Archive for: November 2013

Addressing One’s Values in Orthodontics

by Jeffrey Eberting, D.M.D., M.S.



An orthodontist not only has the task of producing beautiful smiles, but occasionally he or she has to act as a counselor for parents who are concerned about their child’s teeth. It has not been uncommon to have a parent say to me, “Oh, I need to bring my child to you for you to look at him/her. The teeth are really a mess.” Such a statement braces me for the worst (no pun intended), but more often than not, when I clinically examine the patient, the malocclusion (a condition whereby a person’s teeth do not line up properly when coming together) is nowhere near as bad as originally presented. When I have told the parents this, I witness this collective sigh of relief – especially if I tell them no teeth need to be extracted or jaw surgery is not required. Read more →

Raynaud’s phenomenon – Caring for this Sensitive Condition

by Marcin Gornsiewicz, M.D.


“One day in late 1850’s Dr. Maurice Raynaud had a new patient, a young, healthy French girl, and noticed her fingers suddenly becoming pale and cold.”


It is getting colder every day. Winter is around the corner. Our body adjusts to new weather conditions accordingly. Blood vessels supplying the skin narrow in response to cold temperatures to minimize heat loss and keep the body’s core warm. This is called vasoconstriction and is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system, the same system that is also activated when we are nervous or upset. Cold hands and feet are then normal physiological response to both cold exposure and emotional stress. Unfortunately, sometimes this system overreacts and vessel constriction becomes exaggerated.

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How to Pay for College

Article and photo by Liz Stucke, owner of Admissions Prep


Untitled-15 “As the sixth child in my family to graduate from college, my graduation represented a great success for my parents.”


One of my favorite college graduation pictures is of my father posing in front of Georgetown’s Gothic Healy Hall. He is smiling, the typical proud papa smile, but looking closely, you’ll notice that he holds his pockets outstretched to show that they are empty. As the sixth child in my family to graduate from college, my graduation represented a great success for my parents. Not only did their daughter earn a degree, but also they were thrilled to have made it through another round of college payments. I remember my father saying, “Six down, one more to go.” Read more →

Dear Knox County School’s Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families,

Thanksgiving is a truly special time for the Knox County Schools. We are thankful for the privilege of helping prepare children for college and career and grateful for engaged families who support their students at home. The holiday gives us all an opportunity to be thankful for the feast upon our table of education.

As these early compatriots contributed their portions to a bountiful table, so, too, have the people of Knox County shared their assets by contributing feedback, suggestions and insights for educational excellence in our community.

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50 Simple and Meaningful Ways to Show Gratitude

By Tracey Matthews, Knox County Schools Supervisor of Family and Community Engagement
Contributing Writers: Candice Campbell, Zachary Seay and Mary Frances Street, University of Tennessee Interns, Knox County Schools Family and Community Engagement Department


Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to recognize the people who have positively influenced the lives of our children. This month, we share multiple opportunities to “give back” to those who have made your children’s lives better, which means they’ve also made your life better! Whether for teachers, friends, neighbors, work mates, or relatives, showing your appreciation is a great way to give thanks and celebrate the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Read more →