Terrific Trio.
Dr. Loria Guiatas
  (left), the new dentist
  in the office, joined
  the practice in
  July.  A Fort Worth
  native, she was a
  former patient of Dr.
  Weiner's.  Dr. Weiner
  opened his pediatric
  dental practice in
  1978.  Dr. Janell
  Plocheck, a Houston-
  area native, joined
  the office in 2000.
  Earlier this year Dr.
  Plocheck became
  a full partner, and
the practice changed its official name from Bruce H. Weiner, DDS, Inc. to Fort Worth Pediatric Dentistry.


Dr. Janell Plocheck has completed the rigorous tests for becoming a board certied pediatric dentist. This accomplishment elevates her to the rank of “Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.”

Nationwide, only 30% of all children’s dentists achieve this status. Dr. Weiner is among that select group. Completing the boards is not a requirement for practice it is entirely voluntary. It is a matter of setting a higher standard for one’s self. Board certication measures pediatric dentists’ abilities and expertise once they are in practice. 


To become a Diplomate, Dr. Plocheck, who graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry and completed her pediatric dental residency at Case Western Reserve University, rst successfully completed a daylong written examination  in Chicago. The next phase involved documenting ideal patient care to the board examiners. For each case study, Dr. Plocheck submitted written diagnoses, treatment plans, medical and dental histories, X-rays, photographs, progress notes, health history updates, orthodontic models when necessary, correspondence with other medical specialists, and follow-up visits. 

One of Dr. Plocheck’s case studies involved the treatment of a ve-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia. The child had suffered a stroke as a complication of this inherited blood disorder. Because of the patient’s extensive dental decay and fragile medical condition, her dental treatment was done under general anesthesia at Cook Children’s Medical Center. 

This is but one example of the expertise required of a pediatric dental specialist. Board certication is a measure of high professional standards. Congratulations, Dr. Plocheck, for a job well done!




WE ARE FAMILY.  Front row (left to right): Julie Dusza, Diana Dobson, Sherry Reaves, Leticia Ortega,
Erin Byrum, Ginger Rawlins, Stacey Larkin, Dr. Guiatas, Dr. Weiner, Dr. Plocheck. Back row
(left to right): Lillian Awbrey  Shelley Eakman, Lindsey Ellsworth, Cecilia Saldivar, Anne Ferguson,
Lisa Englehart, Heather Bartko, Sonia DeLeon, Rebekka Burgess, Kara Grimes, Chanda Waldrep,
Veronica Copeland, Lou McDowell, Valerie McLendon, Shalise Coleman.

This office takes pride in its incredibly talented staff.  We have many long-term employees, including two who have been with us for nearly twenty-ve years. What most of you may not realize is that a signicant number of the staff pictured above job-share and work on a part-time basis. We understand the demands of motherhood and try to meet each employee’s needs.

“You have allowed me to be the kind of mother that I want to be,” says part-time dental hygienist Lou McDowell who has been with the ofice eleven years. 

Lillian Awbrey, a long-term  employee and former patient in our  practice, is job-sharing the role of clinical coordinator with Heather Bartko, who started with the ofice twelve years ago as a high-school  intern. Heather is the mother of two children, the youngest a three-year-old daughter. Lillian is the mother of a three-year-old girl. Heather and Lillian’s beautiful little daughters have already had their rst preventive dental visits. 

Sonia Deleon, who gave birth to a son in May, and  Julie Dusza, whose youngest boy turns one-year-old this month, also returned to the ofce after the birth of the latest additions to their families. Sonia and Julie each have two sons. 

Two of our dental assistants Shalise and Chanda are also students at Tarrant County College.  Roni is back! Veronica Copeland, now a dental hygienist, worked with us as a dental assistant fteen years ago before marrying and moving out of state. We are thrilled to have her back “home” in our ofice. Roni returned to Fort Worth with her two daughters following the untimely death of her late husband, Danny. 

Ofice consultant, psychologist Sy Ogulnick, still visits the practice regularly to conduct interpersonal communications seminars with the doctors and staff. Based in Reno, Nevada, Sy has been working with our ofice for over 25 years. He helps us maintain an open and nurturing work environment for staff, patients, and parents.

A video promoting charitable care from dental health professionals features Dr. Weiner and our office staff providing much needed dental care for children with significant dental decay. This fifteen-minute video focuses on Save A Smile, a program under the auspices of Cook Children's Medical Center, which organizes volunteers from within the dental community to provide this treatment for carefully screened youngsters.

The Save A Smile video, which begins with an introduction from Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, includes a personal interview with Dr. Weiner. This video has been shown regionally-at Rotary, Kiwanis, and college faculty meetings-and nationally at the annual meeting of the American Dental Association in Las Vegas.

Dr. Weiner also volunteers for Christina's Smile, a nonprofit dental clinic that operates in conjunction with the PGA tour. Christina's Smile, which is based in Austin, operates a children's dental clinic in Fort Worth during the week of the Colonial Golf Tournament.

Our entire office participates in Give Kids a Smile. Under this ADA sponsored program, dentists throughout the country set aside time to treat children with chronic tooth decay who have limited access to dental care. During Children's Dental Health Month in February, we provide a day of dental treatment in our office for needy children.

The staff also regularly presents preventive dental programs in school classrooms and in preschools.

Dr. Plocheck, in addition, presents preventive dental programs at Harris Methodist SW Hospital's Incredible Infant and Terrific Toddler classes. She also volunteers her time to screen patients for the Save a Smile program. In January she will present a program to the Greater Fort Worth Dental Hygienists' Society on the Dental Manifestations of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Aside from her professional volunteer work, Dr. Plocheck serves as assistant treasurer for Mayfest 2007.


Dr. Loria Guiatas joined our practice this summer. A Fort Worth native, she attended All Saints Episcopal School and Arlington Heights High School. In 2000, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While attending high school and college, Dr. Guiatas worked in our office part-time, proving to herself that she indeed wanted to pursue a career in pediatric dentistry like her mentor, Dr. Weiner.

In 2004, Dr. Guiatas graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry, receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. During dental school, she was on the Dean's Honor List 2000-2004, was an elected member of the Odontological Honor Society, participated in the Pediatric Dentistry Departmental Summer Honors Program, and received academic scholarships. She was a member of the Dallas County Dental Society, Texas Association of Women Dentists, Student Council, and the Student Research Group. She presented her research at the American Association of Dental Research in 2002 and 2003, and her findings have been published in several journals.

Following dental school, Dr. Guiatas was accepted for specialty training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, where Dr. Weiner completed his residency. This two-year program enabled her to pursue her interest in pediatric dentistry. She gained valuable experience and knowledge in oral/conscious sedation, pediatric dental trauma, and special-needs dentistry. She was also a member of the cleft palate team at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Guiatas is board eligible with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, having successfully completed the written portion of the exam.

Dr. Guiatas, as well as Dr. Weiner and Dr. Plocheck, is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Fort Worth District Dental Society.

She is excited to be an associate in the office that inspired her career choice.

Fort Worth Pediatric Dentistry is providing a new service called T-Link. This system allows patients to access appointments and account information 24 hours a day via a secure Internet connection, or by telephone. T- Link allows online payments and also provides appointment reminders via e-mail. Our staff will be happy to assist you with the quick and easy signup process, which can be completed over the phone or at your next office visit. Click here to access your account and/or appointments through T-Link.

Our office has switched to digital X-rays. This new technology enables the practice to provide quality radiographs at reduced settings. Digital radiography also allows us to process X-rays without the chemical waste that is a byproduct of conventional X-ray developing.

DENTAL HYGIENISTS JOB-SHARE. Five of the six dental hygienists pictured above Roni, Stacey, Valerie, and Lou in the top row and Anne (front left) are part-time employees. Lisa, who has worked full-time for a number of years, will soon switch to a three-day-a-week schedule when she goes back to school at Texas Women's University.


December 2001
December 2004

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