Elgin-area dentists join ‘Dentists with a Heart’ program to provide free services for needy
By Romi Herron For Sun-Times Media February 17, 2014 11:24AM
Some of the Elgin-area dentists taking part in "Dentist with a Heart" are, from left, Drs. Cathy Nguyen, Angela G. Landrowski, Felicia Chu, David Rice and Paul Engen, DDS. | Romi Herron for Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 19, 2014 6:17AM
ELGIN — Dr. Angela Landrowski’s children attend school in District U46, and the Elgin resident feels strongly about supporting children in her community.
Her dentistry, Peacock Dental, is taking part today in “Dentist with a Heart,” presented by the Fox River Valley Dental Society and Elgin Dental Society. During February, several dentists provide free services through the program.
“It is important for me to be a valuable member of the community in which I live,” Landrowski said. “Dentistry and swimming are my passions, so I help the swim team, the Well Child Center and Dentist With a Heart in Elgin.”
Peacock Dental, 320 N. McLean Blvd., Elgin, is accepting walk-ins from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.
In addition to Landrowski, Fiandaca Periodontics, West Dundee Dental Care, Dr. Paul Engen, Dr. Daniel Sula, Celebrating Smiles’ Dr. Felicia Chu, Dr. Cathy Nguyen, Dr. Payal Trivedi and Dr. David Rice provided cleanings, fillings, diagnostic services, extractions and x-rays this month.
Rice also will provide free services from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 26 by appointment at 1972 Larkin Ave., Elgin. Requests can be made via telephone at 847-741-2353. Dr. Frank Maggio is providing services throughout the month of February at 2000 Larkin Avenue, Elgin, and can be contacted at (847) 697-5880.
Chu said dentists who take part in the program are given flexibility with ways they choose to serve the community.
“Some offices don’t make appointments (during the program) and when you do it that way you see a wider range of people who have different needs,” Chu explained.
She also said she contacted all the human service organizations in the Elgin area to give their clients the first chance at services.
“It’s great to know we know we are hitting the people we really need to help out,” Chu said.
Sometimes, mothers bring their children in for free services during school, she added. Since February is Children’s Dental Health Month, some participating dentists also go to the Head Start programs in District U46 and provide dental education. Creekside Elementary School was one of the sites, Chu said.
While participating clinics don’t require their staff to volunteer their time in “Dentist with a Heart,” Chu said they generally do. Orthodontists also sponsor children and offer treatment, and major dental supply companies frequently donate products to contribute to the cause, Chu said.
While the methods and levels of contribution vary, Chu said the common goal is the same.
“No child should ever experience a toothache,” she said.
More information about “Dentist with a Heart” is available at www.dentistwithaheartonline.org.