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Special Smiles

Posted by moda on 5/31/2014 3:45:00 PM

For the first time in my three years with the MDA I had the privilege of attending the Special Smiles oral health screenings that were part of the Healthy Athletes program at the Special Olympics Summer Games. I was amazed! By everything!
First the organization from Johnathon Hankinson and his team at Special Olympics made it very easy for us to participate. Secondly, the athletes and their caregivers are so positive and grateful. You couldn't help but be inspired. Our team of 21 folks were able to screen 230 athletes from 10-3 on Saturday May 31. This is a valuable service for at an risk population that often has access issues. A good dose of prevention and education goes a long way. Plus they each left with a new brush, paste, and other goodies.And lastly, I was blown away by my volunteer team. We were in a hot and noisy gym and they never fatigued and treated every athlete like their only patient. I was humbled by their generous sacrifice on a sunny weekend summer afternoon. Many drove some distance to participate. I salute them all in this list:
Dr Bethany Baillargeon, Dr Suzanne Beck, Dr Gary Groff, Dr Kyle Lisenby, Dr Will Marshall, Dr Brad Miller, and Dr Jeff Paska. Plus we had RDH's Danielle Lasater and Natasha Liebhart and our other super sweet gang was Mary Cameron, Alex Foor, Sainy Hassam, Amanda Krajsa, Avis Marshall, Brittany Miller, Kristine Penrod, Parsa Owtad,Leah Roberts, Brooke Sabia, Kerrie Smith, and Dina Tanbakuchi.
I loved this event and will be sure to be back for more. Hope to see you at the next one!

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