Kids, adults alike join West Arvada Orthodontics for windy, but fun-filled afternoon of painting

One painting shows the day while the other is at night. But both works of art of the mountain landscape by Kenley Rieter are prominently displayed, together with a work of art created by her mother Amanda on the counter of West Arvada Orthodontics.

West Arvada Orthodontics, especially Dr. Jennifer and Ronen Friedman, it’s all about community, from the outdoor painting club on Saturday to hiking, hiking and biking clubs to a pandemic-free science evening.

“We want to get involved and give something back to the community, especially during COVID when everyone is socially isolated. That’s why we’re doing this, ”said Jennifer Friedman.

Ronen Friedman, CEO of West Arvada Orthodontics, said there were two goals when the company hosted events like the Malclub a year and a half ago: to bring the community together and create a virtual platform for people who couldn’t leave their homes because of it a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, or the like.

That was before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a way for them to interact with each other and have the sense of community,” he said. “It is important.”

If someone needs more evidence of their care, all they have to do is visit their office in the Candelas Church. It is tailor-made for patients with autism or neurological problems.

From the changing colors of the ceiling lights for a calming atmosphere to plants, a massage chair and colored circular patterns on the floor, everything is there to provide visual stimuli to the patient.

“We also believe in educating the community,” said Jennifer Friedman. “That’s why we have a microscope in the children’s area as opposed to an iPad. … Another goal of our office is to relax. It is designed to cater to people with neurological disorders, autism, and brain injuries. “

Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

“You are compassionate and kind. … You really have a big heart to help people of all walks of life, “said doctor Jennina Townsend. “I really appreciate what you did.”

Amanda Reiter, agent and resident of Candelas, was an active participant in the painting club. She hopes, if time allows, to be able to take part in the cycling and / or hiking club.

Whether she’s getting her daughter out and active or herself, she recognizes the efforts Friedman made to bond with her neighbors.

“For anyone who knows them, the first thing they notice about them is that they care about their community,” said Amanda Rieter. “Even before this building was opened, they got involved and found ways to help the community.”

Members of more than five families – the maximum allowed due to COVID-19 safety concerns – attended the painting club on Saturday before the afternoon windy weather conditions cut short. Nonetheless, visitors enjoyed the activity and camaraderie.

“A lot of companies say that they care about their community, that they are part of the community. But just like today’s pic, they can find ways to have creative fun for members of the community. Let’s be honest where we all need something fun and creative, ”said Amanda Rieter.

Especially in view of the trials and difficulties that the last year has caused.

“Before the COVID pandemic, I think we took that for granted,” said Ronen Friedman. “I think now everyone understands how important it is to be able to interact.”

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