Each won $500 scholarships to help them continue their education. Aaron will be attending UNC-Greensboro for Nursing, Kendall will be attending UNC-Pembroke for Criminal Justice, Kenneth will be attending UNC-Pembroke for Medical Science, and Mason will be attending CPCC for Pharmaceutical Studies. We know that they have amazing futures ahead of them! Way to go guys!

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We received a wonderful thank you card from Mountain Island Lake Academy. It was so great we had to share it! 

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We were delighted to celebrate Dental Health Month by visiting many local day-cares. Pouches loves going out and educating kids about oral health. As always, we had a blast meeting all the kids and teaching them about proper oral health.

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 PATIENT OF THE YEAR is chosen by hard work and dedication it takes to maintain good oral health. This year we chose Lance! Lance proved to have a great attitude, maintained his hygiene appointments, and showed growth with his at home care routine. We are happy to send Lance to Great Wolf Lodge for a day filled with fun.

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This year we had the opportunity to select a local family from the Angel Tree. We were very excited to be part of this great cause and know that this family enjoyed their Christmas!

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THANKS to everyone who brought in their candy!! We are sending 43.2 pounds to the troops! Pouches is proud to support the troops and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Kate’s Skate Patient Appreciation Event!

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We had so much fun skating and playing with everyone! Thanks for coming to skate with us!

Like us on Facebook to see the rest of the pictures from Kate’s Skate!

Congratulations to our scholarship winners, Jade and Michaela!

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Jade and Michaela each earned a $500 dollar scholarship to assist them in continuing their education. Jade will be attending UNC Asheville for Computer Science and Michaela will be attending NC AT&T State for Graphic Communications.

Congratulations Carragan! Carragan won a Kindle Fire from our June drawing!! Dr. Seuss and Gabby Douglas are the the first books she plans on reading.

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Heart & Soul Personal Chef

Published on December 18, 2013 by Mountain Island

Thanks Jessica for telling your friends about us!!! We appreciate you and your family!

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Jessica Turner Reynolds:

“I would like to thank Dr. Mac and the staff at Mountain Island Pediatric Dentistry for the incredible once in a lifetime (for my family anyway) experience of having a personal chef for a week!! Chef John Schaal from Heart & Soul Personal Chef Service came to our house on Monday Nov. 18th and prepared a weeks worth of meals for our family. He did the shopping, cooking, and the cleaning, completely paid for by Mountain Island Pediatric Dentistry! The food was amazing the entire experience was wonderful!!”

Operation Gratitude!

Published on December 4, 2013 by Mountain Island

Operation Gratitude was a complete success!

28.2 pounds of candy was sent to the troops this year!

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Supporting the troops and supporting a healthy smile!

Patient Spotlight

Published on October 21, 2013 by Mountain Island


At only 15 years old Charlie has an amazing musical aptitude. He recently performed at the Kilah Palooza that was put on by the Kilah Daventport Foundation a benefit to end child abuse. Our hats off and a round of applause to Charlie, may your talents take you to the top!

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Movies with Dr. Mac

Published on August 29, 2013 by Mountain Island

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Thanks for going to the movies with us! We had a great time at Smurfs 2 with all our patients!

Like us on Facebook to get the pictures of your child with Pouches the kangaroo!

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Congratulations to Carley and Sydney!!

Published on August 19, 2013 by Mountain Island

Congratulations to Carley and Sydney! They each received a $500 scholarship to help further their learning in higher education.

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Carley will attend UNC-Chapel Hill! Go Tar Heels!

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Sydney will attend UNC-Charlotte! Go 49ers!

We are so proud of all of our high school graduates and we wish each of them success!

Back to School for A Child’s Place

Published on August 14, 2013 by Mountain Island

Thank you to our wonderful families! Together we donated over 200 lbs of school supplies for homeless children.

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Give Kids a Smile

Published on February 11, 2013 by admin

This is an article that was published by Mountain Island Weekly. The original article can be seen here.

Area dentists volunteer services to Give Kids a Smile

by Melissa Gute

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Mountain Island Pediatric Dentistry’s dental assistant Rachel Green, back, reviews a teeth chart while Dr. Monique McEachern exams a 6-year-old child during the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile event Feb. 1. (Melissa Gute/MI Monitor photo)

CHARLOTTE – Dental insurance is a luxury many underprivileged children don’t have, preventing them access to care.

However, dentists in 16 Charlotte-area offices offered free services Feb. 1 to about 100 children during the American Dental Association’s annual Give Kids a Smile event.

Locally, the program is coordinated through a partnership with The Junior League of Charlotte Inc., Charlotte Dental Association, Communities in Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

“The goal for Give Kids a Smile for Charlotte is to treat those children who have no other means of dental care,” JLC Children’s Dental Chairwoman Brittany Russell said.

Schools conduct screenings and refer children to the program.

On Feb. 1, JLC shuttled children from school to various dental offices to receive services ranging from preventive care to root canals, Russell said.

Each year, dental partners Jeffrey Pillippi and Dave Kwon, of Phillippi and Kwon Family Dentistry, offer their services to about a dozen children for Give Kids a Smile.

“The biggest problem we see is decay, hands down,” Phillippi said. “We’re always amazed at the amount of decay that is out there that goes untreated.”

Nearly one in four children ages 2-11 have untreated cavities in their primary, or “baby,” teeth, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s important for children to maintain healthy primary teeth because they hold space for permanent teeth, said Dr. Monique McEachern, with Mountain Island Pediatric Dentistry.

Her office serves an average of 15 children a year for Give Kids a Smile.

Large decay can cause a lot of toothaches and distract children from learning in school, McEachern said.

“(We want to do) anything we can do to put smiles on their faces and get them out of pain so they can focus in school,” she said.

Decay is often a result of “innocent negligence” where parents allow their children to eat too much “junk food,” Kwon said.

Between both offices, about $13,000-$21,000 worth of services are done at no cost during the one-day event, which the dentists see as a great way to give to the community.

“That’s something that I value as a person and brought into this practice,” McEachern said. “Everyone who works here values the same thing. We really enjoy helping in whatever way we can. We’re very fortunate to be in a position where we can help others.”

Many children come nervous, but leave feeling relieved, Kwon said.

“A lot of these kids have never seen a dentist,” he explained. “After we’re done, most of the kids are usually very grateful because some of them are coming in a lot of pain, and it’s our job to get them out of pain. Of the 25,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg students that were screened this year, 600 were eligible for Give Kids a Smile, according to Russell. Only about 100 received help. There were 225 spots available.

“That’s a little bit of a disappointment for us because we had identified so many other children,” she said, adding that many parents wouldn’t provide permission for their children to participate.

The number of area children served this year dropped from last year’s 150 children. About 70 participated in 2011, Russell said.

Congratulations to Ronnie Kolodziej and Dalton Shaw!

Published on August 16, 2012 by admin

Congratulations to Ronnie Kolodziej and Dalton Shaw! They each received a $500 scholarship to help further their learning in higher education.

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Ronnie will attend Lenoir-Rhyne University where he plans to double major in Economics and English.

Ronnie has aspirations of becoming a Forecasting Economist.

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Dalton will attend Catawba Valley Community College. He earned a spot as pitcher on their baseball team. Dalton plans to earn a degree in education so he can teach at the high school level and coach baseball.

We are so proud of all of our high school graduates and we wish each of them success!

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