June 2019 Newsletter

The Sawrie Orthodontics team's top priority is to provide patients with the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-based, gentle environment. We are at the forefront in orthodontic technical advances, utilizing the most efficient and cosmetically attractive appliances available. 

 Getting to know Jana Townson, Co-Pilot in the Lab at Sawrie Orthodontics

Jana Townson brings so much energetic fun to the patients and staff at Sawrie Orthodontics! Jana started for us on July 25 of last year and is a Registered Dental Assistant with several years of experience. Jana is the Co-Pilot in our Lab, working extensively on retainers. She is in charge of our 3D Printing, ensuring scans are properly completed.




"I love having the 3D Printer with advanced technology for our lab," Jana said. 

"This gives us a much faster turnaround and more accurate retainers. We can order specialized appliances from the scans, making sure everything fits precisely," she explained. 

By having the 3D Printer, patients have a much more comfortable experience. There are no molds and it's completely, it's very quick and incredibly accurate. 


In addition to the lab, Jana also helps with adjustments and bandings. "My favorite thing is being able to watch the patients' confidence change as their smile improves. Sometimes people get bullied over their teeth...what we do truly changes their lives. It's so fun to see them blossom like a butterfly. Their confidence improves as their smile improves and we love seeing the amazing end result," Jana exclaimed! 

Jana is great with kids and adults alike. She loves her amazing work family and truly admires Dr. Daniel. "He expects a lot of us because he does such great work. He treats us wonderfully and is incredibly genuine. I know he would always be there if we needed anything and treats us like his family," Jana explained. 


"I love being able to dress up with my co-workers. We are all friends who really have a great time together at work. We have a lot of fun and I am looking forward to the Back-to-School Bash on Signal Mountain again this year," Jana said. 

Jana and her husband, Zack, live in Lookout Valley with their three children: JayLynn is 9, Paysley is 7 and Bowen is 18 months.  

We are so happy to have Jana as part of the Sawrie Orthodontics family!!! 



As Summertime approaches, we encourage you to get active! Summer in the Chattanooga area is nothing short of amazing and activities are abound! Soak up some fun with your family as you enjoy our gorgeous city and all it has to offer! 

Get Outside & Exercise

Pick one outdoor activity - going on a hike, taking a nature walk, playing games such as tag with your kids, or swimming - to shed that cooped up feeling of gym workouts.

Be Good to Your Eyes

Wearing sunglasses when outdoors can block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, and also wrinkles around your eyes.

Stay Hydrated

With the heat in the 90's and soaring, it's very easy to get dehydrated. Be sure to drink a lot of water! Also, make sure your kids are doing the same. It's hard to stop them while playing, but they are moving and sweating, so get them to drink up! Popsicles and other frozen treats are a fun way to help stay hydrated. 

Wear Sunscreen

Be sure you wear a good sweat and water proof sunscreen that blocks the sun's dangerous rays. Don't forget to re-apply frequently! 

Explore Chattanooga

Get out and discover what all Chattanooga has to offer! From Lookouts baseball games, the TN Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum and the Chattanooga Ducks, to fabulous restaurants and local shopping, there's something for everyone right in your own backyard. Have a stay-cation and enjoy the Scenic City! Looking for more activities, check out's list of things to do: 




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 Congrats to our "My Teacher Rocks" Contest Winner!!!

We asked for our awesome patients to nominate a favorite teacher who really impacted their lives this year. Meet our winner!!

Mrs. Barto was nominated by our patient, Amara Wessels. Mrs. Barto teaches at Collegedale Adventist Middle School and was thrilled to be chosen as our winner! She received a spa gift card and a gift basket full of teacher supplies. She and her class also enjoyed a delicious cookie cake! Amara's sweet note about Mrs. Barto was also framed and presented to her. Congratulations!!! 



Sawrie Summer Vacation Contest!!

Be on the lookout for our newest chance to be a winner... the Sawrie Summer Vacay contest! Where, oh where are our patients traveling to this summer??! 

If you are on vacation, tag us in a post and you could be the big winner of a super awesome summer prize! More details will be posted on social media soon, so be on the lookout!




Enjoy the fresh fruits and veggies Summertime brings to our stores and local farmers markets! 

Strawberry Salsa 

Recipe Courtesy of:


This strawberry salsa recipe is delicious, colorful and easy to make! It's the perfect spring or summer party appetizer. Recipe yields enough salsa for about 4 to 6 snacking portions, although I managed to polish it all off myself in 24 hours! 


  • Juice and zest from 1 medium lime
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 pint of strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (use a smaller jalapeno for less heat or leave in some seeds for more heat)
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chips for serving



  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice  and zest, honey and salt. Stir in the strawberries, jalapeno, onion and cilantro. Add pepper, to taste, and mix well. Adjust the seasonings if need be (you might like a little more lime for acidity, honey for sweetness or salt if it's just not quite right yet). 
  2. If your strawberries are nice and juicy, you can serve immediately, with chips. My salsa needed some time to marinate before it was juicy and awesome (about 30 minutes should do it). Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Recipe minimally adapted, with permission, from "Dishing Up the Dirt" by Andrea Bemis. 

Why Buy Organic? Strawberries are at the top of the dirty dozen list and jalapenos are also of concern. Citrus zest can be contaminated with pesticides so I always try to use organic citrus when zest is involved. 

Make it Vegan: Use maple syrup instead of honey. 

Andrea's Tip: "When chopping fresh herbs like cilantro, dill and parsley, there's no need to separate the leaves from the tender stems - chop everything! The stems offer a lot of flavor and texture. If the herb has a woody stem, like rosemary or thyme, gently remove the leaves before chopping." 

Hawaiian Grilled Cheese
This grilled cheese is paradise! 
Recipe Courtesy of:
4 tbsp. butter
8 slices white Hawaiian sweet bread
8 slices sharp cheddar
4 slices provolone
8 pineapple rings
1 c. teriyaki sauce
  1. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. In a large skillet over medium heat, place half the bread slices butter-side down. Top each slice of bread with 2 slices cheddar, 1 slice provolone, 2 pineapple rings, and 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce. Top with a second slice of bread, butter side up.
  2. Cook until bottom bread slices are golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown and cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes more. Serve immediately.

California Grilled Chicken

Fire up your grill and enjoy this easy-peasy chicken recipe that's sure to become a new summer favorite! 

Recipe Courtesy of:

3/4 c.balsamic vinegar
1 tsp.garlic powder
2 tbsp.honey
2 tbsp.extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp.Italian seasoning
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
boneless skinless chicken breasts
slices mozzarella
slices avocado
slices tomato
2 tbsp.Freshly sliced basil, for garnish
Balsamic glaze, for drizzling
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, honey, oil, and Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper. Pour over chicken and marinate 20 minutes.
  2. When ready to grill, heat grill to medium-high. Oil grates and grill chicken until charred and cooked through, 8 minutes per side.
  3. Top chicken with mozzarella, avocado, and tomato and cover grill to melt, 2 minutes.
  4. Garnish with basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze.


  1. Preheat grill or grill pan to high. Grill corn until kernels are charred and slightly softened, 10 minutes. Once cooled, cut kernels off the cob and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, and let cook until bubbly. Whisk in milk, cream cheese and Monterey Jack. Add jalapeño, if using. Cook for another 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in corn kernels and toss to coat, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Grilled Creamed Corn

Our take on this classic side packs a punch with charred, fresh corn and jalapeño.


Recipe Courtesy of:


6 ears corn, shucked
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. milk
2 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
1 jalapeño, minced (optional)
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Orthodontic Myth Busters


Your braces won't allow you to play a musical instrument. 


If you love playing a musical instrument (especially a wind instrument!), that does not have to change when you get braces. You may have a small adjustment period at first, but you will be able to practice and perform while you're getting a beautiful smile! 


Jayla Jenkins

When I grow up, I would like to be a Nurse Practitioner. 

My favorite hobby is Reading. 

My favorite subject is English. 

One fun thing people don't know about me is that I lived in Las Vegas. 

I am a Sophomore at Chattanooga State Community College. 


Landon Thomas

When I grow up, I would like to be a Band Teacher or Piano Teacher. 

My favorite hobby is playing my saxophone and piano.

My favorite subjects are Math and Science. 

One fun thing people don't know about me is that I can sing. 

I am in the 6th Grade at Westside Middle School. 

"I like coming to see Dr. Sawrie and get my braces changed. Dr. Sawrie is my favorite." 




We appreciate all of the Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles and wonderful men in our lives who work so hard to love our families! We hope you enjoy a fun and restful Father's Day full of family, grilling and good times! 

Happy Father's Day to Dr. Daniel- we hope you enjoy a wonderful day with your sweet family! 



While June doesn't have an enormous amount of well-known, national holidays, (other than Father's Day of course) we wanted to make sure you don't miss out on celebrating some rather fun and interesting days in June! Enjoy! 

June Holidays 2019 - National Today


June 1 Global Day of Parents   June 19 International Box Day
June 1 National Olive Day   June 19 National Garfield the Cat Day
June 3 National Egg Day   June 19 National Martini Day
June 3 Western Australia Day   June 20 National American Eagle Day
June 3 World Bicycle Day   June 20 Ugliest Dog Day
June 4 National Cheese Day   June 20 World Refugee Day
June 4 National Hug Your Cat Day   June 21 International Yoga Day
June 5 World Environment Day   June 21 National Aboriginal Day
June 6 National Yo-Yo Day   June 21 National Selfie Day
June 6 Queensland Day   June 21 National Smoothie Day
June 6 Russian Language Day   June 21 National Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 7 Global Running Day   June 21 Summer Solstice
June 7 National Chocolate Ice Cream Day   June 21 World Day of Music
June 7 National Donut Day   June 22 National Kissing Day
June 8 National Rose Day   June 22 National Onion Ring Day
June 8 World Oceans Day   June 23 National Hydration Day
June 9 National Donald Duck Day   June 24 Saint Jean-Baptiste Day
June 10 National Iced Tea Day   June 25 Global Beatles Day
June 11 National Corn on the Cobb Day   June 25 International Day of the Seafarer
June 12 National Loving Day   June 26 National Chocolate Pudding Day
June 13 National Sewing Machine Day   June 27 National Sunglasses Day
June 14 Army's Birthday   June 28 National Insurance Awareness Day
June 14 National Bourbon Day   June 28 National Tapioca Day
June 14 World Blood Donor Day   June 29 Hug Holiday
June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day   June 29 National Camera Day
June 16 Father's Day   June 30 International Asteroid Day
June 16 International Day of the African Child   June 30 World Social Media Day
June 16 National Fudge Day      
June 17 National Eat Your Vegetables Day   June National Candy Month
June 17 National Take Your Cat to Work Day   June National Country Cooking Month
June 18 National Sushi Day   June National Dairy & National Fruit & Veggies Month
June 18 National Go Fishing Day   June National Men's Health Month



Call us today at 423-624-8217 to book your appointment!!

We love our patients and look forward to creating your beautiful smile! 

Established in 1970, Sawrie Orthodontics was started by Dr. Stephen Sawrie. Today, led by Board Certified Orthodontist, Dr. Daniel Sawrie, DDS, the Sawrie Orthodontics team continues the family tradition of top-notch orthodontic care for families in the Chattanooga area. We offer a wide range of treatment options to meet the needs and desires of each patient. 

Call 423-624-8217 to schedule a free evaluation! 

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