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The doctors and staff of the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group have deep roots in the San Fernando Valley community as most live in the area. They’re not only focused on being dentists for kids, all are committed to giving back to their surrounding communities, the city of Los Angeles and the world at large. They participate in variety of pediatric dental service initiatives and other organizations they feel drawn to because they benefit children. Below are some of the notable highlights of how the kids’ dentists in the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group “family” makes the lives of others just a little bit brighter.

Join Lasky Pediatric Dental Group at Skate-A-Thon
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Join Lasky Pediatric Dental Group at Skate-A-Thon

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Oscar Litwak Foundation’s 3rd Annual “Keep on Rolling” Skate-A-Thon this Sunday, September 28th at Skateland in Northridge.  What’s more is most of the the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group staff will be there too!  Why not join us for an afternoon of skating fun, and if you don”t skate there will be other fun things to do and it’s all for a great cause.  Each ticket if $25 and children under 4 go for free (with a suggested board game donation). For more information about the event, raffle and to purchase advance tickets, please go to the foundation’s website.  

Want to know more about the Oscar Litwak Foundation, here’s an excerpt from their website:Oscar Litwak as Peter Pan

More than 3 million children are hospitalized annually in the U.S., and many are bed-bound or spend countless hours without being able to leave the hospital premises. Oscar was one of them. Diagnosed when he was just 4 months old with Wilms Tumor- a common form of cancer of the kidneys, he had to undergo several surgeries and spent countless hours receiving treatments without being able to leave the hospital bed. Throughout his illness, the only thing that would comfort him was the possibility of being able to play. Oscar passed-away shortly after turning 4 years old.

Like Oscar, many sick children endure physical and emotional discomfort while receiving medical treatment, but their need to play and instinct to enjoy life never leaves them. In an effort to provide hospitalized children the opportunity to experience the joy and simplicity of childhood, The Oscar Litwak Foundation has successfully created the Mobile Playroom program.

Oscar Litwak Foundation LogoWe hope we will see you tomorrow and if you can’t come, why not make a donation to support their awesome Mobile Playroom.

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LPDG's Dental Hygienist Brings Oral Health Care to Uganda
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LPDG’s Dental Hygienist Brings Oral Health Care to Uganda

Ugandan girl with Lasky Pediatric Dental Group BagLasky Pediatric Dental Group is so proud of our longtime team member and dental hygienist – Liz Martens – for she is a do-gooder extraordinaire! For the past several years, Liz has used her personal vacation time to travel to third world countries with a team organized by Health Teams International – a non-profit humanitarian organization.  As a member of their Board and as a dental professional, Liz has been a dedicated supporter of HTI by donating her time and expertise to support their goals to bring comprehensive health care to remote parts of the world.

This past July, Liz and a small group of medical, dental and optical health care professionals embarked on a journey to two small villages in Uganda in order to provide needed healthcare services free of charge. The eleven person team, set up mobile clinics at two villages, Kirindiro and Mawanga, which were about a ten minute drive from the border of Kenya.

Liz Martens and Healthteam International Doctors

Over the course of their nineteen day trip, the team treated hundreds of people and Liz, provided basic dental care to villagers in pain and placed dental sealants on children to prevent tooth decay. Lasky Pediatric Dental Group was able to provide all the people who visited the mobile dental clinic free toothbrushes.

“I recognize that I am fortunate enough to be in a unique position to bring care to groups of people in desperate need that, but for our group, would never have access to life saving primary care. Dental disease in our country is rarely life threatening, and access to care is widely available, even free care. This is not the case in places our organization reaches out to. It is a joy and privilege to be a part of bringing care to those in dire need. I am tha

Children's Oral Health Care Productsnkful to the Lasky Pediatric Group for fully supporting my outreach,” said Liz upon her return from Africa.

If you’d like to know more about Heath Teams International, please click here and/or you’d like to donate to support the wonderful work they are doing, click here
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Lasky Pediatric Dental Group's Staff Dodger Day
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Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s Staff Dodger Day

While it was not a good day for the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was a great day for the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group doctors and staff.  Many had traveled to Chavez Ravine for a Friday night game. And while the Dodgers were getting creamed by of all teams  – the Chicago Cubs – a great time was had by all.

IMG_7859Dodger dogs were on the menu as were some less desirable sweets – but it was even hard for Dr. Lecia, Dr. Jill and Dr. Michael to resist the temptation of junk food. But as they say, as long as it’s in moderation and as long as you brush your teeth afterwards, one can eat some “bad” food once in a while.  

The Dodgers eventually lost to the Cubs 9-2 but the evening was definitely a winner for the Lasky Pediatric Group “team.”  

This is just another way LPDG staff bonds after hours which spills over into office hours. Many families and patients agree that one of the great things theyappreciate about the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is their staff.  From the front office to the dental hygienists and Xray technicians to those behind the scenes, the LPDG team is like a family and always friendly, gentle and helpful.  It is no accident that some of LPDG’s employees have been working with Drs. Michael and Jill Lasky since the early days of their pediatric dental practice.  Newer employees are welcomed into the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group with open arms and the doctors have worked hard to create comraderie and teamwork among all the staff, especially now that some are split by the Studio City and Tarzana locations.

It won’t be too long until another great outing takes place, where will it be? No one knows yet, but it will most likely be another great time for all.

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Good News from LPDG!
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Good News from LPDG!

Lasky Pediatric Group Team and Daniella in 2013

Lasky Pediatric Group patient Daniella & Mom in 2013

All of us at Lasky Pediatric Dental Group are so proud of our patient, Danielle. Last year at this time, she was very sick,
having been diagnosed with aplastic anemia. She needed bone marrow transplant and her brother turned to be a perfect match.   The procedure was successful and a year later, the good news is she is in remission.  We are so happy for her.

On her most recent dental visit, she gave Dr. Jill a preview of the song she was scheduled to sing at a City of Hope family picnic.

Have a listen to this little songbird, she really has talent and let’s keep sending her good wishes for a continued recovery!

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Valley Charter Elementary Jog-A-Thon - A Huge Success!
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Valley Charter Elementary Jog-A-Thon – A Huge Success!

Last Friday, Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s Dr. Jill Lasky and Dr. Lecia Harmer attended the Valley Charter Elementary School’s “Laps for Learning Jog-A-Thon.”  They were invited by parents of several of their pediatric dental patients, but they were happy attend the event and support all of the participants. What’s more, Dr. Jill and Dr. Lecia got to call the start of the race.

Valley Charter Jog-A-Thon StudentsThe children were decked out like the colors of the rainbow and parents were in full-attendance watching the children do their laps and cheering them on.  Dr. Jill and Dr. Lecia manned the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group booth and met with the families and siblings of the racing students racing.  Among other things, the dentists demonstrated proper brushing techniques and parents got to ask them a myriad pediatric dental health questions.

When the race was over, every student received a SWAG bag, a toothbrush, toothpaste and xylitol chewing gum (the only kind of gum that can actually help stem the growth of cavities) and a great time was had by all.

The Jog-A-Thon was a huge success, raising over $50,000 for Valley Charter Elementary – they will now be able to buy laptops and other needed supplies. Have a look at more of the photos from the event – they definitely tell the whole story in the faces of the beaming students.  Congratulations to all who participated and volunteered!

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Laps for Learning JOG-A-THON!
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Laps for Learning JOG-A-THON!

The Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is excited to be one of the sponsors Sponsor of the LAPS for LEARNING JOG-A-THON at Valley Charter Elementary School on Friday May 30th, 2014 at 8:00 AM. Dr. Jill Lasky and Dr. Lecia Harmer will be attending the event and what’s more, they have been asked to call the start of the race!

“All of us a Lasky Pediatric Dental Group enjoy taking part of community events and we are happy for this opportunity to support Valley Charter Elementary in any way we can,” said Dr. Jill.

During the event,  Dr. Jill and Dr. Lecia will be available for questions and will be giving out information on the latest in children’s oral health care. In addition, they will be giving the almost 300 participants SWAG bags with new toothbrushes and toothpaste to encourage good oral habits.

The students have been preparing for the event for weeks and will collect donations based on the number of laps they do in the time allotted.  If you want to help support Valley Charter and you can’t make it to the race, please consider making a donation of any size  by clicking here.

More Info:
Valley Charter Elementary is located at 16514 Nordhoff Street, North Hills, CA 818.810.8713


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Lasky Pediatric Group Supports Team Matthew
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Lasky Pediatric Group Supports Team Matthew

The Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is committed to community service and they just don’t talk the talk, they really do walk the walk.  A few months ago, most of the staff including Dr. Michael, Dr. Jill and their two sons, Jack and David entered the Calabasas Classic 5k-10K Run.  Proceeds from this event were to benefit The Talbert Family Foundation, but more importantly they were there to support one of LPDG’s patients, Matthew Alvarez.

Matthew is a friendly, kind and huggable 10-year-old not unlike most of the Lasky’s patients, but unlike most of them, Matthew has been waging a war against leukemia for almost five years.  The good news is that Matthew is currently in remission, but since his father had to take time off from work to care for him, his family has been facing severe financial challenges.The Lasky Pediatric Group has watched Matthew and his family wage his battle with courage and dignity and wanted to help and show their support.  It was a great day and fun was had by all.

You can read more about Matthew’s plight if you feel moved to donate to help him and his family, there will be a link on his page. In the meantime, meet Matthew (and his grateful Dad – Jose) and hear what they had to say at the event.

Talbert Family Foundation Logo

More about The Talbert Family Foundation

Dedicated to providing direct financial support to local families suffering from catastrophic illnesses, primarily cancer. 100% OF ALL FUNDS RAISED GO DIRECTLY TO THE FAMILIES AFFECTED BY CATASTROPHIC ILLNESS.

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Mr. Awesome's Legacy - Summer Pool Safety Alert
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Mr. Awesome’s Legacy – Summer Pool Safety Alert

This story is not about pediatric dentistry, but pool safety. It is not an easy one to read, and, as a parent it was heartbreaking to write. But the story about the premature and tragic death of a little boy, Calder Sloan, nicknamed Mr. Awesome, must be told because it may save the life of someone you love.  His grieving parents, Carla and Chris want the legacy of his death to mean others will live because of increased awareness of pool safety.

When we hear about pool accidents, immediately most of us think that a child has drowned and that – somehow – the parents were to blame for leaving their child unattended.  And of course, with summer right around the corner, television, radio and publications bombard us with stories on pool safety and with a myriad of tips how to prevent your child from accidental drowning. Until now, I had never heard anything like the type of accident that claimed young Calder’s life  – leaving his parents devastated and younger brother, Caleb wondering who he is going to play Mario Brothers with.

On April 13, 2014, Calder Jacob Sloan – an accomplished swimmer at the age of 7 – dove into his family pool and was electrocuted. As his father Chris explained to reporters, their recently serviced pool was a “ticking time bomb” and Calder was the innocent victim of faulty wiring in a pool light that had been serviced a few weeks earlier. The News10 Miami segment below has more details on why this tragedy happened and what you need to look for in your home. Here’s the link a pool inspection safety checklist  – a good starting point to insure your pool or home (the Sloans found out their home wasn’t grounded properly either), is free from electrical hazards.

As for the photo above, it’s a self-portrait of Calder, whose teachers say was bound to change the world.  That has come true –  unfortunately in his passing. This adorable picture Mr. Awesome’s message of pool safety has sparked the worldwide attention of newsmakers, celebrities, family, friends and strangers all around the world in the news and social media.

Calder’s parents, Chris and Carla Sloan are finding small comfort in this outpouring from all, and ask you share his message.   You can download “Mr. Awesome’s” picture above or keep it on your phone, then take a photo of you in it share his story with family and friends and on father Chris’ Facebook page.  Tell them about Calder, tell them to check their pools.

Lastly, a new website – Calder’s Legacy – contains more stories about this amazing young boy, a link to donate for pool safety awareness programs in his memory and other important links.

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Guest post from Marla Schulman, a friend of the Sloan family.

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Shop Whole Foods Today to Support The Help Group
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Shop Whole Foods Today to Support The Help Group

April is Austic Awareness month. Did you know that one of eight children are diagnosed with a form autism. Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is a longstanding supporter of The Help Group, one of the great organizations supplying education and support for families affected by autism.

Today, Whole Foods of Sherman Oaks (East) will be donating 5% of sales to The Help Group and we’d love you to go out and shop to support our friends at The Help Group.

Here’s the info:

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Join LPDG at Walter Reed Middle School Inaugural Innovation Run Saturday March 29, 2014
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Join LPDG at Walter Reed Middle School Inaugural Innovation Run Saturday March 29, 2014

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is excited to be supporting THE INNOVATION RUN  the inaugural 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk to benefit Walter Reed Middle School & Friends of Reed! LPDG invites you to visit our booth at the event and say hi to our staffers, Elena and Jackie, who will help answer your oral health care questions, tell you more about our new dental practice in Studio City, and be handing out SWAG!

What’s more, sign up for the Lasky Pediatric Group Innovation Giveway for a chance to win a SonicCare electric toothbrush and oral  health care prize package. Details on how to enter will be available on site this Saturday, March 29th and posted on our Facebook page.

So we hope you sign up to support Walter Reed Middle School and if you want to participate in the race or have any other questions about the event, please check out the Innovation Run website or their Facebook Page.

We hope to see you there!

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