GDA Dentists Honored for Community Service

The Georgia Dental Association Community Service Award recognizes dentists who distinguish themselves by extraordinary service to the quality of life and health of persons in the local, state, national, or international community via dentistry. The award honors members whose volunteer spirit reflects well on the Association and raises the profile of all dentists. Kudos to 2014 honorees Dr. Karyn Stockwell and Dr. Rebecca Weinman.

Dr. Karyn Stockwell

If the GDA conducts a charitable event and calls for volunteers, chances are that Dr. Karyn Stockwell of Marietta will answer the call. This Medical College of Georgia graduate has taken part in numerous GDA, Northwestern District, community, and Pierre Fauchard Academy charitable activities, and provides   charitable care within her practice. But Georgia patients in need have benefitted from Dr. Stockwell’s work in other ways.

In January 2010, Dr. Stockwell encouraged the GDA House of Delegates to bring a Mission of Mercy clinic to Georgia. The House approved. The GDA has now hosted two GMOM clinics in Atlanta where volunteers have provided care to more than 3,800 low- and no-income Georgians. GMOM has garnered widespread media coverage and been honored with a 2012 Atlanta Business Chronicle “Health Care Heroes” Community Outreach Award. Dr. Stockwell and her State GMOM co-chair Dr. Jonathan Dubin, with the assistance of Local GMOM Chair Dr. Jimmy Cassidy, are moving the program to central Georgia for a third clinic in 2015.

“Dr. Stockwell has given countless hours to the Atlanta community in order that many of its citizens might enjoy better oral health,” said Northwestern District Past President Dr. Stan Halpern. “We appreciate the opportunity for her to be recognized publicly for her efforts.”

Dr. Rebecca Weinman

The GDA and Atlanta community have greatly benefitted from the volunteer efforts of Dr. Rebecca Weinman. She is a dedicated supporter of GDA and Northern District charitable dental activities. In addition, she has restored the oral health of dozens of victims of domestic violence.

“Domestic violence and sex trafficking are forms of slavery that leave the victim not only with a broken
soul but frequently broken teeth due to physical abuse or neglect,” said Dr. Weinman. “As I began to work with women helped by the Partnership Against Domestic Violence organization, I reached out to Jeff Paulen, owner of New Image Laboratory. He agreed that if I did the dentistry, he would donate laboratory materials and services. I share this award with him because together we have been able to assist many more individuals.”

“I have seen Becky work with victims over many months to re-establish their oral health and smiles,” said Dr. Mollie Winston, one of the specialists, including Dr. Laura Braswell, Dr. Richard Sugarman, and Dr. Mark Brunner Dr. Weinman has recruited to help victims as well. “She does this tirelessly and quietly with great devotion and respect for individual needs.”