Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy Holidays!!

Wow, it is that time of year again, the time when every minute of the day is “booked” with holiday chores. There are gifts to buy, cookies to bake, cards to send, and parties to attend. Sometimes it is easy to forget what the spirit of the holidays is all about. I am so proud of the many families that have brought in food for the Harvesters food pantry. Some of our needed friends will have more to eat this season due to your generosity.

The staff at Hechler Orthodontics warms my heart as well. We have “adopted” three red bag children this year. The gifts we purchase for them may be the only ones they receive this year. The staff members all go out shopping for just the right size pair of shoes, perfect coat or even a toy the child has requested. All of these items go into a large red bag that Judy hauls to the collection point. I think we get more out of the experience than the kids do.

I hope all of you have a joyous holiday season full of family fun and blessed memories.

Dr. Hechler

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Introducing: Shannon

Shannon is our number one Texas fan in the office! Meeting new people, making patients smile, and working with great friends are her favorite parts of her job. Shannon has been working in the dental field for 12 yrs. and has been assisting Dr. Hechler with orthodontic procedures for the past 4 1/2 yrs. She and her husband enjoy vacationing in Texas and Mexico. They have 2 playful dogs and are looking forward to the birth of their first baby in the springtime.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

November Headline: Halloween Candy Exchange!

On November 2nd, we held a candy exchange in our office. This allowed families in the community to bring the excess Halloween candy that they had collected a couple of days before and leave it in our office to be sent to the troops. A giant card was made and each child signed their name. The card was then sent to the troops along with the candy. Two hundred forty-two families presented us with over 950 pounds of candy! This was the most candy collected at any of the three candy exchange sites in Kansas City!

The event not only collected candy for the troops but money was donated to the Smiles Change Lives Program. Smiles Change Lives is a non-profit organization that provides orthodontic treatment to kids from low-income families in the community. We treat some of the Smiles Change Lives children of Kansas City in our practice. It is always a joy to see their smiles transformed along with their personalities. You can learn more about this program at

This is the 2nd year that we have participated in the candy exchange with amazing success. We have had some fantastic testimonials. We are honored to be able to participate in such a wonderful program with such wonderful children.

We also gave away prizes and fun children’s items to all who participated. We had a raffle drawing for 2 AMC movie passes and an AMC gift card. Congratulations to Ben and Connor, the winners of the drawing! Thank you to all who participated. It was a great success!

Dr. Hechler

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween Candy Exchange!

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Thanks to all who helped participate in our annual candy exchange.  With your help we collected over 950 pounds of candy for our troops! 

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Introducing: Laura

Laura has been an Administrative Coordinator for Dr. Hechler for more than 6 years now. She loves the fun and laughter she has with the staff and Dr. Hechler and especially enjoys making new friends with all of the great patients and families of Hechler Orthodontics.
Laura is married and has 2 sons who attend KU and a 3rd son who is a high school junior. When not working, their family's favorite activities are spending time at the lake and skiing in the winter.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Fun at the Office!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October Headline - What's new in orthodontics?

In September, I attended a seminar that gave me the opportunity to supply input regarding future developments in orthodontics. Being a member of the advisory committee for the largest orthodontic manufacturing company in the world, Ormco, I am able to discuss and participate in some of the new technologies on the horizon in orthodontics.

At our meeting we discussed such things as optical scanners allowing the orthodontist to no longer need impressions. This technology is upon us at the current time; however, some of the scanners are very large and slow. Our hope is that by sizing down the scanners, they can easily be used in the orthodontic office while being comfortable for the patient. Speeding up the process is also one of our goals.

We discussed a new venture between Invisalign and Ormco that may allow for a cooperative treatment of braces with Invisalign treatment in order to treat cases that were inappropriate for Invisalign only in the past. Other orthodontic products evaluated were clear wires with use with ceramic brackets and a new generation of clear braces.

These meeting are always enlightening and entertaining. It’s nice to be able to participate in some of the new treatments and technology in orthodontics before they hit the mainstream market. Just being able to hang out for four days with some of the top orthodontists in the world at these meetings gives me renewed excitement to practice orthodontics in Overland Park.


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Introducing: Brandi

Brandi loves getting to know her patients and helping them succeed in achieving a more beautiful smile.  She has almost 6 years in the dental field and has been assisting Dr. Hechler for the past 5 years.  Brandi says her job is even more gratifying because she works with such great co-workers.  When not at work, Brandi enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and 3 beautiful children and their favorite activity is traveling to Las Vegas to enjoy extended family there!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Turkey Time!!

It's time for our annual "What are you thankful for?" contest! At your next appointment tell us what you are thankful for and your name will be put into a drawing for a Tippin's Pumpkin Pie...just in time for Thanksgiving!

CPR Training!

Our staff recently participated in CPR training.
We are all CPR certified!

Introducing Julie!!

Julie loves making patients feel right at home! She has 32 yrs. experience in orthodontics and has been assisting Dr. Hechler as a Treatment Coordinator explaining treatment to new patients for the past 7+ years. Julie's other passions include her husband, her granddaughter, and cheering for her 3 college age sons at soccer and football games. She enjoys playing tennis and spending time working in the yard when not being interrupted by her yellow Lab "Marley" who wants to play fetch!

Halloween Candy Exchange!

It's Our Annual Halloween Candy Exchange!

This Halloween donate your candy to be sent overseas. Dr. Hechler will be donating money to Smiles Change Lives for every pound that is collected. Prizes given to those who participate! Please do your part to help.

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
12800 Metcalf Ave. Suite#1
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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