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Awaiting Young Dental Patients: Ashley's Angels

Ashley's Angels Mural
photo by Mark Garvin

Vividly colored sea horses, sea turtles and tropical fish of all sorts come to life on the 17 x 7-foot mural which was unveiled and dedicated on Thursday at the School of Dental Medicine's Pediatric Clinic. The mural also features a young girl in a swan-shaped boat flying a flag that reads "Ashley's Angels", the name of the foundation established by the Fraimans in memory of their daughter. Ashley's Angels has been created to aid special-needs children and their families.

Fraimans
Drs. Howard and Kara Fraiman and sons, Cory and Lucas, at the dedication.

The School of Dental Medicine's Pediatric Dental Clinic has a new hand-painted mural--an undersea world of imaginary adventures--in the play area within its reception area, ready to greet children who are about to see a dentist. The bright and lively mural was developed and donated by Penn Dental alums Howard, SDM '91, and Kara, SDM '92, Fraiman of Bala Cynwyd, in memory of their daughter, Ashley.

Lansdowne artist Rhona Candeloro, who conceived and painted the mural, said the goal was to create a storytelling image that would engage children in making up their own stories about what is going on with all the characters in the mural which covers the far wall of the children's play area.

Penn Dental, which provides care to approximately 4,900 children each year, opened this new, state-of-the-art Pediatric Clinic in January 2002. Located on the first floor of the Evans Building, and accessed through the Schattner Center, it features 10 examination rooms, four of which are specially designed for treating special needs children and handling those cases that require sedation. The 4,400-square-foot clinic provides patient care to children 14 years old and under, as well as clinical instruction for the school's graduates.

The clinic also includes a patient education/conference room, a sedation/recovery room, an oral hygiene education area, two computer workstations, a spacious business/reception area, an instrument management and dispensing room, a panoramic radiology room, a darkroom, a clinical laboratory, a handicapped-accessible lavatory, and offices for the school's pediatric department faculty and staff. The project architect for the clinic was Paul Steege & Associates.

To make an appointment at the Pediatric Clinic, call (215) 898-8979.

 

 


  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 9, October 21, 2003

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