Outer East Portland dentist serves his patients … barbecue!

Most dental patients only get a toothbrush and check-up reminder card from their provider. See why “Doctor Dave” does more – by hosting a family-style picnic …

Dr. David Carothers – his practice is in the medical office building, just north of Adventist Medical Center – serves his patients a hot BBQ lunch at Oaks Park.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
As the sun peeked out from behind the morning clouds on Sunday, July 27, a goodly-sized group gathered in a picnic area at Oaks Amusement Park.

Under the tent were folks – ranging in age from elderly to tykes – enjoying hot dogs, hamburgers, and BBQ chicken. The one thing they all had in common was a beautiful, gleaming smile.

“I’m hosting a patient-appreciation picnic,” explained Dr. David Carothers DDS. “Been doing this for ten years.”

Carothers said he expected 350 folks at the summertime event.

Patient and dessert chef Kathy Fant shows us some of the homemade cookies she brought to the event.

“Really, it’s a big, big family picnic. All of my staff members are here helping out, as are my wife and her parents,” Carothers said. “This year, Delbert, the husband of a staff member, is singing and entertaining; later we’ll play bingo. And, everyone gets a wrist-band to ride the rides here at Oaks Park.”

The dentist said his only motivation for hosting the event was to “return the favor” to his patients. “I have a lot of loyal patients who see me and my staff for their dental needs. This is a way to give back to those who trust and support our practice.”

If you want to learn more about Dr. Carother’s practice, just CLICK HERE.

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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