OMSs help save teeth of special needs patients

Cheryl Closs, a mother of four from West Islip, N.Y., wanted to save her daughter Bella’s two front teeth. They were badly decayed, and one dentist wanted to just pull them out. But Ms. Closs was having none of it. Read full article

OMS gifts life-changing treatment to program winner

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Hartford man has received a life-changing gift. It happened in January. Connor Vortherms received a $50,000 smile makeover from Siouxland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read full article

Dr. Bagby Promoted to Brigadier General

Brig. Gen. Shan K. Bagby, a native of Newark, is chief of the U.S. Army Dental Corps and its first African-American Army dental officer to be promoted to brigadier general. In one sense it was uneventful. But in another, a trip to the neighborhood health clinic helped shaped the course of his life. Shan K…. Read more »

Doctor and family honored for service with Mercy Ships

Dr. Gary Parker first volunteered aboard a Mercy Ships hospital ship thinking it would be a three-month journey. However, three months turned into 31 years, and Gary and his wife Susan, who he met on board, have devoted their lives to help those living without access to safe, timely and affordable surgical care. Read full… Read more »

Boy from Haiti receives life-saving surgery

When a 9-year-old boy with a fast-growing tumor needed help immediately, and a group of Good Samaritans stepped in to provide life-saving surgery. Jean Olivier needed help he couldn’t get in his native Haiti, and his father was at the end of his bank account. Read full article

OMS provides new set of teeth to veteran

Joining the military was always in Charles Martin’s plans. He graduated in the late 1960s around the time the U.S. military began conducting a draft to call eligible men to serve. The call from the U.S. Army came shortly after Martin began the process of committing himself to the U.S. Air Force, he recalled during… Read more »

Collaboration helped provide total jaw reconstruction for UAB professor

For Valerie Accetta, MFA, head of Musical Theatre and assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Theatre, wear and tear from 15 years of singing, chewing and conversation caused the cartilage in her jaw to completely deteriorate. By spring of 2016, a simple task like eating a slice of pizza was… Read more »

Hornbeck graduate perseveres, amid personal obstacles

A recent Hornbeck High School graduate has found her way through 19 surgeries, since birth, has managed to successfully complete high school, and earn scholarships. She is headed to college in the fall to pursue a career in the medical field. Read full article