Saturday, September 18, 2010

Today I participated in 'Dentistry From The Heart' at work, treating patients for free, who needed extractions, cleanings and fillings. My boss, Dr. Bob, brought this program to Western New York this year for his four dental offices, and is hoping to make it an annual event. It was a fantastic experience for me, and it was a nice way to give back to the underserved members of the community. I think I saw a dozen patients or so (who were very appreciative of the services provided), and I made some new friends in the process!

Although the office was very busy, the staff members really meshed well as a team, keeping things running smoothly and organized.

Dentistry From The Heart is a national non-profit organization with a simple mission – making people smile. Founded in 2001 by Dr Vincent Monticciolo in New Port Richey, Florida, DFTH was created to aid those in need, including the growing population of under-insured Americans. Over 100 million Americans lack dental insurance and over 29 percent of adults have untreated cavities. Without events like DFTH, dental care simply isn't an option for many of the uninsured. To date, DFTH has helped more than 25,000 patients and provided over $5.5 million in dental care.

Here is the website of the group I'm proud to work for (it contains more info on Dentistry From the Heart):

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon

While visiting France to follow the "Tour de France" this summer, my two friends and I made a stop a little off the course: Lyon.

A city that combines the beauty of classic architecture, delicious food, and a booming shopping district, we loved walking in this city (after finally finding a place to park our rental car!).

Surrounded on both sides by the Rhône & Saône rivers, I wondered where locals may find a dentist. As it happens, we wandered right into a dental clinic in a building that looks like a palace! The Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon, was erected in medieval times, and served as the "Confrérie des frères pontifes" (est. 1184), a meeting place for clergy. It wasn't until 1454 when the doctor Maître Martin Conras was hired that the building transformed into a fully functional hospital.

Anyhow, I serendipitously ran into the Dental School part of the building, and while I didn't work on any patients, I did chat with the friendly staff telling them I am dentist from the United States. I was introduced to dental residents working there.

One of the residents told me the clinic was not going to be opened much longer, as the entire building was purchased by a Canadian billionaire, to eventually be turned into fancy condos!

If this is the case, I hope the residents appreciate their time there, because it is a truly unique location in a building steeped in history! Vous brosser les dents! Bon chance!