Ripley is our new team member offering Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to our patients.

About AATmeet our pediatric dental therapy dog

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that strategically incorporates human-animal interactions into a formal dental treatment. It is considered an adjunct and is guided by an AAT handler to work with a certified animal. AAT uses the human-animal bond in goal-directed interventions as an integral part of the treatment process.

Benefits of AAT:

Reduction of blood pressure , Stress reduction, Reduction of anxiety (not related to animal phobias), Dementia, Decrease depression, Ability to address grief/loss issues, Emotion recognition, Emotion regulation, Motivation, Self-esteem enhancement, Developmental disorders, Emotional and behavioral problems, Improved socialization, Improved communication, Opportunity to feel important, Increase engagement, Improve cooperation, Promote the ability to trust.

About Ripley

Ripley is a hypoallergenic male Sheepadoodle who was born in December 2019. Since he has been with Dr. Chu at 8 weeks old, he has been through extensive dog training with different trainers local and afar. It didn’t take long before Dr. Chu noticed that Ripley has an affectionate personality and a gentle demeanor, both traits suitable to become a therapy dog. Ripley became an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen in the summer of 2022. He is also a certified therapy reading dog with BARK, a local organization whose teams read with children in libraries of Orange County. Ripley is here to create a PAW-SI-TIVE experience for your child's dental visit.

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