Pacific Dental Services Foundation Dental Van Visits Jerome, AZ

PDS volunteers including dentists, hygienists, assistants and staff get ready to see Jerome patients.

Thanks to their generosity and commitment to service, the Pacific Dental Services Foundation Mobile Dental Clinic spent Friday, September 20th in Jerome providing free dental care to 26 people. Eighteen volunteers provided the comprehensive care including four dentists, three dental hygienists and five dental assistants. The patients were truly appreciative of the quality of care provided.

Jerome residents waiting to be seen in the PDS Foundation Dental Van

On Thursday, the 26th, the Jerome Fire Department celebrated their annual “picnic” thanking the citizens for their support and honoring firefighters. Due to pending rain, the event was held in the firehouse and was very well attended. There was plenty of delicious food at the potluck, and the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra provided the musical entertainment.

Dr. Jack and Jamie welcome ASDOH faculty member Dr. Bruce White to Jerome.

Dr. Jack is busy preparing for the the second Public Health Symposium he will be leading at the upcoming Greater New York Dental Meeting, December 3rd and 4th at the Javits Center in New York City. There will be four panels of world renowned leaders addressing critical issues relevant to all healthcare providers and educators. Admission is free to dental students and residents. Please check their website for details.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg returns to San Francisco for joint ADA/FDI conference

Drs. Tony Hashemian and Shuaib Khaderi welcome Dr. Jack to Tony’s presentation at the ADA meeting.

The 2019 ADA/FDI Conference provided a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Jack Dillenberg to participate in a number of meetings and honor the recognition of dear friends. He also learned about new dental procedures and products and had the opportunity to attend the ATSU Alumni event reconnecting with both ASDOH and MOSDOH graduates.

ASDOH graduates at ADA meeting visit with their former Dean.

The ATSU Alumni event gave alums a venue to visit with the current dental school deans as well as a number of pre dental students from UCSD. It also allowed  Dr. Jack a chance to catch up with ASDOH graduates and learn more about their personal accomplishments and ways of implementing the ASDOH mission. He also visited with Dean McCloud from MOSDOH.

Dr. Jack joins Dr. Allen Finkelstein and ADA Executive Director, Dr. Kathy O’Loughlin in congratulating their good friend Steve Kess on his recognition by the ADA.

Attending the ADA House of Delegates meeting gave Dr. Jack the opportunity to celebrate the election of his friend and Arizona Oral Surgeon, Dr. Dan Klemmedson, to ADA President-elect. During the meeting Steve Kess, Henry Schein Senior VP and longtime friend and colleague, was honored by being granted Honorary Membership into the ADA. Finally, Dr. Jack joined in the recognition of friend Dr. Debra Weisfuse, President of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders, for her extraordinary work in leading the Give Kids A Smile activities in New York.

Dr. Jack joins in the recognition of friend Dr. Deb Weisfuse for her leadership of the Give Kids a Smile program in NYC.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg returns to Penn Dental Med to deliver White Coat Keynote after road trip

Dr. Jack hiking at the Arches National Park.

 Dr. Jack and Jamie take a wonderful road trip to Steamboat Springs, CO to visit Jerome friends Charlie and Gail. On the way they stopped in Moab, Utah and the Arches National Park for a little hiking and fabulous views.

Dr. Jack visits with UPennDental Med D 1 students prior to their White Coat Ceremony.

After this road trip, Dr. Jack Dillenberg  flew to Philadelphia to deliver the keynote at the White Coat Ceremony for the new D1 students and their families. The day began with a breakfast at the school for students and families. Dr. Jack had a chance to meet many families and share their excitement for the new adventure for their students.

Dr. Jack presenting his White Coat keynote to D1s at PennDentalMed.

The event was held at the Annenberg Center for the performing arts. It was a meaningful and fun event lead by PennDentalMed Dean Mark Wolff.

Dr. Jack joins Andrea Prince, Surgeon’s House B&B owner to welcome William Shuttleworth to Jerome.William is walking across the US to honor and raise money for Veterans.

Upon his return to Jerome, Dr. Jack had the extraordinary opportunity to meet and visit with William Shuttleworth, the 71 year old veteran walking from Massachusetts to California to raise awareness of veteran needs and supporting ““. He plans to arrive at his destination, the Embracing Peace Statue in Tuna Park in San Diego, on September 1. Quite a guy taking this journey to help veterans. Check out his website.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg stays close to home as the Summer heat rises in Arizona

Dr. George Bluespruce shares a momemt with Dr. Jack at the 2019 ASDOH White Coat Ceremony.

Events including ASDOH’s White Coat Ceremony, two nonprofit Board meetings and participating in an award presentation on behalf of Pacific Dental Services Foundation (PDSF) Dentists for Special Needs Clinic in north Phoenix, Dr. Jack kept himself busy during July in Arizona.

Old friends re-unite at the ASDOH White Coat Ceremony. Drs. Wayne Cottam, Irv and Donna Silverstein share a moment with Dr. Jack.

The ASDOH White Coat Ceremony included a blessing from Dr. George Bluespruce with a special welcome to his grandson into the class of 2023. Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined Dean Trombly in welcoming the new class to ASDOH.

Dr. Jack Visits with ASDOH graduate Dr. Ben Wachter at the PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs Clinic in Phoenix, AZ.

The PDSF Dentists for Special Needs welcomed ASDOH graduate, Dr. Ben Wachter, as their new clinical dentist. Dr. Jack Dillenberg serves as the Exectutive Clinical Director and joined Ben and the clinic staff in receiving a community service recognition award from Congressman David Schweikert at the clinic.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg, Board Chairman for Global Smiles for All, chaired the Board meeting which included approving the distribution of 1,000 toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap to refugees and other at-risk individuals. The board members applauded the return of Dr. Abbas Fazal who recently returned from his volunteer service mission to children in Tanzania doing dentistry for children at risk.

Board member, Dr. Abbas Fazal, works with children in Tanzania representing Global Smiles for All.
Members of the Brighterway Institute Board attend the Board Advance in Jerome at the home of Dr. Jack and Jamie.

Dr. Jack and Jamie hosted the Brighterway Institute Summer Board Advance at their home in Jerome. The productive meeting culminated with a wonderful dinner at Up the Creek in Page Springs, Ariz.

ASDOH Advisory Board and Champions for Oral Healthcare in the Disability Community Meetings Dominate Dr. Jack’s Month

Straumann Implants hosted this spring’s ASDOH Advisory Board meeting at their Andover, MA Headquarters. The positive and engaging meeting focused on how the Board can continue to support Dean Trombly and the innovative work being done at ASDOH and the Dillenberg Center. The November meeting will be held in Phoenix.

Dr. Jack in front of his new Man Mine.

Upon his return to Arizona, Dr. Jack supervised the completion of his “Man Mine,” a replica of a hundred year old copper mine entrance that dominated the Jerome mining era in the early 1900’s. It was constructed from used material from the original one hundred year-old Gold King Mine by Jerome neighbors. It will serve as Dr. Jack’s office and relaxation space.

Dr. Jack joins Neil Romano, Drs. Steve Perlman and Deb Weisfuse for lunch at Penn Dental School.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg also participated in the Project Accessible Oral Health (PAOH) led global conference which was held in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Those who participated in the meeting explored innovative ways to enhance the wellness of people with disabilities.

Following the conference, Dr. Jack attended a memorial celebration of the life of Dr. D. Walter Cohen – former Penn Dean and world leader in promoting oral health globally. His leadership, generosity and humble commitment to supporting the Alpha Omega fraternity and the collaboration between Hebrew University and AlQuds dental schools will never be forgotten.

Dr. Jack joins a global group of dental leaders at the Dr. D. Walter Cohen memorial in Philadelphia.
Dr. Jack shares lunch and thoughts with Penn Dental Students.

Finally, before departing Penn Dental Medicine, Dr. Jack attended a lunch meeting with a group of Penn dental students and faculty to discuss his experiences and thoughts on the emerging issues facing the dental profession and suggestions for the next generation of oral health providers. It was truly a wonderful and jam-packed visit to the City of Brotherly Love.

AADMD One Voice Conference brings Dr. Jack Dillenberg and other National Advocates for the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled to Rochester, NY

Dr. Jack welcomes old friend and Colleague Neil Romano, Director of the National Disability Council to the AADMD Conference as a keynote speaker.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg
participated as a key-note speaker at the preconference one-day event focused
on the oral health of those with disabilities. Dr. Jack joined Drs. Rick Rader
and Matt Holder as keynote speakers. This preceded The One Voice American
Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) Conference hosted by
the Eastman Institute for Oral Health and the Golisano Foundation. The Conference
featured Neil Romano who is the Director of the National Disability Council and
long-time friend and colleague of Dr. Jack. Together they lead the National
Spit Tobacco Education Program (NSTEP) with baseball icon Joe Garagiola.

Dr Jack joins colleagues in welcoming Congressman Joseph Morelle to the One Voice Conference
Dr. Jack visits with ASDOH “family members” past and present at One Voice Pre-Conference
Dr. Jack joins other Advisory Board members for the ATSU Center for the Future of Health Professions meeting.

As a member of the
ATSU Center for the Future of the Health Professions Advisory Board, Dr. Jack
Dillenberg attended their meeting at the ATSU Mesa, campus. The discussion
centered around planning the next panel event and the newsletter.

Jack joins Dean Trombly and others at the ASDOH, OKU Convocation.

ASDOH held its OKU
Convocation later that evening. Dr. Jack appreciated the opportunity to visit
and celebrate with the ASDOH OKU members and the extraordinary talents of the new
inductees. ASDOH continues to follow its mission to recruit, and produce
skilled dentists that are leaders, service oriented and committed to improving the
overall health of the underserved.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg Returns to Phoenix to Attend Ribbon Cutting for Special Needs Clinic

Dr. Jack at the reception desk of the new PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs Clinic in Phoenix.

Pacific Dental Services Foundation Dentists for Special Needs Non-Profit Clinic opened its doors in Phoenix with Dr. Jack Dillenberg as part of the team. PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs Clinic welcomed PDS team members, along with local community and dental leaders, to the ribbon cutting on April 18th.  This clinic is skillfully designed for special needs patients and their families. It hopes to be a model for other special needs clinics in communities of need for dental services. Arizona has the least restrictive reciprocity law in the U.S., which will enhance the ability of dentists from across the country to come to Arizona to experience this unique facility with its caring, committed and skilled staff.

The Jerome Town Council, Public works director and fire chief meet with local residents to discuss critical parking issues.

When Dr. Jack returned to Jerome, he participated in a Neighborhood Meeting as a member of Jerome’s Town Council. The Council discussed the issue regarding the ways fire trucks, ambulances and other critical vehicles will be able to safely travel on one the very narrow streets in the town without imposing parking restrictions yet still meet the parking needs of the local residents.

Dr. Jack returned to Phoenix to attend the 80th birthday celebration for his dear friend Dr. Carl Hammerschlag.  Friends and family, including Dr. Patch Adams, joined Carl in a very eclectic and humorous trial highlighting some of his unique attributes.

The week ended with a lovely lunch with Jamie, Tanner,
Roxanne, Lili and Isla.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg Receives Award for his Distinguished Service in Public Health Dentistry

Early spring, Dr. Jack Dillenberg participated as a presenter at the global Senior Dental Leader (SDL) program hosted by Harvard in Boston. He also was the recipient of the AAPHD 2019 Distinguished Service Award. The SDL program is an educational program Harvard University and Kings College in London host for selected dental leaders. The program leader is Dr. Raman Bedi, former Chief Dental Officer for the United Kingdom. The program is sponsored by the Henry Schein Company and Colgate and is in its fourteenth year.

Dr. Jack with SDL participants and leaders at the Henry Schein sponsored dinner.
Dr. Jack participates in an SDL work group discussion with program participants.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg was one of the participants selected as a “student” in the SDL’s second year and has taught in the program a number of times over the last decade. Dr. Jack observed this year’s participants to be extraordinary, and they represented both large and small countries. The program kicked off with a wonderful dinner hosted by Henry Schein. which brought together many corporate, organized dentistry, and academic leaders to listen to Dr. Hugh Silk, MD discuss the emerging integration of oral health into primary care.

Dr. Jack, Dr. Bob Levine and ASDOH graduate Dr. Ashlee Berger at the American Laser Club Symposium.

Two days after Dr. Jack’s return he was a keynote speaker at the American Laser Study Club Symposium being held in Phoenix. This gave him an opportunity to learn more about the wide use of lasers to positively impact dental treatment. He also had a chance to visit with some ASDOH graduates which is always a treat.

Dr. Jack with old friends, Drs. Caswell Evans, Steve Corbin and Neal Demby at the AAPHD meeting in Memphis.
Dr. Jack receiving the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association for Public Health Dentistry at their annual meeting.

The following weekend Dr. Jack Dillenberg flew to Memphis to receive the American Association for Public Health Dentistry 2019 Distinguished Service Award at their annual meeting. This was another humbling moment and  gave him an opportunity to visit with many truly exceptional dental leaders and students.

Dr. Jack is invited as an Honored Guest to the Special Olympics in Abu DhaBi, UAE

Dr. Rick Rader and Dr. Shuaib visit with Dr. Jack outside of the Scientific Program.

After almost twenty hours of traveling, Dr. Jack landed in Dubai. From there he traveled to Sharja University to deliver his presentation at the local AADMD student lead program for medical, dental and other students and faculty. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage with local health professions students and witness their commitment to improving the health of people of determination in the UAE.  The very successful event also brought together the AADMD leaders from America.

Dr. Jack with Hanna, a Sargent Shriver Messenger for the Special Olympics

The Special Olympics brought together over 7,500 people of determination from 179 countries. There were over 70,000 people attending the opening ceremony with Sheike Kalifa bin Zayed from Abu Dhabi, in attendance. His support of the Special Olympics was evident in all of the events, logistics along with promoting the conversion of the term “people with special needs” to “people of determination.”

Dr. Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General, visits the Dental Screening area of the Healthy Athlete Clinic.

The Healthy Athlete program of clinics for the athletes, created by Dr. Steve Perlman, with oral health as the initial services provided, continues to be an incredible opportunity to provide multiple needed health services to the athletes. The opportunity to meet with various athlete coaches, former professional athlete supporters and the Shriver family was an added thrill.

Dr. Jack attends the Global Inclusive Health Forum where inclusion of people of determination was the focus.
Dr. Jack visits Dr. Shuaib’s dental clinic along with his new wife Farha and office manager Natasha.
Linda Shriver, Tim’s wife, takes a moment to chat with Dr. Jack.
NBA Hall of Fame basketball player Spencer Haywood and Dr. Jack shared stories at breakfast.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg looks forward to the new PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs, not for profit, dental clinic official opening on April 18th in Phoenix – located on Bell Road and 45th Street. It is a carefully designed well equipped facility to meet the oral health needs of those with special needs.

Brighter Way Event and Family Wedding are Highlights for February 2019

Ken Snyder, Jerry Wissink and Kris Volcheck share a moment with Dr.Jack at the Brighterway Institute breakfast.

February began with  a number of “new” projects emerging. Specifically, the reconfiguration of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders from its original focus on dental students and dentists working together in Israel and Palestine. The Alliance is now looking at focusing on improving oral health access for those with special health care needs by mentoring, coaching and support potential dental leaders globally. More to come in the next few months.

Dr. Jack’s dear friend Dr. Carl Hammerschlag delivers the invocation at the Brighterway Institute breakfast.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg also facilitated the First Annual Brighter Way Institute fundraising breakfast. Over two hundred community minded health professionals, foundation leaders and Brighter Way team members participated in the very successful event.

Jack and Jamie travel to Austin, TX for the wedding of Jack’s great nephew Dean and Meghan.

A few days after the Breakfast event Dr. Jack and Jamie flew to Austin, Texas to join the Dillenberg and Riegel family members and friends at the wedding of Dr. Jack’s “great nephew” – the original Dean Dillenberg. It was a wonderful, memorable ceremony and celebration in the hill country of Texas.

The next blog will address Dr. Jack’s upcoming trip to Abu Dhabi as an Honored Guest to speak at the World Special Olympic Games and Health Summit being held there in March. He will also be reporting on his participation in the Senior Dental Leaders training at Harvard.

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