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2021 Veterans Stand Down
On Friday, June 18th, yet another successful Stand Down event
was held here in the Monterey Peninsula. Taking place at the
Veteran’s Transition Center in Marina, the event was organized
by California Care Force (CCF).
The Monterey Bay Dental Society was once again represented well,
and several of our member dentists were in attendance to volunteer
their time. A mobile dental van (owned by private dentist, Dr. Puneet
Pande, of Milpitas Smile Design) was utilized for the event. Designed
specifically for events like this one, it was actually the first opportunity
for it to be put to use! The organization “Healing California”
(https://healingca.org/) leased the portable unit, and provided all
the instruments and sterilization equipment for the day.
Special thanks to our MBDS members, Drs. Chris Mule, James
Alderete, David Higginbotham, and Richard Kent for showing
up to support the cause. Local dental hygienists, Teresa (sorry for
the lack of last name,) assisted the doctors, while Jenny Klugman,
RDH and others helped with triage. In total, over 30 patients
received dental services, which included triage exams, x-rays, fillings,
and surgical extractions. Those who weren’t in urgent need and
those who would need continuing attention after treatment were
referred to Dentistry 4 Vets, the local dental clinic designed to serve
the needs of needy Veterans. Thank you to Dr. George Yellich
and Patricia Yellich for masterminding this clinic and to their
Volunteer Board of Directors for making their clinic available to
the needy veterans from the Stand Down. At the end of the day,
almost $12,000 in dental services were provided, and several
Veterans were able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination as well.
It is an incredible honor to be able to serve our esteemed Veterans
here on the Central Coast, and the MBDS will keep our members
posted about future Stand Down dates.
www.mbdsdentist.com I MONTEREY BAY SMILELINE – SUMMER 2021