Hello, my name is Kevin Landingham. I am a disabled veteran in the signal corp serving from 1982-1985. I am... Read more
Hello, my name is Kevin Landingham. I am a disabled veteran in the signal corp serving from 1982-1985. I am also a dialysis patient since April 2013 to the present. When I started dialysis I ate candy all the time to counter-act the bad taste from the different medicines that are administered intravenously. I didn’t realize at the time that I was getting cavities from all the sugar until one tooth started to hurt. That’s when I started to looking for dental care to get it pulled. I found out that by not having dental coverage I could not afford to get it taken care of so I started looking for an alternative. After about a month of suffering and looking for help I came across Volunteer For Dental. I was at the VA for an appointment and asked about dental help. The VA referred me over to Volunteer For Dental and I called Suzanne Tanis. I talked to Suzanne and went to her dental class. It was very informative and I realized that I wasn’t taking care of my teeth. Luckily the class helped me gain knowledge on what I should be doing to keep my mouth healthy. I did my community service at Hope’s Outlet in Muskegon where I would help the elderly with their purchases, stock shelves, clean the store, hang clothes or whatever needed to be done. I found that serving people was very fulfilling, it made me feel better about getting my dental care for free, and improved my self-esteem. Suzanne scheduled me to see Dr. Leitner, a dentist in Grand Haven. He and his staff welcomed me as if I had dental insurance. Dr. Leitner is an advocate of the program. He tackled my teeth wholeheartedly and repaired 13 cavities and extracted 2 teeth....
Hello. My name is Ange Jackson, and this beautiful smile that you see before you is all because of Volunteer... Read more
Hello. My name is Ange Jackson, and this beautiful smile that you see before you is all because of Volunteer for Dental. I moved to Michigan in December of 2016, when my husband was medically retired from the Army. We were lucky to keep our medical insurance; however, his separation meant the lost of our dental insurance. As luck would have it, I had an existing cavity fall out of my tooth almost immediately after losing my coverage. I was unemployed, had anxiety about visiting the dentist, no dental insurance, and embarrassment about allowing myself to go too long without receiving dental care. I felt a bit trapped. I suffered with the pain for quite some time until I realized I had to do something. I heard about Volunteer for Dental from Andy O’Riley’s Positively Muskegon. I placed a call in to volunteer For Dental before I could talk myself out of it. I talked to Suzanne and was enrolled pretty quickly. After my class, I was able to collect volunteer hours for volunteer work at Catholic Charities- a place where I had already been volunteering at for weeks. Since the beginning of my volunteer time, I have also volunteered for Pioneer Resources with their Leisure And Recreation Club and at community outreach events for Volunteer For Dental. Since joining the program, I have volunteered a total of 90 hours in our community. These hours have provided me with x-rays, an exam, periodontal care, fillings and soon I will have a root canal redone. Not only is all of this work being done at no cost for me, but it is being done by wonderful providers. These are providers that I would recommend to my friends and family. In addition to bettering my dental hygiene and correcting my bad soda...
Hello, my name is Vickie and I’m honored to be able to participate in the Volunteer for Dental program. I’m... Read more
Hello, my name is Vickie and I’m honored to be able to participate in the Volunteer for Dental program. I’m 62 years old and have been married for 38 years. I have 2 sons, 4 stepchildren and 13 grandchildren. I’m disabled with chronic kidney stones and many other health issues. I worked for 13 years as a cook for Orchard View Schools. I had to give up my job because of my health. My husband is handicapped so I spend a lot of time helping him and taking him to doctors. We do not have dental insurance and do not have money to pay for dental work. Ten years ago I had periodontal disease and started losing my teeth so I needed dental work right away. I had to have an upper denture made and we made payments for a long time before they were mine. Now the upper denture has problems: the back teeth are worn off completely which makes it hard to chew some foods, some of the teeth are chipped, some are discolored and they don’t fit anymore. I have volunteered for a long time at MAP. I try to work at MAP about 3-4 times a month doing office work, newsletters or pantry help. I love helping with whatever I can do. I have continued to volunteer because of the big hugs and smiles I get from those we help. I’ve been down and out and still am at times. It makes me feel like a million bucks if I can help someone who is struggling too. Diane Stubbs, the Director at MAP is the person who got me started at Volunteer for Dental. Suzanne and her staff are so nice and helpful. They gave me hope that one day I would have my smile back....
Hello, I’m Cheryl Harrington. I’ve had a fear of dentists from a young age. The needles alone could cause me... Read more
Hello, I’m Cheryl Harrington. I’ve had a fear of dentists from a young age. The needles alone could cause me to pass out. I have always had trouble with my teeth getting cavities easily. Growing up, I only went to the dentist when absolutely necessary. Each time was painful and not a good experience. I was brushing and flossing daily though. As time went on, I noticed my gums were receding. There wasn’t any pain and nothing was said at my checkups about it. Fast forward. I lost my job and all my benefits due to my health issues. I am now on disability. About a year and a half ago I had a lot of pain in a tooth. I saw an article in the Muskegon Chronicle about Volunteer For Dental and decided to call. I talked to Suzanne and she told me I qualified and set me up to attend dental health class. At the class I learned some new things. Pretzels and crackers aren’t the good snacks I thought they were. Suzanne was very nice and informative. My tooth was really hurting and she set me up quickly to see Dr. Cerminaro. It was abscessed and I needed to take medicine before it could be removed. The tooth removal really amazed me. Very little pain. I also had a few cavities and a pretty bad case of periodontal disease to take care of. Suzanne set me up to get my fillings done by Dr. Monica and Dr. Michelle in North Muskegon. I went to Dr. Kovicak’s office and saw Michelle the hygienist for my periodontal treatment and again I was so pleased that it wasn’t real painful. Now I go every 6 months for my checkup and cleaning. Thank you to everyone at Volunteer For Dental for...
I am a retired veteran and, in spite of back problems from an auto accident, I consider myself in good... Read more
John J. Carey
John J. Carey
I am a retired veteran and, in spite of back problems from an auto accident, I consider myself in good health. My dental care history was basically on an as needed basis. My parents both had dentures for as long as I can recall and dental health was not stressed growing up. I volunteer at the West Michigan Veterans Center Food Bank where I still work as needed. The work has been very fulfilling and I am grateful for having had the opportunity. Without Volunteer for Dental this would not have happened. Thank you for providing this program. The dental care provided has been excellent. I was traumatized at age 10 by a dentist who subsequently lost his license to practice. As a result I have avoided contact with dentists unless it was an absolute emergency. The care I received as a result of this program has given me a new appreciation for dental professionals. Having had a variety of work done by several different dentists I have nothing but praise for their professional approach to their jobs. I am much more aware of what is necessary for good dental hygiene since being introduced to the Volunteer for Dental program and am very grateful to Suzanne Tanis for all she has done for me and others like me. Financially, I would not have been able to secure much of the treatment this program has afforded me. I have referred others to the program and will continue to do so. Again, my thanks to everyone involved in this program. No words can convey how much it has meant to me to be involved with Volunteer for Dental. Thank you.