Dear Dr. Waldman, Karen and Gretchen,
You will never know the profound impact you have on someone else's life if no one bothers to tell you, so I am. Thank you for giving me back some of the confidence I've lost along the way. It is very hard to sit down in that chair and show strangers the part of yourself you are most ashamed of and ask them for help. I am eternally grateful for your kindness and compassion.
I have had problems with my teeth my whole life and was the running joke of my family; I was teased and called names endlessly. I was the youngest of six and tried very hard to take care of myself but it seems that I failed in this one area. In the last six years, I have been poked, prodded, drilled, had teeth removed, and have done it all without complaint, all in the hopes of finally having my teeth look like everyone else's.
When I was younger and people smiled or laughed or took pictures I would always just watch, wishing I could be pretty too-- to be able to smile without feeling embarrassed is the only gift I have ever wanted for myself. I want to thank you for giving me a reason to smile.
I pray that you continue to show your patients what caring people you are--and although they may not tell you--I know they will be grateful too.
Thank you all so very much!