September 2019

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. 


Ready or not, the Fall season begins this month on September 23rd!!! While it may still feel like Summer on most days, we can all look forward to crisp Autumn air, football, pumpkins and lots of Fall fun in our beautiful city! Until then... stay cool! 


Getting to know Kathy Hawkins, Front Desk Associate at Sawrie Orthodontics! 

Kathy Hawkins greets everyone with a warm and beautiful smile! She brings such a friendly face to work every single day and we are blessed to have her as a Front Desk Associate. 

Kathy works on scheduling, charting, payments, insurance and treatment plans. She is often the kind voice you hear when you call our office! 

Kathy started working at Sawrie Orthodontics in April 2018. She started as the Central Sterilization Coordinator, serving in that role for six months.

Kathy still helps with sterilization, making sure instruments and equipment are sterilized and prepped for use. 

  Kathy is also cross-trained to help assist with fixed retainers and loves to help assist on deband days. "I love seeing our patients so happy when they get their braces off," Kathy exclaimed! 
"I love my work family! It's so important to work well together and support each other. I am blessed to have that here as we all share a close bond! We all love the patients and are so appreciative of Dr. Daniel. He is so very good to us and truly cares about our work life, as well as our personal life," Kathy explained.   

Prior to working at Sawrie Orthodontics, Kathy was a CNA and taught Preschool for many years. She was also a private duty caregiver. 

"I love that I get to have the best of both worlds here with being around kids and working with the medical aspect. It's a perfect fit and Dr. Daniel works so hard to be a great leader and always treats his staff so well," Kathy said. 

Kathy is married to Jeff and they reside on Signal Mountain. Kathy and Jeff met in middle school and are high school sweethearts. They've been together for 28 years!
Kathy and Jeff have three sons - Andrew, Devin and Matthew. 

Kathy loves to spend time with her family and enjoys reading. She enjoys being outside gardening with her flowers and plants and also loves to bake.  

We are so thankful to have Kathy as part of our Sawrie Orthodontics family!


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We love sharing our patient success stories, as well as promoting some awesome contests and fun giveaways! 


Sawrie Summer Vacation Contest

We have a winner!! Congrats to Bill Greene! Bill won two tickets to Six Flags White Water for participating in our contest. 



We hope everyone has had a great start to the school year! We had a blast at our Back to School Block Party... it was a fun (& Free!) day with Mountain Top Toys and Sawrie Family Dentistry on Signal Mountain! 

Here's a few photos of this super fun day! You can check out the rest on our Facebook page: 


 It's back to school time, which means dinners need to be quick! Feeding hungry kids on school nights can be a real challenge, especially when you throw in after school sports and activities. Here are a few family-friendly, quick recipe options that everyone can enjoy!
Plus, they're braces-friendly! 

Crunchy Taco Cups

Recipe Courtesy of Kevin & Amanda: Food. Travel. Photography.



How fun are these little Taco Cups made in a muffin tin?? I don’t think I’ll ever find another taco recipe I love more than these wonton tacos. They have double layers of crunchy taco shell, seasoned beef, spicy tomatoes, and gooey cheese all in one perfect bite!

These crunchy taco cups are such a huge hit because, I prefer soft tacos but Kevin prefers crunchy tacos. So whenever we had taco night, we always had to make two different kinds of taco recipe. BUT, this taco recipe the best of both worlds. The outside is satisfying crisp and crunchy, but the inside is soft and melty! Just how I like it. We both loved them!


  • 1 lb lean ground beef, browned and drained
  •  1 envelope (3 tablespoons) taco seasoning
  •  1 (10-oz) can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles, drained
  •  1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (or Mexican blend)
  •  24 wonton wrappers




  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously coat a standard size muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine cooked beef, taco seasoning, and tomatoes in a bowl and stir to combine. Line each cup of prepared muffin tin with a wonton wrapper. Add 1.5 tablespoons taco mixture. Top with 1 tablespoon of cheese. Press down and add another layer of wonton wrapper, taco mixture, and a final layer of cheese.
  3. Bake at 375 for 11-13 minutes until cups are heated through and edges are golden.



  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. When the skillet is hot add a couple teaspoons of oil or spray the skillet generously with oil.
  3. Add the ground turkey to the skillet and crumble it with a wooden spoon.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin.
  5. When the turkey is almost cooked through add in the onion and garlic and cook for approximately 2 minutes.
  6. Add in the can of green chiles and the zucchini and cook for another minute.
  7. Add in the cooked brown rice, corn and tomato and stir everything together.
  8. When the mixture is heated through add in the shredded cheese and stir until melted.
  9. Turn off the heat and remove from the hot burner.
  10. Stir in the Greek yogurt until everything is combined.
  11. Serve immediately.


Southwest Turkey, Vegetable and Rice Skillet

Recipe Courtesy of Danae on Recipe Runner

A healthy and delicious dinner made in one skillet and on the table in 30 minute or less! This Southwest Turkey, Vegetable and Rice Skillet is creamy, cheesy, full of vegetables, lean ground turkey and brown rice. It’s sure to become a family favorite!
One thing, whether it’s summer vacation or back to school, you’ve gotta get dinner on the table. Some days it’s easier than others, but on those rushed days easy dinners are where it’s at.
The rushed days are when I pull out my trusty skillet and make a meal where I can throw all of the ingredients into it. This Southwest Turkey, Vegetable and Rice Skillet is one I had many times as a kid and still love making it today.


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 zucchini, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt, 2% or whole can also be used



Lasagna Sandwiches

Recipe Courtesy of Linda Larsen

Lasagna Sandwiches are a quick and easy baked sandwich recipe that's easy to serve and fun to eat. A hollowed out roll holds a rich meat sauce and lots of cheese.


Use rolls that are about 4" in diameter. If you can only find larger or smaller rolls, adjust the filling accordingly. You can put the tops back on these sandwiches before baking, but I like how the cheese browns when they're baked without tops.


All you need to serve with this recipe is a green salad or a fruit salad and some iced tea or sparkling water. Just be careful when you bite into these sandwiches; the filling is very hot! Let them cool for 5 to 10 minutes before you dig in.


  • 10 round crusty rolls
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar pasta sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup grated Havarti cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Cut a thin slice off the top off each roll and set aside. Hollow out each roll, leaving a shell about 1/4" thick. (You can save the crumbs to make bread crumbs; freeze them for another use.)

  3. In a large skillet, cook the sausage with the onion and garlic, stirring to break up the meat, until the sausage is browned and cooked. Drain well.

  4. Add the pasta sauce and Italian seasoning to the meat in the skillet; simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

  5. In a medium bowl, beat together the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, and egg until blended. Stir in the Havarti cheese and mozzarella cheese.

  6. Divide the meat mixture among the hollowed-out rolls. Top each with the ricotta mixture and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Place all of the filled rolls on a cookie sheet.

  7. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the cheese on top starts to brown. Let the sandwiches cool for 10 minutes before serving.



  1. Divide strawberries among four 8-ounce dessert dishes. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon demarara sugar over strawberries in each dish.
  2. With electric mixer, whip cream to soft peaks. Fold in yogurt and spread evenly over strawberries.
  3. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the remaining demerara sugar over each. Cover and chill for 2 to 6 hours.

Strawberry "Cool Brûlée"

Recipe Courtesy of Midwest Living


This deceptively good, weeknight-easy dessert has a topping of yogurt and whipped cream with raw sugar that looks like creme brulee, but requires no cooking.



  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 8 teaspoons demarara or turbinado sugar (raw sugar), divided
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt




Orthodontic Myth Busters



75% of Dentists are also Orthodontists. 


This is NOT true!!!

All Orthodontists go to dental school, so 100% of Orthodontists are Dentists, but only around 5% of Dentists are Orthodontists.

After dental school, Orthodontists go to an orthodontic residency program for an additional two to three years. An Orthodontist specializes in teeth irregularities and the prevention and treatment of imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws align. 



Caroline Klotz

When I grow up, I would like to be a professional dancer. 

My favorite hobby is dancing. 

My favorite subject is Language Arts. 

One fun thing people don't know about me is that I used to be a gymnast. 

I am in the 8th grade at CCA. 

"Sawrie Orthodontics was fantastic!"

Sophie Jackson

When I grow up, I would like to be a vet. 

My favorite hobby is lacrosse. 

My favorite subject is reading. 

One fun thing people don't know about me is that I like dogs. 

I am in the 6th grade at GPS. 

"We love it! Everyone is so nice and helpful!" 


If you have crooked teeth, your entire life can be affected. Not only do crooked teeth impact the quality of your smile, but they can also lead to potentially serious oral health issues. Crooked teeth provide hiding places for oral bacteria, increasing your risk for cavities and gum disease. They can also throw off your bite, leading to issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder. Metal braces have been the solution for correcting alignment issues with your teeth and jaws for decades, providing highly effective results. At Sawrie Orthodontics, we offer Damon braces to meet your orthodontic needs.

Damon braces provide you with a more comfortable alternative to the traditional style of metal braces, making your treatment a more pleasant one. For more information on Damon braces, and to find out if they are right for you, call Sawrie Orthodontics today at (423) 624-8217.


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"Dr. Sawrie and his office staff are amazing. They made the process of putting on my daughters braces easy and relaxed. She was so relieved at the ease of the procedure and I was thrilled that it was quick and pain free."- Facebook recommendation from a patient's mother. 

 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. 

Sawrie Orthodontics

| 1612 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 100 Chattanooga, TN 37421 |

| 1229 Taft Highway, Signal Mountain, TN 37377 |

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