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Give Kids A Smile Day – “Nevada Style”

February 18, 2011

(Michiganders) - From left to right, Dr. Erik Escobar, Dr. Julio Escobar, Dr. Aimee Snell, Dr. David White, and future dentist Kevin Goles with a little Wolverine Fan.

The month of February, which is dedicated as Children’s Dental Health Month, has a special day specifically dedicated to giving kids a smile. On February 5, a team of eight new dentists from the Reno, Nevada area joined hundreds of dentists nationwide and created their own “Give Kids A Smile Day”. Over 50 dentists, hygienists, and University of Nevada pre-dental students donated their Saturday to their community to provide free dental care to children. Of the 68 children that were treated, a total of $37,775 of free dental care was provided in the form of cleanings, exams, x-rays, fillings and extractions.

What made this event so unique was that it was entirely coordinated and organized by the Nevada Committee on the New Dentist Committee under the direction of Dr. David White. The committee, which is compromised of new dentists from Nevada, developed this program as a way to give back to the community and provide care to those in need. Of the eight providers, four graduated from the University of Michigan, including Dr. David White (DDS ’03), Dr. Erik Escobar (DDS ‘04), Dr. Julio Escobar (DDS ’07) and Dr. Aimee Snell (DDS ’06, Pedo ’08) who helped create the first “Give Kids A Smile Day” for University of Michigan as a D2. Two of the pre-dental students that participated in the event will also be joining U of M’s School of Dentistry for the Class of 2015.

The event was witnessed by state legislators and the dental providers received special recognition from U.S. Senators and Congressmen for care they provided to the community.

For local coverage of the event, see

Kevin Goles is a native Nevadan who gave up golf for dentistry and fell in love with University of Michigan under the tutelage of Dr. David White, Michigan alum.  He is thrilled to be part of the incoming Class of 2015 and promises to study dentistry as aggressively as he performs at his new sport- ultramarathons.

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