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Our 4th Quarter Patient Appreciation Contest winner is Sue Wuhs! Sue has been a patient for 22 years. Sue was entered our contest when she did a video testimonial in Oct. She won a $250 Coes Floral and Gifts gift card and a $200 donation to her charity, Ames Community Preschool Center (ACPC) where she was the Director for 25 years. Sue let us know that she will be matching our donation to help ACPC acquire a projector they’ve been needing. Wow, we couldn’t be prouder to have you as our patient, Sue! Watch Sue’s testimonial here: https://youtu.be/wquCRFkl6VM
Congratulations to our September/October Patients of the Month, Zak and Kelly Bell. These 2 have been patients of ours for 20 years! Zak and Kelly are proud to call Ames home and have lived here since they both graduated from Iowa State. They have 2 sons, Jakson and Ryder. We are giving the Bells a Family Fun Night at Perfect Games to thank them for being incredible patients to work with for so many years
We would like to introduce our November/December Patients of the Month – the Ryken Family! The Ryken family has lived, studied, and worked in Ames for 12 years. Jim works at Danfoss, Marcy is a home educator and volunteers in missions. Taylor and Grace are studying at universities, Delaney and Bennett attend Ames High School and swim and run competitively. Jonathan loves life and attends Fellows Elementary. Together they love being active, exploring the outdoors, and leading yearly mission trips to Haiti. Their house is also an unofficial B&B for friends, family, and anyone else needing a place to stay.
Congratulations to our January/February patients of the month, the MacLeod family! The MacLeods have been patients at Dentistry At Somerset since shortly after moving to Ames in 2000. Father, Ian, recently celebrated his 15 year anniversary with Danfoss Power Solutions in Ames and plays hockey throughout the year with the Ames Adult Hockey League. Mother, Dawn, works at NewLink Genetics in the ISU Research Park and is an avid reader. Dawn also volunteers as PTO Treasurer for Edwards Elementary where their youngest daughter Megan attends as a 3rd grader. Dawn’s eldest daughter, Kate, is a freshman at Ames High School this year. Both daughters swim competitively for ACAC swim club team and Kate is on the AHS Girl’s Swim Team. Ian is also a USA Swimming official… which the family says comes in handy with all of the swim meets that they attend! Thank you MacLeods for allowing us to treat you like family! We enjoy seeing each of your smiling faces in our office. Pictured is (left to right) Kate, Ian, and Dawn. Megan is in the front.
Congratulations to our March/April patients of the month, the Franke family! They’ve been patients with Dentistry At Somerset for 18 years and we love having them! Warren is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at ISU, teaching courses related to exercise prescription and programming. He likes to exercise and, whenever he can, spend time outdoors. Libby teaches labs as a senior lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology. She enjoys walking for exercise and reading. Their son, Will, is a junior at ISU and majoring in Marketing. He’s also a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Recently, Will became the VP of Sponsorship (Executive Board) of the ISU Dance Marathon, a program that he has a passion for and which raises funds for the Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.
Congratulations to our May/June Patients of the Month, the Beisners! The Beisners have been patients at Dentistry at Somerset since moving to Ames from the California redwood trees in 2014. Char and John moved to California in 2005 after living in the western suburbs of Chicago for 40 years where Char taught piano, was a church pianist, a high school accompanist, and officer in several music organizations while raising three children. John taught U.S. History and International Relations for 30 years at Glenbard West along with being the head wrestling coach for 10 years and the Model U.N. adviser for 22 years. The Beisners are avid readers, enjoy ISU wrestling, love traveling (will make their 57th round trip drive to California this summer and to spring training in Arizona to watch the Chicago Cubs), and spending time with daughter Dawn in Ames, daughter Shawn in Carol Stream, Illinois and son Shane in Bartlett, Illinois. Thank you John and Char for being vital members of the Dentistry At Somerset family!
Congratulations to our July/August patients of the month, The Burkhardts! Jerry became a patient at Dentistry at Somerset in October 2016 and Nancy became a patient shortly after him in April 2017. Both Jerry and Nancy grew up in Iowa but lived in South Dakota for 6 years. The Burkhardts live on a farm near Bagley, Iowa. Jerry and Nancy are now retired but prior to that Jerry raised cattle, hogs, and crops. Nancy was a social worker in both the state of South Dakota and also in Iowa. The Burkhardt’s enjoy ISU sports. Jerry enjoys fishing and has gone on fishing trips to Canada, Alaska, and to various other states. Sometimes Nancy accompanies him. Jerry also enjoys collecting items, with neon signs being his major collectible. Nancy enjoys following various college and pro sports. The Burkhardts have one son and three grandchildren. They live in Minnesota.
Congratulations to our September/October patients of the month, the Nelsons! The Nelsons have been patients for 15 years since moving to Ames. After being a stay-at-home mom for 7 years, Terri is now in her 6th year working in the preschool room at the Gilbert Elementary School. Jeff is a graduate of ISU and is a federal veterinarian with the USDA in Ames. Their two daughters, Emma and Ally, keep them very busy with all of their fun activities! Emma loves playing soccer and hanging out with her friends. Ally keeps busy with softball, volleyball, and basketball. As a family, they are active in the community as well as their church, Gilbert Lutheran. They also love to travel, watch movies, attend sporting events, be outside with their dog, and of course cheer on the Cyclones! Thank you, Nelson Family, for being long-time patients and always brightening our day when you come into the office!
The Leifsson family moved to Ames from Reykjavik, Iceland in the summer of 2015. Leifur is an Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering at ISU and Sigrun works as a Budget Analyst at Ames Laboratory. The three girls all go to Gilbert and they are pretty busy! Two are in High School, Eyrun is a senior, preparing for college next fall and teaching little kids gymnastics three times a week, Kolbrun is a sophomore who goes from volleyball to basketball to soccer this year! The youngest one, Rose, is a 4th grader who loves to dance, and is also trying volleyball and basketball this year.
The Leifsson’s love traveling together, this year they went to Chicago, Minnesota, and Maine. But their all-time favorite trips are back to Iceland where all their extended family is, and they can’t wait to see them this Christmas (along with the mountains, the sea, the awesome heated pools, and northern lights!)
Congratulations to our January/February patients of the month! The Roeschlein family recently moved to a country acreage in Boone. They have lived in Iowa for much of their lives besides a few years living in various other states. Mitch and Amanda have been married for 22 years. Logan is 11 and loves Scouts and tae kwon do. Lexa is 17 and is attending DMACC with plans to go into Web Development. Mackenzie is 9 and loves sports and music. As a family, you may find them camping, hiking in the mountains on vacation, or playing a thrilling game of Catan on game night! They are joined on their adventures by their faithful dog, Max!
Congratulations to our March/April patients of the month, the Barrett Family! Both Brad and Annette are Iowa-born and raised, and they have lived in Ames for around 40 years, including their 33 years of marriage. They are empty nesters now, having raised four daughters here, three of whom are now married, and they have five grandchildren. Grandparenting, they say, is more fun than a human should be allowed to have!
Brad came to Iowa State years ago to obtain a civil engineering degree, and then worked for 15 years, mostly for the Iowa DOT. Twenty years ago he made the “minor” career change by going into full-time ministry as a pastor for Stonebrook Community Church. He says, “Yes, engineers do have hearts. Haha.” Annette went to nursing school at NIACC in Mason City, then worked for five years in Ames until staying home with their daughters.
They are passionate about helping others, whether spiritually, emotionally, or physically. And they love Ames!
Ramesh Balayar, his wife Menu Shrestha Balayar and their two sons, Hrijul and Manjul Balayar, are from Nepal, a beautiful Himalayan nation. The family has called Ames home since 2014. Ramesh completed his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in December 2018. Menu loves working with the kiddos at Gilbert School as a food service staff member. Hrijul, their oldest, is graduating from Ames High this May 2019 and will join his dad at ISU this fall to study Computer Science. Manjul will continue his education at Ames High as a Junior this fall and has yet to decide about his college education. Ramesh and Menu wish to return to Nepal in the future to continue working with people in need in remote villages. The Balayar’s are the happiest family and they believe that happiness is the biggest asset in life!
Sharon served on the Maxwell and Nevada First Responders and the Maxwell Fire Department and was an active volunteer at Story County Senior Care in Nevada. She was also a member of the Nevada Whirlers Square Dancing Club. She enjoyed the “Fristers” group and her Friday night dinner with friends. Sharon loved flea markets, making crafts and traveling, spending many winters in Mississippi.
A donation has been made by Dentistry At Somerset in Sharon’s honor to Story County Senior Care.
While with us for a short time, Sharon was a beloved patient of Dentistry At Somerset. We could always count on Sharon to make us smile and laugh while she was in the office. She greeted us with a great story & a stylish outfit; we always looked forward to chatting with her whenever she was in the office whether it was about her plans for her day or her tips on how to refinish antique furniture! Sharon will be missed by our doctors & staff.
Maggie Worrall is our September/October patient of the month! Maggie graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 and works for Fareway in their corporate office as the HR/Payroll coordinator.
Maggie resides in Ames and loves cheering on the Cyclones. She is a season ticket holder for woman’s basketball games. When she is not busy with work, she enjoys working out at TFW in Boone and Saturday nights at the Boone Speedway where you can find her spending time with friends.
Lionel & Alison Sebbag are our November & December Patients of the Month. Lionel is originally from France and currently works at the ISU Vet Med Hospital as a veterinarian, specializing as an eye doctor for animals. Alison works at Mary Greeley Medical Center as a labor and delivery nurse. Lionel & Alison have a 2 and a half-year-old son Jacob and are expecting baby #2 in May! When they are not working, Lionel & Alison enjoy singing karaoke with their friends, playing soccer, and traveling to warm places. Lionel & Alison are always such a pleasure to visit with whenever they are in the office! Each of them has chosen Invisalign to help them achieve their best smiles! We love your new smiles and having you both as patients of Dentistry At Somerset.
Joanna, originally from the metro Detroit area, and Lucas, originally from just outside of Rochester, Minnesota, both moved to Ames and met at Ames Fitness Center. Joanna works in the Athletics Department at ISU, providing career development and community outreach opportunities for student-athletes. Lucas is an engineer at 3M.
Joana and Lucas both love fitness and have a goal to run half-marathons in all 50 states. Since they started this goal in November 2018, we have checked 8 states off the list and will run in state #9 in February. 2020 will be an exciting year for the couple, as Joanna is currently training for the 2020 Boston Marathon, they will be running their first Ultramarathon at Bryce Canyon National Park in May, and they will be married in early August!
We love having them both as patients and are thrilled to honor them as our January/February Patients of the month!
Michael and Kristin are both originally from Boone. They moved back to Boone 6 years ago to be closer to their family. Michael works for Danfoss in Procurement and Kristin works at Sacred Heart School as a pre-kindergarten teacher. They have been married for 14 years and have 3 children. In their spare time, they enjoy watching their kids run cross country, play basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer.
The Chesnut family has been patients of Dentistry At Somerset for over 5 years, we love having them as part of our dental family and seeing their lovely family at each visit!
Kendra Mosman, December $300 Jewelry Shopping Spree.
The Christenson Family January Winners of a $350 Disney Day.
Amy Toth, February $350 Spa Prize
Deb Cochran, March winner of $350 Aunt Maude’s, Moorman Clothiers and theater prize.
Steve Hamers, Winner of our $1,000 2nd Quarter Prize! Steve won a YETI 110 Cooler, Lawn Chairs, Outdoor Dining Gear & BBQ Tools!.
Kristyn Mostek, Winner of our $1,000 CASH 3rd Quarter Prize! Kristyn and her family of 6 have been patients for over 9 years. Kristyn wrote a Facebook review in August and it REALLY paid off!.
Jeff Borrill referred his wife, Angie, to our office in November and he’s so glad he did! Jeff won our 4th Quarter Patient Appreciation Contest, an $800 shopping spree to North Grand Mall, and a $200 charity donation to his favorite charity, Variety – The Children’s Charity of Iowa! Variety’s mission is to help improve the lives of underprivileged, at-risk, critically ill, and special needs children throughout Iowa. We love being a part of a local, meaningful cause.
Heath Ropp was the winner of our 1st Quarter $500 Orbitz hotel voucher and luggage! Heath wrote a Google review about our office in March and it really paid off. Heath was very excited to take home this prize and said he never wins anything. Heath is an Ames Police officer. We are so happy he won so we could give back to someone who gives so much of himself to our great community. Congratulations, Heath!
Kathy Joynt was the winner of our 2nd Quarter Patient Appreciation Contest! Kathy and a guest will enjoy a weekend at The Hotel Pattee in Perry with massages, appetizers, and breakfast! Kathy referred 2 friends to our office this spring and we’ve so enjoyed treating them to the same excellent care that Kathy has experienced. Congratulations, Kathy!
Chris Anderson was the winner of our 3rd Quarter “Somerset Wine and Dine” Patient Appreciation Contest! Chris and his wife received gift cards to The Café, Wallaby’s, Brick City Grill, and +39! They also received a couple of new wine glasses and a bottle of wine. Chris wrote a very nice testimonial for us about how much he enjoys his visits to Dentistry At Somerset. Congratulations, Chris!
Congratulations to Amy Larwick, our First Quarter Patient Appreciation Contest winner! Amy has been an involved and dedicated patient with us since 2011. We can’t imagine not seeing Amy’s smiling face in our office during her visits. Amy was given a $250 cash prize, as well as an opportunity to donate $200 to a charity of her choice. She was kind enough to choose Ames Animal Shelter. Amy, the Dentistry At Somerset family wouldn’t be the same without you, thank you so much for choosing to be a part of it!
Congratulations to Jamet Colton, our Second Quarter Patient Appreciation Contest winner! Jamet was a new patient to us in 2018 and we love seeing her smiling face every time she comes in. She trusts us so much that she also referred her family here as well! Jamet won an Apple Watch and an opportunity to donate $100 to her favorite charity. She chose to donate to Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support (ACCESS) here in Ames. Here she is with her big check. Jamet, thank you for being such an amazing patient and for choosing us to care for you and your family.
Chris Frankiewicz has been a patient at Dentistry At Somerset since 2015. He likes the care he receives so much that he referred his wife too! We enjoy seeing their smiling faces every time they walk through our doors. Chris thinks just as highly of us as we do of him, saying in a Google review: “I would recommend anyone living in the Ames area to select Dentistry at Somerset as their main dentist. Easily one of the best dentists around.” Chris won an awesome Yeti cooler as well as an opportunity to donate $300 to a charity of his choice. He chose to graciously donate to Doctors Without Borders. Thank you for allowing us to care for you and your wife, keep referring awesome patients like yourself!
Our 4th Quarter Patient Appreciation Contest Winner, Alex Lim, a student at ISU, was new to our office in 2018. He may only be in the Midwest while he’s finishing up his Ph.D. at Iowa State, but we always enjoy seeing him and his wife, who he referred to our office after his phenomenal experience. But don’t just take our word for it! In his Google review, Alex said “I’m not afraid to go to the dentist anymore and in fact, I look forward to my appointments. They make you feel welcome, they can answer questions via email and they’re extremely quick at replying, and they’re accommodating.” We’re so glad we can make him feel at ease while he’s here. Alex won a Sonos One Speaker with Amazon Alexa and $200 to his favorite charity which he graciously donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Aric Phillips is our 1st Quarter Patient Appreciation, the Contest winner! Aric won the Fitbit Versa and $200 to his favorite charity, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation. Aric loved his visits so much he referred his wife and three kids. To win the contest Aric wrote a google review in March and did a video testimonial. Thank you, Aric, for sharing your experience with others looking for a dentist. We are grateful to have your family as patients. Enjoy the Fitbit Versa! “I have been nothing but pleased with Dentistry at Somerset. They have served my family since I moved to Ames. The staff is always kind, welcoming, and professional. I would highly recommend them to anybody who is seeking a dentist.” – Aric Phillips, March 2019.
Congratulations to our 2nd Quarter winner, Peng Xu! Peng won a Ring Doorbell with installation and a $200 donation in her name to Girls Who Code. She won by writing Google reviews about our office and referring several friends. We appreciate you spreading the word about our office, Peng. We love having you as a patient and always look forward to seeing you in our office!
Congratulations to our 3rd Quarter Patient Appreciation Contest winner, Daren Mueller! Daren won a tailgate grill PLUS a $200 donation to his favorite charity, Shop with a Cop. Daren loves being a patient here so much that he did a video testimonial, Google review, and referred his wife and her three kids. Daren, thank you for the kind reviews and referrals. We love having you and your family as patients! Enjoy your new grill!
Congratulations to our 4th Quarter Patient Appreciation Contest winners, the Zoz family! Jill and her family won a Vitamix blender PLUS a $200 donation to their favorite charity, the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. Jill loves being a patient here so much, she referred her husband and kids! We love having you as patients and always look forward to seeing you!