High Peaks Dental, Julie Kramer honored by BPW

PERU - The Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women's Club has named its honorees for Employer of the Year and Business Woman of the Year.

High Peaks Dental and Julie A. Kramer were given the recognition, respectively, during a ceremony at Cricket's Restaurant Oct. 27.

High Peaks Dental, with practices in Lake Placid and Plattsburgh, was nominated by Madeline R. Morrissey, Westport, who serves as office manager. Morrissey credited Drs. Michael T. O'Connor, William P. Caldon, and Donnon "D.J." O'Neill for being responsive to her needs as an employee. She particularly referred to her experience after suffering a stroke in April 2003, which resulted in her being hospitalized at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass.

"The support I received from the doctors was overwhelming," Morrissey wrote in her nomination letter. "They were flexible with my schedule and they went above and beyond to accommodate my needs. I truly feel the obstacles that they helped me overcome helped me in my recovery."

The doctors also emphasize the importance of continuing education and encourage their employs to do so when possible, she added. Morrissey had a General Educational Development (GED) certificate when she started at High Peaks Dental, but, with help from the doctors, she went back to high school and received her diploma and has begun attending continuing education courses and attended business and professional training.

The dedication to their employees also extends to their patients, Morrissey continued. The doctors continue to strive for being on the cutting edge of dentistry to provide better service for them, she noted. Their commitment also led to the founding of Dentistry from the Heart NY, an organization which has provided $40,000 in free dental care to adults in need in the North Country. The practice also goes to local schools and health fairs emphasizing the importance of dental health.

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