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Lasky Pediatric Group Supports Team Matthew
4 years, 11 months ago 0

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.

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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
5 years ago 0

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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L.A. Parent's
5 years, 1 month ago 0

L.A. Parent’s “Your Child with Special Needs” Resource Guide

The Lasky Pediatric Dental Group is proud to be one of the many excellent resources listed in L.A. Parent Magazine’s “Your Child with Special Needs 2014 Resource Guide.”  Dr. Michael Lasky, Dr. Jill Lasky, Dr. Lecia Harmer and the staff of LPDG are highly-trained and equally skilled in dealing with children with special needs.  While many pediatric dentists prefer to sedate these young patients, LPDG prefers to use behavior modification techniques over one to several visits and avoid using sedation for routine checkups and cleanings.  They have had great success over the years and parents are amazed and grateful that they don’t have to use drugs on their child.

The doctors and staff of the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group are also long time supporters of The Help Group, one of this country’s largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind serving children (and their families) with special needs.

Another reason to check out the guide is the feature story about autism activists, Holly Robinson Peete, her husband, Rodney Peete, and their son, RJ.  The pair founded the HollyRod Foundation, originally dedicated to the fight against Parkinson’s disease (Robinson Peete’s father suffered with the disease), but then expanded to include the fight for autism awareness after RJ was diagnosed with the syndrome at the age of three.

The timing for the L.A. Parent resource guide’s release was to coincide with April 2014’s National Autism Awareness Month and the opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.  You can pick up a copy of the guide at one of the Lasky Pediatric Dental offices or read the online version click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Shop Whole Foods Today to Support The Help Group
5 years, 1 month ago 0

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
5 years, 1 month ago 0

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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Tooth Fairy - Good or Bad for Kids?
5 years, 3 months ago 0

Tooth Fairy – Good or Bad for Kids?

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group’s own Dr. Jill Lasky was one of several experts recently interviewed by SHE KNOWS correspondent Kim Grundy about one of our favorite childhood myths, the Tooth Fairy. Grundy examines whether using the Tooth Fairy is good for children and how long they should keep up the practice.

She Knows WebsiteThere is some very good information in the piece from Dr. Jill and others and you can read the entire post its entirety here.

After you read it, please come back here and tell us what you thought or feel free to share your favorite stories about the Tooth Fairy below.

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Lasky Pediatric Dental Group Supports Dixie Canyon Elementary Spell-a-thon
5 years, 3 months ago 0

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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Studio City Patch Features Lasky Pediatric Dental Group
5 years, 4 months ago 0

Studio City Patch Features Lasky Pediatric Dental Group

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group Studio City Office SignThe Studio City Patch did a great job welcoming the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group to Studio City in a recent article, written by Studio City Patch Editor, Matthew Sanderson. The article outlines the history of LPDG and why the husband and wife dental team, Dr. Michael Lasky and Dr. Jill Lasky decided to open a new pediatric dental office in Studio City to expand their already successful Tarzana pediatric dental practice.  Dr. Lecia Harmer as well as the Drs. Lasky will have hours in both locations.

Check out the Studio City Patch and read the entire post by clicking here.

 

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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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Post-Halloween Teeth Tips
5 years, 6 months ago 0

Post-Halloween Teeth Tips

The Trick or Treating is over, but now your children have enough candy to last them until next Halloween.  The dilemma, how to let them enjoy their bounty in moderation and having them maintain their healthy oral care habits.
The Lasky Pediatric Dental Group found this great article in Metro.us that offers up several ways to handle this issue so your kids can have their candy and eat it too!

Here are some highlights from the article:

– Cut some of the candy into smaller pieces
– Freeze candy for future treats
– Find alternate uses for candy, for example use in arts and crafts projects

To read the entire article, click here:

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