A Letter from Doctor Emily
Hi Everyone! My name is Dr. Emily Kennedy. For those that don’t know me, I am very friendly, so please say hello when you see me!
I have had Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) for 29 years. (Type 1 Diabetes is the new name for Juvenile Diabetes. Not everyone with the disease is diagnosed as a ‘juvenile,’ so the name was changed formally.) I was diagnosed with Type 1 at the end of May in 1990 here at the University of Michigan when I was four years old. T1D is a very challenging disease that affects almost every aspect of my day — work, food, exercise, leisure, and sleep. There is still no cure for diabetes, though significant progress has been made. Children or adults may develop complications in all of the parts of the body that have blood, which means every part of the body! The eyes, toes, heart and kidneys can all fail over time. I invite you to join with me as we fight a very very good fight to support research to cure diabetes so that no child or adult ever needs to fear complications from T1D again!
I have been very fortunate so far. My diabetic doctor has said that he doesn’t think my life will ever really be negatively affected by those complications, and that my newborn daughter June will probably never have the disease, either. Unfortunately, most patients aren’t so lucky. My uncle was also diagnosed with this disease at age four; he has since passed away from diabetic complications and we miss him dearly.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) was founded 48 years ago with the mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications. My mom and dad, Dr. Dan Kennedy, started the first JDRF Walk here in Ann Arbor 26 years ago. Ann Arbor Smiles is inviting family and friends to walk with our team at the JDRF One Walk this year! The walk is a fun family friendly event with great before and after activities! The Walk takes place on Sunday morning, September 15th at beautiful Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter. We will provide a team t-shirt and the chance to win five different Visa gift card prizes to those who register and walk with us. You can access our registration page here.
If you are unable to come but wish to donate, you can support our team by making a donation. Any amount is welcome and appreciated! You are also welcome to share this invitation with others and join me in JDRF’s mission to turn Type One into Type None! Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Emily Kennedy Marlow, DDS
Ann Arbor Smiles Team Page
The Smiles team turned out big for this years Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s One Walk! The Walk was at Hudson Mills Metropark and many of our team, family, friends, and patients showed up in full force! Thank you to everyone who joined us this year in helping find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Here are some photos from the big day. Hope to see you all next year!
Got extra Halloween Candy? Consider putting the extra treats to good use by participating in Ann Arbor Smile’s Halloween Candy Buy Back! With this program, kids can trade their candy for cash! See you on November 1st from 5:30-7:30 PM at our main office on Huron Parkway.
Hi! My name is Dr. Emily Kennedy. That is my professional name, although legally it is Emily Kennedy Marlow. I know some of you very well, and others not as much. I am friendly, so please don’t be afraid of saying hello when you see me!
I have had Type 1 Diabetes for 28 years. I was diagnosed at the end of May in 1990 here at the University of Michigan when I was 4 years old. It is a very challenging disease that affects almost every aspect of my day, between work, food, exercise, leisure, etc. There are good days where everything goes as planned, and there are terrible horrible no good very bad days where my body doesn’t do what it is supposed to. I have excellent physicians and the best health care possible, so I have every advantage, mostly because of all the amazing choices my parents helped me make as a young child. My uncle was also diagnosed with this disease at age 4, and he has since passed away from complications of diabetes. We miss him dearly, and want to raise money so that more people have tools to manage this, and one day soon, find a cure.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) was founded 47 years ago with the mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications. Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is the new name for Juvenile Diabetes. Not everyone with the disease is diagnosed as a ‘juvenile,’ so the name was changed formally. T1D is a disease where the diabetic patient lacks hormones that allow it to convert sugar or carbohydrates into energy. If sugar is not converted to energy, it sits in the blood and moves around the body. The body needs the amount of sugar in the blood to be only a certain amount, or else all the blood vessels get confused and swell with water to try to dilute the excess sugar. Diabetic patients take those hormones (insulin, and occasionally glucagon) at different times during the day through shots or pumps that are attached to the skin at all times. Every time I eat, I have to measure what I eat, calculate the amount of insulin I need, check my currant blood sugar level, and then give the right amount of insulin. I cannot eat more or less than what I accounted for without consequences. Sometimes equipment will malfunction and I will get sick, or my body will be silly and not react to the insulin how it is supposed to. When this happens, I feel exhausted, irritable, discouraged, nauseous, thirsty, sweaty, and just sick. I don’t call in sick, because I’ve learned how to function while not feeling well. I’ve always been embarrassed that people will think I’m “faking it,” so unfortunately I don’t always ask for help when I really might need it.
Many patients are not as lucky as I. They didn’t have parents who cared so, so much, or doctors that were nearby, or excellent health insurance, or access to care. I consider myself luckiest first, and proud of my efforts second. Mostly, I find myself filled with more gratitude for what I have been blessed with than you could imagine.
For those patients who aren’t as lucky as I, they can have issues with all of the parts of the body that have blood! aka all of them!! The eyes, toes, heart and kidneys can all fail over time with poor management of diabetes.
Fortunately, my diabetic doctor has said that he doesn’t think my life will ever really be negatively affected by those complications, and that June (my newborn daughter) will probably never have the disease, either.
I am here to ask for your help as we fight a very very good fight to help others get educated, get motivated, get access to care, and make care more diverse and awesome so that other 4 year olds or 75 year olds never have to fear blindness or heart disease from this horrible disease. My mom and dad started the Ann Arbor branch of this JDRF Walkathon 25 years ago to help with these efforts, and I am here to ask all of you to help me improve the lives of others with this disease and the doctors who care for them.
No one can control whether or not they will ever get this disease, but we can control our efforts to care for those in need.
Thank you for reading!! Don’t EVER hesitate to ask questions to me about it. I care deeply about this, and am thrilled that you guys do, too!!
You are warmly invited to join the Ann Arbor Smiles Walk team on September 23rd at beautiful Hudson Mills in Dexter for the JDRF One Walk, a great family event! We also welcome donations to our team which will support JDRF research to cure diabetes! Click on the link to find our home page to register or donate. Help us reach our goal of $2500. An awesome custom designed Ann Arbor Smiles team t-shirt will be given to all registered team members.
Help us turn Type 1 into Type NONE!
All my gratitude,
Dr. Emily 🙂
It’s the last day in April, but it’s not too late to talk about Oral Cancer Awareness. Early detection could save your life or the life of a loved one.
Be sure to see one of our trusted professionals if you have any of the following symptoms: 1.) mouth sores or irritations that won’t go away 2.) Red or white patches 3.) Pain, tenderness or numbness in the mouth or lips 4.) A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area 5.) Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw and 6.) A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth.
Smoking and heavy drinking can put you at greater risk, as well as the sexually transmitted disease human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV is now the leading cause of throat cancers. Please visit the American Dental Association www.ada.org to learn more!
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Welcome Dr. Susan Haddock, DDS
We’re honored to welcome Dr. Susan Haddock to the Ann Arbor Smiles Team! Dr. Haddock has been providing excellent quality dental care for over 25 years in Ann Arbor. She’s a graduate of the University of Michigan Dental School, has been elected many times elected as a delegate to the Michigan Dental Association (MDA), and was previously the President of the Washtenaw District Dental Society (WDDS). She’s an incredible asset to the team and we can’t wait for you to meet her.
Welcome Dr. Irene Zillich, DDS
Along with Dr. Haddock, we are also lucky to be gaining her daughter Dr. Irene Zillich. Dr. Zillich is also a Graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, having graduated Magna Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan’s College of Electrical Engineering. She holds advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD residency) from the University of Florida, Jacksonville.
Now Offering Two Convenient Locations
The most exciting part of having Dr. Haddock on board is that we are now offering two convenient dental locations. Our second location will be on Stadium Boulevard on the West Side of Ann Arbor at 1793 W Stadium Blvd # 1, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
Call (734) 662-3222 to make an appointment at our new location today!
Diplomate of Dental Sleep Medicine
We couldn’t be prouder of our own Dr. Daniel J. Kennedy! Dr. Kennedy is now a nationally certified Diplomate for Dental Sleep Medicine. He is one of the very few dentists in the country to be honored with this elite status. For the past 10 years, Dr. Kennedy has been growing his expertise in Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Kennedy has gone through a very rigorous testing process as well as a formal review of his large collection of successful case studies. By being awarded Diplomate Status, he is now considered an expert in the field by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Dental Sleep Medicine is a crucial alternative treatment for Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea can wreak havoc on your sleep and quality of life, and can even be life threatening. It is traditionally treated with a CPAP machine, however not all patients respond well to it. An oral appliance is a much less invasive therapy with a very high success rate. The skilled Apnea Alternatives team at Ann Arbor Smiles will create a custom appliance for you.
Amanda McLean, our Dental Sleep Coordinator, assists Dr. Kennedy in bringing extensive knowledge, clinical experience and expertise to provide you with the excellent care you deserve. Together they will help you get a great night’s sleep. Read more about Apnea Alternatives here.
Wake Up With A Smile
If you or someone you know is struggling with loud snoring and sleep apnea, or any of the symptoms listed here, please do not hesitate to contact Apnea Alternatives today. We can go over with your all the steps you need to get started and how to get insurance to cover your treatment. Come see us today, and start waking up with a smile.
Today is an exciting day! We just launched a contest — a drawing for one of five very exciting prizes. The winner gets their choice of an Apple iPad, a Samsung Notebook, a Spa Day, a Visa Gift Card, or a Free Custom Whitening Tray. To enter, refer a friend or family member to Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group by January 2017. The more you refer, the more your name gets entered in the drawing!
Chances are you know someone who needs a good dentist. Or someone who needs help with Sleep Apnea. If you refer a friend or family member who becomes a new patient of Ann Arbor Smiles, you will be entered in our drawing to win your choice of five exciting prizes!
How To Enter
Ask anyone you know who needs a great dentist. When they schedule their first visit, please tell those you refer to provide your name and contact information. The front desk staff will enter you!
There is only really one rule: just one entry per each person that you refer. But there’s no limit on how many people you can refer! The more you enter, the better your chances of winning.
The first drawing will be mid-January 2017.
The winner gets their choice of:
An Apple iPad
Visa Gift Card
Free Custom Whitening Tray
They are all great prizes — you can pick the one that suits you best.
Meet Last Year’s Winner
Our 2015 winner of a brand new iPad was Glynis! Thank you, Glynis, for all your hard work.
Please ask our friendly staff! We’re here to help. Email: [email protected] or call: 734-677-8700. You can also leave a comment below!
Thank you for visiting Ann Arbor Smiles. We can’t wait to make you smile.
We couldn’t be more excited about our newest associate Dr. Alexander Marlow! We are truly fortunate to have such a talented dentist (and a great guy!) on our team. Dr. Marlow is known for putting his patients at ease with his gentle touch and great sense of humor. He thrives under pressure and brings to us an excellent prosthodontic education.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Developmental Biology, and minor in Chemistry from the University of Iowa. In 2013, he graduated with his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. And since then Marlow has gained valuable experience practicing at top dental offices around Southeast Michigan. He is passionate about providing fear-free dentistry and making his patients as comfortable as possible.
Dr. Marlow joins us fresh on the heels of Dr. Alexandra Jaquery, who began practicing with us last fall. With six dentists, Drs. Kennedy, Marzonie, Gray, Kennedy Marlow, Jaquery and Marlow, we are pleased to be able to provide comprehensive dental care under one roof. We are thrilled about adding new treatment rooms later this year as well as more convenient evening and weekend hours.
Here’s everything you need to know about Dr. Marlow!
What made you want to be a dentist in the first place?
“I first fell in love with dentistry as a kid after reading the famous ‘Doctor De Soto’, even though I had no idea what it really meant to be a dentist,” Marlow described. ‘Doctor De Soto’ is a Newberry award-winning picture book by William Steig, first published in 1982, about a mouse dentist who works with his wife to treat animals with as little pain as possible. They use special chairs and pulleys to treat animals of all sizes. The refuse to treat animals who eat mice and the main conflict in the book is when they treat a mouse-eating fox who has a horrendous toothache. The book was later made into a short film that was nominated for an Academy Award.
“I remember that in middle school I worked on a book called ‘My Book About Me’ by Dr. Seuss. It’s the type of book where fill out what you want to be when you grow up. I remember writing a dentist,’ even though I had no idea why,” Marlow said. “But as I got older, I realized it really was the perfect profession for me. I love working with people; I love science; I love making beautiful things and working with my hands. Dentistry is the perfect blend of all those things.”
How did your family influence you?
“It makes a lot of sense that I love dentistry. I’m a lot like my dad, who is an artist. A tremendous amount of artistry goes into what we do as dentists. We’re like miniature sculpturists,” Marlow explained.
“I also come from a long line of teachers. My grandma was an amazing teacher, and my father, mother and sister are very talented teachers. I love the continuing education involved in dentistry. In my free time I read the latest dental journals to learn how I can improve and refine my clinical skills. I’m sort of obsessed with finding the newest and best solutions to complex dental problems.”
A most noteworthy example of his commitment to learning: Marlow recently completed a self-funded comprehensive implant training program in Chicago, followed by a practical segment in the Dominican Republic, where he placed 30 implants for patients in need.
What is your favorite part about dentistry?
“My favorite part about dentistry is making drastic transformations. This is my passion. I love to take on challenging cases, especially the parts of the smile that people see everyday. A smile can make such a difference in a person’s life and I love helping people feel better,” Marlow explained. His specialities include oral surgery, invisalign, implants, CERECs, and endodontics (root canals).
What are you looking forward to most about being part of the Ann Arbor Smiles team?
“It’s my dream come true to work at Smiles. The doctors are outstanding clinicians and great people. The staff is warm, caring and everyone works hard together to provide excellent care. It’s clear that each team member is committed to professional and personal growth.
The best part is that I get to work with my incredibly talented and charming wife, Dr. Emily Kennedy Marlow! A University of Michigan Dental School graduate, Emily loves dentistry and to meet and work with people of all ages. What a special opportunity to work with her. And I am grateful to work alongside my father in law, Dr. Dan Kennedy, one the best dentists around. He has decades of experience and I can learn so much from him,” Marlow explained.
More Fun Facts About Dr. Marlow:
* With children patients, he goes by “Dr. Marshmallow,” because his dad went by “Mr. Marshmallow” with his young art students.
* Dr. Marlow is both a British and American citizen and grew up in Iowa City. He maintains lifelong friendships from his childhood.
* Dr. Marlow met his future wife, Dr. Emily Kennedy Marlow, when they were sophomores in dental school, at a Delta Sigma Delta (DSD) fraternity conference Cleveland, Ohio. DSD was established in Ann Arbor in 1882, and is the first dental fraternity in the world. Dr. Emily’s father, Dr. Dan Kennedy, is also a member.
* The Marlows were happily engaged at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, and were joyfully married last summer in Ann Arbor.
* Dr. Marlow loves to volunteer. Most recently he donated his time to Monroe Michigan’s Dentistry From The Heart. He is especially passionate about supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) that funds research to cure Type 1 Diabetes. Every September he supports the JDRF’s One Walk in Washtenaw County.
* Iowa Hawkeyes and Green Bay Packers football, woodworking, travel, working out, and playing golf are among his many interests.
* The Marlows enjoy spending time with their two beautiful French Bulldogs, Barry Sanders, named for the famous Detroit Lions running back, and Indiana Jones, a four-month-old adorable piebald puppy named for Indiana Jones’s pet dog in the movie.