Dr. Scott Runnels Orthodontics offers Patient Rewards

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 03:22 PM.

“The ‘Hang Ten Team’ is where our kids that are not quite ready for braces become a part of a club that makes them feel a part of the office,” said Melissa Fuller, clinical coordinator at Dr. Scott Runnels Orthodontics. 

“We start screening children at age seven, not for braces, but just to see if we can help with the arch development,” Fuller added.

Patients in active treatment can earn points by maintaining excellent oral hygiene, no broken braces, wearing their appliances as instructed and more.

When exploring what do with the program, Runnels who’s had his practice in Destin for 14 years, got the idea to create a card system for the kids to accumulate points because “all adults love having a credit card.”

 “I couldn’t really come up with a great design,” Runnels said of the challenge to find the perfect background for the rewards card. “In that time period, I turned 40 and Houston (Thackeray) painted a picture for me and I had it in the office. And I walked by and said ‘you know, that would be a great design for the card.’ ”

Runnels’ birthday was in February. He has known his patient Houston Thackeray, 11, all his life.

The 11 year old’s painting of a surfer riding a rolling wave was an especially great design for the card since it incorporates Runnels’ passion for the sport.

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