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Fox 31/Channel 2, August 2019

Volunteering in a field dental clinic in Cambodia

The Villager (p. 8)* August 2023

“It reminds me why I chose dentistry as a profession; when I volunteer I get to do what I love, which is making a big difference in the life of a person, and particularly a child. Children bring hope to us. – Dr. Atousa Safavi.”

Playa del Carmen Rotary Seaside

Seaside Rotary and Global Dental Relief – Putting Big Smiles on Little Faces

Seaside Rotary, June 2023

“Global Dental Relief comes to the Riviera Maya twice annually to provide dental consultations, cleaning, procedures and education for children with neither access to nor funds to pay for regular dental care.”


Journal of the Georgia Dental Association:

GDA Member’s Family Mission Trip Sparks Son’s Passion for Dentistry (p. 14-15)*, May 2023

“At three separate points during a child’s visit they are taught proper brusing techniques, how cavities are formed, and which foods promote positive oral health. Each child was sent home with a brighter smile, and a toothbrush of their own—a first for many of them.”

*Journal of Colorado Dental Association, April 2023

Colorado Non-profit Hosts Inaugural Project in Chogoria, Kenya (pp. 20-21)

Journal of Colorado Dental Association, April 2023

“Dr. Vanicek attributes the special bonds that volunteers form on these trips as one of the reasons that people return again and again to volunteer on GDR trips.”

Dentaltown, May 2020

Father-Son Dental Duo from Pennsylvania Attend Volunteer Clinic in Siem Reap

Dentaltown, March 2023

“According to the Keipers, the very best part of doing this trip were the kids and the ability to be immersed in their daily life.”

Association of Women Dentists, The Chronicle, February 2023

AAWD Member Kate Hakala Provides Life-Changing Dental Care to Children in Akumal, Mexico

Association of Women Dentists, The Chronicle, February 2023

“GDR has a focus on prevention and long-term outcomes rather than just doing emergency care,” said Kate, “and I appreciate being able to include my staff members in the trip.”read more here >>

The Happier Dentist Podcast, May 2021

Transforming Your Relationship With Dentistry

The Happier Dentist Podcast, May 2021

“This profession lends itself perfectly to volunteering”

Dental Abstracts, May 2021

Experiencing Fulfillment, Empathy, and Gratitude Through Service

Dental Abstracts, May 2021

“I've always wanted to give back and GDR gave me that chance. I remember after the trip, I looked down at my hands and felt a sense of fulfillment... read more here >>

Delta Dental, September 2019

Living Our Values and Taking Service Global

Dentaltown, May 2020

“Over the course of the week, Jennifer and her team provided dental care to 795 children in need.”

POWER Surges, March 2020

Flying Miles to Deliver Smiles

POWER Surges, March 2020

“I had made cash donations before, but had never really donated my time. It was really an awakening.”

Prime Time News, March 2020

Finding Meaning Volunteering Overseas

Prime Time News, March 2020

“Volunteers can assist a dentist, teach oral hygiene instruction, manage patient flow, maintain master records and generally keep the room from falling in to complete chaos as hundreds of children file through the 7 chair dental clinic.”

Outlook – The British Columbia Dental Hygiene Association, November 2019

Alumnae Treat Children in Nepal with Global Dental Relief

Outlook – The British Columbia Dental Hygiene Association, November 2019

“GDR’s model of care is unique – they are committed to serving the same school every 1.5 to 2 years to ensure that children have a healthy, beautiful smile when they embark on adulthood.”, September 2019

Colorado non-profit provides free dental care to children around the world, September 2019

“We realized in order for us to make a difference, we needed to commit to these communities. 19 years later, we provide dental care to 25,000 children a year.”

Fox 31/Channel 2, August 2019

Denver-based nonprofit provides free dental care to kids around the world

Fox 31/Channel 2, August 2019

“I think one of the things that shocked me the most was that some communities would walk up to eight hours one way to receive [dental care] and knowing it’s that valuable to them.”

Other Media Mentions


ADA News, March 2023: Global Dental Relief Seeking Humanitarians for International Service Missions

Dentistry News, February 2023: Protecting Smiles Around the World

Bob’s Your Uncle Podcast, December 2022: Global Dental Relief with Kim Troggio

Utah Valley University News, September 2022: UVU Where in the World Are You: Guatemala

Quip Oral Care Blog, 2021: Meet the care partner making international waves in oral health

Dentaltown, May 2020: Do Good

CBS Denver, August 2019: Colorado Nonprofit & Volunteers Take Dental Hygiene Around The World

Elephant Journal, June 2019: Traveling with Dentists to Pokhara, Nepal is Unique Voluntourism Opportunity

Northern Wyoming News, June 2019: Volunteering for smiles: Local dentist helps provide global care

Quip and GDR, June 2019: Quip and Global Dental Relief Partner to Help Children Around the Globe

Dentaltown, May 2019: Do Good: A World of Good

GDR, April 2019: Brought Together by the Same Cause


Greenville Journal, December 2018: US Dentists Perform Free Life-Changing Dental Procedures On More Than 740 Guatemalan Children In Need During Humanitarian Mission

Cision PR Newswire, November 2018: Local dentist delivers free smiles to
Guatemalan children

K103 Portland, September 2018:Oregon dentist volunteers to deliver dental care to children in developing countries (radio interview)

PDT Magazine, September 2018:Volunteering in a Field Dental Clinic in Cambodia

Real Food Traveler, September 2018:Eating Like a Local in Guatemala

Herald, September 2018: Goan dentist participates in humanitarian project in Leh, Ladakh, June 2018: Ancaster’s Meadowlands Dental team travels to Cambodia

CU Dental Magazine, 2018: Fulfilling a Lifelong Passion

Maxwell Airforce Base, January 2018: Restoring Smiles Abroad

Dental Economics, January 16, 2018: Finding meaning in retirement through volunteering overseas, November 2017: Onancock retiree finds meaning in volunteering at Cambodia dental clinic

Dentistry iQ, October 10, 2017: Global Dental Relief: Changing lives as a dental hygiene volunteer

Colorado Dental Association, September 8, 2017: Faces of the CDA: Dr. Liliane Brantes and Dr. Peter Vanicek

Keystone Explorer: The Official Publication of the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry, Fall 2017:Dynamic Duo Provide Dental Care for Children Across the Globe – pg 15

The University of Tampa, August 17, 2017: Future Dentist Finds Purpose, Motivation in Summer Experience in Kenya, May 22, 2017: Global Dental Relief, Confadent agree on providing pediatric fluoride treatments

The Bulletin: The Official Publication of the Dental Society of Western Pennsylvania, July/August 2017:  Dynamic Duo Provide Much Needed Dental Care for Children Across the Globe

Colorado Springs Living Well Magazine, Summer 2017: Three Generations Volunteer (pg 38-39)

Pediatric Dentistry Today, May 2016: Making a Difference in the World

Arches Magazine, Spring 2016: Smiles Across Borders

The Progressive Orthodontist, Quarter 1 2016: SmileCareClub: Where Are They Now? (p 28)

The Baltimore Sun, December 10, 2015: Howard father and daughter help fill dental needs in Guatemalan village

The Journal of the California Dentistry Association, December 2015: International Volunteer Dentistry: A Basic Primer (p 37)

University of Denver Magazine, October 5, 2015: Alums combine talents at Denver-based dental nonprofit

MMDS Articulator, Summer 2015:  Mission Story: Global Dental Relief – Colorado dentists working in volunteer teams to bring top-notch care to children around the world 

DentistryIQ, June 16, 2015: Global Dental Relief Relies on RDHs to Deliver Care for International Charity

Pediatric Dentistry, May 2015:  Travel with a Purpose: Serving Children in Cambodia

Colorado Expression, April/May 2015:  Volunteers with this International Dental Nonprofit Save the World One Smile at a Time

Maine Dental Association News Journal, May 2014:  Riverview Dental Associates of Auburn, ME, participate in GDR Cambodia clinic. (p 8)

Boulder Daily Camera, May 4, 2014:  Louisville, CO couple spend vacation making Cambodian youth smile, January 8, 2014:  Of Cavities, Love and Paradise in India

AARP Colorado Bulletin, November 2013:  Check out this opportunity with Global Dental Relief

ADA News, November 4, 2013: Provide dental care to children in need: Global Dental Relief holiday cards help kids worldwide

Yahoo Finance, September 2013:  Arhaus Furniture Donates $50,000 to Global Dental Relief

Dentaltown, April 2013:  Global Dental Volunteers Serve Children – Just Back from Kenya

Arhaus Furniture Catalog, February 2013: Catalog promotion of Global Dental Relief

Rocky Mountain PBS, December 19, 2012:  WorldDenver Talks interviews GDR’s Laurie Mathews – Part 2

Rocky Mountain PBS, December 19, 2012:  WorldDenver Talks interviews GDR’s Laurie Mathews – Part 1

Arhaus Furniture Catalog, 2012:  A week in the work of Global Dental Relief 

Denver Post, August 15, 2010:  Honor Tom Grams’ work: volunteer

Boulder Daily Camera, December 19, 2009:  Healing Nepal: Volunteer Dental Pros bring smiles to developing world