Howick and Pakuranga Times
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2 — A Times Newspapers Supplement, October 2014 www.times.co.nz 2 — A Times Newspapers Supplement, October 2014 The best of times... Enjoying your retirement 127629-v2 By CHRIS HARROWELL MORE than 30 of Pakuranga Park Village’s creative residents leapt at the chance to show off their hidden talents. The senior citizens took part in an exhibition of artworks and handmade crafts and hobbies at the retirement home in Fortunes Road on July 16. The unique showcase was the brainchild of village resident Nova Savage. She worked with Pakuranga Park Village activities co-ordinator Val Ellor to make it happen. “I had a crazy idea last year of staging an exhibition, but it didn’t really get off the ground,” Mrs Savage told the Times. “Val said she would really like to do it this year, so we had a chat and talked about possible dates. “We took it one step at a time and this exhibition is the result.” The retirement village’s community centre was packed to the gills with residents’ handmade creations. Displaying were paintings, model ships and aircraft, intricate cakes and icing, engines, jewellery, dolls and more. Among those taking part was village resident and Howick Art Group member Shirley Congdon. The talented artist had a number of her acrylic and oil paintings on show and also helped to organise the exhibition. Her paintings covered subjects including an old Creative seniors SCENIC VIEW: Painter Shirley Congdon took part in an exhibition of artworks, crafts and hobbies made by residents at Pakuranga Park Village retirement home. Thousands of satisfied clients can’t be wrong about PDP Denture Studio in Pakuranga. Established in 1997 by Leah Taylor, an award-winning clinical dental technician with more than 25 years’ experience, this specialist denture provider attracts those from as far afield as Tokelau Islands, United States and Australia. “We also receive referrals from dentists and oral surgeons throughout the country, as well as by word of mouth from our patients,” says Leah. Friendly and welcoming, the suburban clinic on the corner of Ti Rakau and Edgewater Drives has a calm atmosphere that instantly quells any fears or jitters. That was exactly Leah’s intention when she undertook the extensive refurbishment of the site over a year and a half ago. “We wanted it to be warm and inviting, not clinical. A lot of people still associate sitting in a dental chair with being unpleasant and scary but we’re here to turn it into a wonderful experience.” And patients are at the heart of Leah and her team’s work. “We spend a lot of time with our patients, really listening and understanding what they hope to gain from our service.” In fact, patients who have struggled to find the right solution are certain to find the answer here. “We come across many people who have had problems for a long time and we make it our mission to fix it, ensuring they leave with a happy smile.” PDP Denture Studio also offers a mobile service, visiting patients who, due to illness, age or inability to travel, are unable to visit the premises. The boutique denture clinic specialises in high quality, aesthetically-pleasing full dentures, partial dentures, Vitallium dentures, Valplast dentures, implant retained dentures (in conjunction with oral surgeons and dentists) and mouthguards, and more importantly, it offers a personalised, friendly service. Holding prominent roles in professional bodies such as the New Zealand Institute of Dental Technologists (NZIDT) and membership in the Australian Dental Prosthetists Association (ADPA), Leah is always in the know. “We’re constantly learning and updating our skills as well as keeping abreast with new techniques and materials,” she says. “It’s also a fantastic way of networking with other dental professionals in the industry and accessing resources.” PDP Denture Studio has its own on-site lab, where the custom-fitted dentures are made, repairs done and dentures relined. As a high end clinic it also uses the very best European products and has a wide range of denture supplies and accessories. After care service is another domain where the team excels. “We put together a lovely care package which teaches new denture wearers how to look after their dentures.” The team at PDP Denture Studio are with you every step of your denture experience...from the very first consultation, to the insert, to any adjustments or aftercare you may need As summer approaches, and the busy end-of-year calendar begins to fill up at the clinic, Leah urges people to book well ahead. If you want a fresh look for spring or a beautiful new smile in time for the Christmas festivities, come and experience the PDP Denture Studio difference today by visiting us at our premises, 2 Edgewater Drive, Pakuranga, call 576 6987 and ask Darlene to make you a no-obligation consultation appointment, or visit the website www.pdpdenturestudio.co .nz. More reason to smile with PDP Denture Studio LEAH is a registered Dental Technician and Clinical Dental Technician, Biofunctional Prosthetic System (BPS) registered and a member of the Australian Dental Prosthetists Association (ADPA) and the New Zealand Institute of Dental Technologists NZIDT. After initially training at the Adelaide Dental Hospital in South Australia, she won the South Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bronze Medallion and was also named the 42nd South Australian Apprentice of the year winner, 1993. In 1994 Leah was awarded the prestigious Laurie Brownell Scholarship, which included a 12-month study tour enabling her to travel to the United Kingdom to further her training in Maxillo Facial Prosthetics, and to work at many of the world’s best Maxillo Facial units. She returned to Australia and resumed working in the public dental service in both South Australia and Queensland while continuing her studies in Oral Health Promotion and Health Science. Leah moved to New Zealand in 1997 and completed Otago University’s Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology. She is serving on the executive of the New Zealand Institute of Dental Technologists and is currently Chairperson for their mediation commitee. ADVERTORIAL The team at PDP Denture Studio.
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