Baohua Zhang, DMD, PC --- T. J. Thibodeau, DDS
Dentistry For Chickens and Other Sensitive People© was begun on April Fool's Day, 1971, here at Queen Anne's Corner in Norwell, by Dr. Ted Thibodeau, a 1968 graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry (CLICK HERE and HERE) in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Ted Thibodeau, DDS (Doctor T) grew up in Quincy, attended B. C. High and Boston College, and after graduating from dental school (click to see Our Hero hard at work in the Georgetown clinic) he spent two professionally broadening and interesting years as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Naval Reserve Dental Corps (CLICK HERE) assigned to Naval Hospital #5 in South Philadelphia as a staff dentist. He returned to the South Shore and settled in Scituate in 1971 (CLICK HERE) with his four offspring, now grown and moved out into the world, and the Lovely Lady Alice. There they continue to live, happily ever after...
As noted on the "Welcome" page, Dr. T. attempted to "fully" retire a while ago, but found that after a little over one year completely away from dentistry, he actually missed its challenges--and his flock of "chickens". Fortunately, Dr. Zhang was willing to welcome him back to the Norwell practice part-time, and so he is happily "back in the saddle" almost every Tuesday for the forseeable future. (If things get busy enough, that could expand to include Wednesdays as well...)
Dr. Baohua Zhang, DMD ("Dr. Z.) was born and raised in China. She graduated from Beijing Medical College in 1984 with a degree in Dentistry. She then began her dental career in the general dental practice at Hebei Workers' Medical College Hospital. In 1991, after further advanced study, she received her M.S. degree in Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery from the Peking Union Medical College. Dr. Zhang worked as an Oral Surgeon in the college hospital for two years, then came to the United States.
From 1994 through mid-2000 she worked for Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc. as a researcher, and then at Boston University School of Medicine as an Associate Scientist until early 2001. After this academic "time out" from dentistry, during which Dr. Zhang earned her U. S. citizenship, she found that she missed direct patient care. So, she applied for admission to Tufts University Dental School to become credentialled in this, her adopted country. In May, 2003, she was granted her D.M.D., receiving an award for "High Clinical Achievement".
Following her Tufts graduation, Dr. Zhang practiced general dentistry as a part-time associate in a large Boston group practice. In late 2004, she became proud owner of a long established two-days-a-week general practice in Canton, which she continues to maintain very successfully with the help of the long-time staff who have chosen to stay on with her there--and occasionally help out in Norwell. Recently she has been pursuing her interest in the installation and subsequent restoration of dental implants for selected cases.
Dr. Zhang is married to Dr. Sheng Wang, a professor at Boston University Medical School, and they are the proud parents of a young son. Her rare spare time is occupied with parenting, and weekly diction lessons to continue improving her English pronunciation--as she says, not an easy task for one born, raised and educated in China!
The theme of this practice did not start out as Dentistry for Chickens . That concept gradually emerged over the years as Dr. T's patient-base grew. He seemed to attract many people who saw themselves as chickens--and they referred others of a similar mind-set, and somehow most of them felt at home here. Happily, that continues to this day.
This is a
very patient-centered practice, but suited to our individual
personalities and temperaments. We try to make it be an
island of serenity in a world of chaos
environment with frequent laughter and a lot of mutual
respect and affection. Dr. T. originally designed this
office--and with the help of many people gradually developed
the decor and the style--to look and feel
noticeably different from traditional dental
offices. With the coming of Dr. Z., it continues to evolve
and has been modernized to be an appropriate setting for a
21st century practice. Dr. Z. and Dr. T. and our staff all
share the wish that people will always feel comfortably
welcomed in this warm and friendly environment. We
also enjoy spending our days in pleasant
surroundings, working with relaxed, happy patients, helping
them reach a shared goal: their preferred dental
future of health, comfort, effective function and
attractive appearance. Since
the beginning, many developments and improvements
in methods, systems and materials have been
incorporated into the practice--and that process
continues. Digital computerized x-rays; the WAND
anesthetic delivery system; Lasers; High-tech
dental Imaging; Implants for minimally-invasive
replacement of lost/missing teeth--comfortably,
esthetically and permanently; NTI Bite Guards to
prevent the damage caused by night-time grinding
and clenching, and to help control Migraine-type
headaches; the wonders of Cosmetic Dentistry--the
list keeps growing! (Jackhammers, however, are no
longer considered to be state-of-the-art in modern
Since the beginning, many developments and improvements in methods, systems and materials have been incorporated into the practice--and that process continues. Digital computerized x-rays; the WAND anesthetic delivery system; Lasers; High-tech dental Imaging; Implants for minimally-invasive replacement of lost/missing teeth--comfortably, esthetically and permanently; NTI Bite Guards to prevent the damage caused by night-time grinding and clenching, and to help control Migraine-type headaches; the wonders of Cosmetic Dentistry--the list keeps growing! (Jackhammers, however, are no longer considered to be state-of-the-art in modern dentistry...)
As a result of this nurturing, accepting atmosphere--which in its simplest terms consists mainly of just being nice to people, accepting them as they are and dealing with them as we would like to be dealt with--many of our patients have been with us for a lot of years. And now, some of their children are even bringing their children!
SPEAKING OF CHILDREN--you may be wondering how we feel about "Little People". ** to find out... (SHORT ANSWER: WE LIKE 'EM!)
A Taste Of Our Philosophy ...
From the beginning, the goal of this practice has been EXCELLENCE. Dr. Z. and Dr. T. continue on that quest. We cannot achieve perfection in this life, but we certainly can grasp at excellence: technical excellence, service excellence, caring excellence. One nice thing about excellence is--it is a moving target. It is always possible to achieve a little more excellence. There is always room to grow, to improve. And there is also room to breathe, to allow for the reality of our human frailties: some days are a bit more excellent than others, and some are a little less. As long as we give it our best try each and every day, honestly and truly, the result can only be--excellent.
Because of this fundamental commitment to excellence, over the past many years we have chosen not to be participating providers in any so-called managed-care insurance schemes. In our opinion, the underlying philosophy of these HMO's, PPO's and similar organizations did not seem to match up with our personal and professional goals. However, the reality of the current recession economy has prompted us to adjust some of our attitudes. It seems that we are all in the same shaky boat at present, and it is appropriate for us ALL to do what we can to keep it afloat. Because of this, we are investigating the possibility of becoming Mass Health providers, and possibly connecting with one or more of the more reputable PPOs as well--if we can do so without compromising our principles. (See the About Insurance page for more information.)
People (sensitive, chickens, or just very selective) who can recognize the difference between average and excellent, and who seek out and value excellent, continue to be our preferred clients. Those few people who cannot recognize that difference, or who do not care, probably belong in some other office.
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