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Members Giving Back

Dentists Give Back iconEven after practicing dentistry and maintaining a personal life, it’s amazing how many dentists give back to their communities, as well as less fortunate people all over the world. Check out the stories below to learn about dentists giving back.

ADA Member Spotlight

Dr ShakrooDr. Michael Shakroo's journey from prominent dentist in Baghdad to refugee seeking asylum and his journey back to his calling as a dentist in the US serving in a non-profit dental safety net clinic in Virginia.

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Giving veterans a reason to smile

Dr. Jon Copeland always knew he wanted to go into healthcare someday. He liked the idea that he could work with his hands, solve complex problems and make people’s lives better...

Making an impact at home and around the globe

Dr. Dawn McClellan has always known that patients with oral health needs exist in all corners of the globe.

From the Midwest to Kenya, She’s Making All the Difference

From an early age, ADA 10 Under 10 Award recipient Dr. Katie Vincer Sears was driven by a desire to serve others.

Participating in Community Dental Health

Learn more about how Community Dental Health Coordinators are making an impact.

Inspiring others here and around the world

Dentist Dr. T. Bob Davis is ADA's 2018 Humanitarian Award recipient for his international mission trips and service work.

Giving is a way of life

It was a snowy and blustery day on Feb. 1, but the waiting room at Dr. Harvey Levy & Associates was warm and welcoming to the 50 children treated here during the practice's annual Give Kids A Smile event.

Federal dentistry and serving your country

Growing up in a military home, Dr. Carol Summerhays always knew she wanted to serve her country in the same way her grandfather and father did.

Making a difference here and in Thailand

Dr. Bunnag, the president and founder of Smiles on Wings, a charitable organization that has provided dental care, scholarships and mentoring in Thailand since 2003, receives 2017 ADA Humanitarian Award.

Making the difference in my community

Dr. Daniel Nam was looking for a different way to increase access to dental care, especially for those who are uninsured or underserved, in the Bay Area when he received an email from an Alameda Dental Society colleague, Dr. Sharine Thenard.

It's always been about helping others

When Dr. Nayrika Salamati entered a makeshift dental clinic inside a church in Hanover Parish in northwestern Jamaica, it felt humid and dark.

Helping improve patient lifestyles

Step inside the colorful world of Newton Dentistry for Kids in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and you will find there is a lot more happening than just dental treatments.

How one small idea made a big difference

Five and a half million underserved children have received free dental services. More than 137,000 dentist and 420,000 volunteers—including new dentists and dental students—nationwide have given of their time and talents.