Avi Weisfogel and Operation Smile
Avi Weisfogel is known in Old Bridge for his work in dentistry, particularly for his work at Old Bridge Dental Care in his hometown. Having graduated from Rutgers University with Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Psychology, he went on to New York University’s College of Dentistry to earn his DDS. This led to Avi Weisfogel’s time at Dental Sleep Masters Seminars, where he took on the role of instructor to educate patients and healthcare providers how to content with complications of sleep patterns brought on from a host of disorders, particularly sleep apnea. For more than sixteen years his work has been in the arena of sleep disorders and management.
Healthy Heart Sleep was an initiative Avi Weisfogel began five years ago directed specifically at doctors, which worked much like Owner Unlimited Sleep Patients, a lecture circuit for dentist on the connection their field has to sleep apnea. This included instruction on oral devices that provide ease and comfort to their patients.
Though Avi Weisfogel has spent his time developing a demanding yet fulfilling career, another part of his life commands a great deal of attention and effort–philanthropy. Recently, Weisfogel has started a GoFundMe page in support of Operation Smile. Operating since 1982, Operation Smile began as a joint effort between plastic surgeon William Magee and his wife, Kathleen, a nurse. The Philippines was the site of the first mission, working with local doctors and other healthcare providers to provide care to children with facial deformities, mainly those with cleft lips and palates. At first, those who donated their time to the cause were overwhelmed by the display of need from the children who could not access regular care for their conditions, and it was that need that made Operation Smile an active organization. Subsisting mostly on donations from generous individuals and organizations alike, Operation Smile acquires the supplies and facilities necessary to address the medical needs of patients, but their staff of technicians, doctors and nurses all volunteer their time to the cause.
With decades of operations, Operation Smile has extended their reach beyond the Philippines to more than eighty countries, providing care to thousands of children. At present, the care providers have performed hundreds of thousands of surgeries to patients of all ages while training a medical staff that would then take those skills and apply them both at home and abroad. Efforts by people like Weisfogel, who understand the importance of oral care and correction, make their operations possible.
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