Murphy and Bailey won the "Take your dog to work" Contest!

We celebrated “Take Your Dog to Work Day” ( on June 24th this year by having our patients vote on which dog(s) should come to work with their owners.  We had 9 employees enter the contest with their pooches – we put up a poster with all of the photos on it and had the patients vote.  And the winner was Murphy and Bailey, owned by Jim and Karen Hall!  Runners-up were Berkeley, a yellow Labrador retriever owned by Kerry Feuerhaken, and Tily, a pug, owned by Carol Hart.  We actively talked with patients about adopting a pet from the SPCA and also gave a monetary donation to the  Santa Cruz SPCA in honor of the day!  Check out if you think you can help either by donating time, money or adopting a dog in need.

Bailey helped Karen by answering the phone!

Sydney, Ruby, Rosie Mae, Bullet, Power Ranger and Princess got high numbers but not enough to spend a day at the office doing orthodontics!  As you can see, the dogs got to answer the phone, listen to music, and even get their teeth cleaned (just kidding).  A good time was had by all and, for the most part, Bailey stayed on Karen’s lap behind the front desk most of the day while she worked, greeting those who wanted to give or receive a dog hug.  We believe a good time was had by all!

Murphy enjoyed watching TV with headphones!

Murphy gets ready to join dad for an Orthodontic visit!

Dr. Joiner and his wife, Roberta, are attending the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Session in Chicago, Il from May 13 – 17, 2011. They are attending lectures on many orthodontic topics, keeping up with the latest treatment options for braces and Invisalign, learning about orthodontic research results and also having a little fun! Dr. Joiner was invited to model in the 1st Annual Fashion Show at the meeting – below are a couple of videos of his “performance”. He had a lot of fun with it, and at the same time, attendees were able to see the latest trends in orthodontic uniforms, as well as what NOT to wear to the office (from the other models)! We hope to share a laugh with you in these short videos . . .

Dr. Joiner models old and new uniform fashions

Dr. Joiner models again . . .

At Joiner Orthodontics, our number one concern is our patients. No matter what time of year or type of contact sport, make sure your kids are properly protected. We support the American Association of Orthodontics during Sport Safety month in their efforts to help raise awareness among parents and patients to increase the use of facial protection in youth sports in the Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola and Scotts Valley area.

Watch this video created by the AAO about the importance of wearing mouth guards and protective gear when playing contact sports.