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Wellesley's Back to School Drive

July 12th, 2013

Wellesley Dental Group is joining hands with Cradles to Crayons for their ‘Ready For School Drive.’ Let's help make the first day of school an exciting endeavor for the children in need. It can be a source of anxiety for kids not having the appropriate school items, and ultimately not fitting in with their peers. Our goal is to raise $5000 from our community efforts so that in-need children can have all the school essentials prior to starting classes. We want every child to feel prepared and confident when school starts and together we can make that happen. Cradles to Crayons *Ready for School* program focuses on distributing the school essentials children deserve and need to arrive at school ready. Their “KidPacks”are filled with clothing, shoes, books, and a brand new backpacks. Every dollar makes a difference and with our community’s help we can reach our goal.

Wellesley Dental Group is asking the community to join hands in our fundraising efforts for Cradles to Crayons. To show our appreciation, we will give you a credit towards our state-of-the-art whitening services in the amount matching to your donation.

Wellesley Dental Group is a permanent drop-off location for Cradles to Crayons.

Please Donate generously; the smile you give to others shines back on you.

Thank you for your support! Cradles to Crayons is a registered 501 (c)(3) charity and the full amount of your donation is tax deductible.

https://cradlestocrayons.fundraise.com/wellesley-dental-group

http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/

 

Thank You Women's Business Network!

June 14th, 2013

I just finished my second year as President for Women's Business Network in Wellesley. Women's Business Network (WBN) is built on a tradition of women helping women in the workplace through relationships, resources, and referrals. A program of the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce, WBN is a forum where members can meet, collaborate with, and support other working women. By connecting with other businesswomen, members build and nourish valuable personal and business relationships, and share and expand resources. WBN is a group of business, professional and entrepreneurial women from many diverse fields in the MetroWest Boston area. They take pride in supporting the professional development and success of members while strengthening the professional image of members.

I am so thankful to have had the privilege of leading the group. I am humbled and touched by all the warm and kind words from my leadership team; you made my life so easy. Serving alongside you was an honor; a memorable experience that I will forever cherish. I have learned a lot from you all and so blessed to have you all in my life. WBN will always have a special place in my heart. It is a fun, interactive, and social group and I highly recommend it for all business professionals. WBN will be in good hands under our new President Janice Bogasky and her leadership team. Thank you to the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce for coordinating our events and Wellesley College Club for offering such a nice serene venue for our meetings. Again I cannot thank you enough for the kind words and the love I have received from you.

"I loved being part of your WBN Board, Femina your enthusiasm and courtesy are outstanding. Thank you for leading the group for two years." - Susana

"It has been a pleasure the last two years working with you. Thanks for your time and effort." - Daryl

"You have been quite an inspiration to our leadership team. Thank you for your time and all you do for WBN." - Lisa

"Femina, you are one of the most gracious women I have ever met. Thank you." - Christine

"Thank you for your thoughtful, compassionate, and strong leadership. It has been a delight to work with you and the team." - Kathy

"Thanks you!" - Amy

"It was an honor to serve on the Board with you, learning from you as someone who has just started was just wonderful." - Miriam

"It has been a dynamic and wonderfully successful two years at WBN - mostly thanks to you, you reinvigorated us!" - Joanne

"Femina, you are the bright and shining star you were so lovingly created to be." - Gail

"Thanks so much for your two years of leadership- we will miss you." - Edith

"Thank You!" - Margie

"Thank you Femina-
great role model...
ball of energy...
positive spirit...
I appreciate you!" - Nancy

"Thank you for everything." - Phyllis

"Thanks for all you have done and your friendship." - Linda

Thank you Gretje for the beautiful leadership team picture!

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Dr. Femina Ali on TV

June 12th, 2012

Did you know that your dentist was on TV? Dr. Femina Ali sat down with Wellesley Media to talk about her community involvement, the importance of giving back, and what she finds inspiring. It is truly a lovely segment and we hope you enjoy it!

Please visit our YouTube page to view the video. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Our Dr. Femina Ali

August 11th, 2010

This excerpt was taken from and written for the "Member of the Month" section of the Women's Biz Network (WBN) of Wellesley.

I am a believer – a believer that dreams do come true.  I believe because today I had the opportunity to hear the personal story of my friend (and employer) Dr. Femina Ali. 

Sitting in the dental office conference room interviewing her was a reversal of what normally happens there – she is normally in there getting to know her new patients on a personal basis. Now I was the lucky one getting to know more about her.

Her optimism and ability to stay focused on her personal goals seems to have carried her a long way.  Femina Ali grew up in Karachi, Pakistan with several siblings.  She always knew she wanted to be a doctor of some kind, and so when dental school clicked with her during the first summer of her training, she felt it was meant to be.  Love was also in store for Femina at De’Montmorency College of Dentistry, because it was there she met Ejaz Ali, the “love of her life.”  They graduated together in 1982 and always talked about how one day they’d own their own practice and work side by side.

In 1987 the two doctors Ali moved to the United States and welcomed children Zarah in 1988 and Zann in 1990.  They lived in many places, including Florida and Indiana, before settling in MA.  Often working second and third jobs to make ends meet, they would alternate their work schedules so that they could maximize the time they were able to spend with their children.  He delivered pizzas, and cleaned offices, she cleaned homes was a nurses assistant and took care of the children.  In 1994, Ejaz graduated from Tufts Dental School and encouraged Femina to go back to school, even though they had no idea where the money or the time would come from.  “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” she says, and things fell into place.  So in 1995, both with their backpacks, son Zann went off to Kindergarten and Femina started Tufts Dental School.

The second-chapter in her life, it seems, is taking place right now.  Since taking over the dental practice that is now Wellesley Dental Group, Dr. Femina Ali is living out the dream.  Happy to be able to take a preventive approach (refreshingly different than what was once practiced in common dentistry in Pakistan), Femina is intrigued with the holistic approach to treating her patients and she thoroughly enjoys getting to know them.  Her strong sense of family has flowed into the office environment, where patients feel a very warm vibe and are welcomed, and where employees remain very engaged. 

She still feels passionate about her work, and knows that her passion is still growing, especially for working with children.  The passion for dentistry in the family has rubbed off onto daughter Zarah, who is accepted into the dental program at Tufts for 2011.

If you get Femina Ali outside of the office, you may see her volunteering or participating in an array of community events.  With the recent H1N1 flu outbreak, she reached out to the local health departments and took a training to provide vaccinations.  She has served as both Vice-President and President of the Wellesley High School PTSO and does what she can for many child focused organizations, such as the Wellesley Educational Foundation, Wellesley Children’s Community Center, and Cradles to Crayons.  Despite all of her hard work, she feels that the community has given back to her even more than she could ever contribute. 

At home (rarely), Dr. Femina Ali is the same person you would get to know in town, except at home she cooks more and entertains many guests.  Oh, and she also tells me not to forget to mention how much she enjoys playing with the family dog Milo.

There are three very important aspects of her life: being a good wife and mother, helping her patients, and being a responsible citizen. The fact that she is able to maintain forward movement while juggling all of her hats is remarkable.  “It’s all about balance,” she says.  

  Dr. Femina Ali

Ten Things

February 12th, 2010

Ten Things You Should Know about your Oral Health

 Presented at the WBN Breakfast this morning

10.) Power toothbrushes really are recommended and the best for your gums and teeth if used correctly.

9.) February is American Heart Month.  Women often have heart attack symptoms different than men: if you have an intense, lasting jaw pain, this could be a heart attack. Call your doctor or go to your nearest Emergency Room

8.) Having periodontal disease may make it harder to keep your insulin levels in check if you have diabetes.

7.) Do you wake up with headaches and aching necks? You may be grinding your teeth during your sleep.

6.) Oral Cancerrates are on the rise. Many people are being diagnosed with oral cancer, even those who have no risk factors such as smoking or use of tobacco or alcohol. Studies linking the Sexually Transmitted Disease, HPV, and Oral cancer are being performed to see if HPV is a cause of rising oral cancer rates among 18 – 24 year olds.

5.) Replacing missing teeth with dental implants or dentures is not just a matter of looking good.  When a large space exists between teeth, surrounding teeth may start to crowd or elongate. Lack of teeth affects speech, and eating – makes getting the proper nutrition harder.

4.) Technology is changing in dentistry just like in the rest of the world. Some of the latest advances have been made with the introduction of lasers in dentistry, Digital x-rays (which actually produce less radiation than a ride in an airplane) and natural looking crowns that can be made in a single visit. The technology allows dentist to provide a better service – but the time savings for patients is huge.

3.) Having stomach problems? Acid reflux disease often presents in the mouth. The acid eats away at the tooth enamel, causing pits, holes, and discoloration.  It many times shows up during the dental checkup even before the disease diagnosis.

2.)  Gingivitis can be contagious. People with gum disease can pass harmful bacteria to partners and children through kissing and sharing of utensils.  Another good reason to make sure you are taking care of any gum problems.

1.)  Daily Flossing is the #1 thing I hope you walk away from here knowing that is important.

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