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Volunteers Tend to Teeth at Back-to-School Fair

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:39am

Among the UTSD volunteers at the Texas Children’s Health Plan Back-to-School Fair were (standing, from left) Dr. Gary Badger, Dr. Lela Farmer, Sarah McCullough, Dr. Shannon Tovson, Kimberly Paz, Pat Henshaw, and Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd. Seated from left are Denise Murray, Yarima Newlin and Jennifer Tran.

Among the UTSD volunteers at the Texas Children’s Health Plan Back-to-School Fair were (standing, from left) Dr. Gary Badger, Dr. Lela Farmer, Sarah McCullough, Dr. Shannon Tovson, Kimberly Paz, Pat Henshaw, and Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd. Seated from left are Denise Murray, Yarima Newlin and Jennifer Tran.

Volunteers and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston participated in the 10th Annual Texas Children’s Health Plan Back-to-School Fair on Aug. 2.

At the event, children were given backpacks with school supplies, and volunteers administered vaccines, health screenings and haircuts.  UTSD provided oral screenings, oral hygiene instructions and dental/patient information about The Center for Children and Women at Greenspoint and a new clinic coming soon at Southwest Corporate Center at the corner of Highway 59 and Bissonnet.

Student and resident volunteers included Denise Murray, Jennifer Tran, Kimberly Paz, Sarah McCullough, Crystal Salinas, Yarima Newlin, Dr. Shannon Tovson, Dr. Lela Farmer, Dr. Claudia Harriehausen; Dr. John Moylan, Alejandro Barrera, Megan Bender and Carson Henley.  Dr. Gary Badger and UTSD Community Outreach Director Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd, were supervising faculty.  The School of Dentistry’s Special Programs Coordinator Pat Henshaw drove the dental van and assisted chairside as well.