LANSDALE — The latest winner of Lansdale’s Business of the Month award is one that has breathed new life into a multi-generation family business.
Councilman Steve Malagari gave the monthly award to BZ Orthodontics and owner Brian Zebrick for continuing a long legacy of being part of the community.
“They want to use their position in the community, and their access to hundreds of families, to encourage everybody to give back, and continue to help Lansdale be a better place,” Malagari said.
Located at 456 E. Hancock Street, BZ Orthodontics was originally established in 1961 by Leon Strohecker as Strohecker Orthodontics, and was operated by that family until 2017, when they retired and turned the practice over to Zebrick. The owner himself was unable to attend council’s Oct. 18 meeting to accept the award in person, and several employees who attended said the owner was away on his honeymoon and thanked council on his behalf.
Since that shift, Malagari told council Wednesday night, Zebrick has continued to provide high quality service, along with their expert orthodontics.
“As an orthodontic specialist, Dr. Zebrick offers Invisalign clear aligners, clear braces, and traditional metal braces, for patients of all ages,” Malagari said, while showing slides of customers showing off their new smiles.
Zebrick himself is originally from Montgomery County, lived in Florida as a teen, then completed dental school at the University of Maryland and an orthodontic residency at Temple University, Malagari said. Since taking over the practice in March 2017, the company and its employees have worked to keep providing high quality dental care as conveniently as possible.
“I asked them, ‘How do you like doing business in the borough of Lansdale?’ And their response was, ‘It’s very gratifying to be part of the community as a whole, and the small business community in Lansdale. It’s very rewarding to see our patients out in the community, and the change we can make in their lives,'” Malagari said.
Malagari said he first took note of the business when walking along Hancock Street, to and from the nearby SEPTA station, and saw an array of solar panels set up to the rear of the office. When he asked about the solar system, Malagari said, he was told it’s just one way the company tries to be as green as possible.
“The response was, ‘We always try to reduce our footprint on the environment as much as possible. We use solar energy, the plastic bags we give our patients are biodegradable,'” he said, and adult patients are given reusable tote bags they can use for shopping elsewhere.
BZ employees also take part in borough events, and organize donation drives each month for different local charities: in August and September they contributed to the North Penn School District’s “Build a Bag” campaign to assemble backpacks for kids in need, and in October are partnering with Laurel House to raise awareness of domestic violence, and working with Home at Last Dog Rescue to find new forever homes for pets.
Next month, Malagari said, BZ will collect food to donate to Manna on Main Street, and in December they’ll organize a “Toys for Tots” drive to help needy families give gifts for the holidays.
“They pride themselves on giving all of their patients the best experience, by treating them like family, and making their orthodontic experience as fun, and as comfortable, as possible,” Malagari said.
“Their larger goal is to have a greater impact in the community than just producing beautiful smiles,” he said.
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