Dr. Kathryn Beller has been an EODDS volunteer dentist since July 2013.
What is the most rewarding part of being an EODDS volunteer?
I became a volunteer dentist because I wanted to be more connected to dentistry and the dental community. When I learned that EODDS had a partnership with Women in Recovery (WIR), I decided to dedicate my time to these women.
When I work with the women in this program, I see their desire to succeed and become active, productive citizens and complete the 18 month program they are participating in. I have seen self-confidence and pride blossom after their dental needs are met or exceeded their expectations. To play a part in their growth and journey …that’s my reward.
Describe an EODDS success story at your practice.
One of our success stories is Jessica. Jessica was missing several teeth and had rampant decay. Our treatment plan included a comprehensive exam with x-rays , cleaning, endodontics, restorative with composite resins and crown and bridge. Jessica continues to come into the office and keep her home care great.
What would you say to other dentists who are not currently volunteers?
To my colleagues who are contemplating volunteering for EODDS – if you are passionate about a specific population or enjoy a specific procedure above others, let EODDS know that you found your niche’ in a certain group, I know they will see to it you are successful in meeting your goals as a volunteer dentist for EODDS.