Ben Massell Dental Clinic

27August

Kaiser Permanente and Americorp Provide FREE Health Screenings to BMDC Patients

Kaiser Permanente and Americorp Provide FREE Health Screenings to BMDC Patients

On August 24th, Kaiser Permanente's Mobile Health Vehicle came to The Ben Massell Dental Clinic and were able to see BMDC patients and offer them free health screenings with immediate results as well as one-on-one appointment with a Registered Nurse! This was possible with BMDC's partnership with Kaiser Permanente and our Americorp members who managed the scheduling and visit from start to finish!

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05December

Ben Massell Dental Clinic Holiday Part

FITS families spent an afternoon making a difference! JF&CS’ Ben Massell Dental Clinic (BMDC) is the only resource for comprehensive, quality dental care available to indigent individuals in metro Atlanta.
Holiday Decorating at Ben Massell Dental Clinic

The Clinic has a life-changing impact on up to 4,000 patients each year.  In addition to dental care, the Clinic is thrilled to offer additional, smaller opportunities for some of the families of the Clinic.

This year, FITS families participated in the 4th annual Ben Massell Dental Clinic holiday party, which gave four families an opportunity to enjoy a holiday party, including crafts, games, and fun snacks.

FITS families all brought gifts for the families, which were hidden from the children, in hopes to have them be a surprise for the holidays. Families mixed, mingled, and had a great time at the program!

Ashley Semerenko, Social Services Program Manager at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic, said, “having this party is a unique way we can connect with patients on a more personal level (it’s far beyond the treatment chair!). 

Seeing the adults and children connect is powerful and both volunteers and party attendees are touched every year by their experience (tears, hugs, recipes and holiday traditions shared).  The event wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers and donors.”

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Ben Massell Dental Clinic

23June

Levon Johnson

How a former veteran and machinist regained his confident smile

Levon Johnson didn’t learn to read until fifth grade.

“Everyone thought I was the smartest kid in school, but I couldn’t read,” he said. But he built coping skills. “My interest was in my chemistry set.”

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Ben Massell Dental Clinic

16December

Staff Highlight - Barbara Jones

Celebrating 41 years of service at Ben Massell Dental Clinic

Staff Highlight - Barbara Jones
With 41 years under her belt, Barbara Jones is the longest-serving staff member ever at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic — as well as at JF&CS. If there’s anything you need to know about the clinic, Barbara is your go-to person; there is nothing she doesn’t know, doesn’t remember or can’t figure out. A graduate of Atlanta Technical College, Barbara has a wealth of knowledge about dentistry and has served in many capacities at BMDC. As dental operations manager, she oversees the training of hundreds of dental students, dental assistants and pre-dental students.

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16June

How To “Open Wide” To a Healthy New You

How To “Open Wide”  To a Healthy New You

If you have trouble believing you can change a life by fixing a smile, ask Markus G., who came to the Ben Massell Dental Clinic (BMDC) in the fall of 2013 with serious teeth and gum issues. Soon enough, it became clear he had other challenges in his personal life. He realized counseling services were another service available to BMDC patients and reached out to the JF&CS social worker there.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Ben Massell Dental Clinic

01December

How to help fix a toothache when you’re not a dentist

How to help fix a toothache when you’re not a dentist

Encourage your dentist to volunteer at JF&CS’ Ben Massell Dental Clinic — the only resource for comprehensive, quality dental care available at no cost to Atlanta’s neediest population. Our patients depend on the 140 dentists who volunteer their time at the midtown-Atlanta clinic, one of the most advanced dental facilities around. But we need more volunteer dentists. So the next time you see your dentist, ask him or her to sign on in the New Year! Visit benmasselldentalclinic.org for more information.

Posted in Holiday Survival Guide, Ben Massell Dental Clinic

25June

How to Change a Young Man’s Smile

How to Change a Young Man’s Smile

It was late 2010, and Kahdeem Denton was ashamed to smile. At 14, his self-esteem hit the floor and he avoided talking whenever possible because of a severe overbite and large gap between his front teeth. Kahdeem needed braces but sadly his family could not afford them.
Then one day, his mom saw a news program about the Ben Massell Dental Clinic (BMDC) and she called for an appointment. Because demand far outweighs supply at the clinic, Kahdeem spent 16 months on the waiting list. He finally started the process in March 2012.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Ben Massell Dental Clinic

17June

The Ethics of Charity Dental Work

The Ethics of Charity Dental Work

We recently had the opportunity to answer the following question for a national dental journal: Do dentists have a moral duty to provide charity care?

Does anyone have a moral duty to provide charity? Maybe people don’t have an obligation to give charitably. But turn the question around. If someone has the means to give, shouldn’t he or she? We believe the answer is yes — especially when it comes to healthcare services. Helping those in need is central to the mission of health care providers.

Written by Gary Miller, Keith Kirshner, Posted in Ben Massell Dental Clinic

03October

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Bankston

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Bankston

The Ben Massell Dental Clinic (BMDC) and JF&CS proudly welcomed Dr. Stephen Bankston to the JF&CS Board of Directors this year. A volunteer at the clinic since April 2004, Dr. Bankston also sits on BMDC’s executive committee.

“Dr. (David) Zelby introduced me to the Clinic, and I have been committed ever since,” he says. “My motivation for this commitment is two-fold. The gratitude of the patients and the impact I see and feel from their response is truly inspiring. And this is my personal opportunity to give back to my community.”

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Ben Massell Dental Clinic, Volunteer Services

01May

Volunteer Spotlight: Elissa Fladell

Volunteer Spotlight: Elissa Fladell

This year the Ben Massell Dental Clinic celebrates its 100th year of service to the Atlanta community. The dedicated corps of clinic staff and volunteer dentists have provided dental care to thousands of individuals in need at no cost. The clinic is state-of-the-art, providing the most advanced technology available so that clients are able to receive the very best care possible. In addition to all of these wonderful things, the Ben Massell Dental Clinic is yet another great place for our JF&CS volunteers to make an impact.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Ben Massell Dental Clinic, Volunteer Services