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12 TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 - THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013 Cape Gazette Dr. Conley to retire early next year By Rachel Swick Mavity beach areas and knew when he rachel@capegazette,com settled down it would be near the water. Maplewood Dental welcomedWhile considering what area a new dentist to the practice of medicine to specialize in, when Dr. Dan Luckenbaugh, 29, Luckenbaugh met a dentist who joined the staff Aug. 1. Lucken- encouraged him to go back to baugh was hired as Maplewood school for dentistry, a suggestion prepares for the retirement of Dr. Luckenbangh soon took up. Thomas Conley, who expects to "I liked the technical as- leave the practice early next year. pect of dentistry because I like A pre-med graduate of Mes- working with my hands," said siah College in Mechanicsburg, Luckenbangh, who attended the Pa Luckenbaugh took two years University of Maryland School off to work as a builder in Berlin, of Dentistry, graduating in 2012. Md where his parents live. Luckenbaugh accepted a gen- He said he fell in love with the eral dentistry residency through Christiana Care in Wilmington. "The residency program al- lows you to network and get a feel for practices in the region," Luckenbangh said. "I heard about practices that were looking for people, and I sent out my re- sumes." Dr. Steve Wright of Maple- wood Dental said the practice has been expanding for years and started looking for a new dentist when they learned of Dr. Conley's plans to retire. "It was a good fit," Lucken- baugh said. "There is a huge need for dentists in this area." "He will do everything we do, which is everything except braces," Wright said. Luckenbaugh's wife, Meredith, is finishing up a pediatrics de- gree in Baltimore and will soon join him in the Cape Region. The couple plan to purchase a home in the Lewes or Rehoboth area in the coming year. "We want to be rooted in the PHOTO BY RACHEL SWICK MAVITY DR. DAN LUCKENBAUGH joined the Maplewood Dental staff Aug.1. Shown are (I-r) Luckenbaugh and Dr. Steve Wright of Maplewood Dental. community," Luckenbaugh said. awareness of oral healthcare. "I look forward to building rela- Maplewood Dental is at tionships with my new patients." 18913 John J. Williams High- Maplewood Dental's phi- way, Rehoboth Beach. For more losophy is to treat patients information or to make an ap- comprehensively and help raise pointment, call 302-645-6671. When recently crowned Miss for granted - whether just be- Delaware Rebecca Jackson walks ing able to walk or being able to out on the stage of the Miss have a normal conversation with America pageant Sunday, Sept. someone." 15, it will represent far more Rebecca's problems withLyme than her triumph over other disease first began when she contestants in her state - it will was a ninth-grader at Unionville mark her overcoming debilitat- High School in Kennett Square, ing Lyme disease. Pa. Her family had gone out for The 21-year-old University a birthday dinner for her mother, of Delaware student, named by Suzanne, when Suzanne noticed Lyme Research Alliance as its that half of her daughter's face Person of the Month, not only was drooping. dealt with a severe bout of Lyme Although Rebecca showed seven years ago that left her "a no visible signs of Lyme dis- shell of myself"-unable to walk ease, such as a bull's-eye rash and read for months - but she (less than 50 percent of those was infected again last summer infected develop one), her partial and needed to undergo addi- facial paralysis (also known as tional treatments. Bell's palsy) can be a symptom of "Without a doubt, going Lyme. Sure enough, Rebecca was through Lyme disease was the diagnosed with the illness and worst experience of my life," Says put on antibiotics that appeared Jackson, who will be entering to clear up the problem. her senior year as a vocal per- BUt by Thanksgiving, Rebecca formance major after she takes was experiencing severe fatigue. a year off for Miss Delaware Soon, she had"s vere migraines, (or, hopefully, Miss America) swollen knees, uncontrollable duties. "But it's made me who I shaking of my hands and legs, am today. I never take anything and I felt like I had bugs crawling through my body." fessional opera singer and a was terrible." She could hardly walk, had certified yoga instructor, reiect- Today Rebecca is prepared to difficulty sleeping, and, since her ed those theories and decided to strut her stuff on the Miss Amer- eyesight was also affected, she take Rebecca to see Dr. Charles ica stage in Atlantic City, N.J. could no longer read. Ray Jones, MD, a leading pe- Having recovered from Lyme, "My body wasn't my own,"diatric Lyme disease doctor in and determined to make every she says. Connecticut. day count, she is focused on She remembers Christmas that Jones treated Rebecca for a helping the nation's 400,000 chip year as a time when she was in year. In addition, Suzanne re- dren in the foster care system. severe pain, and by January she searched all potentially helpful Foster children have double the could no longer go to school, treatments and put Rebecca on a rates of depression, post-trau- gluten-sugar-dairy-free diet, sup- matic stress disorder and anxiety "GOING THROUGH LYME plements to build the immune than the average population. MADE ME THE PERSON I AM system, a regimen of chiroprac- Rebecca has worked on several TODAY. I URGE ANYONE WITH tic, massage and Reiki healing projects aimed at using music modalities, and also designed and yoga to bring confidence, THIS DISEASE TO APPRECIATE a special yoga program for her joy and self-esteem to foster kids. LITTLE VICTORIES IN THEIR daughter. She is also happy to discuss By April, Rebecca was show- her Lyme disease experience and DAY AND NEVER GIVE UP ing signs of improvement,reach out to those suffering from HOPE." Working with tutors at home, she the illness. managed to pass her ninth-grade "There's no quick fix for Lyme - REBECCA JACKSON classes the day before grade 10 disease, and it's very easy to get MISS DELAWARE classes began. Rebecca said she wrapped up in your illness," she Rebecca soon found some finally felt completely better by says. people thought she was de- the end of her senior year of "But going through Lyme pressed, being a hypochondriac high school. Yet when she was made me the person I am today. or simply a troubled teenager infected again last summer and I urge anyone with this disease to crying out for attention, feel sick, "I relived all appreciate little victories in their Suzanne's mother, a pro-that I had gone through before. It day and never give up hope." Local caregiver awarded Angel of the Month for July Visiting Angels has given Ju- lianna Willette of Milford its Employee Angel of the Month Award for ]uly. The home care company pro- vides services to help seniors and disabled aduks remain inde- pendent and in their own homes for a better quality of life. Willette, one of Visiting An- gels' youngest employees at Julianna Willette Visiting Angels, said, "Julianna Visiting Angels rewards em- came highly recommended by ployees based on their customer Trisa and quickly became one of care and willingness to step in to 23, has been at Milford, where she met and our most requested caregivers." meet the agency's needs, even on working as worked with Trisa Lewes, Visit- Julianna is one of more than . short notice. "We're pleased to a c ar e give r ing Angels' office manager, who 70 Visiting Angels employees have Julianna as one of our very since age 17.was then the food service direc- throughout Sussex County who best employees," said Forman. S h e e ar n e d tor at the assisted living facility, assist with hygiene, light house- "Our angels are the face and im- her CertifiedWillette has extensive experi- keeping including laundry and age of our company, and we only Nursing As- ence caring for people suffering linens, preparing meals, running employ those who we would sistant license from Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, errands, and providing corn- trust with our own families," as an 18-year- stroke and other diseases requir- panionship in the home and on For more information, call 302- 01d working ing full hands-on personal care. errands and appointments with 329-9475 or visit visitingangels. at Heritage David Forman, president oftheir care recipients, com/sussexde.