ADA Trustees Recognize Colorado Dentists for International Volunteer Service

Krysia GabenskiFeatured News

September 24, 2015

In August, the American Dental Association Board of Trustees presented the Certificate for International Volunteer Service to three deserving Colorado dentists. Dr. Victor Bradford, Dr. John Ley and Dr. Robert Meyer, all from Colorado Springs, Colo., travel outside the U.S., often to remote locations, to set up portable dental clinics and teach local physicians how to establish dental clinics for ongoing care.

These three dentists received the recognition because the board saw their contributions as exemplifying “a selfless and giving nature that is needed in the world now more than ever.”

Dr. Bradford, who retired from the U.S. Air Force and recently from dentistry, has gone on many mission trips, including serving a refugee population in Turkey and underserved populations in the Philippines, Cambodia and more.

Dr. Ley has volunteered on mission trips with underserved populations in many countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Madagascar and the Philippines. Now a retired dentist, Dr. Ley continues to volunteer around the world.

Dr. Meyer, president of the Christian Dental Society, has gone on 50 mission trips in 35 countries. Most recently, he worked with refugees in Turkey, children in the Philippines who were severely abused and unreached people groups on the outer islands of Indonesia.

According to the board, the dentists’ ambassadorship not only helps relieve the pain and suffering of people in disadvantaged countries but also fosters good will and friendship among nations and elevates the profession of dentistry.

Congratulations, Dr. Bradford, Dr. Ley and Dr. Meyer!