A Special Thanksgiving Note from Dr. Richard Staller
During this time of year, I reflect on the many people that I am thankful for. Of course, I am thankful for my family, but I will get to that later.
From the time I moved to Delray Beach in 1982, I have been blessed with wonderful patients that have become friends. I am thankful for your trust and continued loyalty over the years. When patients come in, I don’t just think of just the dental needs, but rather the person. Parents brought their children in and now we are seeing the grandchildren. This warms my heart because we love to see the families grow. Our practice has grown like the families we have seen. I know you have many choices when it comes to your dental healthcare provider and I am honored to be the one you chose.
As with anything in life, there have been changes in dentistry over the last 25 years. From the cases that were chronicled in dental journals and newspapers to patients that have used “Live” features on social media, we have certainly experienced many advances together. I appreciate my patients that put their trust in me many years ago to do cases that most dentists around the country were not doing, but the cases have worked out very well. For all my new patients that haven’t been a patient for decades, I am honored to be your dentist! I still have a strong passion for dentistry and teaching others.
As I reflect each year, it is always bittersweet. I have met some fantastic new folks and we have lost some people that will always leave an imprint on my heart. It always breaks my heart to see when a patient passes on as we lost a friend. This year has been an exceptionally difficult year as I have lost several friends.
On to a lighter note, I am thankful for my team. Without my team, I wouldn’t be able to do half of the things we do! From the front desk team that answers the phones and schedules your appointments or the assistants that make my life much easier by helping me with procedures and having everything prepared to the dental hygienists that know they are truly healthcare providers, I appreciate my team! While we have grown over the years, it has always been my mission to provide quality care in a family friendly environment.
I am also very proud of my team for the way they truly care about my patients. When we celebrate a birthday or the loss of a patient, the whole team feels it. My patients are my number one priority and I am grateful that my team shares in this passion.
Over the years, my team has volunteered with a lot of different organizations to give back. While we celebrate those that we are thankful for, I would be remiss to omit how proud I am of my team for their commitment to helping others. This past year alone, we have volunteered with Big and Little Dog Ranch Rescue, helped build a house for a deserving mother and her children with Habitat for Humanity, cleaned up the beach after the 4th of July and helped build a home for a veteran. In addition, we have raised money for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Joe DiMaggio Children’s hospital and the Owl Scholarship Fund with Florida Atlantic University. Whew, that’s a lot in addition to their work schedules and juggling their children’s schedules.
On to my family now. My father was a very good man and set an example for me to become a good man. He worked in the meat industry and always was a hard worker. We shared a love of sports. My mother stayed at home to raise my brother and me. She was afraid of dogs until we brought home our first family dog, Jazzy. From bumps to bruises and snotty noses, my mother has always been there for us.
My older brother Nathaniel always looked out for me and he was there to help with my school work. Daring as it was, Nat taught me how to drive. To this day, we remain close and he enjoys attending FAU football games. Nathaniel has two wonderful children and one grandchild.
Jessica is my only daughter and I am incredibly proud of her. She recently completed a residency program in occupational medicine and is now a practicing physician in the northeast. This year, she got engaged and I couldn’t be more happy for them. One day, she hopes to return to South Florida.
I am also thankful for my wife and two dogs. They support me in my love of FAU sports and I couldn’t be happier. We enjoy going to the beach and taking trips together.
In closure, I would like to thank each of you for the impact you have made into my life. I look forward to many more years and more memories.
Wishing each of you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving and holiday season.