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Dentists race to Saratoga for Oral Cancer Screenings

Only Winners at 2011 Saratoga Oral Cancer Screenings

Perfect weather, nearly two dozen volunteers and the beautiful Saratoga Race Course were the trifecta for a successful oral cancer screening. The annual event featured 21 dentists representing six component societies from around the state.

The screenings, held in front of the colorful windows of the Jockey Silks Room, were an effort to remind those in attendance of the importance of routine dental exams and oral cancer awareness.

The screenings have been held annually at the historic thoroughbred track since 2003. Hundreds of people have been screened over the years, and each year individuals with suspicious lesions have been identified.  

While this year’s installment featured many familiar faces, there were also quite a few first time participants including several members of the membership and communications council and the new dentist committee.

“This was a great experience for me and the other volunteers,” said Dr. Maria Maranga, Council on Membership and Communications Co-Chair. “I hope that we can build on this get even more volunteers involved both at Saratoga and at future events around the state.”

Adding to the mix of new faces, four dental residents from Ellis Hospital in Schenectady volunteered at the day’s event. They were accompanied by Dr. Fred Wetzel, NYSDA Trustee and new director of the Ellis Hospital Dental Residency program.

NYSDA, along with Nassau County, Fourth and Third Districts sponsored this year’s event, with additional sponsorship coming from OralCDx.
NYSDA member and New Dentist Committee Chair, Dr. Kendra Zappia donated two Sonicare electric toothbrushes as raffle prizes.

Again this year, as in years past, NYSDA and the Fourth District donated over 100 oral care kits to B.E.S.T., the Backstretch Employees Support Team. The organization provides a full range of health and human services to support workers in the barn areas at New York’s racetracks.

There was a new element to this year’s event. Immediately following the screenings volunteers gathered at the Horseshoe Inn and Tavern for drinks and appetizers. This provided an opportunity for volunteers to meet peers from other parts of the state and relax after a long day of oral cancer screenings. The social gathering was sponsored by 3rd district, 4th district, Nassau County, and NYSDA.

Thank you to the following volunteers:

Dr. Kendra Zappia (3rd), Dr. Seth Farren (3rd), Dr. Hemali Ajmera (Queens), Dr. Chris Salierno (Suffolk), Dr. Robert Trager (Nassau), Mrs. Bonye Trager, Dr. May Hwang (4th), Dr. Richard Dunham (4th), Dr. Fred Wetzel (3rd), Dr. Jamie Cohn (Resident), Dr. Vera Popova (Resident), Dr. Katelyn Page (Resident), Dr. Molly Barrett (Resident), Dr. Mike Breault (3rd), Dr. Maria Maranga (Suffolk), Dr. Sujata Prasad (Nassau), Dr. Ted Gialanella (3rd), Mr. Josh Poupore (NYSDA), Ms. Amie Cheeney (NYSDA), Ms. Nancy Hess (4th), Mr. Jim Garnett (Nassau), Ms. Patty Marcucia (NYSDA), Dr. Jennifer Kluth (4th), Dr. Sat Kartar Khalsa (3rd), Dr. Richard Klockowski (5th), Dr. Rhona Stanley (3rd), Ms. Stephanie Peterson (3rd), Ms. Jessica Rafferty (NSYDA), Ms. Tina Memos, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fox, Dr. Paul Leary (Suffolk),