Dr. Neda’s involvement with Operation Smile:
"I began my involvement with Operation Smile in High School after I heard Jose Villegas, a young man, tell his story about how his surgery through Operation Smile changed his life. His story really inspired me. My involvement led me to a mission to Nicaragua and then to a mission to Gaza when I was at the University of Virginia. I realized then that oral health access was a true luxury in many parts of the world. I became eager to work with children and advocate for better oral health for all children. Operation Smile provides free reconstructive cleft surgeries for all children globally.
I continue to volunteer with Operation Smile, and go back to Vietnam regularly. I love that I am able to share what I have learned & hope to inspire my patients to get involved."
Through Dr. Neda Kalantar's involvement with other organizations such as Give Kids a Smile, & Cornerstones, Dr. Neda organizes local dental missions in her office. "It's unfortunate that many families who live in our own communities do not have access to affordable dental care. Every little bit helps."
If you would like to get involved please visit www.operationsmile.org or ask Dr. Neda.