Drs. Klein and Glassberg
"Give Kids A Smile has had a profound influence on us as dental providers. The dentists who donate their time and effort exemplify generosity and kindness. These are the dentists we aspire to become."
| Drs. Eric Klein and David Glassberg
Dr. Eric Klein
- Born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Graduated Yeshiva University with a B.S. in Accounting
- Inspired by my father’s high level of integrity and his devotion to his patients to pursue the field of dentistry
- Completed a post baccalaureate at Rutgers University
- Earned DMD from Rutgers school of Dental Medicine in 2018
- Currently in General Practice Residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, N.Y.
- Married with three children living in Fair Lawn, N.J.
Dr. David Glassberg
Organization through which your Give Kids A Smile® program takes place:
- Born and raised in N.J.
- Graduated from Yeshiva University with a Bachelor of Arts in History; interested in pursuing a teaching career
- After college, I became inspired by my brother-in-law’s love of dentistry and community service
- Re-matriculated and completed my post-baccalaureate studies at Rutgers University
- Earned DMD degree from the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in 2018
- Currently working in General Practice Residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
- Married with three children, living in Fair Lawn, N.J.
We initiated the program with the help and support of the New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA).
How long have you been involved in Give Kids A Smile?
We have been involved in GKAS for approximately six years following an initial GKAS meeting at the NJDA headquarters. As pre-dental students, we spearheaded a new program that recruited and utilized undergraduate pre-dental students from the various Rutgers undergraduate programs. These students volunteered and participated with GKAS by serving as Site Data Managers. Each pre-dental volunteer had the opportunity to shadow and network with dentists while gaining insight into the extensive and altruistic contributions one can provide in the field of dentistry. These site data managers are responsible for recording, tallying, and submitting an account of the various procedures performed at their site which allows the incredible work that the volunteer dentists perform to be properly accounted for and recognized.
Why do you participate in Give Kids A Smile programs?
Every child deserves a dental home and access to quality care. GKAS helps to realize that goal. A great deal of effort, time, and altruism is demonstrated in each day of the GKAS program. Yet, the data to support this volunteer work was not complete. A true measurement of the program and its accomplishments could only be achieved with accurate reporting from all of the participating sites. By teaming up with the pre-dental students we were able to resolve this issue.
Why is the Give Kids A Smile program important?
GKAS benefits the community and the underserved children that seek treatment. These children are often times unable to get the proper oral care that they need. GKAS serves not only to meet their immediate needs, but also enables them to have a dental home where they can continue to get proper long-term care. Additionally, for each participating dentist, it serves as a reminder of why we entered the field of dentistry and invigorates us to continue to serve and benefit the community. It is a program that represents beneficence, altruism, and community service.
Please tell us a story about how your Give Kids A Smile program helped a child/children in need.
Well before the Site Data Manager program was initiated, dentists in New Jersey were offering excellent care on GKAS day to these underserved children. The Site Data Manager program has allowed the hard work and sacrifice of these dentists, who devote their time and effort, to be properly documented and accounted for. As a result, funding and services have increased and the incredible work of participating N.J. dental providers has been properly recognized and acknowledged. The program has supported the efforts of these compassionate dental providers enabling them to have an even greater impact on pediatric patients in our state.
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