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  • Independence, MO (March 2016) -- We’re excited to introduce you to the two newest members of our dental health team. Sandy Kurok and Angela McCluskey both joined us to start 2016. Sandy Kurok Sandy joins our team as a dental assistant, bringing a wealth of dental health experience with her. Sandy primarily provides chairside assistance for Dr. Oatman, and works to help ensure that all of your dental health questions are answered while helping schedule appointments and keeping the office running smoothly. She lives in Pleasant Hill with husband Norbert, and has two children, son David [...]

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    Editor's Note: In Part 1, Susan Widick shared the lead-up to getting daughter Abbey off to Texas Christian University. In Part 2 below, she describes Move-in Day with Abbey, younger daughter Allie and husband Darrin. ***DISCLAIMER – I haven’t written a paper for a grade in nearly three decades. I am not the professional writer in our family, although I did write this myself. I don’t mean to offend anyone whose child goes off to college closer to home; I am just explaining my reasoning in coping with this change for me. Forgive me for threatening to give the finger to two total [...]

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    About the author. Dr. Widick is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the UMKC School of Dentistry. Having just sent her first child, Abbey, off to Texas Christian University, she offers the following words for others sending a child off to school … or having a friend or family member who is doing so. Dr. Widick lives in Lee's Summit, MO with husband Darrin and younger daughter Allie. ***DISCLAIMER - I haven't written a paper for a grade in nearly three decades. I am not the professional writer in our family, although I did write this myself. I don't mean to offend anyone whose [...]

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    Happy Holidays 2014!

    December 18, 2014 | Dr. Widick

    In 2014, we saw some exciting changes in our dental practice. Dr. Widick's very first dental assistant, Julie Gooding, returned to our team. We added Jennifer Bell as a hygienist. And we welcomed our new associate, Dr. Katie Oatman. Julie, Jen and Dr. Oatman have been great additions to our team, and they -- and the rest of us -- are looking forward to seeing you in 2015! From our team to your family, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season and prosperous new year. As we said on our Christmas card: "May your smiles be merry and bright, and may all your *pearlies* be white!"

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    Dr. Katherine “Katie” Oatman has joined the Independence general family dental practice of Dr. Susan Appleberry Widick. Dr. Oatman is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, where she performed rotations at a Federally Qualified Health Center and at a private clinic. Dr. Oatman also performed outreach educational services and provided dental care to children and adults in the Lincoln, NE community and surrounding areas. She is a member of the American Association of Women Dentists, Christian Medical and Dental Association, Academy of General [...]

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