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Celebrating National Doctor’s Day

By Charlene Bell posted 03-30-2021 01:00 AM


Today is National Doctor’s Day, which honors professionals for their dedication and contributions to our world and smaller communities. At ACPA, we are celebrating today in honor of the professionals in our cleft and craniofacial community who work to improve the lives of patients and families every day. We are incredibly grateful for all that they do for us and our loved ones.

This month, we had the privilege to share Sarah’s Story. Sarah was diagnosed with a prenatal stroke and Turner Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. At 23 years old, Sarah has seen to fruition 49 surgeries and expects more to come. In her story, Sarah shared with us just how important her ACPA Approved Team has been to her and explained the bond she formed with Dr. Hathaway, an ACPA member.

“Dr. Ron Hathaway was a practicing orthodontist who took on my case for a little over two years. Early on, I could tell that he genuinely cared for his patients and wanted to provide the best care he could possibly give. Dr. Hathaway happens to be one of the best physicians I’ve ever had and was more than just an ordinary orthodontist; he was a genuine friend.

Dr. Hathaway and I had a unique relationship from the start, and he understood my passion for the medical world. In other words, I could see that Dr. Hathaway was willing to examine the entire picture, rather than focusing on solving each issue at hand. Following textbook protocol wasn’t necessarily important to him and he worked hard to find creative solutions,” Sarah said.

ACPA members like Dr. Hathaway make a difference in the lives of patients and their families every day. We invite you to celebrate National Doctor’s Day with us by sharing your story, posting on social media using the hashtag #NationalDoctorsDay and/or making a gift to ACPA in honor of a professional who has made an impact on your journey. To learn more about how gifts to ACPA make an impact, visit or contact Charlene Bell, Development Manager at or (919) 933-9044 ext. 205.

From the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you to all of the professionals in the cleft and craniofacial community. We are grateful for your service and dedication.