Dental Lifeline Network • Mississippi honored Dr. Dan “Hank” Singley at the Mississippi Dental Association Annual Meeting. Dr. Singley is the Co-Chair of the DLN • MS Leadership Council. His Co-Chair, Dr. Sherry Gwin, presented Dr. Singley an award for his spirit of compassion, caring and dedication to the organization.
Nearly 25 years ago as a Past President of the Mississippi Dental Association, Dr. Singley graciously agreed to lead an effort to start a Donated Dental Services (DDS) Program in Mississippi to help people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and unable to afford treatment for seriously-neglected dental diseases.
Dr. Singley volunteered with DDS from 1995 until his retirement in 2017. During that time he helped 21 patients in the DDS program, and donated more than $93,000 in dental care.
In Mississippi, Dr. Singley’s leadership has resulted in a thriving DDS program with over 250 dentists statewide volunteering along with 35 laboratories who have treated over 2,500 individuals with special needs and donated nearly $7 million worth of services.
In addition to his work in Mississippi, Dr. Singley encouraged neighboring state dental associations in Alabama and Georgia to develop similar programs, recruiting other members of the esteemed Pankey Institute to volunteer for DDS programs in their states. When Dental Lifeline Network needed a general dentist’s perspective on developing national guidelines for implant cases, Dr. Singley provided key insights.
The Mississippi DDS program is part of a national network of over 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,500 volunteer dental labs. Dentists and laboratories can volunteer for the Mississippi DDS program by visiting WillYouSeeOne.org or by contacting Program Coordinator Trina Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.932.2200.
Learn more about volunteering and other ways to help.