It was a hot and sweaty adventure, but, as always, oh so worthwhile! The Growing Smiles Foundation team, including 13 dental students from the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University), ventured to Peru at the end of February for our 6th annual humanitarian pilgrimage at the Centro De Salud Mental Comunitario “San Sebastian” Church. We were assisted by our partners at UPC (Peru), a crew which included dental and post-graduate dental and periodontal residents.
In addition to acting as mentor and hands-on practitioner, providing free dental care to underserved children, Dr. Levine lectured along with his friend Dr. Salvador Nares (Chair of Periodontology/Implantology) from UIC Chicago. Dr. Levine’s daughter, pediatric dentist Dr. Bari Levine, first started the Growing Smiles Foundation in 2014. Since then, the non-profit has provided over $600,000 in free dental care to Peruvian children and adults. Much of the Foundation’s success stems from the guidance of board members Dr. Levine, his wife, Dr. Sheryl Radin, son, Dr. Ross Levine, and the incredible Growing Smiles Foundation team. The Growing Smiles Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is always grateful for your tax-deductible support. Contributions help the group purchase dental equipment, educational materials, dental hygiene products and instruments and offset travel costs for dental students. To see more pictures, videos or to donate online, please be sure to visit growingsmilesfoundation.org.