Masters Bowling 2014
A Special Olympics, Special Smiles dental screening and education program was held in August at the Gold Cup Bowling Alley in Warner Robins. Fully 800 Special Olympics bowling competitors from across the state, as well as 200 coaches were visiting central Georgia to take part in singles, unified team, and ramp bowling competitions. As at the Special Olympics athletic competition held annually in Atlanta in May, GDA member dentists, dental staff, and students were on hand to provide these athletes with valuable dental services.

“Our great volunteers provided 203 of the participating athletes with dental screenings, fluoride applications, individualized oral hygiene instructions, and a goody bag,” said Dr. Shirley Fisher, a GDA member dentist in Warner Robins. “Taking part in this event was a great experience.”

The GDA dentists who volunteered, in addition to Dr. Fisher, were Dr. Ryan Davis, Dr. Barbara Jansen, and Dr. Sheila Shah. The dental hygienist volunteers on hand were Wendy Bloodworth, Joan Fox, Debbie Harkins, and Kelly Scruggs, and there were several volunteers from the Central Georgia Technical College dental hygiene education program. Two students from the Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine, Brandon Burleigh and Dylan Hamilton, were also on hand. Helping to coordinate the program were Special Olympics personnel Brady Brantley and Zack Hagemen.

The Special Smiles program, now in its 19th year, introduces dental professionals to individuals with intellectual disabilities so that these professionals can further understand these individuals’ needs and find ways to increase their access to dental care. GDA member Dr. Jonathan Dubin is the Special Smiles program chair. For more information on the Special Olympics, Special Smiles program, visit www.specialolympics.org.


Special Olympics Atlanta 2014
Happy 20th anniversary to the Special Olympics, Special Smiles program in Georgia! Thanks to the GDA dentists who devote time each summer to provide dental screenings to athletes participating the Georgia Summer Games. While dentists and dental students provide valuable screenings, dental staff members, dental hygiene students, and community volunteers provide oral health education and chart patient information.

This year, on May 31, the Special Smiles program was once again a success during the summer games held at Emory University in Atlanta. A record number of 117 volunteers, including 31 GDA dentists, reached 250 athletes. Each athlete received an oral health screening, oral hygiene home care instruction, and nutrition counseling. Certain athletes also received fluoride treatments, sealants, and sports mouth guards as their situations required.

“This event not only benefits the athletes, but helps our Georgia dental professionals become more accustomed to caring for those individuals with special needs,” said Special Smiles Program Chairman Dr. Jonathan Dubin.

Dr. Dubin thanks The Atlanta Braves for providing game tickets as volunteer door prizes, Moncrief Heating & Air Conditioning for providing lunch for the volunteers, and MainStreet Financial for providing breakfast for volunteers.

DENTIST  VOLUNTEERS
Dr. Magdy Attia
Dr. Rodney Baier
Dr. Henry Benson
Dr. Craig Blatt
Dr. Jayni Bradley
Dr. Monica Chana
Dr. Jamey Chang
Dr. Meredith Dempsey
Dr. Kendra Derrick
Dr. Jonathan Dubin
Dr. Angelia Fambro
Dr. Max Ferguson
Dr. Jim Goettl
Dr. Dan Hodges
Dr. Brittany Hoover
Dr. Kris Jorgensen
Dr. Wayne Kerr
Dr. Kim Kozloski
Dr. Charles Lee
Dr. Michael Minyard
Dr. Shetal Parikh
Dr. George Phillips
Dr. Erin Pickwick
Dr. Robin Reich
Dr. Kate Robinson
Dr. Deidra Rondeno
Dr. Brett Schroeder
Dr. Francesca Seta
Dr. Doug Torbush
Dr. Therese Vu
Dr. JaniceWilmot

DENTAL HYGIENISTS
Dawn Brown, RDH
Pam Cushenan, RDH
Sue Dodd, RDH
Tarquia Guidotti, RDH
Kendall Heard, RDH
Diane Koake, RDH
Kimberly Long, RDH
Chrissie Marnall, RDH
Dhiane Meyers, RDH
Shellise Nolley, RDH
Kajal Patel, RDH
Cherie Rainwater, RDH
Carol Smith, RDH
Amanda Winn, RDH

GRU DENTAL STUDENTS
John Camba
Anika Islam
Michelle Paterson
Alena Reich
Stacey Reich
Lyn Wilson

DENTAL HYGIENE STUDENTS

Clayton State College & University
Christine Baptiste
Ashleigh Cole
Vishruti Darji
Brandy Fields
Melissa Jean-Louis
Joanna Harris-Worelds
Aishah Bari Varachhia

Georgia Perimeter College
Aleksandra Andreyev
Kyler Boya
Randi Boya
Amy Campbell
Bianca Capra
Heather Cash
Eun Choi
Fallon Dininyer
Leila Ebrahimshah
Karla Eisele
Leila Eissazadeh
Amy Feliks
Jim Kwoun
Hyesook Lim
Ayne Margesha
Majina Naghipour
Meredith Perez
Thu-Trang Pham
Ahlam Ramzan
Kristy Reddick
Nardes Tesfay
Nastaran Vakili
Morgan Whitsitt

West Georgia Technical College
Kimberly Boyd
Nikki Braswell
Terrica Bryant
Ashley Farr
Shelby Foushee
Ashley Garner
Suzanne Garrison
Mandi Hall
Holley Hanson
Denise Landon

OTHER VOLUNTEERS
Amira Attia
Deena Attia
Deborah Banks
Erin Campbell
Christopher Carson
Malikah Christie
Ric Cushenan
Mary Hanif
Daniel Hodges
Caprice Hoffman
Darnell Hurt
Kendall Kiper
Keith Kirschner
Kennedy Lee
Melanie Lee
Karen Lyday
Laura Majerle
Brenna Martenson
Robin Minyard
Lee Mittlesteadt
NaNa Noh
Ralph Pickwick
Brittany Porcell
Kristin Scheel
Leah Scheel
Mason Sell
Davis Smith
Shannon Stapleton
Emily Thomas
Paten Weinman