SPECIAL SMILES

Over 100 students, faculty, alumni and staff of RSDM and Bergen County College volunteered at the 2013 NJ Special Olympics Summer games held June 8-9 on the campus of the College of NJ in Ewing, NJ. From Dr. Ryan Scally ('10) to seasoned veteran, Dr. Bernard Greenwald ('69), the DAA was well represented by 14 NJDS alumni-

James Delahanty ('75)

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Nicole Niebudek ('07)

Michael DeLuca ('91)

 

Robert Raffetto ('86)

Lawrence Dobrin('75)

 

Mark Robinson ('93)

Bernard Greenwald('69)

 

Michal Rosenbach ('05)

Lorraine Kosztyu ('95)

 

R. Glenn Rosivack ('86)

Sangita Madan ('91)

 

Ryan Scally ('10)

Rachel Mandel ('09)

 

Gary Vitaletti (D'72)

 

 

 

 

Future alumna, Alexa Previti ('14) provides a dental screening at Special Smiles.

Future alumna, Rajvi Shah('14), provides a dental screening at Special Smiles.

 

 

Participants provided dental screenings, oral hygiene instrucion and fabricated dental mouthguards for the more than 625 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 Olympics 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 "Let The Children Laugh: Detecting Early Signs of Abuse " and Dr. Rosenheck presented "Oral Manisfestations of Systemic Disease."

New Jersey will host the 2014 USA Games from June 14-21. To learn how you can volunteer for the Special Smiles program at the national games contact: Dr. James Delahanty

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