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!

Roy and Michelle at 35th Gala booth

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.

Roy, Michael and Scott at the American Embassy

 

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DVI’s 35th Anniversary Gala – NYC’s showstopping event in 2015

DVI’s 35th Anniversary Gala – A Cocktail Reception, Dinner & Celebration To be Remembered!

On November 29th AFDVI celebrated DVI’s 35th Anniversary in style! Former United States Senator from Connecticut Joe Lieberman, as keynote speaker, praised DVI for serving as a beacon of hope in Jerusalem:

“Almost everybody you talk to in Israel – they’re yearning for peace..they would really love to create a situation with the Palestinians where there was peace for both sides. But frankly most of them have given up on the process because they don’t see leadership on the other side that is committed to making that happen. This is one of the reasons that I so deeply respect what Dental Volunteers for Israel does. In the first instance, I respect it because you’re all doing something you don’t have to do; you have practices and your lives – this was not necessary for you to do. You did it because you thought you could be of help. I believe you have the satisfaction that is unique to anyone when we serve a cause that is is larger than ourselves. We know that we’re making a difference. The skills that you have as members of the dental profession. And it is the midst of all the division, frustrated yearning for peace that you do create an island of hope in Jerusalem…you’re open to serve Jews, Arabs, Christians, whatever. And, I think in doing so, you not only help those people, but you create an example – a sort of beacon or modality that will infuse on the entire region – and certainly the relationship between Jews and Palestinians. So I admire you greatly for that.”

Senator Lieberman also received an award on behalf of the B.L. Manger Foundation which he chairs. The event, held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan, was attended by dentists from across the US and several important supporters from abroad, including Septodont President Olivier Schiller. Many other notable dental industry leaders and staunch DVI supporters including Henry Schein’s CEO Stan Bergman and Premier’s leadership Julie and Rabbi Gary Charlestein attended and shmoozed with the crowd.

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Dr. John Bengtson, 19-time DVI Volunteer and Ms. Edlawit Agdea, his former patient.

Former DVI patient Edi Agdea, now studying nursing in Texas, came and spoke poignantly about the impact DVI made in her life, with Dr. John Bengtson, the DVI volunteer dentist who treated her, speaking with her – their presence, side-by-side, was emotionally moving, especially as it was obvious how much they enjoyed each other’s company and were so delighted to see one another. This really brought the message home to everyone that DVI is one global family.

The event was a stunning victory for DVI’s wonderful support network in the US. DVI’s staff and board of directors thanks everyone for helping make its 35th year a phenomenal success!

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DVI-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine-Manitoba University School of Dental MedicineCollaborative Agreement

Collaborative Agreement 2015

Prof. Yossi Shapira , Former Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine; Prof. Diana Ram, Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine; Prof. Eliezer Eidelman, DVI Associate Dental Director and Former Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine; Prof. Aaron Palmore, Dean of The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine; Prof. Charles LekicHead of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, The University Manitoba, Canada; Dr. Motti Moskovitz,Director of Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program at The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine and Former DVI Director General; Dr. Roy Petel, DVI Director General and Clinical Instructor at the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine; Dr. Elia Peled, Senior Anesthesiologist at the Schneider’s Children’s Medical Center of Israel (left to right).

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.

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In Loving Memory of Hannah Pinto

Hannah and her sons

Hannah and her sons

We are very sorry to announce the passing of Hannah Pinto, a dental assistant at DVI for 25 years.  A kind and generous person, she was always willing to help in every way at the clinic and frequently hosted many of our dental volunteers at her home. She died peacefully after an extended illness surrounded by her loving family. She was greatly loved by many and we will always remember her and miss her.

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Professor Alan M. Dershowitz Lecture: Israel, ISIS and the War Against Terrorism

Please join AFDVI for our 2014 Fundraiser in support of the DVI Trudi Birger Children’s Dental Clinic

Sunday, November 16, 2014
5:00 PM Reception – Light Repast (kosher)
6:00 PM Lecture, followed by Q&A session

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Septodont Lecture Hall, 1st Floor
NYU College of Dentistry
345 E. 24th Street (Corner of 1st Avenue)
New York, NY

To register and for more information, click here.

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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Visits DVI

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Mayor Barkat with Dr. Roy Petel discussing DVI

On Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited DVI’s free clinic to learn more about its charitable work and the oral health care situation for the underprivileged.

Mayor Barkat was particularly interested in acknowledging that DVI is providing top-quality care for children and youth who fall through the cracks of the current healthcare system, including:

1.       Children ABOVE age 12 who are not covered, including youth at-risk through age 26,

2.       Children UNDER age 12 who have been removed from their homes and live in children’s homes, most of which do not have funds to pay for the co-pay of subsidized care,

3.       Children with special needs, and/or behavioral issues whom the government funded HMO clinics insist on treating with general anesthesia, due to a lack of qualified personnel (pediatric dentists),

4.       Children who require special treatments by specialists, including Endodontics (root canal treatments), Periodontics (treatment for gum disease) or oral surgery, which are not covered under the current system.

SAM_5945Mayor Barkat was also inquisitive about the difference between treatment provided by DVI and treatment provided by government clinics:

1.       No expenses spared – HMO (Kupat Holim) clinics are reimbursed by the government with a flat fee per child, which forces them to cut corners in order to economize when children require significant amounts of treatment. DVI, however, does not factor in the cost of treatment AT ALL, focusing only on what is best for the child and his/her situation.

2.       Seasoned dentists and specialists – while the HMO clinics are staffed with mostly general dentists and recent dental school graduates, DVI accepts only dentists with a minimum of two years’ experience, and most volunteers have 10 years or more. DVI volunteers include world-renown dentists, lecturers, directors of prestigious dental schools, and specialists in Endodontics (root canal treatments), oral surgery, Periodontics, etc.

3.       Completely free – while the HMO clinics offer subsidized treatments, the per-treatment co-pay can prove cost-prohibitive when each child needs multiple treatments, amongst multiple children within one family. The DVI clinic NEVER takes any money for any treatment (even root canal treatments provided by licensed Endodontists, at a value of some 3,000 NIS), so that lack of funds will not equal a lack of dental health.

4.       A warm, caring environment – Nothing compares to the boost of self-esteem that the patients at DVI get from knowing that the dentist treating them has come from overseas especially to help him or her, simply because he/she cares.

Mayor Barkat took the time to meet with the on-call volunteer dentists from overseas and also met some of our patients. He was pleased to meet DVI’s most loyal local volunteer, Palestinian dentist Dr. Nedal Alayyan, who was himself treated in the clinic as a child.

 

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DVI Cuts a Workday Due to Lack of Funds

As of April 1, 2014, the clinic will operate only 4 days each week, closing on Wednesdays. Our board of directors struggled with this decision, which was forced on them due to lack of funding. While this cut will decrease our expenses by 10%, this is not quite enough to make up the clinic’s deficit and if we can’t find new sources of funding soon, more cuts may be necessary.

You, our dear friends and volunteers, are well aware that the clinic has been operating on a “shoe-string” budget already – this cut, and any others that may follow, will directly affect the number of patients we will be able to treat. If every friend of DVI sponsored just ONE CHILD – and donated $180 every year, DVI would continue to exist without any problem, as long as dentists wished to come and volunteer.

Please help us continue to treat Jerusalem’s neediest children! Make a donation today – by clicking here and tell your patients, your congregation, and your friends about the great work that DVI does.

If you live in the US, a tax-deductible donation may be made to them by clicking on this link  this link.

If you live in Canada, a tax-deductible donation may be made to them by clicking on this link.

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Returning a smile to an at risk youth!

Last week, Guy, a 20 year old referred to us by Kidum Noar (the Jerusalem Municipality’s department for Youth at Risk) came in to the clinic for the first time. He had gone to a private dentist about the space between his teeth, caused by a small incisor. The private dentist told him he’d need to pull the small tooth and give him an implant – and even offered him a “discounted price” of 5,000 NIS. As a young adult with no support and a very small income, Guy felt that he had no choice but to ignore the space, though he was self-conscious about it.

Luckily, the Jerusalem Municipality’s Kidum Noar referred him to DVI, where he learned that some space between your teeth is no reason to pull a healthy tooth! Veteran DVI dentist Dr. Steve Katz built up the tooth for Guy with composite – for free.

Dr. Katz is a veteran volunteer who comes in twice a year to treat needy patients in the DVI clinic. Thank you, Steve! It is always a pleasure!

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DVI sends five patients with serious orthodontic needs to Hadassah for Treatment

Thanks to Alpha Omega London and Operation Blessing, DVI is sending five children for necessary orthodontic work, which we cannot provide at DVI. These children suffer from a combination of severely impacted teeth and crossbites, that would affect their normal tooth development and jaw development, if left untreated.

DVI’s mission is to make sure that all our patients’ dental needs are taken care of, including malocclusions that can be treated with early intervention.  When these types of interventions cannot be performed at DVI, the children are referred to Hadassah’s Orthodontic Department according to an agreement reached between Professor Stella Chaushu, the Head of the Department, and our Director, Dr Roy Petel.

    

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DVI at the AAPD

At the AAPD, May 22-26, DVI manned it’s booth, and dentists came by in large numbers to talk to Michelle Levin and Dr. Roy Petel. It was heartwarming to see so many come by and let  us know that they were interested in coming to our clinic in Jerusalem to volunteer. Dr. Petel gave a lecture “DVI – High Class Comprehensive Dental Care in a Community Dental Clinic” which was attended by a few hundred dentists.

One of our DVI veteran volunteers – Dr. Sheldon Bernick, was honored at the Gala Dinner by receiving the Manuel M. Album Award, an award which recognizes outstanding care for children with special needs. “Sheldon Bernick, D.D.S., a volunteer dentist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for the past 15 years, received The Manuel M. Album Award at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry today in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes a dentist for outstanding achievements in caring for children with special needs. Dr. Bernick, who practices in Broomall, Pa., works at CHOP once a week as the consulting pediatric dentist on the Hospital’s Cleft Palate and Craniofacial team.”

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