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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.



Lasky Pediatric Dental Group Supports Dixie Canyon Elementary Spell-a-thon
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Lasky Pediatric Dental Group Supports Dixie Canyon Elementary Spell-a-thon

Dixie Canyon SpellAthon Student Thanks Lasky Pediatric Dental GroupLate last year, one of Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s families requested donations for their annual Dixie Canyon Elementary School
Spell-a-thon. LPDG donated a bonus prize package of children’s oral health care supplies to support the students’ participation.

The Dixie Canyon Spell-a-thon is run entirely by volunteers and is based on student participation. All profits go directly to the school and on final tally this year’s Spell-a-thon raised almost $16,000.  Parents say it was the most successful fundraiser of the year.

In a letter to LPDG, Mia Daveline, one of the mom volunteers wrote, “We are so grateful for Lasky Pediatric Dental’s participation in our Spell-a-thon and we’re so thankful for their support of our school.”

A picture says a thousand words, then the photos Daveline supplied show some very happy Dixie Canyon students.thank you

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is committed to the ongoing support our local schools and other non-profit organizations.  If you have a request for donations for your event, please click here to be sent to our contact page.

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Lasky Patients Help the Homeless
5 years, 6 months ago 0

Lasky Patients Help the Homeless

A few weeks ago we told you about the Katz brothers, two of Lasky Pediatric Group patients, and their idea for a community service project for Halloween.  Both students at the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, Jacob and Dylan decided they wanted to be Halloween fairies.  To do that, they created  two hundred goody bags filled with candy for children who might not get to go out trick or treating this year.

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group provided the boys with something else to put in their bags – a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste – as it is very important children brush after eating or in this case, enjoying their candy.  The brothers donated the bags to PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), a Southern California network of agencies that assist individuals and families who are facing homelessness.

“The homeless children and their families were so happy to receive the Halloween treats,” said Jenifer, Jacob and Dylan’s mother in a note to LPDG.

Not only were they great fairies, the team at the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group think Jacob and Dylan Katz are heroes for completing their project and  for making some children’s Halloween a whole lot brighter!

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5 years, 7 months ago 0

Trick or Treat AND Toothcare Too!

Halloween PumpkinOctober is the time of year when children of all ages – even many adults – cheerfully anticipate Halloween festivities.  What costumes to wear, what treats to give out and what goodies will be collected on neighborhood jaunts are some of the questions on many celebrants minds.


As pediatric dentists, the Lasky Pediatric Group team teaches that children should limit their daily intake of sweets and brush their at least twice a day.  Recently, when two of their patients came up with a unique Halloween community service project, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group was very happy to help them fulfill their mission.

Lasky Patients'  the Katz BrothersMeet the Katz brothers who are two of Dr. Michael Lasky’s patients and elementary students at the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks.  This year for Halloween they came up with a community service project to be Halloween fairies.  But how? By making a couple hundred goody bags to hand out to children who aren’t able to go out trick or treating.

Now,  not only are their goody bags filled with candy and treats, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group has donated 200 tooth brushes and 200 toothpaste tubes, so that the recipients of the goodie bags could enjoy their treats but make sure they were keeping up with proper oral care.

We will be updating you after the boys complete their community service project.

 

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5 years, 9 months ago 0

Dr. Lecia Harmer Volunteers with Project Smile

Dr. Lecia & Her Happy Patients

Dr. Lecia & Her Happy Patients

All of us at the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group are committed to doing community service here at home, but sometimes we find a project worthy of taking our skills abroad.  Earlier this year,  Dr. Lecia Harmer did just that.  She traveled to Belize City, Central America as a volunteer dentist for PROJECT SMILE.  She found the project through the ADA (American Dental Association) website and it was her first time doing dentistry in another country.

For a period of one week, Dr. Lecia treated children for the St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church School, many of whom had never seen a dentist before.  In addition to basic exams, they were offered cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and extractions if needed.

“The smiles on the children’s faces made the whole trip worth it.  Many of the children waited for hours just to be examined by the dentist,” said Dr. Harmer.   “The children have great respect for the dentists involved with Project Smile.  They were following us around giving hugs and trying to be in the pictures!”

More on Project Smile:

Project Smile began in 1992 as a cooperative effort between the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia and the Anglican Diocese of Belize, in Central America. We are a prevention oriented dental program for indigent children.

Every year various teams of volunteer dentists, along with auxiliary personnel, both trained and untrained, travel to Belize to St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church in Belize City. There we have a permanent 7-chair dental treatment facility in an unused classroom at St. Mary’s School. This is an urban school in a rundown area of the city.

Dental Clinic in Belize

Dental Clinic in Belize

 

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5 years, 9 months ago Comments Off on A Visit to Lasky Pediatric Dental Group – A Family Affair!

A Visit to Lasky Pediatric Dental Group – A Family Affair!

"Dr. Big Brother" Assists Dr. Jill Lasky

“Dr. Big Brother” Assists Dr. Jill

Going to Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is always a family affair – and fun too!

Here Dr. Jill enjoys a helping hand from the brother of one of her patients.

The result – all leave with clean teeth and big smiles!

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How Dr. Jill Builds Special Relationships

Dr. Jill rewards Max for getting his teeth cleaned!

Dr. Jill rewards Max for getting his teeth cleaned!

Dr. Jill rewards Max for getting his teeth cleaned!

It only took 2 visits – only a week apart – for Dr. Jill Lasky and her patient, Max, a 7 year-old high-functioning autistic patient, to make a special connection. With her gentle chairside manner and by using a simple reward system Dr. Jill built the necessary trust for Max to tolerate necessary oral care treatment without any sedation.

After his routine scaling was done, Max got his reward, a squirt from the water jet!

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5 years, 11 months ago 0

Lyla’s First Visit to Dr. Jill Lasky

Even these days some adults still shudder at the thought of going to the dentist, even for a routine check up. Perhaps their fears stem from a traumatic visit (or visits) as a child or more likely they weren’t properly introduced to the unfamiliar and potentially frightening sights, sounds, and smells at their dentist’s office.

At Lasky Pediatric Dental Group, our goal is to insure that your children’s first visit (recommended by the age of two) and one that could affect their attitude towards good oral health for the rest of their lives, is an extremely positive and enjoyable experience.  As they say a picture says a thousand words and this candid video below, taken by Lyla’s mother that documents the two-year-old’s first visit to the dentist speaks volumes on how Dr. Jill Lasky puts her little patient at ease while cleaning her teeth.
Video Courtesy of Laurie M. – Mom to Eden and Lyla!

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5 years, 12 months ago 0

Team Lasky at the 2013 Autism Speaks Walk

For the past several years, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group participated in the Annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks. They raised money and awareness for autism research.

Dr. Jill, Dr. Michael and many members of their dental team lent their time and foot power to this wonderful cause.

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6 years ago 0

Nuturing Healthy Smiles at 4th Annual Help Group Resource Fair

On May 19, 2013, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group once again participated in the 4th Annual Help Group Special Needs Resource Fair. Manning our booth were Dr. Jill Lasky, Dr. Michael Lasky, members of the dental practice and family members. It was a great event as the pediatric dental team always enjoys sharing their passion for helping children maintain excellent oral care habits, and especially those with special needs.

At their booth, the Lasky Pediatric Group promoted the importance of starting good dental habits young and helped to educate members of the Help Group Community on their practice’s mission to “Nurturing Healthy Smiles.” They also showed off some of the Lasky Pediatric Group’s favorite oral care products for children, like the Sonic Care Electric toothbrush, GumChuks and Spiffies and as you can see by the photos, a great time was had by all! IMG_4787IMG_4790
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Lasky Pediatric Dental
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Lasky Pediatric Dental “Team Pink” Supports Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

For the past 4 years, The Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s team members have supported the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Our dedicated “TEAM PINK” has once again shown their love, compassion and understanding for those in our community whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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