Introducing Dr. Julie Brann

We are so excited to announce the newest member of our dental team, Dr. Julie Brann. Dr. Core has been on an exhaustive search for the past few months to find the exact right person to join our team, and we have finally found her!

Most of your know that our office is open 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday, but what you may not know is that Dr. Core has been working all six days by himself for the past 8 months. None of us know  how he has been able to keep up that pace, but he has been nothing short of amazing during this time. Dr. Brann will be taking over on Fridays and Saturdays for him going forward, and working alongside him during the week and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

We first met Dr. Brann while she was in her residency at the St. Vincent DePaul Lutheran Medical Center here in Phoenix in early 2016. We were so impressed with her clinical knowledge and her level of dentistry that she was performing, we know that she was going to be the right fit for us. The only issue was that she was not available to start until July due to her obligations with her residency. So, Dr. Core pushed on, working six days a week, until Dr. Brann was available because he knew she would be a perfect fit for us.

An Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency is a year-long program that less than 5% of all dentists enter after they graduate dental school. It is reserved for the most talented dentists in their class, and only for dentists that are dedicated to furthering their education and learning the latest techniques in dentistry. As stated above, Dr. Brann completed her residency at the St. Vincent DePaul Lutheran Medical Center after finishing dental school at Tufts University in Boston, MA. Before Tufts, Dr. Brann received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Oakland University in Eastern Michigan where she is originally from.

What we love most about Dr. Brann is her compassion for her patients. She has completed mission trips to Rajahmundry, India in 2011, and Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 2014 providing dental treatment to underprivileged children and adults who were without access to dental care. She has carried that compassion throughout her residency, and through to her work here at our office.

Dr. Brann has only been a Phoenician for a little over a year, so when she is not here in the office seeing patients, she is out exploring what Phoenix has to offer with her husband Glen. You can also catch her cheering on her beloved Michigan Wolverines, but we will convert her to a Sun Devil fan in no time at all!

Catching Up With Dr. Core

It has been a couple of years since we have checked in with you here on the blog. How have things been going lately?

Oh my gosh, things have been pretty busy these past couple of years. The office is open on Saturdays now, so that has been occupying a lot of my time, but thankfully our new associate, Dr. Julie Brann will be starting soon, so I’ll have some more time to spend with my family. We also added new technology last year, so taking continuing education classes to see how to utilize the new technology to best treat our patients has also kept me pretty busy.

You mentioned new technology, and we have talked about it here in the past, but could you go into a little more detail about it?

Sure, yeah, most of the new technology has to do with the images we take here in the office, which is a huge part of dentistry. It is what helps me determine what treatment each patient needs, so the advances in the imaging we have here helps me immensely.

We have the new Schick 33 sensors which are the latest sensors on the market, and are a huge upgrade to what we used to use. The images that come from these sensors are so crisp and clear and makes my job so much easier.

The other addition we added last year was the Galileos Cone Beam, which takes 3D CT scans of both the upper and lower jaws, as well as the airway. This has been the biggest change here because now I can see 3D renderings of patient’s head, so I can tell exactly what is going on with the teeth, the gums, the sinuses, the jaw joints that contribute to TMJ, and the airway that has a lot to due with sleep apnea.

It has been nothing short of amazing in helping me understand the whole picture of what is going on with our patients, and has made the process of placing implants such a breeze. It is so nice that we are able to provide that service to our patients here at our office now.

Wow, that’s really impressive! Last year you were approached by DentalTown Magazine to write an article teaching dentists about IV Sedation, how did that feel?

Oh wow, that was a surreal experience. It felt great to be thought of as an “expert” in the field of Sedation Dentistry. They came to me because they are based here in Arizona, and I help the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners certify that dentists are qualified and prepared to administer IV Sedation in their offices.

I just love the options that Sedation Dentistry gives me. Most people are afraid to come to the dentist for one reason or another, and Sedation Dentistry allows them to push past that fear and get the treatment that they deserve, and ultimately need. I would write 100 articles if it helped more dentists feel comfortable offering sedation to their patients.

 

We hope you get the chance to! It’s almost halfway through June and you are about to wrap up your 2nd Smiles For Life Campaign. How has that experience been?

Anytime you are able to help kids in anyway, you just do it. For those that don’t know Smiles For Life works with dentists around the world to provide whitening services to patients in return for donations for children’s charities. These charities help sick, malnourished, disabled, and impoverished kids around the world, and here locally.

We were able to work closely with the Boys and Girls Club here in Glendale to provide them with some desperately needed resources for the kids, and I don’t see us stopping anytime soon. It has been an absolute pleasure working with our patients, giving them something that they really want, and being able to help all of these children at the same time. We couldn’t have done it without our patients!

That’s so inspiring! We know you’re busy, so we won’t take up too much more of your time. What’s next for you and Legacy Dental Group?

Wow, for me, hopefully a vacation! In all seriousness, what I see for us in the future is to continue to grow and be here as much as we can for our patients. To keep taking continuing education classes so that we can provide the best care for our patients, and to keep adding new products and procedures to make our patient’s visits here the best they can be. Our patients are why we are here, and we’ll continue doing everything we can to make coming to the dentist an enjoyable experience.

Take that vacation, you seriously deserve it! Well that wraps up our time here, thank you so much for checking in and taking the time to answer our questions!

It was my pleasure. Thanks!

Getting to know Dr. Louis Core

Dr. Louis Core
Dr. Louis Core

Many of you already know Dr. Core, and have for a long time.  But we wanted to let you get to know his personal side, so we sat down, and asked him a few questions.  Here are his answers:

What made you decide to become a dentist?

I pretty much grew up in a dental office, with my father being a dentist and all.  At college, I had decided to major in mechanical engineering, but quickly found out that was not my true calling.  I wanted to interact with people, and help people.  I didn’t really see me doing that with an engineering degree.  I thought back to the days when I was working in a dental office, and loved it so much, that dentistry just seemed like a natural choice for me.

Where did you attend school, and how long have you been practicing?

I received my undergraduate degree right here at Arizona State, and then went on to dental school at Northwestern University.  I have been in practice since 1996.

What is one thing you find most satisfying about being a dentist?

I really enjoy the human interaction that comes with being a dentist.  You get to meet and help so many different people, which makes everyday a new experience.  The toddlers that I was seeing when I first started practicing are graduating high school, and going to college.  The teenagers have already been through college, and are now starting their own families.  The stories that are shared during their appointments with me, that is what I find most satisfying.

What does the MAGD mean after your name, and how did you achieve it?

MAGD stands for “Master of the Academy of General Dentistry”.  It’s a masters program for dentists.  It first involves becoming a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.  I order to achieve that level, I had to attend 500 hours of continuing education in all of the different areas of dentistry, and then pass the written exam.  After becoming a Fellow, the Master’s program involves another 600 hours of education, with most of that being hands-on courses, honing the skills it takes for me to be the best dentist that I can be.