Dental Student/Resident Workforce Conference 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
New York State Dental Association/New York State Dental Foundation
20 Corporate Woods Blvd., 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12211
Call: 518-480-2432 with questions.
Please click here to download event information and registration instructions.
GKAS Award Will Fund X-ray Machine for Special Needs Patients: UPDATED 05/29/2012
Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, NY, is recipient of a $3,000 Give Kids A Smile Award from the New York
State Dental Foundation, to support oral health among the facility’s twenty-four students, ages 10 to 21, who
have Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. The GKAS Award will assist Pathfinder in the
purchase an x-ray unit for its in-house Dental Room. Read more.
Pathfinder Village is a residential community dedicated to children and adults who have Down syndrome,
autism, and other mental disabilities. The Dental Room was established on campus in 1984 by Dr. Joseph
Giovannone, as an in-house facility to provide basic dental care. “It has one chair,” said Dr. Giovannone. “We
polish teeth, perform preventive services and screening. We always wanted to take x-rays there, and now, with
digital, that’s possible. The award will help the Village purchase an x-ray unit.”
Taking x-rays on site will enhance patient care and help staff and doctors better track progress via direct
integration of digital images to patient records.
On April 26, Dr. Giovannone will be at Pathfinder Village, located thirty miles south of Utica in rural central
New York, to provide screening for thirty to fifty residents. On the same day, he will also train staff in the basics
of oral health. Using an ADA training program, the doctor will train administrators and care providers in
overcoming the challenges of oral health among the developmentally disabled.
“The care providers are very good at other aspects of health care, but many of them don’t know much about
the oral cavity,” said Dr. Giovannone. “Just to perform daily brushing is an incredible challenge.”
“We’re going to train them how to administer a daily oral care plan for each of the residents,” he said. “We’ll
help residents create a checklist for oral care and provide special tools needed, such as special tooth brushes,
so the staff can assist with their care.”
Down syndrome patients are often resistant to anyone looking in their mouth, which makes oral hygiene
particularly difficult. In addition to oral health, Dr. Giovannone teaches behavior modification techniques to
“Picture a mentally disabled person who literally hasn’t brushed their teeth in three years. No one gets inside
people’s mouths to help them with the brushing, the flossing. We have to train their care providers to help
them,” said Dr. Giovannone.
He was first introduced to Pathfinder Village twenty-eight years ago by a now retired hygienist who worked with
the community there. He gets tremendous satisfaction from his work, which he performs partially pro bono.
“You have to give something back,” says the doctor. “These kids are great. I say kids, some of them were kids
when I started, now they’re in their 40s and 50s. When I go there, they start screaming, ‘Hey, here comes Dr.
Second GKAS Winner From Hudson: Updated 05/29/2012
NYSDF announces that Columbia Memorial Hospital’s Mobile Dental Services program will receive a $3,000
GKAS Award to purchase a mobile generator to enable it to provide more care for children in elementary
schools in Columbia and Greene counties. The Mobile Dental Services program partners with school districts
in both counties, ensuring that educators are aware of how oral health problems can seriously impair a student’
s ability to learn. For more information, go to www.columbiamemorial.com.
Watertown Clinic First Announced GKAS Recipient in 2012: Updated 05/29/2012
North Country Children’s Clinic is the recipient of a $5,000 prize from the New York State Dental Foundation,
to expand of its Preventive Dentistry Program to reach greater numbers of military families and reach 1,800
children. The Clinic, which was nominated by Jefferson County Public Health Services, will educate parents
about the importance of consistent oral care and its relationship to children’s overall health. The GKAS Award
will enable young children to access a dental home in order to detect and treat dental conditions at the earliest
onset, thereby resulting in lower rates of cavities. For more information on this worthy program, go to www.
2012 Foundation of Excellence Awards Luncheon Recipient Announced:
This year’s recipient of the Foundations of Excellence in Academics Award is Charles N. Bertolami, DDS, D.Med.
Sc, a renowned leader in the dental research, education and clinical communities. Dr. Bertolami will be
presented with the award during the NYSDA House of Delegates meeting, at the New York State Dental
Foundation’s annual luncheon, Friday, 8 June, at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Girl Scouts take over the NYSDA board room to put together oral health kits.
Over 1,500 oral health kits where completed tonight. Thank you to a lovely group of ladies that showed up
tonight and helped out. To the parents and siblings that attended thank you. Two wonderful troops!
NYSDF Annual Luncheon to Honor Dr. Charles Bertolami
The annual luncheon of the New York State Dental Foundation will be held Friday, 8 June from 11:30 to 1:00
at the famed Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street at Madison Avenue in New York City. The luncheon and
awards ceremony will honor Dr. Charles N. Bertolami with this year’s Foundation of Excellence in Academics
The NYSDF luncheon, timed to coincide with the New York State Dental Association’s House of Delegate’s
annual meeting, is the most important event the Foundation hosts each year. The luncheon is an opportunity
for delegates and others to meet and support the Foundation’s important work in promoting oral health for all
New Yorkers, particularly underserved populations.
“The Foundation does all the things that make you proud to be a dentist,” said Dr. G. Kirk Gleason, newly-
elected Chair of the NYSDF Board of Trustees. Dr. Gleason will deliver the opening remarks at the June 8
event. Dr. Paul Leary, Awards Luncheon Chair, will also speak, after which Dr. Mark J. Feldman, NYSDA
Executive Director, will introduce the guest of honor.
Dr. Bertolomi, Dean of the New York University College of Dentistry, will receive the Excellence in Academics
Award in recognition for his creative and innovative use of science curricula in teaching oral health. His
research and scholarly interests have focused on orofacial tissue repair, the biochemistry of hyaluronic acid, the
use of sodium hyaluronic in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders, and professional ethics. While
Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UCLA, he served as principal investigator for the UCLA-Drew
Regional Research Center for Minority Oral Health.
Past winners of the Excellence in Academics Award include Dr. Richard N. Buchanan, Allan Formicola, DDS,
Michael Alfano, DDS, and Dr. Regina Landesberg.
Tickets for the luncheon and award ceremony are available by contacting the Foundation at 518-465-0044 or
Second GKAS Winner From Hudson: Updated 05/29/2012
Columbia Memorial Hospital’s Mobile Dental Health Services Program is a recipient of the New York State
Dental Foundation Give Kids a Smile Award, in recognition of its efforts to improve the oral health needs of
children in Columbia and Greene Counties. The Board of the Foundation voted unanimously to award this
program $3,000 for the purchase of equipment that will allow the van to be more accessible to the public.
The Hospital’s Mobile Dental Health Services unit travels to elementary schools in Columbia and Greene
Counties providing dental prevention and treatment services for students. Since 2007, the program has
provided preventive services as well as oral health education in eleven elementary schools in two counties.
Pending parental consent, children are provided a dental exam, digital x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments,
sealants, and if necessary, fillings and simple extractions by Columbia Memorial Hospital’s licensed dentist and
hygienist. All services are provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
In anticipation of the challenges of the future and the expansion of the Mobile Dental Services program,
awarded funds will be used to purchase a mobile generator to provide access to sites that do not have the
specialized electrical outlet. This would allow the unit to travel to remote areas where low cost dental services
Dental services will also be available for children and adults during the summer months when the dental unit
travels to various community sites. Adult services include dental cleanings, exams, digital x-ray, fillings and
simple extractions. Appointments are available from June 15 – August 30 by calling the Mobile Dental Health
Services office . By calling (518-697-7892)
Dr. Charles Bertolomi, Dean of the New York
University College of Dentistry
Included in the photo from left to right is Mary Daggett
RN, Director Community Health Services and Grants,
Columbia Memorial Hospital, Laura Leon, Executive
Director, New York State Dental Foundation, Jacqueline
Goddeau, Columbia Memorial Hospital Dental Van
Coordinator, Denise Hess, Columbia Memorial Hospital
Dental Hygienist, Ann Mueller, Representative from
Congressman Gibson’s office, and Nancy Winch,
Director Columbia County Department of Health.
Dr. Joe Giovannone and assistant Leslie McGraw
Margaret B., Dr. Joe and Clark T. show off the New
York State Dental Foundation's "Give Kids A Smile
Award Plaque" that will soon hang in the Village Dental
Ms. Laura Leon, executive director, NYSDF, Ms. Judy
overton, RDH, director of dental services, North Country