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ADA names members who earned Certificate for International Volunteer Service

August 29, 2016

By David Burger

First time: Dr. Jack Levine, a Connecticut-based dentist, poses after teaching oral hygiene in Tipling, Nepal, giving the children their first toothbrush. The ADA awarded Dr. Levine and 21 other dentists in August the Certificate for International Volunteer Service.
Dr. Jack Levine, a New Haven, Connecticut-based dentist, had had a busy year.

As a member of the ADA Foundation's International Programs and a longtime volunteer with Health Volunteers Overseas, he is leading a HVO project in Haiti that will send dentists on weeklong volunteer assignments, during which they will provide clinical and didactic training to students and professional development opportunities for the faculty of Haiti's only dental school.

"It's not my first rodeo," Dr. Levine said, as he has volunteered in Jamaica, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Nepal and Bhutan over the past two decades.

His friend Dr. Kevin Hardwick, a Texas-based retired dentist, has also had a busy year, volunteering in Laos, Cambodia and Haiti.

The ADA awarded Dr. Levine, Dr. Hardwick and 20 other dentists in August the Certificate for International Volunteer Service for their charitable activities overseas in the previous year.

The certificate program recognizes ADA members who have volunteered in developing countries to improve the oral and overall health of individuals.

The ADA may award a certificate to the same individual more than once.

The 2016 awardees are:

  • Dr. John T. Baker, Texas.
  • Dr. Brian Burseth, Illinois.        
  • Dr. Gregory Czarnecki, Michigan.
  • Dr. Rushil R. Dang, Massachusetts.
  • Dr. Gregg Dickinson, Wisconsin.
  • Dr. Kevin S. Hardwick, Texas.
  • Dr. Brian A. Hollander, Alaska.
  • Dr. Gary Horn, Colorado.               
  • Dr. Brian Howe, Ohio.
  • Dr. John S. Kanyusik, Minnesota.
  • Dr. C. Neil Kay, Illinois.                    
  • Dr. Thomas A. Laboe, Michigan.
  • Dr. Jack M. Levine, Connecticut.
  • Dr. Richard Litchfield, Oregon.
  • Dr. Frederick T. Melton, Washington.
  • Dr. Robert Meyer, Colorado.             
  • Dr. Mark Ortinau, Illinois.                    
  • Dr. Kaushal R. Patel, Massachusetts.
  • Dr. Janet Ruopp, Missouri.               
  • Dr. Patrick Ruopp, Missouri.                    
  • Dr. Laurence A. Wynn, New York.
  • Dr. Donald Zelazny, Michigan.
To learn about international volunteer opportunities, visit the ADA Foundation's International Volunteer website.

For more information about the Certificate for International Volunteer Service or to submit a nomination, visit