April 1, 2020 Update

April 1, 2020

I was dreaming the other night that I was taking my grandson Parker for a walk and I picked him up and hugged him. I was so happy. I was sad when I woke-up and realized it was only a dream. Like most of you, we are dealing with not being able to see our family and friends. That’s the sacrifice we have been asked to make for the greater good. At least there is Face Time and Zoom.

Parker made my day a “Lovely Day”

Our team hopes you are all staying safe and healthy. We are meeting a few times a week via Zoom. We are preparing for when we can see all of you again. There is a lot to do and we are on it. As always, we will make all modifications needed to assure your safety.

In my thirty-two years of private practice, I have never had a sick day. I have gone home early a few times, but overall, I have been blessed with good health, so this not working stuff is driving me crazy. No one wants to be in the office more than I do.

As you know by now, the Shelter-in-Place Order has been extended until at least April 30th. Currently, Sheltering-in-Place is the contribution we all can make to keep everyone safe. Doing nothing is really doing something great. We appreciate your patience and we will be ready to resume operations when it is deemed safe to do so.

If you have questions or problems, Missy is in the office each day, so please call. We are available. The current guidelines severely limit what type of treatment we are allowed to do at this time. While we may find these limitations frustrating, they are in place for your protection and for the greater good.

A mentor of mine gave me this advice; “Tony, stay sane, stay safe, be patient. Now is not the time to push the envelope. We are working on the virus’s time schedule, not our own.”

Our dental practice will adjust to the challenges COVID-19 has presented. We are already developing protocols to address some of these challenges. We promise that all changes will be judged assuring:

  • Patient and team member health and safety
  • We can maintain interpersonal relationships with our patients
  • We maintain delivering the highest quality dental care and highest quality patient experiences with our office
  • Our patients will receive great value for the investment they make into their dental health

This next July will be the 32nd anniversary of our practice. For those of you who don’t know, I opened the practice in 1988 after spending three years as an officer in the US Navy. I opened a one-chair office on Midlothian Road near Mundelein High School. We moved into our current office in the summer of 2001. We have been in practice long enough to have three and four generations of families as patients. You have shared your lives with us. We appreciate and value our relationships with each of you and we will continue to do what is best for you.

These days, I’m spending most of my days in Zoom conferences, on-line courses, or reading medical literature. We are navigating through all the noise by absorbing information, developing ideas, and trying to create plans that will allow us to continue to provide great dental care.

Be sane, be safe, and be patient

Tony and David Markiewicz and our team at Markiewicz Dental

Here are some pictures from 1988

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