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Lora Mattsen

Executive Director, Multnomah Dental Society

“Nothing gives me more pleasure than to bring so many people together to help serve the children in our community with valuable dental services. Children are our greatest blessing!"  - Lora Mattsen                        

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I have been in the field of dentistry for over 30 years with a degree in business administration. I'm a native Oregonian. I enjoy running marathons, working out, and advocating for children's health. The duration of your involvement in the Give Kids A Smile program: 2017 marks my 14th year as the Give Kids A Smile program coordinator for the Multnomah Dental Society!

Why do you participate in Give Kids A Smile programs? Multnomah Dental Society is the largest component society in Oregon.  Portland is the major city and its water is not fluoridated. There are many underserved communities in Multnomah County. I have been honored to be able to coordinate GKAS events throughout our county in an effort to reach as many children as possible in providing valuable oral health services and education. Together with our many volunteer partners and MDS members, we have served several hundred children who might otherwise go without basic dental health care. The dedication of our volunteers and the smiles that I see on the children's faces speaks volumes to why I love what I do.

Please tell us a story about the importance of a program like Give Kids A Smile to a child in need. At our event two years ago, which was held at OHSU SOD, one of the pedo grad students brought her companion puppy to help ease the anxiety of some of the kids. This little dog, Nutmeg, was an instant hit and it was so heartwarming to see the children who were afraid of the dental treatment immediately relax and allow the dentist to provide treatment - of course, while holding Nutmeg! 

Read the ADA News story about the 2016 GKAS Smile Champion Award winners, including a video of Lora talking about Give Kids A Smile.

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Read the ADA News story about Multnomah Dental Society's 2016 GKAS event.

  Photo: A child holds the dog Nutmeg on his visit to the dentist.

Thanks, Nutmeg: Chance Lawrence, 7, pets Nutmeg, a 10-week-old labradoodle and therapy dog-in-training, while sitting on a dental chair. "I did so good because I was petting Nutmeg," Chance said about his dentist visit at the Feb. 28 Give Kids A Smile event at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry.