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The prospect of having to get a filling – in a front tooth no less – would be enough to have many adults shaking in their boots. 

However, for little Hope Musteric, of Pemberville, the procedure was a piece of cake.

“It was good,” the 4-year-old said, adding that if she ever had to get another filling from her dentist, Dr. Shawn Thompson, “it would be ok.”
Before Hope’s appointment at Dr. Thompson’s Pemberville office, her mom, Cindy, prepared her youngest child, telling her they were going to the dentist as usual and that it would be “no big deal.”

Musteric wasn’t sugar-coating or stretching the truth; she knew Dr. Thompson would be using the Solea CO2 Dental Laser, meaning there would be no needles, no drilling (and scary noises) and no pain.

For Karen Willinger, a community counselor with Family Links Counseling in Toledo, combining her love of helping people with her love of helping animals is a job made in heaven.

Willinger, who was raised in Genoa and graduated from Genoa High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from the University of Toledo.

She has also received extensive training in Animal Assisted Therapy and has fostered dogs in the past for Assistance Dogs of America. Willinger would foster and train dogs that would go on to help persons with a disability.

Unison Behavioral Health Group, in partnership with Mercy Health and support from the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, is announcing the creation of a treatment facility to address the growing opioid addiction issue in Toledo.

Unison will open a subacute detoxification unit to provide medically supervised detoxification services. Unison will develop space at 1212 Cherry St. to support an inpatient subacute detoxification unit which will complement already existing outpatient treatment services at this facility.

Unison will enhance its clinical partnership with Mercy Health to develop clinical programs and services to serve adult, chemically dependent men and women. The new 16 resident unit will include both private and two-person rooms.


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