10 Questions With Dr. Dimassi Of BridgeMill Dentistry

BridgeMill Dentistry has been committed to providing excellent dental care to individuals and families in Cherokee County for more than 15 years. From expert cosmetic dental care to implant restorations and repairs, the team at BridgeMill Dentistry guarantees personalized treatment in a friendly environment.

Dr. Matthew A. Dimassi was recently welcomed to the BridgeMill family in 2017 and has quickly immersed himself in helping valued patients achieve confident smiles. Providing care for veterans, volunteering and going on several mission trips are just a few items on his résumé — not to mention his impressive snowboarding hobby! Read on to learn more about Dr. Dimassi and how he always "puts himself in the patient’s shoes."

Patch: As the newest member of BridgeMill Dentistry’s team, how have things gone so far?

Dr. Dimassi: I’ve just started my sixth month with the practice, and things couldn’t be better. We have a phenomenal team that is uniquely qualified and committed to really loyal patients. I haven’t seen this level of personal relationship with patients anywhere I’ve practiced, and it makes the job fun every day.

Patch: What did you do before joining BridgeMill Dentistry?

Dr. Dimassi: My most significant work came at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, where I had the honor of providing care to men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. I also practiced in two other small dental offices before joining the BridgeMill Dentistry team.

Patch: What made you want to practice dentistry in Cherokee County?

Dr. Dimassi: It’s a growing area, which is always a positive when it comes to personal career goals. But this area is such a family-oriented place, where people really care for their neighbors and go out of their way to make others feel a valuable part of the community. You really can’t beat that in a community.

Patch: Why did you become a dentist?

Dr. Dimassi: There are many reasons, but one of the big ones for me is the challenge involved in dentistry. Every patient’s needs vary at least a little bit, and sometimes, significantly. Being able to customize a treatment plan and achieve positive results is a great way to spend the workday.

Patch: What’s the biggest challenge or most difficult moment you’ve faced in your job?

Dr. Dimassi: I would say seeing people that are really held back by the aesthetics of their smile. High-quality dental care and technology are more accessible to our younger generation than ever, which is excellent.

However, many middle-aged to older Americans didn’t have the benefits of great dental care in their youth, and many struggle today with smiles they aren’t happy with. It’s hard to see folks who are unhappy with their appearance, but also rewarding to be able to help them feel more confident.

Patch: What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it to you?

Dr. Dimassi: "Imagine it is you." A mentor once told me to put myself in the shoes of every patient I treat, and I’ll never lose sight of what the practice of dentistry is all about. I believe that’s very true, especially when it comes to medical care.

Patch: Are there any new projects or endeavors you’re working on that you’re extra excited about?

Dr. Dimassi: Our practice is scheduled to participate in Love Loud again this year, which is a two-day program that provides free dental treatment to community members with limited means. That will be a highlight of our 2018 I’m sure.

Patch: Tell our readers something about you that may surprise them.

Dr. Dimassi: I really love to snowboard. That’s not the most common hobby for someone who lives in Georgia.

Patch: How can Patch readers learn more about you and your practice?

Dr. Dimassi: The BridgeMill Dentistry website is a great resource for new and existing patients.

This Patch article is sponored by BridgeMill Dentistry.

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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews Saddles Up with Cowboy Ranch Tavern Double and The Grand Brie Burger

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., March 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ the only thing to look forward to this spring! For a limited time, now through June 24, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews (Red Robin) guests can wrangle up a Cowboy Ranch Tavern Double and The Grand Brie at restaurants nationwide. The southern-inspired Cowboy Ranch Tavern Double is a flavor-packed burger that features two fire-grilled patties, topped with bourbon-infused Whiskey River BBQ Sauce, ranch, crispy onion straws, American cheese and lettuce on a sesame seed bun. The Grand Brie, an award-winning burger from the 2017 South Beach Wine and Food Festival making its grand entrance to Red Robin’s Finest menu, features a fire-grilled, half-pound Black Angus burger with melted Brie cheese, balsamic fig jam, crispy bacon, fresh arugula and mayo on a brioche bun.

"Experimenting with new flavors and pushing burger boundaries is what defines Red Robin," said Dana Benfield, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Red Robin. "The addition of the Cowboy Ranch Tavern Double and The Grand Brie showcases our menu innovation and versatility at both ends of the spectrum, from our value-focused Tavern menu to our elevated Finest menu!"

Red Robin is also elevating its popular milkshake lineup with the addition of two new, indulgent offerings. The Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss is a blend of chocolate hazelnut spread and cocoa crisps topped with velvety, chocolate whipped cream and dark chocolate Fruffles . The Silver Spoon S’mores blends crispy, toasted mini marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs drizzled with chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream and decadent fudge-dipped graham crackers.

A new appetizer springing into Red Robin restaurants is the sweet and spicy Island Heat Wings, tender and crunchy all-white chicken wings tossed in sweet mango chili sauce, topped with seared pineapple, fresh jalapenos and minced parsley and served with Yukon kettle chips. Red Robin is also introducing a Strawberry Basil Lemonade, to pair with any of the new spring menu offerings, as well as a Strawberry Basil Margarita and White Spanish Sangria for Guests 21 and over.

For more information about Red Robin’s spring promo menu items or to find the nearest Red Robin restaurant, visit www.redrobin.com. To sign up for the Red Robin Royalty loyalty rewards program, visit www.redrobin.com/royalty.<

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The Broncos just converted a huge chunk of Von Miller’s salary

John Elway is on the move.

Eagles created $5.407M in cap space in 2018 by converting $7.21M of TE Zach Ertz’s $8M base salary into a fully guaranteed roster bonus, per @FieldYates.Broncos created $12.375M in 2018 cap space by converting $16M of LB Von Miller’s $18.5M base salary into a signing bonus.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2018

This morning, the Denver Broncos converted the lion’s share of Von Miller’s 2018 base salary into a signing bonus: $16M out of a total $18.5M. That decision frees up $12.375M of the 2018 salary cap.

Elway has clearly chosen to pursue a major free agent, but who? Possibilities might include defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.

Updates to come as more details come out.

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Michigan women make NCAA Tournament as No. 7 seed, will face Northern Colorado

Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty (3) dribbles down the court on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at Crisler Arena. Jack Zellweger | Ann Arbor News(

Michigan women’s basketball’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2013 will begin in Waco, Texas.

With the announcement of the 64-team field Monday night, the Wolverines are a No. 7 seed of the Lexington Region and will face No. 10 seed Northern Colorado (26-6) at 5 p.m. Friday (ESPN2).

Northern Colorado won the Big Sky Conference and enters the tournament on a 13-game winning streak.

Michigan (22-9) entered the final week of the regular season on the tournament bubble, but it earned a crucial 71-65 victory over then 13th-ranked Maryland in its final game on Feb. 22.

The Wolverines, ranked 39th in RPI, opened the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed and defeated No. 11 seed Penn State 77-48 in the first round before losing to No. 3 seed Nebraska 61-54 in a quarterfinal.

The team enters the NCAA Tournament with one of the best duos in the country. Senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, the program’s all-time leading scorer, ranks fifth in the nation at 23.2 points per game.

Junior center Hallie Thome is averaging 17 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 61.5 percent from the field, which is third-best in the Big Ten.

Michigan accepted an invitation to the WNIT the previous four years since last earning an NCAA Tournament berth in head coach Kim Barnes Arico’s first season.

The team, which won the WNIT championship last season, was on the bubble last year after losing three of its final four games in the regular season. It dropped its conference tournament opener to Michigan State, costing the team a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

This season, the Wolverines appeared to be a lock for the NCAA Tournament in January with a program-best 18-4 start and a No. 13 ranking in the country.

However, they sputtered down the stretch, losing four of their next six before upending Maryland.

UAB knocked off Iowa State as a No. 14 seed in 2015. (David Stephenson | AP Photo)
Michigan players celebrate as they are shown on the bracket during the TBS Selection Sunday show at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Michigan will be traveling to Wichita, Kansas, to take on Montana.

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Blaze at Denver Construction Site Kills One Person, Another Still Missing

The three-alarm blaze destroyed the Emerson Place Apartments under construction on East 18th Avenue in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood.

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One person is dead and another missing after a three-alarm fire erupted at a construction site near downtown Denver on Wednesday. The mid-day fire, which destroyed a partially completed apartment building and burned hot enough to damage at least 40 cars in the area, forced construction workers to leap to safety from second and third floors. Some were hurt when they jumped; others injured trying to catch them.

Nearly 50 construction workers were on site when the fire broke out. Some tried to extinguish the blaze themselves but were unsuccessful.

Fire officials have not identified the person killed, but Denver Fire Captain Greg Pixley said in an afternoon news conference that a body was found in the debris. The search for a second person is ongoing, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. People in the area reported hearing at least two loud explosions several seconds apart as the blaze started.

Pixley said that the fire spread quickly because of exposed materials on the jobsite. “The building had nothing to protect the wood,” he told reporters at the scene. He noted that officials have no immediate indication of any deviations from city building codes or permitting violations at the site. A progress inspection of the electrical system, conducted earlier in the week, revealed no problems with it.

The fire occurred at the Emerson Place Apartments on East 18th Avenue in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood, near the city’s hospital district. The five-story, 84-unit complex, estimated construction cost of $15 million, featured all studio apartments. The developer is Allante Properties, Greenwood Village, Colo., and the contractor is Vertix Builders, Frederick, Colo. Neither company could be reached for comment.

The project was scheduled for completion this summer.

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How to avoid an expensive bill at the dentist without dental insurance

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By Monica Laliberte, WRAL consumer reporter

Raleigh, N.C. — Even with insurance, one serious dental issue can put a squeeze on the budget. Plenty of people dread the dentist, but there are ways to avoid a huge dental bill.

Provided you have insurance, it’s an easy choice to go to just make sure everything is okay. But when you don’t have access to dental benefits, the easy choice is putting it off.

Dr. Jennifer Pichardo said missing routine exams and regular cleanings is what causes small problems to quickly become big ones in both your mouth and your wallet.

"Every day we see this happening here. People don’t have insurance, and they tend to neglect the care of the mouth," Pichardo said. “Cavities is number one. If there is a cavity, we are going to treat it when it’s still small and the expenses will be less than if you need a root canal."

In looking to cover or lower the costs of dental care, you may consider private dental insurance. But it can be costly and often comes with a cap.

"A lot of private insurance only covers so much, and you can still be on the hook for thousands of dollars out of pocket," Consumer Reporters Editor Donna Rosato said.

Another insurance option is a Dental HMO. It covers routine cleanings and offers discounts on other procedures. You could also join a dental savings plan, which costs about $100 a year for an individual or $250 for a family.

"A dental savings plan isn’t health insurance but it does connect you to a network of dentists who have agreed to provide discounts on their services," Rosato said.

An option many people don’t try, which often works, is to negotiate with your dentist for a lower price. Another option is to contact a dental school, such as the UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, and inquire about the often-discounted services.

Experts agree your best bet for keeping dental costs down is taking good care of your teeth at home, which includes using a fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse. It’s also important to avoid sugary food and acidic drinks like soda that can erode enamel on your teeth.

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Larry Nance Jr. posterizes Denver Nuggets’ Mason Plumlee (video)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Perhaps the best dunk of the year for Larry Nance Jr. won’t come during NBA All-Star Weekend after all.

During the second quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the Denver Nuggets, Nance seemingly used Nuggets backup center Mason Plumlee as his own personal dunk contest prop, skying over him for a thunderous one-handed jam that caused Cleveland’s bench to explode.

— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 4, 2018

It was part of Nance’s scintillating first half in which he scored 14 points to go with five rebounds. He tallied two dunks as well.

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LEAD2018 Top Award Winners Have Been Announced, Recognizing Crestcom Leadership

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., February 28, 2018 (Newswire.com) – ​The distinguished recipients of the Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD) Awards for 2018 were named for outstanding achievements in leadership development and programs in the areas of Education, Corporate, and Individuals at the LEAD2018 event held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah February 7 and 8. Prestigious leadership awards salute the world’s top leadership practitioners and programs and highlight their roles in developing their most important asset – their people. The Crestcom Bullet Proof Manager Leadership Development program has won the Top Leadership Partner Award.

For the past 35 years, the LEAD Awards, formerly known as Leadership Excellence Awards, have identified and recognized the top leadership programs and organizations and their strategies and solutions in their yearly ranking. ​

Our mission is to make the world a better place by developing better, more ethical leaders around the globe. … This mission drives us to deliver interactive, results-driven leadership content, guided by global perspectives with a local focus, which produce real, bottom-line business results.

About Crestcom

Crestcom International, LLC is an international interactive leadership development and sales training organization that has trained more than 1 million leaders representing 20,000 businesses in 60 countries across the globe. ​Crestcom does this through a unique blend of live-facilitated multimedia video, interactive exercises, and shared learning experiences, followed up by action plans and accountability sessions to ensure measured development in key leadership competency areas. Learn more at www.crestcomleadership.com.

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City recommends three affordable housing projects to State

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) – Corpus Christi’s City Council formally recommended this week that three proposed affordable housing projects be cleared to receive state tax incentives.

Officials said it is likely that one of the three will get approval to be built.

One of the sites proposed would be called Avanti at Greenwood. It’s one of the three sites the City is proposing to the Texas Department of Housing and Urban Development for tax credits, which will allow one of those projects to proceed.

The other two proposed projects include the Casa de Manana Apartments on Old Brownsville Road, which would be rebuilt, and the Village at Greenwood, which would be a new construction.

All three projects are located in District 3, represented by City Councilmember Lucy Rubio.

"I’m super excited. The Council went ahead and approved all three projects because you never know when someone might slip on an application and then it might go to Victoria if we just choose one," Rubio said. "So I’m glad that we went ahead and approved all three."

Rudy Bentancourt, director of housing and community development for the City of Corpus Christi, said the State may make a choice by the end of summer.

"Based on the points system and conversations with the developers, it’s very likely that one of the two projects on Greenwood will get the tax credit," Bentancourt said.

Although both of those projects are more than 80 units each, one affordable housing advocate said it’s just a drop in the bucket.

"The waiting list is over 5,000 that the housing authority has," said Cathy Mehne, vice chair of the Housing Authority Board. "That’s a long waiting list. So 80 units, that’s not even a scratch."

Mehne said property taxes and insurance costs are making it harder every year for people to qualify for home loans, and the City needs housing to take care of those who work in local industry.

"Cheniere just signed that deal with China, so yeah, we need the workers, we need the education, and we need the homes to put those people in," Mehne said.

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Denver Children’s Theatre Presents SLEEPING BEAUTY

Celebrating its 21st Anniversary the Denver Children’s Theatre presents the classic fairytale, SLEEPING BEAUTY opening on March 8th and playing through May 4th, running Sundays for families at 1 p.m. and most weekdays starting March 8th at 10 a.m. for school field trips (also open to the public). This live-action, professionally staged theatre production is presented in the Elaine Wolf Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center (part of the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center) located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. The show is recommended for kindergarten age and up.

Written by Charles Way, this adaptation of SLEEPING BEAUTY is the story of Briar Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty), an independent, headstrong, in-your-face kind of princess and her best friend and companion Gryff, a smart-aleck half-dragon. This fanciful play also includes two witches, Branwen who is the good witch and her evil sister, Modron, who are trying to out-spell each other. When Briar Rose pricks her finger and goes to sleep, Prince Owain and Briar Rose’s friend Gryff join forces on a funny and adventurous quest to save her, battling troublesome fairy-folk and a riddling Spider King along the way.

For the past 21 years, the award-winning Denver Children’s Theatre has produced quality theatre for young audiences, presenting fully mounted main stage productions featuring superb sets and costumes and some of the finest adult professional actors in Denver. This year’s show is directed by Steve Wilson and the cast includes: Rachel Graham, Ilasiea Gray (as Briar Rose), Austin Lazek, Damon Guerrasio, Maggie Tisdale, Sydnee Fullmer and Hannelore Rolfing.

The Denver Children’s Theatre is located at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center in the Elaine Wolf Theatre at 350 S. Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80246. Tickets for public performances are $10/$12 for children/adults and can be purchased at the box office at 303-316-6360 or online at www.maccjcc.org. For more information regarding weekday school performances call 303-316-6360. Discounts are available for Title I schools.

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