Monthly Archives: April 2017

Fun-Filled Family Activities in the Slope!

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Spring is HERE!!!!  And this upcoming month’s local Brooklyn events do not disappoint.  Celebrate the cherry blossoms, get your children’s voices heard in a  “Children’s March”,  explore a fire truck and more at Touch-a-Truck, and experience a live outdoor concert with your kids by the Brooklyn Bridge.   So many special memories to be made!

May 13th:  It’s BAAAACK!!!! The best kids street fair in Brooklyn, the PS 295 7th annual Touch-a-Truck Event is here!   SO many trucks to explore, bouncy houses, delicious food, music and MORE.  18th St between 6th and 7th Ave, rain or shine. 12pm-5pm.  Buy tix in advance to save $.  Check out the Make-a-Truck Art center, sponsored by your very own SSP!  http://ps295touchatruck.weebly.com/

Saturdays and Sundays through August 20th:  Come see “The Reluctant Dragon” at Puppetworks, the story of a dragon protesting the mistreatment of his species.  Adapted for Marionettes by Michael Leach. Ages 3+.   Shows are at 12:30 and 2:30pm.  Reservations are suggested!  http://puppetworks.org/

April 29th and 30th:  From 10am-6pm celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture during the cherry blossom season at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.    Sakura Matsuri events include dance and music performances, a flower hat procession, live martial arts and a magic show!  https://www.bbg.org/visit/event/sakura_matsuri_2017/

April 29th:  From 10am-4pm check out the Spring Carnival at PS 321 at 180 7th Avenue between 1st and 2nd St.    There will be face painting, nail art, food, bouncy castles, a book shop, games to enjoy…and more!  http://ps321.org/spring-carnival/

May 4th – 8th:  For ages 2-5, Olive & Pearl tells the story of a young girl being raised by her Granny.  Told through puppetry, theater, dance and live music, this tale takes the youngest theatergoers on a sensory journey filled with wonder, surprise and delight.  BAM Theater.  http://www.bam.org/oliveandpearl

May 13th:  A truly remarkable event, this Children’s March gives our children the opportunity to stand up and speak out about the issues that are important to them.  Celebrating “independent thought, community, inclusivity, and their future”.  11am-2pm at Cadman Plaza.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1075768622552815/

May 20th:  Want to watch an incredible event and help cheer on Dr. Cao?  Come watch the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and high-five those runners as they pass by!  Show your support for those who have trained so hard, and share this inspiring experience with your kids.http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2017/airbnb-brooklyn-half

May 20th and 21st:  Is your child obsessed with the “baa baas”?  Want to see those sheep get a haircut?  Look no further…come to the Prospect Park Zoo to enjoy some special wool activities and learn all about these animals and their coats at the 23rd Annual Fleece Festival.   On Sunday at 1pm you can even join a parade from the Zoo barn to the Lefferts Historic House as the fleece is transported, and see how it’s processed into yarn!  https://prospectparkzoo.com/events/14

May 26th -28th:  Staying local this Memorial Day Weekend and looking for something fun to do?  Take your family to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum where you can play with imagination playground blocks (including Magnatiles) AND join in the “Can You Dig It” program, where your child can recover fossils, rocks and minerals on their own archaeological dig!   http://www.brooklynkids.org/memorial-day-weekend/

Every Saturday through August 19th:  Come experience a free 1 hour family concert starting 4pm on the water at Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Beautiful music with a stunning view….this can’t be beat.    http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/bargemusic

Interview with our Wonder Woman, Lorraine!

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We thought it would be perfectly appropriate this month to interview Lorraine Ruiz-Montgomery, who has been an integral part of the SSP team for 4 years now and has just won the latest SSP award for the Core Value “Good is the Enemy of Great”!  I’m sure almost all of you have had interaction with her, whether it is when she greets you at your little one’s visit with her welcoming smile, or when she helps you with your questions on a phone call.   Let’s learn more about our wonder-woman Lorraine in this month’s interview!

Can you tell us a little about you and your family?  Do you have children?  Do you have any special interests or hobbies you can share?

I am a mom of 2 boys: my oldest is 17 years and my little one is 8 years.  I have been with my husband for 26 years.  I consider myself to be compassionate, well-organized and hard-working.  A special interest of mine is comic superheroes.  My favorite superhero is Wonder Woman.  I have always looked up to her since I was little because she is a strong and fearless woman that I thrive to be every day. My hobbies are relaxing, watching TV and designing/polishing my nails.

Congratulations on your recent award!  What does receiving this mean to you?

Receiving the award for SSP Core Value #4 “Good is the Enemy of Great” is a great honor to me because I am always looking for ways to better myself and my team members.

What is your position at SSP, and what are your main responsibilities?

I am the Practice Manager at SSP.  My responsibilities consist of supervising/organizing the team, planning the appointment schedule for our providers, reviewing the medical records and opening accounts for transfer patients and assisting with billing.

How long have you been with the practice, and what did you do prior to this?

I have been with SSP since 2013.  Prior to joining SSP I was a front desk receptionist at a Veterinary Hospital.

What would you say is your favorite part of your job, and what is the most challenging?

My favorite part of my job is being able to help parents and my SSP family in the time of need.  The most challenging part of my job is building my confidence to present projects during our team meetings.

Is there a special experience at SSP that you’d like to share, perhaps something that is meaningful to you?

My special experience at SSP that is meaningful to me is working with such amazing team members.  I also want to thank Matteo and Dr. Cao for giving me the opportunity to flourish in an amazing company.

I think patients see SSP as an extension of their own home, a place for them to feel comfortable and part of a loving and supportive community.  You are a big part of this, always helping in any way you can. How do you personally see that every patient’s needs are met?

I try hard to listen to their concerns.  Being that I have 2 boys of my own, I feel that it is easier for me to relate to their issues.  We are all human and we can connect at that level.