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Congressman Visits TriNet in San Leandro PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Representative Mike Thompson (D, CA) toured TriNet HR in San Leandro last month. Congressman Thompson is a sponsor of the Small Business Efficiency Act which would strengthen federal recognition of professional employer organizations like TriNet that small businesses turn to for their HR needs. During his visit, Thompson said, “The Small Business Efficiency Act means that companies such as TriNet can help California’s small businesses succeed.”

 
Ghirardelli and Too Good Gourmet Showcase their New Products PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:51

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PHOTOS BY LINDA SANDSMARK

Too Good Gourmet marketing and sales director Charlie Roper and company president Jennifer Finley display their products at the Winter Fancy Food Show.

By Linda Sandsmark • San Leandro Times

Two local companies were among over 1,000 specialty food vendors showing off their newest products at the annual Winter Fancy Food Show in January at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

031314b2San Leandro’s Ghirardelli Chocolate company provided an early look at their  new product, “Minis,” which should be appearing in stores in May.

“They’re half the size of our regular squares, in both weight and calories,” says brand manager Mazy Rhuberg. “They come 17 to a pouch and are a very snackable size that’s easy to take on the go.”

Ghirardelli Minis come in three varieties: milk chocolate caramel, dark chocolate,  and milk chocolate with sea salt and almond. They  will be offered in Walmart and Target in May, and in Safeway soon after.

Ghirardelli products are also sold at the factory outlet store at its chocolate factory and headquarters, 1111- 139th Ave. in San Leandro.

Too Good Gourmet in San Lorenzo

Too Good Gourmet cookie company of  San Lorenzo showcased its newest seasonal products, including Valentine’s Day, Easter, and spring  cookies in the company’s distinctive packaging. Too Good Gourmet also sells teas, candy, cocktail mixers, and even pet treats.

“We’re introducing new products all the time,” says sales director Charlie Roper. “Sweet and salted products are popular now, so our new products include Peanut Butter and Brownie Brittle Crisps.”

Too Good Gourmet’s products are sold at Mollie Stone Markets, in gift shops,  and at the company’s  discount showroom, 2300 Grant Ave. in San Lorenzo.

CAPTION 2: Ghirardelli brand manager Mazy Rhuberg holds the company’s new product, “Minis,” at the Winter Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center.


 
San Leandro Company Wins Award for Sustainability PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 25 April 2013 14:06

Chemical-free waste-water pasteurization system beats out the other technologies

042513bBy Linda Sandsmark

San Leandro Times

At the intersection of renewable energy and clean technology sits Pasteurization Technology Group (PTG) of San Leandro, a company whose forward-thinking water-purification systems have recently earned it an international award, a state award, and $5 million in venture capital funding.

PTG’s chemical-free wastewater pasteurization system was presented with a Katerva Award in February, which is also known as the “Nobel Prize of Sustainability,” beating out technologies from Brazil, India, Sweden other American companies.

“We’ve been fortunate to have some good things happen lately,” says PTG’s president Greg Ryan, Jr. “We’re super-pleased about winning the Katerva Award, because it’s a global recognition of our technology. They had an award ceremony in Europe. There is a lot of interest internationally in clean tech.  We’re focusing on California and the U.S. right now.”

PTG is finding that many municipalities and companies are attracted to its patented water-purification systems, which harness the biogas given off by wastewater solids to burn for pasteurization. Using an air-to-water heat exchanger, the water temperature is raised enough (180 degrees) to pasteurize water without chlorine or other chemicals.

“Chlorine is a bad carcinogen, and we don’t want to discharge that into waterways. Also, our system helps generate electricity, making our process 40 times more efficient than normally heating water.”

In March,  PTG’s water purification system in the city of Ventura won it a “Recycled Water Agency of the Year” award by the California WateReuse Association.  Ryan is particularly proud of this recognition, because the WateReuse Association is a tech group that thoroughly vetted and validated its system.

“It’s a big system in Ventura, which we assembled on-site. It processes 10 million gallons a day,” Ryan says.

Closer to home, the town of Graton, near Sebastopol, will install a PTG wastewater system in late spring. PTG is also in negotiations with a brewery and a citrus processor.

In addition, two clean-tech investors, EIC Ventures and Kennington, provided $5 million in Series A venture capital to the company on March 28.

“This is a good use of money,” says Ryan. “We’re growing, but we know if we have more staff and support we could grow faster.”

Currently PTG has six employees, and plans to add engineers and sales engineers to its workforce. The company was founded in 2007  on Teagarden Street in San Leandro.

Greg Ryan, Jr. and his father had previously been in the concentrated coffee business at that location. PTG is located at 2306 Merced St., San Leandro.

For more information, call 357-0562, or see www.pastechgroup.com.

CAPTION: Pasteurization Technology Group (PTG) President Greg Ryan, Jr., displays his company’s many awards in their San Leandro office.

PHOTO BY LINDA SANDSMARK

 
Stained Glass Artisans Start Their Own Shop in San Leandro PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:34

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San Leandro Times

A group of stained glass enthusiasts has decided to open their own shop in San Leandro, now that their favorite studio has closed and its owner retired.

The Stained Glass Design Studio opened last summer on Washington Avenue, just after I Love Stained Glass Shoppe closed in Castro Valley.

“They had given classes for years and years, and a lot of friends had been made there. I’ve seen people meet and get married there,” says Steve Hill, who has also been a stained glass instructor for 15 years.

“We wanted to keep our group going to make windows and do repairs,” says Hill.

Twila Lively, one of 11 “stockholder” partners in the new venture, says the group started thinking they could actually create a viable studio if the right space was found. All of the partners have full-time jobs, yet the group pulled their new business together in just 30 days. They located a vacant fabric shop at the corner of Washington and Harlan Street and got to work.

“On June 1 we got the lease here. We put in a new floor, painted, built tables, added workstations for the grinders, and put up a few walls,” says Lively.

The group chose the location for its large size and proximity to downtown.

“It’s very well centered, and easy to get around San Leandro,” Lively adds.

A visual record of their speedy renovations may be viewed online at www.stainedglassdesignsstudio.com.

The new venture is open seven days a week and offers classes, workspace, materials, and completed stained glass items for sale.  They  specialize in restorations, custom designs, and custom framing for windows.  Also on display are stained glass jewelry, a Raiders window, and a mosaic-covered bookcase.

122012b2“Stained glass is not just for church windows,” says Hill. “We make glass lamps, cabinet doors, and hundreds of restorations.  You can make something pretty out of just about anything.”

Students can come in at any time from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and weekends.  Hill says that out of the hundreds of people he’s known who have taken stained glass classes over the years, only a handful decided it’s not for them.

The Stained Glass Design Studio offers beginner through advanced classes to help people new to the hobby, or who want to learn a new technique.  New students don’t have to put a lot of money up front, and the tools are provided.  The studio has about 20 students already, with plenty of room for more.

“We give a variety of classes at a reasonable price. We already have a customer base, so our goal is to maintain it and keep the enjoyment going on for many years to come,” Hill says. “I grew up in San Leandro and went to Marina High and am glad to be coming back.”

The Stained Glass Design Studio is located at 2000 Washington Ave. in San Leandro.  Classes include Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Stained Glass and Lead/Bevel, Beginning Fusing, and Mosaic Garden Art, Jewelry, Coasters and seasonal decorations.  For more information, call 352-8044, drop by, or see their website at www.stainedglassdesignsstudio.com.

CAPTION 1: Instructor Steve Hill,  Twila Lively and Frank and Janette Franco show off their stained glass work at the new Stained Glass Design Studio.

CAPTION 2: Steve Hill shows how to cut glass at the Stained Glass Design Studio that opened this year on Washington Avenue.

PHOTOS BY LINDA SANDSMARK

 
Family Lawyer Celebrates Over 25 Years in San Leandro PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 13 July 2012 20:49

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PHOTO BY LINDA SANDSMARK

Longtime San Leandro Attorney Matthew J. Gonsalves (center) with his legal secretary Carolina Martinez (left) and bookkeeper Diane Madden.


By Linda Sandsmark
San Leandro Times


Longtime family lawyer and San Leandro native Matthew Gonsalves has moved his office from the Bal Theatre neighborhood to a newly-remodeled location on Estudillo Avenue.

Over the years, Gonsalves has used legal expertise and gentle humor to build up a successful practice in family law.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a relative,” he jokes.  “People like to fight with their family— I’m in court a lot.”

Kidding aside, Gonsalves’ new office offers a roomy, calming atmosphere, where he and his staff specialize in family law, divorce, child custody, spousal and child support, domestic violence, contract law, probate, wills, and more.

One specialty that sets Gonsalves’ law office apart from others is “Marvin Cases,” meaning non-marital cohabitation cases. (The name is taken from actor Lee Marvin, whose live-in girlfriend sued for spousal support when the couple split up.)

Gonsalves  assists non-married partners from being “thrown under a bus” when one person leaves or dies. Often there are as many children, property items and problems to sort out as with married couples.

“We want to continue combining small-firm personal attention and service with the technology and experience people associate with larger firms,” says Gonsalves.

Gonsalves himself was raised in San Leandro’s  Floresta Gardens neighborhood. He attended St. Alphonsus Elementary, Bancroft Middle School and San Leandro High (class of ’73).

From there he went to Cal State Hayward (now called Cal State East Bay) where he worked in student government and at the college’s radio station, KSUH. He moved to Fullerton to attend Western State School of Law and graduated in 1980.

“I took the bar in Long Beach, packed my car and came back to San Leandro. It seemed like a good idea at the time, although Orange County was a beautiful place. It was much smaller when I was there,” says Gonsalves.

His first job in the legal field was at the law offices of Simonian and Pretzer, becoming a partner within a few years. He became certified to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court in 1985— a step few local attorneys have taken.

In 1986, Gonsalves took over the law office of retiring attorney Stanley Block. He opened his own practice on the 14000 block of East 14th Street, where he remained for a quarter century.  

Last year he decided to go from being a renter to an owner, buying and remodeling the building where his practice now resides.

Staff members include legal secretary Carolina Martinez, bookkeeper Diane Madden, and paralegal Cortland Kirkeby. The staff is fluent in Spanish, including reading, writing and interpreting.

Gonsalves is active in the San Leandro community, especially the arts. He served on the board of directors for California Conservatory Theater  for over 20 years.

“We are well-connected with the community. If you have a problem, even if not necessarily legal in nature, we try to refer you to the right person or place,” he says.

The Law Offices of Matthew J. Gonsalves are located at 438 Estudillo Ave., between the Main Library and the fire station.  Call 351-5102 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.gonsalvesatty.com.

 

 
Longtime Restaurant Banchero’s Closes PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 07 June 2012 13:46

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PHOTO BY AMY SYLVESTRI

Banchero’s opened its doors in 1948, but owner John Banchero and his son Joe decided to close this week.

By Amy Sylvestri

San Leandro Times

After over 60 years serving Italian family-style meals in unincorporated Hayward, Banchero’s restaurant has closed.

Owner John Banchero said that closing has been on his mind for a long time, but he didn’t make the final decision until Monday night.

Banchero inherited the business at 20102 Mission Boulevard from his father and it has always stayed in the family. He said that he wanted to honor his father’s memory by “going out on top.”

“The building is getting old, I’m getting old and I just really felt it was the right time to let it go,” said Banchero. “There was a lot of soul-searching.”

Operating costs had gotten higher and higher and a big piece of kitchen equipment needed a costly repair and Banchero said that was the final straw. He called his staff in for a meeting on Tuesday, had his son cook them a big meal, and broke the news.

“It was a great meal, but no one really felt like eating, it was a somber mood,” said Banchero. “But I wanted them to hear it first. I wanted to let them know they should be proud to have been a part of a place that’s sort of legendary in Alameda County.”

Banchero said that he definitely doesn’t want to sell the business under the Banchero name but it’s too early to say what will become of the restaurant in the future.

Banchero said that business never suffered and they had many loyal customers until the end – and that he hopes those customers understand his decision.

“I know that people will miss us and I know there will be complaints, the phone is already ringing off the hook,” said Banchero. “It’s nice to know so many people care, but we had a good run.”

 
Get in Shape at the San Leandro Jazzercise Center PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 31 May 2012 14:23

053112bBy Linda Sandsmark

San Leandro Times

After setting up a Jazzercise franchise in Sunnyvale, where large computer companies call the shots, franchise owner Nicole Delbos has found San Leandro to be a breath of fresh air.

“San Leandro is such an easy town to do business in. It’s been so refreshing. They’re nice to small-business people here,” she says.

Delbos has been into Jazzercise for 18 years now. She’s been a dancer since childhood and discovered Jazzercise as a teenager.

“The best thing about Jazzercise is it’s a great activity if you like to dance or like aerobics. We have people in our classes from age 18 to 80,” she says. “Different exercise crazes come and go, but Jazzercise has been around over 40 years.”

Delbos loved the program so much that she bought her first franchise when she was 19 years old (with financial help from her grandfather).

She liked the fact that she didn’t have to make up her own choreography — the routines are the same nationwide.

Over the years she has become a businesswoman too, learning how to run facilities and hire instructors.

While most Jazzercise classes are given  in community centers or church halls, San Leandro has one of the few buildings that is used for Jazzercise exclusively. It is located next to Rite Aid on Mac Arthur Blvd. and features a cushy aerobic floor for participants, plus an excellent sound system.

Delbos bought out the previous owner in January 2012 when she heard the studio was available.

“My Sunnyvale store has been number one in Northern California since 2006,” says Delbos. “In the San Leandro location I’m focusing on growing the business and letting people know we’re here.”

Eight certified instructors work at the San Leandro center. Classes are given mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Instructor Yen Do has been teaching since 2007 and loves working there.

“Nicole is a great businesswoman,” says Do.  “She really makes things work here. Jazzercise is also good for busy people. You get in and out in an hour, unlike a gym where you may be waiting for machines for hours.”

The Jazzercise program includes 60 minutes of choreographed warm-ups, cardio, strength, and stretching routines.

The San Leandro studio offers low-impact and body sculpting classes as well. Classes are held as early as 5:45 a.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased for as little as one day or as long as twelve months. Check the website for specials at www.jazznicole.com.

For more information call Nicole Delbos at (408) 773-8660, or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . San Leandro Jazzercise Center is located at 1369 Mac Arthur Blvd., between Estudillo and Joaquin.


CAPTION: San Leandro Jazzercise’s certified instructor Yen Do leads a class in some warm-ups before their fun workout at the local studio.

PHOTO BY LINDA SANDSMARK

 

 

 


 
Woman Starts Montessori School on Doolittle Drive PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:32

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PHOTO BY LINDA SANDSMARK

Learning Clock Montessori preschool owner Feyrouze Chunara, (kneeling far left) joins her students, teachers and parent Ben Monroe (far right) in a classroom.

By Linda Sandsmark

San Leandro Times

Learning Clock Montessori Preschool on Doolittle Drive aims to create good citizens who are ready for life in the global world.

“The world is very competitive,” says the school’s new owner, Feyrouze Chunara. “They have to compete with children from Third-World countries, from China and India. These children are very competitive. I want to take children as far as they can go.”

Chunara  has always been passionate about education. She  has a M.S. in biochemistry and was teaching at a university in Pakistan before moving to the United States.

She and her husband have one son who is now 7 years old. He attends Head-Royce college preparatory school in Oakland, and Chunara  says she wants to bring that same high-caliber education to children in San Leandro.

“Once I had my son, my passion changed to preschool,” she says.

“I began taking early childhood  classes, and thought, ‘What better way to serve the community than to focus on children from birth through age five?’ One can have a significant impact to make sure we have good citizens, global citizens. If you do a good job at an early age, they’ll have their basics.”

Chunara took over an existing preschool site in November 2011, and has worked hard remodeling the interior and incorporating Montessori teaching methods to the preschool. She decided upon her teaching framework after comparing education here to that of children in Pakistan, and finding children there are more attentive and have better focus.

Parent Ben Monroe says he is pleased with the education his 3 1/2-year-old daughter Katie is receiving.

“She loves it here. She’s happy and well cared for.  She just read her first word — she walked up to the car and spelled ‘Tundra’,” says Monroe.

Preschoolers at the school learn their letters, numbers, colors and shapes at an early age. The children love to do their work but are not forced, Chunara says. The school also schedules fun activities and free time.  Youngsters have outdoor playtime in a spacious fenced-in yard, plus monthly themed celebrations.  Chunara says that parents can rest assured that children at Learning Clock will be safe, happy and learning.

Learning Clock Montessori is located at 13305 Doolittle Drive, near Marina Boulevard.  Hours are 6:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays.  Unlike many child care centers, the school only closes 11 days all year for holidays.  Children at the school range in age from infants through age six. The charge for 2- to 6-year-olds is $770 per month, including diaper changing and potty training. Call 357-1588 for more information.

 
Asian Cultural & Performing Arts Center Grand Opening PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:35

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Lion dancers performed at the grand opening ceremony.

Ms. Wei Asian Cultural & Performing Arts Academy located at 13730 Doolittle Drive (in the Marina Faire shopping center) in San Leandro hosted a grand opening ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Over 150 invited people arrived, including City Councilwomen Joyce Starosciak and Councilman Jim Prola, and a they all enjoyed a lion dance, perform by USA Kung Fu Studio Lion Dance Team.

The Academy focus on the training of Asian Dance and Cultural understanding to children of all ages and currently has about 75 students from their former location at The Marina Community Center for the past four years.

The Chief Instructor Ms. Shiang-Fen Wei is a graduate of National Taiwan University of Arts in Ballet and Chinese Dance. She was a Dance instructor for the famous dance troupe called “The Lan Yang Dancers” in Taiwan and led the dance troupe to performances in many countries around the world.

Today, she is the dance instructor for the Asian Dance classes in San Leandro Marina Community Center.

For more information, call 346-8889, or go to www.weidance.com.

 
Hotel, Restaurant Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Marina PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 01 March 2012 12:44

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The Marina Inn on San Francisco Bay and Horatio’s Restaurant held a Mardi Gras Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and plan to make it an annual event.

The hotel’s guests, business community and local residents were treated to beads and masks for a fun and festive time on Fat Tuesday on the bay.

Guests had a special menu prepared by Chef Ryan included bacon wrapped alligator eggs, peppers stuffed with prawns and cream cheese, Andouille sausage gumbo and fried-chicken poor-boy sliders.

Raffle prizes included night stays at The Marina Inn and rounds of golf donated by Monarch Bay Golf Course (across the street from the hotel and Horatio’s), massage gift certificates donated by Joie with Hairtrap, Shell gift cards, wine, and delicious appetizers donated by Horatio’s.

They also had $5 Mardi Gras drink specials including Hurricanes, Blue Flame and Mardi-Gria’s.

CAPTION: The Mardi Gras celebration at the San Leandro Marina included Marina Inn General Manager Audrey Velasquez, along with Jenelle Consaul and Janise Dawson.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MARINA INN

 
SL Company Creates New Invention to Purify Water PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:49

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San Leandro Times

A San Leandro company has been featured in Popular Science magazine (Dec. 2011) for creating one of the “100 Best Innovations of the Year.”

Under the Green Tech heading, Pasteurization Technology Group’s (PTG) methane-burning turbine water pasteurizer was given special attention as a game-changer in wastewater purification.

Company president Greg Ryan, Jr. has developed an elegant design. As solids in wastewater break down they give off the biogas  methane, which is burned off. It produces very hot exhaust air, up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Ryan’s invention harnesses that heat as a renewable energy source, reheating the wastewater as it cycles through the system a second time.

Using an air-to-water heat exchanger, the water temperature is raised high enough to pasteurize it (180 degrees). It is then clean enough to be re-used for watering golf courses, irrigating farms and the like.

PTG has a saying in the office: Pasteurization — It’s not just for milk.

“California is the largest agricultural producer in the world. What if everyone who could farm did farm?” says Ryan. “The economic impact would be huge. And it could be done with renewable energy, which means we could stop pulling coal and fossil fuels from the ground.”

Greg Ryan, Jr. was recently a panelist at the Water Tech Summit 2012 in Santa Clara. He discussed how food, beverage and agricultural industries can make the best use of their water flows.

Many communities use chlorine to treat their wastewater, which is both expensive and potentially polluting. Ryan’s system is energy-efficient enough to cost half the amount of chlorine treatment. The system can also generate electricity from the excess biogas, and can be used as a backup power source at water treatment plants. Up to 500,000 gallons per day can be disinfected by its PTG System X500 unit.

“It can get  them ‘off the grid’ and disinfect their water basically for free,” Ryan says. “What they call ‘waste’ is valuable.”

022312b2Greg Ryan, Jr. has worked in San Leandro for 20 years with his father (Greg Ryan, Sr.,) at  the family’s concentrated coffee company. Ryan’s father was the “idea man,” and  Ryan Jr. handled the nuts and bolts such as patent approvals and business plans.

His father recently sold the coffee company in preparation for retirement at age 75,  but was still coming up with new ideas. He’s the one who conceived this water pasteurization system.

“It was helpful that I had been through the patent process. I helped him mold this idea to fruition,” says Greg, Jr. “We’ve been riding one horse, getting off, and then onto another horse. Pasteurization is  a big business, and it feels good too. I know it will help leave a better world for my children and grandchildren.”

The year 2012 promises to be a big one for PTG. Wastewater treatment plants from countries around the globe  are showing interest— Canada, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea and England, to name a few. The company hired its first engineer in January 2012 and now has five employees.

Greg Ryan also attended the Blue Tech Forum, a water technology conference focused on solutions to water scarcity, rising energy costs and population growth. PTG won the forum’s “Best Go to Market Strategy” award for 2011. In addition, the system has passed  the Dept. of Health Services’  Title 22 testing, considered the gold standard for wastewater treatment.

Pasteurization Technology Group is a company to keep an eye on for the future, especially as the world’s aging wastewater treatment plants  are replaced. PTG reports “a healthy backlog of sales” as it enters 2012. On February 7, Pasteurization Technology Group announced that it has just raised $1 million in venture capital funding.

The company is located at 2995 Teagarden St., San Leandro, 357-0562. More information can be viewed at www.pastechgroup.com.

CAPTION 1: Pasteurization Technology Group’s  PTG System X500 unit disinfects wastewater efficiently and economically while producing renewable energy.

CAPTION 2: PTG President Greg Ryan, Jr. displays the  Blue Tech Forum award for the best “Go To Market” Strategy in 2011.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF PTG


 
Dental Hygienists Go Mobile To Take Care of Your Molars PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 February 2012 14:45

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Diversified Mobile Smiles dental hygienist Vicki Harris goes on the road to clean the teeth of shut-ins.

By Linda Sandsmark

San Leandro Times

A San Lorenzo High graduate and her best friend have teamed up to provide mobile professional teeth cleaning services to shut-ins, including the elderly, disabled and anyone else who is unable to come to a traditional dental office.

Their business, Diversified Mobile Smiles, Inc., travels to Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano, Marin and San Francisco counties.

Registered Dental Hygienists Vicki Harris and Claire Fleckles took an extra year of training in order to become Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice (RDHAP). The additional license allows them to visit patients in a variety of settings, from skilled nursing facilities and adult day care to private homes.

“We’ve been best friends since back in 1995,” says Harris, the San Lorenzo High grad. “We both worked in traditional dentist offices. Then we went back to school to become independent providers, and it’s been a wonderful thing. The program was down at West Los Angeles College, and once a month we drove to L.A. for the eight-month course.”

Demand for their services has grown so much during the interim that they are each on the road four to five days a week, sometimes working with a dozen patients at a location. They work gently and quickly, knowing many frail people can’t tolerate an open mouth for too long.

“A cleaning may take only a few minutes if the patient only has a few teeth,” says Harris. “Others may take longer, maybe 30  to 35 minutes.  We make sure to get all the tartar and bacteria out. Then most of the patient’s care will be what happens daily when they brush and floss.”

Services provided include dental cleanings with or without fluoride, oral assessments and cancer screenings, denture cleaning, and oral hygiene instructions modified for each individual. They accept Medi-Cal, Delta, and private pay.  A typical visit is a  $100 flat fee.

Groups such as Community Assistance for the Retarded and Handicapped (CARH) bring Diversified Mobile Smiles in to their activity center frequently, to make sure developmentally disabled clients have quality dental care.

“Convenience is everything,” says Fleckles, who has worked in dental offices since 1997. “We’re dedicated to providing concerned and comfortable dental hygiene care at a reasonable cost, in the comfort of the patient’s own home environment.”

Diversified Mobile Smiles may be reached by phone/fax  at 227-5804 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The mailing  address is 1271 Washington Ave., #810, San Leandro, 94577. Their website is: Diversifiedmobilesmiles.com.

 

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