It’s time to add to our volunteer Wall of Fame again, and we love being able to recognize so many of our outstanding volunteers!! As we quickly approach the start of our 6th Annual Event, we are continually humbled by the hundreds of selfless, generous, loving and gracious individuals that continue to sign up to partner with us at our annual AZ Mission of Mercy event…we are truly fortunate to work alongside some of the very best out there!
It is a joy to place these nominated individuals in the spotlight, and highlight the recognition they deserve, for going above and beyond in donating their time and talents. This month we are featuring Lisa McVey, shown below! Thank you, Lisa, for your tireless efforts, year after year, in helping to make our event the success that it is!
Registration is now OPEN for our 2017 annual event being held December 8th & 9th, so sign up now and help us spread the word to your family and friends too! THANK YOU to ALL of our volunteers for ALL that you do to help make AZMOM such a success, and we look forward to seeing everyone again this December 8th and 9th, 2017!!! #azmomcares
1- How many years have you been in dentistry? 13
2- Who do you currently work for, and what is your title? Dr. Timothy Mangelsdorf in Kingman, AZ – I am a dental assistant
3- How many years have you volunteered with AZMOM? Since the beginning = 5 years
4- Why is AZMOM important to you? Getting a chance to help out people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get to a dentist is very gratifying. Seeing the way I (along with all the other volunteers) can make a huge difference in people’s lives by helping them to get out of pain or improve their smile is so rewarding.
5- Is there a significant memory/patient, from any of the AZMOM events you have participated in, that stands out to you? I actually have two. The first year I assisted a doctor and we were able to restore 5 front teeth on a sweet older woman. She also told me she was getting a flipper to fill in her missing front tooth. The next day she returned to my area to show me her new complete smile. She was so happy that she would finally be able to go out and look for a job. The next year I ran into her again at MOM – this time she was volunteering. What a way to pay it forward. Another year I and a doctor named Blake from Cave Creek restored all the front six teeth on a young woman name Sara. We gave her her smile back and she was so grateful giving hugs and almost bringing me to tears with gratitude.
6- What keeps you coming back to volunteer at AZMOM each year? Even though I volunteer from 6am to 6pm both days and am thoroughly exhausted, it’s a satisfying exhaustion. I have always volunteered in the restorative department and the looks on people’s faces when they see their new smiles is priceless. Plus coming back each year I get to reconnect with other volunteers like Rita Perry and Dr. Ray Tanaka. It’s like old home week running into lots of familiar faces. It’s really fun to assist many different doctors and get to know them. I’m so glad to be able to have skills that can be utilized to help my fellow Arizonians.