Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sikia Ningleton Can Suck It

*Cough* Sikia Ningleton.

I sent out a mass email to all the singles wards in the area about receiving a free dental screening. And happily enough I received a pretty good response back. To save me time, I composed an email to describe the screening and sent it to the entire group.

Apparently, for Sikia Ningleton that solitary act was DEEPLY offensive. And as such, we had the following email thread. 

On Feb 1, 2012 7:14 PM, "Melissa Lowry" <> wrote:
Hello potential dental screening patients!

I first wanted to thank each of you for your response to my offer. I wasn't sure if I would get any kind of response so I'm glad so many of you are interested. 

Second, I wanted to let you know a few pertinent details about the screenings:

1. Screenings won't start until after Feb 13th - generally the hours that we can screen are between 9am-3pm M-F (though some exceptions may be possible)
2. The WREB (aka the dental boards) are for new cavities and deep cleanings (not the standard cleaning that most patients generally receive at their recall visits - this cleaning is for removal of calculus) - unfortunately that means that re-doing a filling wouldn't be possible for the exam. 
3. In order to receive your filling or deep cleaning for free - you have to meet our exam criteria. Of course, having the screening done means you will have an idea of if you need any work done but you are by no means under any obligation to continue treatment at the school. If you have cavities that need to be done, but don't meet the exam criteria, it is possible to become a patient of the school and receive the discounted dental care the school offers (though the trade off of cheap dental care is that while you receive very thorough treatment, there are many appointments and often they are 2-3 hours long each - though the screening will DEFINITELY NOT be that long). 
4. Because of the large response, I'm going to be dividing patients (thats you!) amongst my friends to help expedite the process and make scheduling a little easier. Generally, giving us a day slash time of the week that works best for you is helpful (For example, Tues or Thurs between 9am-12pm), and we can book something and confirm that the appointment with you to make sure it will work with your schedule and ours. 
5. The screening itself will consist of: Medical History, Consent Forms, and X-rays - I would estimate that the screenings would take about an hour. Probably less.

Any other questions that you have, feel free to email me.

Melissa Lowry
DMD 2012

Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 19:20:20 -0500
Subject: Re: Follow-Up on Free Dental Screenings

Hi Melissa,
When you send out e-mails, you may want to blind carbon copy people or use some other method to protect the confidentiality of people, not just for medical reasons or those relating to HIPPA but also just in general.

Thanks for the info.
Take care,
Sent from a mobile device. Please excuse any errors.

On Feb 1, 2012 7:27 PM, "Melissa Lowry" <> wrote:

For general informational emails its much easier to send a mass email. But thanks for the suggestion.

On Feb 1, 2012 7:39 PM, "Sikia Ningleton" wrote:

You can send a mass e-mail without showing everyone's e-mail address to send general information:
1.  Blind carbon copy everyone
2.  Save everyone's e-mail as a group belonging to your own name, place your name/e-mail in the "to" portion, and everyone receives an e-mail just saying your email in the "to" and is unaware of the e-mail addresses of others
3.  Use of websites like Constant Contact
4. Etc.
Regardless if it's medical information, for legal reasons in any field, even if it's a music instructor sending general information, just a great practice to have as others on the list may want their confidentiality protected & not want their e-mail addresses or identity known to others for whatever reason, be it the fact they are private or they do not want others to know they have signed up for an event, even when consent is given.
In general, protecting confidentiality of others takes precedence over the "ease" of sharing information.
Best of luck with your exams,


Sent from a mobile device. Please excuse any errors.

Subject: RE: Follow-Up on Free Dental Screenings
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:09:47 -0700

Again. Thanks for the suggestion.

Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 21:24:16 -0500
Subject: RE: Follow-Up on Free Dental Screenings

Hi Melissa,
Just to make sure it's clear for me, I do not want e-mails in which others can view my e-mail address nor in which I can view the e-mails of others.
I have served on several Institutional Review Boards in hospitals and sending mass e-mail addresses with everyone's e-mail address being visible to others, especially to something that is medically related, as is your e-mail on free dental screenings is, is not right.
I will also not be participating in the free dental screenings & wish to receive no future e-mail correspondence about them.
Thank you,

Sent from a mobile device. Please excuse any errors.

Subject: RE: Follow-Up on Free Dental Screenings
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 21:52:15 -0700

I believe I got all that from the first email you sent.
And truthfully had zero intention of including you in the screening, as you aren't the type of patient we would want for our licensure exams.

Also just for your future reference, you're being quite rude about something that I didn't realize was a mistake. So maybe jumping down my throat about it, isn't the most tactful way to behave.

And *cough* Sikia? Guess what? I'm posting it on my blog because you overreacting (and ya, I'm pretty sure this was a major overreaction) about something I didn't know makes me feel a little spiteful. Especially when I tried to respond as politely as I could. I didn't even know what bcc stood for before this interaction, let alone what it was used for. So you're response was particularly unwarranted. 

Is it rude to post this? You bet it is. But at least I'm removing her email address from the exchange. Because believe me when I say it, out of spite, I'm particularly tempted to include it.

Wanna know just what a psycho Sikia Ningleton is? She called my school. WTF?


noelle said...

hahaha, this is awesome!

Tiffany Kay Smith said...

O MY... some people are so crazy... and apparently super duper board. But, this is hilarious. I kind of loved that exchange.