Written by Katie Jaskolski on . Posted in News

OKEMOS, MI – Dr. Christine Tenaglia is proud to announce that her dentistry practice’s September fundraising efforts will support Life as a Zebra Foundation.

Dr. Tenaglia and her team have monthly appreciation gifts for their patients. For the month of September, the office will be decorated with University of Michigan and Michigan State accessories. Patients get to choose a University of Michigan or Michigan State accessory and will have the opportunity to add money to their school’s donation bank. The school with the most donations gets bragging rights as having the most generous alumni or patrons and will raise money for a great cause.

“My team and I chose to donate the proceeds from this event to Life as a Zebra Foundation after hearing the president and co-founder of the organization, Katie Dama Jaskolski, speak at the Lansing Rotary Meeting,” said Dr. Tenaglia. “My team and I were inspired by her personal story and her dedication to helping people with similar invisible diseases by establishing the foundation.”

96% of people with chronic medical conditions live with a condition that is invisible. Invisible illnesses are chronic conditions that are not easily observed by the general public, and are often not readily seen by medical professionals. Invisible illnesses include lupus, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, Crohn’s disease, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, among others.

About Dr. Christine Tenaglia

Dr. Christine Tenaglia has been given the “People’s Choice Award” as the area’s favorite dentist by the Lansing Community Newspapers, and been featured on Fox News, WLNS TV, WKBD TV in Detroit, and in the Detroit News, The Lansing State Journal, The Michigan Dental Association Magazine, and on WJIM AM Radio. Dr. Tenaglia chaired the Michigan Association’s Annual Meeting in 2006, when the organization commemorated its 150th anniversary.

Dr. Tenaglia graduated from the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry in 1992. She has studied at the acclaimed Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies; The Pankey Institute, in Miami, Florida, Dawson Center in Tampa, Florida, and Louisiana State University.

She has maintained a private practice in Lansing area since 1993. Since establishing her general dentistry practice in Okemos in 1997, she has focused on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. Dr. Tenaglia’s office is located at 3985 Okemos Road in Okemos, Michigan.


Dysautonomia literally means dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is the master regulator of organ function throughout the body. It is involved in the control of heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, respiration, digestion and other vital functions.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Individuals with EDS have a defect in their connective tissue, the tissue that provides support to many body parts such as the skin, muscles and ligaments. The fragile skin and unstable joints found in EDS are the result of faulty collagen.


Vasculitis is a family of rare and chronic autoimmune diseases, all characterized by the inflammation of blood vessels. There are more than 15 different vasculitis diseases, all of which can affect people of various ages, races, and genders.