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Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds, 601 Martin Ave.
June 12-13, 2015
- 2,000 patient visits
- $1 million in care
- 1,000+ volunteers – Volunteers’ hometowns
2014 WDA Mission of Mercy
KI Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin
- 1,925 patient visits (1,753 unique patients)
- $1,322,176.90 value of care provided
- $754.24 per patient average ($686.85 per visit)
8,136 procedures (+400 medications distributed onsite) including but not limited to:
480 fluoride varnish
149 full and partial dentures
43 root canals and therapeutic pulpotomies
17 alveoplasty (surgical procedure used to smooth out the jawbone)
- WDA Mission of Mercy provides $1.02 million in free dental care to 1,304 patients – June 15, 2015
- Special Olympics athletes to receive free dental care at WDA Mission of Mercy – May 20, 2015
- 1,200+ volunteers from 195 cities to provide free dental care in Fond du Lac– June 4. 2015
- Media alert: 2,000 patients to receive $1 million in free dental care June 12 and 13 in Fond du Lac – June 8, 2015
U.S. Surgeon General recognizes oral health as an integral part of a person’s total health, with the dentist being the primary oral health care provider.
Goals of the Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy:
- Provide free, critical dental care with a high priority on treating patients in pain and with infections.
- Raise public awareness of the barriers to dental care faced by low-income adults and children.
- Challenge patients, policymakers and dental professionals to work together to make viable and bipartisan “Healthy Choices” that will improve Wisconsin residents’ oral health.
The seventh WDA Mission of Mercy will be held June 12 – 13, 2015 at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center in Fond du Lac. Setup is June 11 and teardown is June 13.
- An estimated $1 million in charitable care and personal oral hygiene education provided during 2,000 patient visits.
- Care offered includes cleanings, fillings, extractions and partial dentures.
- Education is the most cost-effective way to reduce oral disease. This year, all MOM patients will be required to visit an enhanced education area to learn about the importance of good daily oral hygiene practices, healthy diet and routine preventive dental care.
- Doors open at 5:30 a.m. There are no appointments. Patients are treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is encouraged with the day’s patient quota often filled by 10 a.m.
- Adults and children of all ages with limited financial resources or otherwise unable to visit a dental office and who do not have a medically-compromising condition that prohibits safely receiving care are welcome.
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Photo identification, Social Security number or other personal ID/documentation NOT required.
- More than 1,000 volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, lab technicians, Marquette University School of Dentistry students and residents from across Wisconsin will help.
- More than 13,000 children and adults have received in excess of $7.1 million in care at WDA MOM events since 2009.
While we are unable to provide care at MOM to patients with medically compromising conditions (e.g., extremely high blood pressure, severe disabilities), arrangements have been made to treat 50 pre-screened Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.
Tax deductible financial donations and in-kind contributions may be made through the WDA Foundation to help cover $183,000 in costs for dental equipment and facility rental, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food at WDA MOM.
- For every $1 in financial and in-kind donations, MOM volunteers donate $6 – $8 in needed care.
- Major support in 2015 provided by Delta Dental of Wisconsin Charitable Fund, Henry Schein and the Walmart Foundation, along with other organizations and individuals.
Dentists do serve their communities, but charity is not a sufficient health care system for meeting the needs of individuals with limited financial resources, including the 1 million (20 percent) Wisconsin residents who annually receive medical assistance.
- Of $7.1 billion state and federal governments spent on the Wisconsin Medicaid program in fiscal year 2011, less than 1 percent ($65.2 million) was spent on dentistry.
- State fee-for-service MA data shows $189.8 million in dental care was actually provided to enrollees. State and federal governments paid just $65.2 million (34 percent) for the care patients received with participating dentists donating the balance of $124.6 million in services. The dental community donates more in care than is paid for by the state and federal governments combined.
Ensuring residents have proper dental care is important to our state economically and socially.
Preventive care and early treatment of oral disease saves money, pain and time in the dental chair.
For each WDA Mission of Mercy event, funds are needed to help cover dental equipment and facility rental, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food costs. For every $1 received we are able to provide $6 – $8 in needed care.
Dr. Thomas (Tom) Raimann, 2015 WDA Mission of Mercy state co-chair
Dr. Tom Raimann has a private, general dental practice in Hales Corners, Wisconsin and works part-time at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic on Milwaukee’s south side.
Dr. Raimann is chair of the seventh WDA Mission of Mercy being held June 12 – 13 at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center.
As MOM State Committee vice chair in 2011 and 2012, he headed up clinic operations at the Madison and Wausau events, before chairing WDA Mission of Mercy events in 2013 in Walworth County and 2014 in Green Bay.
Dr. Raimann represented the Greater Milwaukee Region on the WDA Board of Trustees from 2007 – 2014. He is a past-president of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association.
His charitable dental care efforts include multiple years as chair of the area’s Head Start Dental Day and Give Kids A Smile ® volunteer. In 2006, Dr. Raimann received the WDA Pyramid of Pride Community Outreach Award. Marquette University School of Dentistry presented him with its Outstanding Dental Service Award in 2014.
A graduate of MUSOD, Dr. Raimann is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Dr. Lynn Lepak-McSorley, 2015 WDA Mission of Mercy state co-chair
Dr. Lynn Lepak-McSorley is vice chair of the seventh WDA Mission of Mercy being held this June at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center after volunteering at MOM events in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
She is a resident of New Berlin, Wisconsin with a general dental practice in Milwaukee. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Lepak-McSorley has been a supervising dentist for the Milwaukee Area Technical College dental hygiene program since 2010.
She is a past-president of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association and has represented the Greater Milwaukee Region on the WDA Board of Trustees since November 2012.
Dr. Lepak-McSorley has been active with GMDA’s annual Give Kids A Smile® charitable care outreach since 2007. She has donated her dental services to children in the Milwaukee Public School Head Start program since 2009.
She earned a degree in biology from Marquette University before continuing on to earn her DDS degree from that institution’s school of dentistry. Dr. Lepak-McSorley was inducted into the American College of Dentists in 2012 and the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 2013.
Dr. Christopher Maury, 2015 WDA Mission of Mercy local co-chair
Dr. Chris Maury is co-chair of the 2015 WDA Mission of Mercy Local Committee.
He and his wife, Dr. Julie Maury, have been providing dental care in the Fond du Lac community since 2006 when they opened their Maury Family Dental Practice. Prior to that, they both worked for several years in the Milwaukee area.
Dr. Chris is a member of the American Dental Association and Wisconsin Dental Association. A past-president of the Fond du Lac County Dental Society, he represents his local colleagues in the WDA House of Delegates.
He has a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In 2001, he earned his dental degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee.
A native of Sheboygan, Wis., Dr. Chris and family currently live in Fond du Lac.
Ms. Samantha Twohig, RDH, 2015 WDA Mission of Mercy local co-chair
Samantha Twohig is a registered dental hygienist and co-chair of the 2015 WDA Mission of Mercy Local Committee.
As the oral health program coordinator for Fond du Lac County, Ms. Twohig helped create and implement the Save A Smile (SAS) children’s dental program in 2007. A one-of-a-kind dental outreach, it enables county residents who are 18 years and younger and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program to be seen by local dental providers who are under contract with the program. SAS was expanded in 2012 to cover urgent dental needs of adults with MA coverage.
A life-long Fond du Lac County resident, Ms. Twohig has been active in the Elmer Dixon Fund, Fond du Lac County Dental Access and Head Start Health Advisory committees. She was named 2013 Woman Manager of the Year by the Fond du Lac Chapter of Women in Management.
Samantha lives in the Fond du Lac area with her husband and their three young children.
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The WDA has 3,000 member dentists and a number of dental hygienists. With just 3,500 licensed dentists in the state, the WDA is considered the leading voice for dentistry in Wisconsin. WDA members are committed to promoting professional excellence and quality oral health care. Established in 1870, the WDA is headquartered in West Allis and has a legislative office in Madison. The WDA is affiliated with the American Dental Association – the largest and oldest national dental association in the world.
As the philanthropic arm of the Wisconsin Dental Association, the WDA Foundation is committed to making a difference by improving the oral health of Wisconsin residents through its support of projects that provide dental care for the disadvantaged while meeting the current and future needs of the dental profession.
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