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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5A Dr. Shannika Dao joins Feather River Family Dentistry Debra Moore She graduated in 2011 and the community, treats a number of patients Staff Writer completed her general practice "People have been very each day, she said that it's residency at Rochester General friendly and very accepting," high-quality care. Hospital in New York. she said. "I'm pleased by that." "Dr. Dao comes highly Shannika Dao took an She worked in upstate New Dao sees patients Monday qualified, and she is able to do interesting path to becomeYork for the next couple of through Thursday, from 8 a.m. a more comprehensive scope of Plumas County's newest years before she found theto 5 p.m. in the Feather River procedures than we have dentist -- both professionally Quincy position online. Family Dentistry building recently provided, including and geographically. "I got really intrigued when I across from the hospital on most extractions," Dr. Jeff The Jamaican-born Dao spoke to Dr. Kepple (the Bucks Lake Road. Kepple said. "She is very moved to Florida with her hospital's chief executiveBecause the clinic is one of comfortable with children as family when she was 16. She officer)," Dao said, and then the few dentistry practices in well as a focus on underserved attended college and nursing she "Googled Quincy," and "got the county that accepts populations." school in the Sunshine State. really interested." Medi-Cal clients, she is Dao encourages people to "I always wanted to be a Relocating to Northern extremely busy, averaging 15 to bring their children to the physician," the 37-year-old Dao California would bring her16 patients per day. dentist as early as possible -- said during an interview in her closer to her husband of nine When asked how this even at 6 months or a year old. office at the Plumas District years, Moussa, who owns his practice differs from her past "It gets them used to sitting in Hospital dental clinic last own technology company in experience, she said that in a chair and even ifI don't do week, "but I needed to work." San Francisco. New York she had more anything with them, I can give She received her bachelor's Dao visited Quincy twice private-insurance patients, so advice to the parents, such as degree in nursing in 2001, and before deciding to relocate and though the procedures are the 'Don't let them sleep with a spent the next few years even though she was prepared same, she can't do as many at bottle.'" working as a registered nurse for rural, she "was surprised one time on a patient. She said it's also important in a hospital setting. Theby how isolated it is" and"In a private practice, you for parents to be careful not to experience dampened her recalled the couple's fa'st drive can do a whole-mouth say things that could make desire to be a physician, partly up the Feather River Canyon. extraction; that's not possible their child fear the dentist. due to the irregular and on-call "I've lived in very small here," she said. "Parents can drill negative hours of the profession, rural areas but even they were And though she has been things into their heads, As a child in Jamaica she close to a city," she said. trained in sedation dentistry, sometimes unintentionally," had been inspired by a female Dao began work Feb. 9 and that isn't an option at the she said. dentist, and in 2007 entered hasn't had much time to clinic. Dao welcomes new patients. Meharry Medical College inexplore the area, but has been She sees a mix of adults and To make an appointment, call Nashville to become a dentist, pleased by her reception in children, and even though she 283-3915. Dr. Shannika Dao is the new dentist at Feather River Family Dentistry in Quincy. She most recently practiced in upstate New York, but she was intrigued by the Quincy position, which not only enables her to see a full schedule of patients, but brings her closer to her husband, who owns a technology company in San Francisco. Photo by Debra Moore Two em Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer pl g Neither Jesse nor Don has had a vacation in years, and they keep losing the hours. Jesse Lawson and Don Silva are the general manager and maintenance manager, respectively, of the Indian Valley Community Services District. "They are seriously overworked," said IVCSD director Wayne Dannemiller. Both have been handed so much responsibility in the aftermath of the district's many recent challenges (including the threat of federal receivership, fraud and embezzlement) that the board said they have had no rest or relaxation. Sympathy for these men who keep the water and sewers running day after day in Indian Valley resounded in the March 11 board meeting. The district's oyees oin ordinance committee members reported they spent the entire previous committee meeting talking about how to remedy this, if only so Lawson and Silva can cash out the hours instead of losing them completely. With the help of legal counsel James Reichle, the committee is revamping the district's policy for vacation pay. The changes will take a few months to go into effect. Why is it so difficult to get a break? Because the district is still struggling financially, and "drastically short of staff," said Dannemiller. He said they need to have at least eight employees, but are currently running the water and sewer systems in all of Indian Valley with two. He said if the fire department leaves, referring to a possible consolidation of the Indian Valley and Crescent Mills fire teams, they could get by with sever/employees. [ Representing Clients, Trustees and Beneficiaries for: Probate, Conservatorships, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. (530) wwwgraeaglelawcom 6 Graeagle Village Center Breakfast or Lunch will also be served Friday, March 27 & Saturday, March 28, work of eight However many they need, two is what they can afford, and two is what there is. The finance committee reported they are diligently reviewing the district's budget and preparing for rate studies. "Generally speaking, we're doing fairly well with our spending," said director Lee Anne Schramel. "We're going to have numerous fun-slash-grueling meetings to go over that budget." Schramel said the required rate studies, while also grueling, should have a positive effect. The committee is borrowing ideas and inspiration from studies completed by other similar districts inthe region ............ Rate studies include current needs, forecast needs and what they would cost. Schramel said, "It will allow us to reach out for assistance (such as through grants) with those prioritized needs. It's going to be really helpful for us to have." As far as the current situation goes, she said the district is making up for overspending in other areas where spending has been under budget. Schramel referred to these as "overages" and "underages." Of the "underages" she said, "I'm never going to use the term 'extra money' because we have no extra money in the system." The district still faces debt incurred by former GM Leanna Moore, who is sitting in prison for stealing over half a million dollars from the district. March 21st " l" Taylorsville Grange Hall Hope you can join us to celebrate the life of Larry Brown (March 1949-February 2015). He loved Indian Valley and especially his connection with people. Please bdng your favorite dish to share for the potluck! Richard IC Stockton, Open an IRA by April 15. CLUChFC, Agent An IRA could reduce your Insurance Lic. #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Rnancial Services taxes and it's a great way 85 w. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 to invest in your future. (530) 283-0565 Fax (530) 283-5143 Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there? CALL ME TODAY. WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE Open 6 days a weekl Monday-Friday 9am-6pm Saturday 9am-5pm Walk-ins usually accomodatexll .... Tanning . Pedicures .... i:: LBe rd &:Mustache Trims Plumas i4b . DISTRICT HOSPITAL Monica Armijo, Lead Lab Assistant Monica started working in the Laboratory about one year ago, since that time Monica has become a huge part of the PDH Lab team. She keeps the lab going! She greets every patient with a smile, goes out of her way to help them, draws blood correctly and efficiently and handles all the difficult paperwork issues. She takes on organizational tasks with relish and reorganizes if necessary. Monica has an excellent rapport with patients from old to young. Her phlebotomy skills are exceptional. She has taken on training new hires with a smile and is an outstanding mentor. Recently she took on the job to write a procedure manual for the front desk & improves on it as needed. She is always eager to go on those all-important blood runs. PDH is very fortunate to have such a capable & accomplished employee. She truly is a stellar member of the hospital staff!! Congratulations Monica Armijo Plumas District Hospital Employee of the Month of February 2015 1065 Bucks Lake Road, Quincy, CA 95971