Holistic Smile Ranch Dentistry Stresses Overall Healing
Dec 29, 2017 08:53PM
By Sheila Julson
Dr. Robin Abramczyk
While growing up outside Beaumont, Dr. Robyn Abramczyk, of Smile Ranch Dentistry, always knew she wanted to be a doctor. When she was 10 years old, Abramczyk was in a severe auto accident, and endured multiple oral surgeries, which made her fearful of the dentist’s office. However, the experience later inspired her to enter the dentistry profession and strive to create a comforting, spa-like ambiance at her holistic based practice.
During her teens and college years while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Baylor University, Abramczyk continued a long-time interest in healthy living and taught fitness classes. She went on to graduate school at the University of Texas Health Science Center, in Houston, where she studied human and molecular genetics and retinal diseases. Her master’s thesis covered genetic eye conditions.
Throughout college, her social sphere included people interested in natural living, and a friend introduced her to essential oils. Abramczyk also connected with dental students and became intrigued with pursuing dentistry. “I gathered more information, and the more I learned about dentistry, I fell in love with it and knew that I wanted to pursue that work,” she reflects.
After graduating from Baylor College of Dentistry in 2010, Abramczyk practiced dentistry for a year with a group practice before opening Smile Ranch in 2011. While she initially offered allopathic [traditional] dentistry, an encounter with a patient that requested mercury amalgam filling removal through specific International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) protocol prompted Abramczyk to research the hazards of metals in dentistry. At first, she was a bit skeptical. “But then I went to these websites, and the more I learned, I thought, ‘Hmm, maybe amalgam and fluoride is not safe,’” she says.
Her research on amalgam safety coincided with a Holistic Dental Association meeting in Dallas in 2014, so she decided to attend. “It completely changed my outlook and my approach to dentistry,” she enthuses. “After that meeting, I removed all fluoride treatments from my practice and jumped head-first into biological dentistry.”
Abramczyk’s main specialty is now mercury amalgam removal. She follows IAOMT and Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique protocols, and also does faculty review for dentists that want to receive IAOMT certification. “Materials in a patient’s mouth can be very hazardous, and some people are more affected by heavy metals than others,” Abramczyk notes. “When biological dentists restore teeth, they use biocompatible materials that are not harmful to the patient.”
Other services include sedation dentistry provided by a certified anesthesiologist; laser frenectomy, a procedure used to correct a congenital condition for tongue or lip-tied infants; ozone dentistry; thermal BioScans, which include a consult with Dr. Rebeca Gracia to learn about natural detoxification after having mercury amalgams removed; and platelet-rich plasma therapy, a procedure in which platelets are taken from the patient's own blood and used in procedures to promote healing after dental procedures.
Smile Ranch also has an acupressurist and a massage therapist on staff to help patients relax before and after procedures. Essential oil diffusers and salt lamps are placed throughout the office, and patients can enjoy complementary organic vegetable juice and kefir after procedures. There are also supplements available for purchase. Homeopathy is used for anxiety, radiation exposure, pain and discomfort and many other conditions.
Abramczyk is a lifelong Christian and a board certified naturopathic physician. She and her staff believe that the patient is the ultimate doctor, and that God created all beings to be healthy and functional. “We’re very supportive of natural processes, instead of administering medicines that suppress or halt normal physiology,” she relates. “True healing addresses the spiritual and emotional components of our being. Even in psychology, emotional or spiritual disease can make us physically ill, so it’s very important to tap into that to help us be well-balanced people.”
As one who truly loves her job, Abramczyk is grateful every day that she felt guided to the dentistry profession. “God has given each of us a unique and special gift, and this is mine. I continue to nourish it, and it just continues to grow. I find like-minded people to work alongside me to do what we do—help people heal.”
Smile Ranch Dentistry is located at 6700 Horizon Rd., in Heath. For more information, call 972-772-7645 or visit SmileRanchDentistry.com.
Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.