Letter to Patients
January 1, 2022
Dear Patients and Friends,
I want to first wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. It’s been quite the year. As a health professional, I’d like to encourage all of you to get your booster vaccine for COVID as soon as possible with the highly contagious Omicron variant this winter. I believe it can help all of us stay safer from severe illness.
We have some changes happening at our office in the new year. The most exciting is that I am adding a full-time associate dentist, Dr. Alexandra Dahm, to our team to help with our growing practice. If you have been trying to make an appointment at our office the last six months, you may have noticed the difficulty of getting an appointment within a timely manner. We have been consistently booked out approximately three months. This has bothered me to not be able to schedule your restorative and cleaning appointments within a few weeks.
I have had the pleasure to meet Dr. Alexandra Dahm recently. I am very impressed with her academic background, her clinical and hand skills, and her relaxed, calming personality. We have hit it off knowing we have very similar desires and practice philosophies and want to work together. As you know, I am very particular about the care we provide at our office. I believe Dr. Dahm will provide that same quality of care you have been accustomed to. Dr. Dahm will start at our practice on January 10, 2022. We will divide the appointments already scheduled with me among the two of us and be able to have openings to fill right away. I will continue to see patients three days a week and Dr. Dahm will see patients four days a week. If any of you want to move your appointment up sooner, we now will be able to accommodate.
Many of you have asked me when I plan on retirement. With the pandemic the past two years, I have considered retiring. With Dr. Dahm in our practice full time, I feel I can continue practicing at an easier pace and postpone retirement. I look forward to having a full-time colleague to discuss cases and share the knowledge acquired in thirty-seven years of practice. Having Dr. Dahm join me will make my final years in practice more enjoyable. At the end of this letter, Dr. Dahm will tell you a little about herself. I look forward to introducing her to you. I am confident you will like her, and I have the utmost confidence in her to be part of our dental team.
Again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being such wonderful patients and friends. Our team often comment how lucky we are to have such a wonderful patient base. You have become my work family and I am honored to have this opportunity to be your dental care provider these past thirty-seven years.
May Chang DDS
Dear Patients of Dr. Chang,
I cannot express how thrilled I am to be joining Dr. Chang’s practice and team! After meeting Dr. Chang and learning how her practice philosophy focuses on prevention, minimally invasive care, and quality of work, I knew that her practice would fit well with my own practice philosophies and goals for dental care. She is an exceptional dentist and I look forward to learning from her and growing my practice with her. My own dental journey began when I was very young watching my father, also a dentist, care for his patients. He would come home with stories about his impact on patients by improving their smiles or overcoming their dental fear. I’ve always had an affinity for science, art, and helping people and found that a career in dentistry would combine all my interests.
My philosophy in dentistry is simple: treat other people the way you would want to be treated. My goal is to provide high quality dentistry that is tailored to each individual person. I strive to help patients achieve oral health in the least invasive way possible while also working to overcome barriers of dental treatment such as time, cost, fear, or the unknown. I enjoy continued education and consider myself to be a lifelong learner. I am excited to join Dr. Chang in the R.V. Tucker Gold Study Club to be able to provide the same quality restorations that you have come to expect from this practice. I love working with all ages and welcome patients ages 1 to 100+. As an advocate for preventative dentistry, my goal is to help provide the easiest, most cost effective and least invasive path to oral health by empowering my patients with the tools and knowledge necessary to achieve healthy mouths at home. I also want to help look after my patients’ overall health by screening for the oral manifestations of various systemic problems such as sleep disordered breathing, acid reflux, inflammatory diseases, pathologies, and more.
I am fully aware that I have big shoes to fill, but I look forward to this challenge. I am so happy to be making Portland, OR my home. I grew up in Dayton, OH and then headed to Columbus, OH for 8 years to earn my undergraduate and dental degree magna cum laude at Ohio State University, graduating in 2015. After dental school I worked for my dad for 5 years, learning from his 30+ years of experience. In that time, I visited Portland a few times and felt an immediate connection to this place. Fast forward to 2020 when my husband was deciding where he wanted to go to chiropractic school. He told me that he was interested in a school in Portland, and I knew that this was where I was meant to be. Despite moving here in the middle of the pandemic, I have fallen in love with the beauty, nature, quirkiness, and people of this town. I have full faith that it will only get better, and I am excited to be here to see this city blossom again. When I am not doing dentistry, you can find my husband and I out in nature with our dog, Otter, hiking, paddling, camping, and biking. I also enjoy playing tennis, cooking, and baking fresh baked sourdough bread at home.
Happy New Year and I look forward to meeting all of you! If you have any questions - just ask!
Dr. Alexandra Dahm DDS