My Favorite Month

Dr. Auvenshine Updated Headshot 112015December is my favorite month of the year, mainly because it is the celebration month for the birth of Christ as well as all of the special events surrounding the Christmas Holidays. As we approach the end of 2015, let me thank you again for your support and patronage of the practice and the success that we have had this year. 2015 was a difficult year for all of us, particularly here in Houston. We have seen a dramatic downturn in the economy with numerous people dealing with job loss and pay cuts. However, keeping our eyes on “the goal” is what Houstonians are historically known for. We are a resilient population. We are truly multicultural and we draw strength from one another particularly in these difficult times.

The Christmas celebration is a very important time for me. Many of my most favorite memories are associated with Christmas. I can remember as a child how excited we would get on Christmas Eve. It was almost impossible to go to sleep because we knew that Santa Claus would be visiting our house and would leave that “perfect gift” under the tree. Now that I am older, I fondly remember my family traditions, with my mother and sisters baking in the kitchen and preparing a special meal for Christmas Day. All of these things have a warm spot in my heart. I cherish the memories of Christmas past but look forward to the future.

As we look forward to the new year, Dr. Pettit and I will continue to be busy promoting TMD in the dental community. On the 15th and 16th of January, I will travel to New Orleans to visit with Dr. Henry Gremillion.  Dr. Gremillion is the Dean of LSU School of Dentistry and one of my former students. Dr. Gremillion and I have remained very close friends through the years . We will meet to discuss a more active role for me in the teaching curriculum at LSU. As you know, I received my PhD in Human Anatomy from LSU Medical School. For five years, I taught in both the medical and dental schools before moving to Houston in 1978. Dr. Gremillion also studied under my mentor, Dr. Parker Mahan, at the University of Florida. Since Dr. Mahan’s death, Dr. Gremillion has wanted to establish an Orofacial Pain residency program at LSU School of Dentistry. We have talked about this project for several years. However, I just have not had the time to devote to the development of the program. Now that Dr. Pettit has joined our practice, this gives me more latitude for doing special things. I will be giving you more information regarding this project as time goes on. Do not worry, I am not moving from Houston nor do I plan to go full-time on the LSU faculty. I am, however, looking forward to reducing my hours in the practice and having someone responsible, like Dr. Pettit, fill the vacancy when I’m away. I do plan to remain actively involved in the practice for years to come.

Dr. Pettit and I will be continuing to work on a new textbook project. I will be writing a chapter on human embryology in a textbook to be published, hopefully, in 2017. Dr. Pettit and I finished 14 chapters in a dental radiology textbook in December. Hopefully that will be published sometime in 2016. There are other articles that we plan to write; therefore, we plan to be very busy doing a lot of library work.

As you can see we continue to be actively involved in pursuing continuing education for myself, Dr. Pettit, and the staff. It is our goal here at MedCenter TMJ to provide you with the very best care possible. We do feel that we have superior technology and our goal is to continue to lead the dental community in TMD and Orofacial Pain. You are our most valuable asset and we will continue to work diligently to maintain your trust and support.


Ronald C. Auvenshine, DDS, PhD

Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain

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