Congratulations to Eastman Retirees

Oct. 22, 2018

Sofya Bravve, Dental Assistant, 22 years

Sofya BravveMost fulfilling part of the job: The people. Staff and residents made me happy to work with all of them and continued till the day of my retirement.

EDC is a really special and unique place to work because I had the opportunity to learn a lot about dentistry and communication all around the world. Diversity and diversity.

I will miss a lot of people with whom I worked every day. Years and years. In the end, it isn’t only place where you work, it is with whom work with.

What most people don’t know about you: My dedication and love for them, and I am mother for most of them and close friend for all of them.

Advice for the person replacing you?  Be patient and more patient. Take as much as possible knowledge from your coworkers and doctors, and be professional because we serve our community. And don’t forget to smile!

How will you spend the first several weeks of retirement? I am very busy, have more time to enjoy my friends and visit my family in DC, Atlanta, and Boston. I like to travel. I am an artist, doing for 10 years jewelry and I participate in different shows around the Rochester area.

Lenora Colaruotolo, Social Worker, 14 years

LenoraWhat was the most fulfilling aspect about your position at EIOH?
Providing resident/faculty/staff education on critical psycho-social issues, interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation on challenging cases, supporting research activities, patient advocacy and oral health promotion within the community.

Why do you think Eastman is special? EIOH’s 25-year partnership with social work is a testament to its commitment to the underserved. Providing faculty, residents and staff with resources and its patients with support services designed to reduce barriers, enhance adherence to treatment, and improve health outcomes, demonstrates EIOH’s dedication to and valuable support of the integration of social work in the dental setting. I am humbled by and forever grateful to EIOH for its leadership and support during my tenure as a Social Worker.

What will you miss the most?
The opportunity to work with wonderful colleagues who are generous with their knowledge and time and from whom I have learned so much.

What will you miss the least?
Setting my alarm clock for 5:30 a.m. on Craniofacial Clinic days, having my pager go off in the middle of the night, driving to work in blizzard conditions.

What is the one thing few people know about you?
I have an identical twin sister, Lisa.

Advice for the person replacing you?
Ralph Waldo Emerson is often credited for saying “Life is a journey, not a destination.” My advice is to immerse yourself into the EIOH culture and enjoy the journey!

How will you spend the first several weeks of months of retirement?
Attend to all the things that I promised I would once retired.

Lynda Pasco, RDH, 15 years

After retiring from teaching Dental Assisting at Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES in 1998, Lynda joined Eastman to serve as a receptionist for the clinic where Eastman providers treated patients with developmental Lynda Pascodisabilities.  She greeted patients and providers, scheduled appointments, checked insurance coverage and scheduled appointments.

Lynda saw many changes in her time with Eastman.

“Because we were offsite initially at Monroe Community Hospital, all appointments were scheduled by calling the appointment line – a three way conversation to get the date and time that worked! We had an appointment book where we manually wrote appointments for an entire year. The scheduling team would enter all appointments in the computer schedule and print out a weekly schedule for charts to be pulled. I used to pick up the tote with 50-75 dental charts every Wednesday morning at Eastman!

What will you miss the most? I will always miss the close work friendships. It was always a joy to walk into Eastman and see the staff, some of them my past students. The staff was always so helpful, professional, courteous, going out of their way to help with whatever was needed to help the clinic operate off-site efficiently. It was great to work with faculty dentists, the many residents who rotated through our clinic, the appointment scheduling team and the IT team.

Lynda is enjoying retirement traveling, training her new dog, and getting lots of walks in along the canal.

Dr. Mark J. Cohen (GenDen '78) Part Time Faculty

Dr. Cohen is not retiring. We regret the error published in Momentum and sincerely apologize to Dr. Cohen for any problems this may have caused. 

Dr. Chiataw Huang (Pedo '76, MS '78) Clinical Director for Community Dentistry, Site Director for School 17, 27 years Associate Professor

Dr. HuangThe most fulfilling aspect of my position at EIOH is passing my experiences, whatever I have learned on to the next generation – without any reservations. When I see youngsters finish their training and get accepted into different institutions or bring their skills to various places around the whole world to serve the community, it makes me feel so proud and satisfied.

Why do you think Eastman is special? I think we have to go back to the founder George Eastman and his missions. He is the one who made Eastman special – to serve the poor and to serve the community.

What will you miss the most? I will miss working with the younger generation. The younger generation makes me feel young and keeps my mind busy and on top of all that is current. They give me great sense of fulfillment and pride.

What will you miss the least? Administration work.

Advice for person in your role? Keep in mind the original mission for this institution. Keep it up and pass it on.

How will you spend the first several weeks or months of retirement?  I will spend time with my family and relax. My children will be coming back to Rochester and we will have a family reunion and then I will go to visit them for the first several months.

Richard Myers, Part Time Faculty, Orthodontics, 40 years

I most enjoyed the interaction with the residents, challenging them to evaluate their clinical treatment Dr. Myerprogress, make an informed decision as to the appropriate action that was required of them at that time to continue that treatment progress, and then execute that decision effectively and efficiently. This tied together all the didactic and biomechanical background and training they had received, and indicated the effectiveness of the teaching and learning experiences.

Why is Eastman special? Eastman is special because of the makeup of the faculty – all residents receive the most broadly based information from practitioners who are ‘in the field” every day and can provide input from a variety of viewpoints about every phase of the profession.

What will you miss the most? I will miss the resident interaction the most.

What's one thing people don't know about you? I used to fly privately and would fly to EIOH on workdays – a resident would pick me up in the morning, return me to the airport at the end of the day for my trip home.

Advice for who replaces you?  I would offer the same advice that I received from Dr. Subtelny when I first started. I asked him what he wanted me to do, he responded ‘do whatever you want- you know why you are here and you know what you are doing – just do it.”

How will you spend your time?  I will increase my fishing time.