Category : Media Releases
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.”
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Dr. Catherine M. Quas Completes Board Certifications
Bend, Oregon, Jan. 23, 2013— Catherine M. Quas, DMD, recently completed her certification examinations and is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
The mission of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry is to verify to the public and to the health professions that a pediatric dentist has successfully completed both an advanced educational program accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and a voluntary examination process designed to validate the knowledge, application, and performance requisite to the delivery of exceptional care in pediatric dentistry. Read more »