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Estimated totals

More than $1 million was provided to children and adults, ages 1 – 90, during 2,087 patient visits at the ninth Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy held June 22 and 23 at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.

  • 8,332 dental procedures
  • 1,090 X-rays
  • 1,436 fillings
  • 3,923 teeth pulled
  • 818 cleanings
  • 801 sealant/fluoride treatments
  • 72 root canals and therapeutic pulpotomies
  • 156 full and partial dentures

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Press releases

WDA Mission of Mercy bringing free dental care to greater Milwaukee area – May 30, 2018

Special Olympics athletes to receive free dental care at WDA Mission of Mercy – June 6, 2018

1,300+ volunteers from 188 Wisconsin communities to provide free dental care in West Allis – June 13, 2018

$1 million in free dental care during 2,000 patient visits June 22 and 23 in West Allis – June 18, 2018

More than $1 million in free dental care provided during 2,000+ patient visits– June 25, 2018

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MOM facts

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:

  1. Provide free, critical dental care with a high priority on treating patients in pain and with infections.
  2. Raise public awareness of the barriers to dental care faced by low-income adults and children.
  3. Challenge patients, policymakers and dental professionals to work together to make viable and bipartisan “Healthy Choices” that will improve Wisconsin residents’ oral health.

The ninth WDA Mission of Mercy will be held June 22 – 23, 2018 at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. West Allis, WI 53214. Setup is June 21 and teardown is June 23.

  • More than $1 million in charitable care and personal oral hygiene education provided during 2,087 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 identification/documentation NOT required.
  • Some 1,400 volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, lab technicians, Marquette University School of Dentistry students and residents from across Wisconsin will help.
  • More than 15,000 children and adults have now received in excess of $10.4 million in donated care at WDA Mission of Mercy 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 35 pre-screened Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.

Tax deductible financial donations and in-kind contributions may be made through the WDA Foundation to help cover $212,000 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 financial and in-kind support in 2018 is provided by Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation and Henry Schein Dental, 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.

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Donors

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.

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Spokespersons

Dr. Lynn Lepak-McSorley, 2018 WDA Mission of Mercy chair

Dr. Lynn Lepak-McSorley is chair of the ninth WDA Mission of Mercy being held June 22-23 at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.

She is a resident of Muskego, 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 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 Doctorate of Dental Surgery 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. Monica Hebl, 2018 WDA Mission of Mercy local chair

Dr. Monica Hebl, a private practicing general dentist and dental Medicaid provider in Milwaukee and a Wauwatosa resident, is the local chair of the ninth WDA Mission of Mercy being held June 22-23 at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.

A past-president of the 3,000-member Wisconsin Dental Association, she is currently serving her fourth term as speaker of the WDA House of Delegates. She is a past-president of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association and a previous member of the Governor’s Task Force to Improve Access to Oral Health Care.

Dr. Hebl is a national spokesperson on access to dental care for the American Dental Association, a professional organization representing approximately 161,000 U.S. dentists.

She is a member of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and Delta Dental of Wisconsin Board of Directors.

Dr. Hebl attended Ripon College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison before earning her dental degree in 1985 from Marquette University School of Dentistry. She is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

 

Dr. Tammy Boudry, 2018 WDA Mission of Mercy co-vice chair

Dr. Tammy Boudry is state co-vice chair of the ninth WDA Mission of Mercy being held June 22-23 at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.

She previously volunteered at MOM events in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and was the vice chair in 2016.

Dr. Boudry has been providing dental care as a hygienist since 1999 and as a dentist since 2006 here in Wisconsin. She earned her undergraduate degree in Health Science in 1999. She received her Dental Degree of Oral Surgery from Marquette University School in Milwaukee, WI in 2006. She also attended a post graduate two year orthodontics program in Chicago, IL.

She has spent a large part of her career working with underserved children in the Green Bay Area at Brown County Oral Health Partnership. This non-profit organization received the 2015 Ethics in Business Award.

Dr. Boudry opened Boudry Dental, a general dental practice, in Fond du Lac in 2014. Unique to this practice is the use of a dental therapy dog.

She is a member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association and Brown Door Kewanee Dental Society. Dr. Boudry was the 2015 recipient of the WDA’s Pyramid of Pride New Dentist Leadership Award. Additionally she is a member of the Women’s Dental Club through Baycare Clinic. She was also named a Pierre Fauchard Academy fellow in 2017.

Dr. Boudry is an active volunteer both here in the United States and abroad. She has taken nearly a dozen mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. She volunteers locally in her community at church, schools, Sigma, Noon Kiwanis and the St. Baldrick’s Cancer Foundation. She also donates her time to events such as the Agnesian Living Smart Program, Give Kids A Smile®, Salvation Army and Healthy Athletes with Special Olympics. Each year, Dr. Boudry runs a candy buyback, in conjunction with Operation Gratitude to support troops overseas. She also actively works with Team Smile in Milwaukee providing dental care to children in need. Dr. Boudry also participates in the Head Start program and with Donated Dental Services donating her time and resources through the WDA.

 

Dr. Andrew Smith, 2018 WDA Mission of Mercy co-vice chair

Dr. Andrew Smith is state co-vice chair of the ninth WDA Mission of Mercy being held June 22-23 at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.

Dr. Smith, a general dentist in Milwaukee, has been involved in planning previous Mission of Mercy events in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was also an alternate to the WDA House of Delegates in 2015. He attended Marquette University School of Dentistry and graduated in 2009.

 

 

Dr. Michael (Mike) Donohoo, 2018 WDA Mission of Mercy legislative lead

Dr. Mike Donohoo is the local legislative lead of the ninth WDA Mission of Mercy being held June 22-23 at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.

Dr. Donohoo graduated in 1980 with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry. He is a general dentist and dental Medicaid provider at Burleigh Dental, a group practice in Milwaukee. He resides in Wauwatosa.

Throughout his career, he was elected as president of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association, president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, speaker of the house for the WDA House of Delegates and as chairman of the American Dental Political Action Committee. In 2014, Dr. Donohoo was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award, the WDA’s highest honor, for his efforts over the past 35 years in advancing the mission and goals of the association.

He has served as a dental consultant on the Head Start Health Advisory Committee’s Social Development Commission and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on training on primary care, medicine and dentistry.

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About the WDA and WDA Foundation

The WDA has over 3,000 member dentists and a number of dental hygienists. With just 3,500 licensed dentists in the state, the WDA is 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.

WDA Foundation Logo

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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Oral health story ideas

Reporting on a dental health topic or looking for a story idea? Contact the WDA for dental health information and/or to arrange an interview with a dentist on a specific topic.

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Contact

For media inquiries and assistance, please contact:

Christine Dunbeck
WDA Managing Editor/Communications & Public Relations Coordinator
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2360
West Allis, WI 53214
414-755-4110 (direct)
cdunbeck@wda.org

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