It’s only been about a few weeks, but 2017 is already shaping up to be a banner year for the Capital Area Dental Foundation. Not only are we laying the groundwork for another fabulous year serving the community, we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary, a milestone for a growing nonprofit foundation like ours.
The first woman to serve as the president of the Capital Area Dental Society and a former CADS Young Dentist of the Year, Dr. AnnMarie Olson, has made her mark on organized dentistry in many ways. She has also given her time and talents as a CADF dental volunteer and supporter.
Dr. Olson served on the CADS Board when CADF was being formed nearly ten years ago. “I am so proud to see how far CADF has come,” she says. “It’s wonderful to see CADF being recognized outside of dental circles in the larger community for its good work. We are a great example of how volunteers can really get things done.”
Dr. Olson’s practice, which includes CADF Board Member, Dr. Kacie Culotta, is an active participant in the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) Dental Program. She estimates that her practice sees at least one HAAM patient each day and she wouldn’t have it any other way. “We love participating in HAAM. I was in high school and college band, and I’m now a choral singer, so I feel a kinship with our HAAM patients.”
In addition to being an active volunteer dental provider, Dr. Olson is a founding member of the Sustainer’s Circle, CADF’s Annual Giving program. “I’ve seen all the good things CADF has done to help people and joining the Sustainer’s Circle is a great way to give back,” says Dr. Olson.
“CADF is a great vehicle for sharing our blessings. It’s truly an honor to be a volunteer and a donor.” AnnMarie Olson, DDS
The Capital Area Dental Foundation’s life-changing work with Austin American-Statesman Season for Caring campaign was featured on the front page of the Metro section of yesterday’s Austin American-Statesman.
Click here to read the article and learn more about how longtime CADF Volunteer and Board Member, Dr. Kent Macaulay has helped a local mom and cancer patient eat without pain and discomfort by addressing several pressing dental concerns caused by her cancer treatment.
The Capital Area Dental Foundation has been awarded Gold Level status from Guidestar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Now more than ever, you can be confident in your donation to CADF as we work together to expand access to charitable dental care to our neighbors in need.
In practice for more than 37 years, Dr. Simon Garza started his career in the small town of Yoakum, Texas, but moved to Austin in 1990 where he has practiced ever since. Charitable dentistry is something he embraced early in his career helping families from his church access dental care when money was tight. Today, Dr. Garza is one of the Capital Area Dental Foundation’s most dedicated volunteer dental providers, treating patients with emergency dental needs through the St. Vincent de Paul program and low-income musicians through our partnership with the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and the St. David’s Foundation.
“It’s a good feeling to give something away and not expect anything in return,” said Dr. Garza. “We all go into health care for altruistic reasons. Sometimes we get paid for it. Sometimes we don’t.”
Dr. Garza is a deacon at his church and has participated in several dental mission trips abroad to places like Mexico and Guatemala. “We’ve been blessed and I try hard to help people,” Dr. Garza said. “It’s very gratifying to have the skills to help someone in pain.”
The Capital Area Dental Foundation coordinates six different charitable care programs and is actively recruiting new dentists to treat patients in need. Paperwork is minimal and some programs provide reimbursement.
“What CADF is doing is so helpful, not only for the patients who need care, but for dentists who want to volunteer. By the time a patient gets to my office, he or she has been completed screened. I know this person needs help.” Dr. Simon Garza, CADF Volunteer of Quarter
As one of the nation’s largest dental suppliers, Patterson Dental, is a major player in charitable dentistry and, lucky for CADF, a generous supporter of our growing Foundation. The local Austin branch, which employs 25 team members, is led by CADF’s very own board member, Jon Fidler (pictured above).
Jon was introduced to charitable dentistry when he was a territory representative with Patterson in New Mexico. When he moved to Austin, he quickly got involved with CADF and assumed multiple leadership roles including Secretary and Chairman of the Development Committee.
Recently, Patterson Dental was a generous sponsor of the inaugural CADS/CADF Golf Classic & After Party last November and was the casino sponsor for the CADF Round Up & Gala.
“I am fortunate to work for a company that sponsors events like the golf tournament and gala. But truly the Foundation would not be what it is without our dental providers. Dentists are the ones who step up and actually do the work of caring for patients. Without our providers, there is no Foundation.”
– Jon Fidler
If you come across a Patterson Dental representative, please thank them for supporting CADF’s charitable work in the community.
Congratulations to current board member, Lyda Creus Molanphy, who was recently appointed to serve as the new Chair of the Capital Area Dental Foundation.
Lyda replaces Dr. Alan Moore, who successfully guided the
Foundation through two years of rapid growth. Dr. Moore, the recently named CADS Dentist of the Year, will stay on the Board and focus on recruiting new dentists to provide care to patients in need throughout Central Texas.
Ms. Molanphy has been a friend to dental care for many years. She has served as the Interim Executive Director of the TDA Smiles Foundation and has worked as both an executive and consultant with the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association and the Texas Association of General Dentistry.
A graduate of Duke University, Lyda is the owner of Connections Consulting, an Austin-based strategic communications consulting firm.
The Capital Area Dental Foundation would like to warmly congratulate our chairman and longtime board member, Dr. Alan Moore for being named the CADS Dentist of the Year
Dr. Moore is a dedicated and visionary leader who has led CADF successfully through a period of tremendous growth. Dr. Moore’s term as chairman ends in June, but he will remain on the CADF board where he will focus on recruiting more dentists to care for patients seeking care from the Foundation.