The day just got better in CDTC’s Dental Clinic. Seven-year-old Sophia is coming today!
This jubilant little girl is a little ray of sunshine for our dentist Dr. Alonso and her team. They look forward to her chatty, happy visits.
“Instead of us cheering her up (during her visit), she’s the one that cheers us up,” exclaims Dr. Alonso.
This wasn’t always the case.
Dr. Alonso remembers her first visit three years ago. She cried the whole time. Her mom had to hold her the entire time. That day the team worked overtime to comfort the little girl.
Sophia, who has Turners Syndrome, came to the Center for our Early Steps program. In 2015, after aging out of Early Steps, she joined Extraordinary Children, Healthy Outcomes (ECHO). The family has lots of support when it comes to Sophia’s health. Besides seeing our dentist, she regularly sees Dr. Robinson in our Primary Care Center. Her ECHO Care Coordinator Ange assists the family with her medical needs and services.
Today, Sophia welcomes her regular six-month checkups. She has outgrown her thumb sucking. Her teeth are healthy and bright. Which is an important thing for an always smiling, outgoing child!
You’ll never forget Sophia once you meet her. There is no such thing as a stranger to her. She makes sure to meet everyone she can; always asking questions, getting to know you and sharing with others.
“She’s always happy and brings smiles to everyone,” shares Ange.
About our Hero of the Month
Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.
Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.
A trip to our Clinic is more than just a doctor’s visit to a child with special healthcare needs.
But, insurance doesn’t cover everything. That’s why your gift is so important.