When the word ‘dentist’ is heard, most people imagine villains wielding sharp utensils and drills. Humanitarianism is not really expected of those in the dentistry field. Yet, the power of a smile is compelling, and so there are charities like Operation Smile that seek to aid those with dental issues and facial deformities. On March 2nd, 2016, Dr. Avi Weisfogel launched a GoFundMe campaign to donate $2000 to the international organization.
Avi Weisfogel is a practicing dentist in New Jersey. Having graduated from Rutgers with a BA in biology and psychology as well as earning a DDS from the New York University College of Dentistry, he uses his skills for dozens of activities. His passion for aiding others and knowledge in oral health care was what motivated him to open the GoFundMe operation. Similar to the mission of Operation Smile, Dr. Weisfogel believes that every child deserves care and compassion. Every child should have access dental treatment when needed.
Avi Weisfogel also helps the patients at his office. In 2010, he founded Healthy Heart Sleep, a global company that advised doctors how to establish and manage sleep labs. In 2012, another endeavor was opened—Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient—where Weisfogel lectured dentists on increasing and serving sleep patients. Sleep patients are those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, use oral appliance therapy, or are plagued by snoring. For over 15 years, Dr. Weisfogel has been active at both New Jersey’s Dental Sleep Masters, lecturing around the tristate area, and staying up to date on the latest dental and sleep disorder research.
Though everything he has done is admirable, his latest aspiration to raise money for Operation Smile is truly philanthropic. Operation Smile was founded in 1982 by Bill and Kathy Magee. While the first mission was aiding Filipino children, the organization rapidly spread through the help of volunteers. Now, the team has provided over 220,000 free surgical procedures. Surely the money raised by Avi Weisfogel and the attention he has brought to the charity will allow them to change even more lives for the better.