DLN • Colorado Honors Outstanding Volunteers

DLN • Colorado President Dr. Steve Nelson, DLN • Colorado Vice President Dr. Jeff Lodl and Dr. Andrew Howard

Dental Lifeline Network ● Colorado honored five outstanding volunteers in its Donated Dental Services (DDS) program at events in February. The recipients were commended for their spirit of compassion, caring and their dedication to the DDS program. The volunteers, including both dentists and dental labs, were presented with the award by DLN • CO board president Dr. Steve Nelson.

Dr. Andrew Howard has been a volunteer with DDS since 1989 and has helped 32 patients in the DDS program. He singlehandedly donated more than $170,000 in dental care and treats many DDS patients on an ongoing basis.

DLN • Colorado President  Dr. Steve Nelson and Dr. Thomas Michalik


Dr. Thomas Michalik is an oral surgeon and has been a DDS volunteer since 2015. As a new volunteer he has donated more than $17,000 to seven patients in just two years.

Associates in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (AMOS) (not pictured) is a practice with five oral surgeons all of whom volunteer with DDS: Drs. Michael Onstad, Rebecca Facy, Matthew D’Addario, Donald Hull and Kevin Wright. Together the doctors at AMOS have donated more than $200,000 in treatment.

TE Dental Lab (not pictured) is a one-person lab owned by Tim Epperson. He has been a volunteer with DDS since 1990 and donated more than $54,000 in lab fabrications. He is dedicated to the DDS program and donates toward one case a month.

Auraria Dental Lab (not pictured) has donated more than $32,000 in donated services since they began volunteering for DDS in 1989. Their commitment to the community also extends beyond DDS.

Together 748 volunteer dentists and 172 volunteer dental labs have provided $30 million in care to more than 12,000 vulnerable people in Colorado since 1985. Patients include people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.

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