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Hannah, Orthodontic Group of the Finger Lakes' comfort dog

 

 

Hannah is the Orthodontic Group of the Finger Lakes in-office comfort dog. She is a two-year old lab mix. Hubbard's Hounds of Homer, NY rescued Hannah from a high kill animal shelter in Missouri and by ten months of age Hannah had been placed with two other families − but that did not work out. Dr. Baker had fostered her between the adoptions and when the second adoption did not work out either he gave her a forever home.

 

Dr. Baker wanted to improve patient experience, "treat the whole family, not just the chair". Many patients are anxious about their dental visit and having Hannah in the office lowers stress and anxiety levels, reduces blood pressure, and is also clinically proven to release endorphins, which help make the patient feel better.

"Immediately after meeting Ms. Hannah, we found that she had a special talent to be with people," Dr. Baker said, "so after investigating therapy dogs and realizing that the majority of health care is delivered in private offices, we thought, why not train Hannah?"

 

 

While at my son's first orthodontic visit we were greeted by Hannah. She came out to the waiting room to say hello and then she came into the examination room with us. While my son was being examined she put her front paws on his lap and then she came to sit in the chair beside me. She then left the room and went on her way to visit other patients. I noticed she was making her rounds and checking in with everyone. I knew my son was nervous and I saw immediately what Hannah had done − she had allowed him to relax and he focused on her, not what Dr. Baker was doing.

While at my son's second visit I had a chance to speak with Dr. Baker about Hannah and what she brings to patient care. He said, from the moment he met Hannah he knew she was special and she had the personality he was looking for.

Dr. Baker is on a mission to raise awareness on the importance of therapy dogs in patient care and hopes to encourage more offices to make the change. Hannah's story is unique: she was saved from a high kill animal shelter and with the training she received she is now making an impact on patient care. To see what she brings to the office every day is remarkable!

Are you doing something special to improve your patients' experience that you would like to publicize? Please contact Lisa at lrogers@oraline.net (888)-296-6730 ext. 2609

 

To learn more about Hannah, make sure to chek her out on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

Lisa Rogers, OraBrite

 

 

More about therapy dogs:

According to The Mayo Clinic, animal-assisted therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression, and fatigue in people with a range of health problems:

  • Children having dental procedures
  • People receiving cancer treatment
  • People in long-term care facilities
  • People hospitalized with chronic heart failure
  • Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder"

 

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