SPECIAL SMILES

Over 100 students, faculty, alumni and staff of NJDS and Bergen County College volunteered at the 2012 NJ Special Olympics Summer games held June 9-10 on the campus of the College of NJ in Ewing, NJ. From newbie, Dr. Keith Dobrin ('12) (the ink is still not dry on his diploma), to seasoned veteran, Dr. Gary Vitaletti (D'72), the DAA was well represented by 14 NJDS alumni-

Ashley Bancroft ('10)

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Sangita Madan ('91)

James Delahanty ('75)

 

Nicole Niebudek ('07)

Michael DeLuca ('91)

 

Robert Raffetto ('86)

Keith Dobrin('12)

 

Mark Robinson ('93)

Lawrence Dobrin('75)

 

Michal Rosenbach ('05)

Lorraine Kosztyu ('95)

 

R. Glenn Rosivack ('86)

Soo Chung Kwak ('11)

 

Gary Vitaletti (D'72)

 

 

 

 

Future alumna, Eleni Mavrakis ('13) provides a dental screening at Special Smiles.

Future alumni, Leonid Epshteyn ('13), provides a dental screening at Special Smiles.

 

 

Participants provided dental screenings, oral hygiene instrucion and fabricated dental mouthguards for the more than 550 athletes who visited Special Smiles, one of the seven Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiatives created to focus attention on the overall health issues facing Special Olympics athletes. "The mission of Special Smiles is to increase access to dental care for Special Olmpics athletes, as well as all people with intellectual disabilities," explains Dr. James Delahanty ('75), clinical director of the NJ Special Smiles program.

In addition, participants received AGD and ADA-recognized continuing education credits in exchange for their participation. Helping with this year's CE program was Dr. Lawrence Dobrin ('75), Chief Forensic Dentist-Office of the Medical Examiner, NYC and NJDS Assistant Dean, Dr. Arnold Rosenheck. Dr. Dobrin presented "Child Abuse: Primary Intervention by the Dental Team" and Dr. Rosenheck presented "Prevention & Early Detection of Oral Cancer in the Special Needs Population."

 

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