Meet Julissa. She’s 16. Julissa and her family have been going through some tough times lately. Julissa’s father passed away not long ago, leaving Julissa’s mother, Maricruz, to support 5 children in tough economic times.
Julissa is a good kid. She is quiet but very smart, humble and mature. She is interested in fashion and design. She gets good grades in school. Being the oldest of 5 children, Julissa feels a lot of responsibility for her family.
Recently, Julissa fell and broke her front tooth, which required a root canal. However, her doctor was not able to finish fixing the tooth because it is in a difficult position and needs to be straightened or it will break again, and Julissa may lose her tooth.
Julissa was referred to 1st Family Dental of Elgin to see our Board-Certified Orthodontist, Dr. Ramzi Duaibis. Dr. Duaibis confirmed that Julissa would need braces in order to get her teeth into a position where they could be repaired. Julissa and her mom were hoping that her treatment would be covered with assistance from the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS), but unfortunately her case was not approved by the state.
While in our office, Julissa told our staff that she did not want to get braces because it would cost the family too much when things were already tough. She was polite but firm – Julissa insisted that her mother use her resources on the family, rather than her. Julissa’s quiet determination and selflessness both humbled and inspired our staff and doctors. We had an opportunity to help such a wonderful young woman who was prepared to sacrifice so much without a second thought for herself.
Follow Julissa’s story through her videos. In , Julissa tells us about herself, and how she came to find 1st Family Dental. Julissa is truly an inspiration to all of us!