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Local support makes Miles for Smiles a success

Dear Editor,

A little over two years ago, Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) launched its Miles for Smiles Program to bring low-cost comprehensive dental care to underserved children in Glenwood Springs and other communities throughout Western Colorado. During the first 24 months of the program, the Miles for Smiles mobile dental clinic recorded 581 patient visits in Garfield County alone, with the dental services valued at over $127,957.

The success of the program has been due in large part to local community dental professionals such as Drs. Rob Anderson, Jim Cummins, Robert Murray, Jay Heim, Robert Henry, Jim Setterberg and Joan Traul, and dental hygienist Sherry Setterberg, who have volunteered their time and services to provide after-hours, follow-up, urgent and emergency care.

Additional local support from community organizations, such as the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs, Wal-Mart, LIFT-UP and Wells Fargo Bank, has also been vital in sustaining our efforts to reach the many needy children in this area who fall through the cracks between public assistance and private insurance.

The Miles for Smiles Program alone cannot meet the oral health care needs of all the underserved children. However, in partnership with committed local individuals and organizations, we will continue to make a difference in the critical battle against oral health disease in the Glenwood Springs area.

On behalf of KIND, I congratulate the community for its continued support of this important effort.


Michelle Thornton

Miles for Smiles Statewide Coordinator

Kids in Need of Dentistry


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