A special wife

I`m sure that you are getting tons of letters from dentists` wives who are nothing short of furious - many of whom are RDHs who are loyal (or were loyal) readers of RDH magazine. As a hygienist, I normally take my RDH to work so my dentist can read it, but I`m hesitant because of the nasty comments about wives.

May 1st, 1998

Dear RDH:

I`m sure that you are getting tons of letters from dentists` wives who are nothing short of furious - many of whom are RDHs who are loyal (or were loyal) readers of RDH magazine. As a hygienist, I normally take my RDH to work so my dentist can read it, but I`m hesitant because of the nasty comments about wives.

His wife, Shirley Geiger (her real name) is the business manager and a darn good one, I must say. I`ve already warned her about the "wives" article, but I still fear that she might read this and wonder if our office team in some tiny way feels similarly. Therefore, I am compelled to write and show that our "wife" works. She actually puts in the same hours as the rest of the staff. Then, on her day off, she is running around doing errands for the office including things like looking all over town for the color bulletin board I need in my room or press-on words I suggested for our staff book that we keep in the waiting room. She would never stick someone in my schedule and is ready like a bulldog to reschedule a late patient.

She always has a smile and cheery hello ready for us when we get to work in the morning. She does the perio charts for me, empties my garbage for me at the end of the day when I`m a little behind the rest of the staff. She buys the best salty hard pretzels and shares them with the staff. She even buys us tissues and charmaine free! Yes, she is special and I hope she knows how much we appreciate her and love her. She and the dentist, Karl Geiger (his real name), are two of my favorite people. The success of the office is a result of our synergy. It`s been 10 fun years, and I`m looking forward to at least 10 more!

Grace G. Devlin, RDH

York, Pennsylvania

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