Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from Periodontal Associates

Happy Holidays from Periodontal Associates!

Periodontal Associates would like to take a moment to share a few words about what we are thankful for, news about our practice, and even a couple of yummy recipes!

Giving Thanks!

As the year ends, we think about all for which we are grateful.   First and foremost, Periodontal Associates is thankful and honored to work with such amazing patients.  Our relationship with you is one thing we truly treasure and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve you.  We strive to give each and every one of our patients the highest quality care, and in return we often find sincere gratitude and affection given right back!  In addition, each of our team members has many wonderful things to be thankful for this year.  Here are a few of their responses:

I am thankful for the health and well-being of my friends and family.  – Dr. Versman

I am thankful for my healthy family, and am fortunate to work at a place with such a great team and terrific patients.  - Dr. Heller

I am thankful for all the wonderful people in my life including friends, family, co-workers, referring doctors and of course amazing patients.  – Dr. Beckman

I am thankful for my family, friends, and good health. – Barb, Office Manager

I am always thankful for my family, good health and a warm house to celebrate Thanksgiving in!!  - Erin, Assistant

I am thankful that we have a wonderful, new daughter in the family as well as a daughter who is moving home next week!  - CeCe, Hygiene Coordinator

I am so thankful for the support my family and friends have given me through this difficult journey of losing a child.  - Ilene, Assistant

I am thankful for life! And all that it has to offer.   – Michelle, hygienist

I am thankful for my puppy, my friends and being an independent person.  –Kristi, Assistant
I am thankful for working with such a great team of people and the very best doctors in town!!  -Diane, Patient Coordinator

I am thankful for my family and friends, for the opportunity to work at such a great office, and for the Broncos great season this year.   – Stephanie, Front Desk
I am thankful for all my wonderful friends, family and co-workers who have supported me during and through this wonderful new adventure I have taken on!  - Ashley, Patient Coordinator

I am thankful for my Higher Power who has gifted me with a supportive husband, a daughter who is making the way for women in the automotive industry and for my two amazing boys (my man children). Life is a blessing and everyday an adventure.  –Carolyn, Hygienist
I’m thankful for my family, my friends, and my health.  – Paul, Insurance Coordinator

I am thankful to have a year of wonderful opportunities, having amazing people in my life, and for my adorable and sweet puppy!  - Ariel, Patient Accounts Coordinator
I am thankful for my sense of humor that gets me through the day, my family, and great friends.  –Amelia, Assistant
What’s New!!
2013 has been a very exciting year for each of our doctors:

Dr. Versman dancing with Allison at her wedding
Dr. Versman was a proud and over-joyous father as he and his wife, Linda, walked his beautiful daughter Allison down the aisle on November 9th, 2013.  They held the wedding at the Grand Hyatt in Denver and they said, “It was one of the happiest days of our lives!”    He was also busy with his trip to South Africa in September.   He spent the month going on adventures and exploring the wildlife.


Dr. Heller and Rigley
Dr. Heller is proud to announce he had his first parent-teacher conference for his son Rigley and the teacher says that he is a “model student”.  His ability to play well with others, as well as his expert ability to color in the lines, has been a good example for all the other kids in the class.  His daughter, Teagan, is now almost a year and a half and is growing every day! 


Dr. Beckman and his wife, Lauren

As you may remember, Dr. Beckman joined our practice over a year and a half ago and is doing great!  He and his wife, Lauren, have truly loved living in Colorado and spend their free time enjoying all the beautiful activities this state has to offer.   When asked about the previous year at Periodontal Associates, he said, “It has been such a pleasure getting to know my patients and I am inspired by the fact that they are referring friends and family to see me!”

Yummy Recipes!

Old-Fashioned Roasted Pecans

“Oven-toasted pecans made Southern-style with a light coating of sugar, cinnamon and a bit of salt, are a treat at Christmas or any time of the year.”
·         1 egg white
·         1 tablespoon water
·         ½ cup white sugar
·         2 ¼ cups pecan halves
·         ¼ teaspoon salt

1.       Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (105 degrees C). Lightly grease a rimmed backing pan.
2.       Combine the egg white and water in a mixing bowl; beat until fluffy.  Fold in the pecans to coat evenly.  Combine the sugar, salt, and ground cinnamon in a shaker or cup with a lid.  Dust the pecans evenly with the sugar mixture.  Spread the nuts over the prepared pan.
3.       Bake in preheated oven until toasted and fragrant, stirring every 15 minutes, about 1 hour.  Cool on pain, and store in an airtight container.
Not Your Mama’s Green Bean Casserole

For the topping:
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Nonstick spray
For beans:
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
For sauce:
1.       Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
2.       Combine the onions, flour, panko and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick spray and evenly spread the onions on the pan. Bake in the oven until golden brown, tossing every 10 minutes, for approximately 30 minutes. Once done, remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use.
3.       Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F.
4.       While the onions are cooking, prepare the beans. Bring a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in an 8-quart saucepan. Blanch for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.
5.       Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to give up some of their liquid, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and nutmeg and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute. Add the half-and-half and cook until the mixture thickens, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
6.       Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 of the onions and all of the green beans. Top with the remaining onions. Place into the oven and bake until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.

We hope you enjoy these yummy recipes as your home fills with great smells and better company.  As you enjoy the holiday treats, be sure to brush and floss away that sugar!

As a friendly reminder, we will be closed to spend time with our family and friends from December 25th, 2013 until the New Year on January 2nd, 2013.  We wish you abundance, happiness, and peace in a new year filled with hope. Happy holidays! 


Warmest wishes,

Drs. Versman, Heller, Beckman and Periodontal Associates’ Staff


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