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cure . Children of all ages and stages benefit from knowing you are listening , so McNiel said to take their feelings and concerns seriously , and don ’ t avoid the subject of death if it comes up .
Overcoming trauma takes a long time . Although it ’ s been three years since the shootings at the Ford Store in Morgan Hill and the Gilroy Garlic Festival , McNiel stresses that people in those communities are not over it , and it ’ s not reasonable to think they should be . Now , more than ever , we need to be kind and respectful to one another and build strong relationships . Only compassion and kindness
will strengthen our foundations and break the cycle of violence .
The Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center is available to offer support to those directly impacted by the Garlic Festival shooting . You can reach them through Facebook or by calling ( 408 ) 209-8356 .
The Santa Clara County Mental Health Call Center is also available to support anyone in the Santa Clara region who may be struggling . Their number is 800-704-0900 .
Better Health ... it s yours for the taking ! Five things you can do
1 . Walk : Whether its down the street , around the block , or anywhere in our local area . new to walking ? Start with a short distance and build from there !
2 . Hydrate : Most of us don ’ t drink enough water . as a result you may feel sluggish at times . Grab a glass or bottle of water to perk up and get the hydration your body needs !
3 . Stretch : Ever pull a muscle while tying your shoe or cramp up while reaching for the top shelf ? get into the habit of light strtching daily . Five to ten minutes of stretching makes a world of difference and can save you a pain in the ... back or other part of your body !
4 . Join a Friend : The world is opening up ! While we still need to be dilligent about personal space and hygine , join a friend over coffee or other beverage - just to have fun and catch up in person !
5 . Get Creative : Write a poem or encouraging letter to a friend or loved one , learn to draw or paint , take up a new a craft , play a musical instrument , etc . Its a no-judgment zone ! You are free to let your creativity soar !
- To your health !
At Waflebakker Anderson Orthodonics ( WAO ) our philosophy is to GO BEYOND the business of traditional orthodonics . We have developed a comprehensive approach that takes into account much more than just straight teeth . A patient ’ s bite is closely linked to the body ’ s entire function as a “ whole .” We treat each case with the utmost care and skill .
The extensive continuing education Dr . Wafelbakker and Dr . Anderson receive has enabled them to create a beautiful smile , a functional bite , and a successful treatment process . WAO offers our patients one of the most unique treatment experiences in the world . It is our mission to make our patients smile with the utmost confidence , not only with our orthodontic expertise , but also enjoy a welcoming , cheerful experience with each visit . At WAO , each patient is family ... each family is cherished ... and each smile is created with pride .
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