Although the Jerusalem Municipal Social Welfare Department is well aware of DVI’s presence, and many of its social workers refer patients to us on a regular basis, it is also important to connect with the individual social workers who work in various parts of the city with both young and elderly clients. To this end, we initiated a series of orientation meetings with social service representatives and took the opportunity to also invite social workers from other agencies whose clients could benefit from DVI services. In total close to thirty social workers from all parts of our catchment area attended, most of who had never personally visited the clinic. It was an excellent opportunity for our referring partners to get their many questions answered. They had a chance to speak with the volunteer dentists as well, and left feeling better informed, very impressed with the professional services provided by DVI’s international volunteer dentists and the warmth that permeates the entire clinic.
Rabbi Michael Melchior came to visit DVI on May 27, 2018. Though Rav Melchior has visited DVI before, he graciously took the time to come and learn about DVI’s many new projects. As a former Member of Knesset and former Chief Rabbi of Norway, Rabbi Melchior has long supported the work of DVI behind the scenes – and we are grateful for his support!
Dr. Trombly and Dr. Gonzales-Cabesas exchanging ideas with students Mario Antonio, Rahul Srivastava, Robert Miller and Thomas Paron
Dr. Carlos Gonzales-Cabesas, Professor at the School of Dentistry University of Michigan brought a group of his students to visit the DVI clinic in Jerusalem and learn from our director, Dr. Roy Petel and the visiting volunteer dentists of the week: Dr. Paul Trombly, Professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Saul Pressner, President of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry and Dr. Luis Karakowsy, Professor at the Universidad Tecnologica de Mexico and the DVI representative for Mexico.
On November 26,2017 DVI welcomed the first Tel Aviv Dental School pediatric resident to our clinic. Under the supervision of our director, Dr. Roy Petel, DVI is now officially recognized as a training facility for residents in pediatric dentistry for both the Haddasah School of Dental Medicine at Hebrew University and the Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University. The DVI commitment to excellence on the one hand and patience and warmth on the other, as set forth by our founder Trudi Birger, continues to serve as DVI’s guiding principles and to inspire future generations of professionals.
Like DVI dentists, diplomats come from all over the world to serve in Israel and their children are educated at the International School in Jerusalem. Last week these forces converged at the DVI clinic.The students packed winter clothing and supplies donated by one of our supporters, Operation Blessing, to be distributed to our needy families. They also helped with office work and planted some plants and fruit bearing trees, including a citron (Etrog) tree whose fruit will eventually also be given out to our patients to help them celebrate the Tabernacle (Sukkot) holiday! Thank you Dr. Berry Stahl for initiating this idea! Pictured far LEFT are the dentists hailing from Arizona (Dr. Jonathan Gutman), Michigan (Dr. Murray Baruch) and Germany (Dr. Maria Stehman) together with the staff and students of the International School.
Rabbi Gary Charlestein, Chairman of Premier left visited DVI to drop off yet another generous donation of requested supplies; pictured here with DVI clinic director Dr. Roy Petel center and (volunteering dentist) Dr. Sheldon Bernick right of Philadelphia. Rabbi Charlestein, also of Philadelphia, and Premier Dental Manufacturers are long time supporters of Dental Volunteers for Israel.
On April 13, 2016, DVI’s Director Dr. Roy Petel and DVI volunteer dentist Dr. Kristiina Rämö, and her spouse Professor Tapani Rämö visited the Finnish Embassy in Tel Aviv. They met with Ambassador Leena-Kaisa Mikkola, who learned about DVI and was very interested. Dr. Rämö has been volunteering at DVI since 2006; other Finnish dentists have been volunteering at DVI since the 1980s. The ambassador expressed her desire to visit the clinic and see firsthand the treatments provided by the volunteer dentists to needy Jerusalem youth.
Representatives from the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry visited DVI on April 4th, 2016, to tour the clinic and learn more about volunteering while performing pediatric dentistry to a high standard.
The purpose of their visit to Israel was to give accreditation to the department of pediatric dentistry of Hadassah and the Hebrew University so that the program will be recognized in Europe.
DVI’s Dr. Roy Petel and Michelle Levine manned the AFDVI booth at the Greater New York Dental Meeting and met hundreds of dentists and potential corporate sponsors!
Dr. Michael Goldberg, Immediate Past President, At-Large Director, Dr. Scott Dubowsky, President of AFDVI, and DVI General Director, Dr. Roy Petel, visited the Consulate General of Israel in New York.
DVI-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine-Manitoba University School of Dental MedicineCollaborative Agreement
Prof. Charles Lekic, Director of the Master of Pediatric Dentistry-Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program, The University Manitoba, and Prof. Diana Ram, Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, signed a Collaborative Agreement between DVI-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine-Manitoba University School of Dental Medicine that will facilitate the exchange of Canadian and Israeli interns in Pediatric Dentistry. The Canadian interns will come to Israel to work at DVI and participate in seminars under the academic auspices of The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, and Israeli interns will travel to Canada and will be hosted by our Canadian colleagues.
Under the supervision of DVI’s Director General and Associate Dental Directors, the Canadian interns will contribute to provide dental care to children in need alongside the other volunteer dentists who come from a variety of countries. Everyone at DVI will benefit greatly from the professional and cultural exchange facilitated by this important and welcome collaboration.