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Dentistry From The Heart Event

Something amazing happened on October 24, 2015 – right at our office! We held our first Dentistry From The Heart event. Dentistry From The Heart is a national nonprofit organization with a simple mission making people smile. Founded in 2001 by a dentist in New Port Richey, Florida, DFTH is helping people with a health issue that is frequently overlooked. At Dentistry From The Heart events, Dentists and their teams, sponsors, and groups of volunteers have helped thousands of people in need of dental work treating patients over the age of 18 that require fillings, extractions, and cleanings.

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We feel it is really important to give back to the community.

” I know there are people out there who need dental services, but have no means to afford dentistry; whether they’re out of a job, or just don’t have dental insurance. This Dentistry From The Heart event is my way of giving back to the community, and being there for the people who are in need of dental work. “
– Dr. Higgs.

We were anxious and very excited as the day approached – we’ve volunteered before at events like the Central Arizona Dental Society Mission of Mercy, but we had never hosted our own. We were so lucky to have numerous volunteers help us out on October 24; doctors and staff from other dental offices, Rita and her daughter helped check people in, our marketing team came out to take photos and video, and Wal-Mart and Starbucks generously donated food for the day.

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Checking patients in

Ryann, Rita’s daughter, and Rita

Ryann, Rita’s daughter, and Rita

Steven from Chamberlain Orthodontics and Dr. Higgs

Steven from Chamberlain Orthodontics and Dr. Higgs

Mollie working with a patient

Mollie working with a patient

Angie and Kim’s Husband Dan

Angie and Kim’s Husband Dan

Dr. Higgs

Dr. Higgs

Steven from Chamberlain Orthodontics smiling big for the camera

Steven from Chamberlain Orthodontics smiling big for the camera

Dr. Higgs with a happy patient!

Dr. Higgs with a happy patient!

Dr. Shah of of AZ Oral Facial & Implant Surgery

Dr. Shah of of AZ Oral Facial & Implant Surgery

Dr. Shah in action

Dr. Shah in action

Kim and Dr. Higgs

Kim and Dr. Higgs

Sandy with Marty, a volunteer

Sandy with Marty, a volunteer

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The ladies of Aquila: Mary, Sandy, Rita, Carrie, and Kim

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Go team!

It was an unforgettable day! We were able to provide free dental care to 55 patients in a happy, comfortable, and non-judgmental setting. We feel so fortunate to be in a position to give back to our wonderful community.

“We are excited to say our first Dentistry From the Heart was an amazing day!
The stories we heard were very touching. A few patients that were seen had not had their teeth cleaned in over 30 years. It amazes us to think we are trying to help those in need but in reality they help us and touch our hearts. It was a very rewarding and humbling experience for all of us at Aquila and those that volunteered. We look forward to many more years giving back to our community, helping one person at a time.”
– Rita

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without you. A special thanks to Dr. Nish Shah of AZ Oral Facial & Implant Surgery, Steven from Chamberlain Orthodontics, and our sponsors Patterson Dental, Starbucks store #161, and Walmart store #6480.

Next stop – Central Arizona Dental Society Mission of Mercy!

Written by admin

January 14th, 2016 at 2:27 pm

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