Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook

Austin Smiles’ Facebook page was stuck at just under 500 likes.  It would slowly creep from 492 to 493.  Each new like caused a “yippee” in the office.  So today at 498, we asked our Facebook followers to ask 2 people to like our page.  I don’t know why, but 500 seemed like a magic number, a nice round number that we wanted to obtain.  So, just shy of 2 hours after our plea, we received the elusive 500th like.  Yay!   Now why do we want to succeed on Facebook?  And, how can we keep the interest? For a non-profit, a successful Facebook page brings awareness to a cause.  One can quickly reach many people in a relatively short amount of time.   For Austin Smiles, the visibility and buzz generated from our Facebook page let’s people know that we are a) not a dental office and b) are not Operation Smiles. It shows people that we are Austin Smiles, the...

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our wonderful mothers! “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” ~Rudyard Kipling Feliz día de las madres a todas nuestras madres maravillosas! “Dios no podía estar en todas partes, y por lo tanto hizo madres”. ~Rudyard Kipling San Salvador, El Salvador San Salvador, El Salvador Austin Smiles’ local cleft team Holiday Party Austin Smiles’ local cleft team Family Picnic Guatemala City, Guatemala Matagalpa, Nicaragua Austin Smiles’ local cleft team Family Picnic

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Dr. Rick Parker receives national Physician of the Year Award

Alpharetta, Ga., Feb. 15, 2013—Dr. Rick Parker, a practicing plastic surgeon at the Austin Plastic Surgery Institute, has been selected by as its inaugural domestic service honoree in the Mission:MD Physician of the Year Awards. The annual awards program honors physicians who donate their time to help underserved patients in the United States and abroad gain access to critically-needed healthcare services. For his service to cleft palate patients in the Central Texas area and in missions abroad to Latin America, will donate $10,000 in Dr. Parker’s honor to Austin Smiles, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing reconstructive plastic surgery, primarily cleft lip and palate repairs, to the children of Austin and the 10 county area surrounding Austin and in Latin America. The award will be presented to Dr. Parker on Wed., Feb. 13 at the Texas Hospital Association annual meeting. In 1977, Dr. Parker helped to form the Central Texas Cleft Lip/Palate multidisciplinary team, now housed within...

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