High Peaks Dental just celebrated our 1st Kid’s Day and it was a huge success it was! We had a great response from sponsors and volunteers in helping High Peaks promote good oral health to the North Country’s younger nation. Every child that was seen, ages 2 – 18 was taught the proper way to brush and floss. For all kids ages 3 and up, fluoride varnish was placed on their teeth for FREE!
But that wasn’t the only thing that High Peaks had planned for the day. Jessica Morris, High Peaks’ administrative Team leader, offered face paintings to everyone that walked through the door. Even the volunteers joined in for some of the facial artistic fun!
Our hygiene Team leader, Audra Luck-Squier and Alicia Fuller-Blaise, our community relations director, generously donated oranges and drinks to everyone that walked through the door.
There were coloring stations set up with coloring books that the kids were able to take home with them. Each child that scheduled an appointment with us received either a “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” book or a “Princess” book. All donated by the Plattsburgh’s Teachers Association.
Teddy, our large stuffed bear and office mascot, found himself a new home that day as well. All the attendees participated in the drawing and Mr. Cole Mason was our big winner! He was so happy and excited that when he came to pick up the new edition to his family he wouldn’t stop hugging Teddy!
The wonderful people at Fuller Excavating even dropped off some of their heavy equipment for the kids to play on and get pictures with. Jordan LeClair, a Fuller employee, and Kenny Bruno, a friend of the Fuller family, donated their time in helping educate the children on the importance of hard hats and helping the kids get on and off of the machines safely.
Our local TV stations, Fox 44 and WPTZ came to observe and report on what all the talk was all about, making kids stars on the news that night!!
And then….to top it all off…..the USA National LUGE TEAM made an appearance at the event!
Yes, that’s right, the Luge team took time from their busy training schedule to come and educate kids the importance of mouth guards. They were wonderful interacting with the kids, showing them how to lay on a luge sled and the best way to play with all the toys in our Kid’s CornerJ! They were even took the time to sign autographs for everyone!
Henry Schein generously donated toothbrushes and Voco donated fluoride varnish for the final touches of this event.
This was such a great day and we are looking forward to hosting another one next year. We would love to say thank you to all of our volunteers who came and helped out:
Audra Luck-Squier Alicia Fuller-Blaise Peggy Cartier Jessica Morris
Nikki Burdo Liesl Grue Kaitlin Facteau Kaitlin Romero
May Namoc Karen Andre Ashley Buxton Patricia Holland
Danielle Provost Jordan LeClair Kenny Bruno
Dr. Michael O’Connor Dr. William Caldon
Letter from Kyla Relaford
Director of the Educational Opportunity Program
SUNY College at Plattsburgh:
September 17, 2013
To the entire High Peaks Dental Team,
This past Saturday, September 14 was truly a wonderful day for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students from SUNY College at Plattsburgh. We had the opportunity to bring six of our students to your Free Dental Day for cleanings and consultations. Our students have severely limited personal and medical resources, but they do understand the value of dental health. They were thrilled to participate in this special day!
Our students commented that High Peaks Dental is not only a beautiful space, but that the staff was friendly and caring. In fact, one student commented that she has never had such a thorough and careful dental cleaning. The students felt that, even though they don’t have the resources many others have, they received the same outstanding care at this event.
Most businesses don’t dream or dare to volunteer time and resources. High Peaks Dental is a stand-out organization in this regard. And while the Free Dental Day may only be once a year, we know that you are going above and beyond throughout the year. You are a leader in offering free or discounted services and working with your patients to find ways to appropriately finance their medical needs. You do all of this while also providing patients with only the latest technology and equipment…not to mention a smile and real respect for privacy.
I am proud to call High Peaks Dental my own provider, and our students are now spreading the word too! Again, THANK YOU from all of us in EOP.
Free Dental Day
September 14, 2013
Dr. Michael O’Connor, Dr. William P. Caldon and Dr. Donnon “DJ” O’Neill along with the volunteer staff from High Peaks Dental and other local dental offices will host the North Country’s 7th annual Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) event – providing a free day of dental care on a first come first served basis to residents of the North Country.
In the past, people have been arriving as early as 2:00 AM the day of the event, with many prepared to camp out in order to receive free services. Over the years, Dentistry From The Heart patients have traveled from across New York, Vermont and Canada to High Peaks Dental located at 675 Route 3, Suite 201, Plattsburgh, NY for the annual free day of dentistry, which happens this year on Saturday, September 14, 2013.
In 2001, Dentistry From The Heart started with New Port Richey dentist Dr. Vincent Monticciolo as a means of giving back to the community and providing dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. Since its inception, Dentistry From The Heart has grown to include over 200 annual events nationwide and provided more than 45,000 people with free dental services.
Annually, Dr. O’Connor, Dr. Caldon, Dr. O’Neill and their team of dentists, volunteers and sponsors provide the first arriving patients, 18 years or older, with a free extraction, filling or cleaning. This is the 7th annual event for High Peaks Dental, which has donated more than $160,000 in free dental care to more than 500 North Country residents. Come early and enjoy the day!
For further information call High Peaks Dental at 518-563-8622.