Patient of the Quarter

Young Editor’s Future Looks Phan-tastic

Orthodontist Names Young Activist ‘Patient of the Quarter’

BOSTON, MASS. (Issued Summer 2020) – This summer, Ethan Phan of Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood and his friends launched a literary magazine giving teen and young adult writers a forum in which to address timely world issues such as COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, global warming, and more.

Ethan says The Incandescent Review is published bimonthly online and the staff issues a daily blog on their website Ethan is 17.

The young organizers of the nonprofit publication also run a summer studio with 30 teen mentors from around the country who give writing instruction to some 50 mentees. “80% of the money we raise from this mentorship will be donated to UNICEF with whom we are partnering in a fundraiser,” he says.

A rising senior at the prestigious Roxbury Latin School (RL), Ethan lives with his mother and two siblings. At school, he serves as Debate and Public Speaking President, editor-in-chief of RL’s literary magazine, Community Service Representative, French Club President, Secretary of RL’s choir and a cappella group, and executive board member of the Model United Nations team. He has a deep interest in creative writing, which he fosters outside of school through the magazine where he is Fundraising and Activism Director and a podcaster.

Ethan’s impressive story was brought to light by Dr. Andrew Chase, his Orthodontist at ARCH Orthodontics’ Hyde Park office, who selected him as ARCH’s ‘Patient of the Quarter.’ The honor spotlights unique patient stories. Ethan says he likes having braces and their promise: “I believe that a better smile will help improve my confidence and the first impression others have of me throughout my life. My experience at ARCH has been awesome! The doctors make sure I understand what’s happening to my teeth and why. I feel comfortable knowing everything going on in my mouth. Everyone is super friendly which makes the checkups not hard, even enjoyable. I was apprehensive about getting braces at first but ARCH makes it as easy as possible to have a nice smile, and the progress I’ve seen is worth it.”

To read the first few issues of the teen publication, visit To contact Ethan, email .

ARCH Orthodontics operates eight offices between Boston and Cape Cod. The practice offers free initial consultation (a $500 value)and interest-free financing, and courtesy discounts to anyone serving in the military and their families and veterans. ARCH also treats TMJ disorder and sleep apnea, and now offers Remote Dental Monitoring to help deal with the pandemic and reduce office visits. For more info contact: / 508-568-6223. Visit

– By Stanley Hurwitz /