentistry than pediatrics.”
Pediatric dentists are considered the “pediatricians of dentistry” and limit their practice to treating children only. They provide primary and specialty oral care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special mental or physical health needs. One of the main components of pediatric dental training is child psychology, emphasizing the establishment of trust and confidence in children.
“I really enjoy interacting with kids, getting to know families and becoming a part of their lives,” said Dr. Armstrong. “Every day in the office we say that we have the opportunity to witness small miracles, like seeing a fearful child that one day marches in to visit us without a care in the world.”
While the team at Bluefish will miss Dr. Armstrong during her residency, they wholeheartedly support her as she takes this step forward in her career.
“At Bluefish we are big believers in continuing education,” said Dr. Catherine Quas. “It has been a delight to watch Dr. Armstrong grow as part of our practice, and we are looking forward to seeing her continued evolution. She is an excellent dentist, and we are so proud to have been part of her journey up to this point.”
“I am looking forward to solidifying my career in pediatrics, learning new styles of behavior management and new procedures in pediatric dentistry that I can bring back,” said Dr. Armstrong. “This residency will help me to continue to grow and become an even better practitioner, and that is what the kids and families deserve.”