Monday, February 8, 2010

The Gymnast-Ortho Patient

Hi everyone, today we have a special blog about a former patient here at Vardy Orthodontists named Rachel De La Torre. Rachel is a sophomore at Professional Children School as well as a talented gymnast. She got into gymnastics at her cousin's birthday party when she was 3 1/2 years old. The coach said that if she could not keep up she would have to sit out but, Rachel proved to be naturally talented at the sport and kept up just fine. After the party was over, the coach approached Rachel's mother, inquiring that Rachel took up gymnastics. And so it was done. To this day, Rachel loves "learning new skills, the thrill, traveling and competing, [her] friends, meeting new people, and actually doing something. If i didn't have gymnastics I probably just be sitting around not doing much. [laughs]" She's placed 3rd all around level 9 championships and 3rd all around beam level 9 Easter Championships. "I want to go to college on a gymnastics scholarship but I'm not sure where yet", in the mean time, her next step is level 10 nationals.
To show how proud we are of her, we have a picture of Rachel, when she was 12 years old, in the office performing on bars. "It's cool for people to see me", she says. She heard about Dr. Vardy "through friends, everyone was going to her, and people said that she was good with kids." Although she went through two years of braces and being called "Brace Face #2" in class, she says " It was definitely worth it. I'm glad i came here too. Dr. Vardy's the best. She's fun and makes the experience good. The staff is awesome too! I loved the video aspect [patients may watch their favorite movies while getting worked on in the chair] and changing the colors of my bands was fun too."
Along with gymnastics, Rachel loves to sing. We have high hopes for her and wish her all the best in her future, whichever path she may choose.

Best Always xoxo,

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