Avi Weisfogel grew up in New Jersey. His father was a cardiologist that served the local community and Avi knew that he wanted to be like his father. But it is when he started to notice girls growing up that he knew how he was going to help his fellow citizens of New Jersey. The first thing he noticed about the girls were their teeth. It started a love affair with dental health, aesthetics and hygiene.
They say if you do what you love then you will never work a day in your life. And that is how Avi Weisfogel feels when he goes to work in the morning. He is so committed to helping people through dentistry that he feels lucky to do what he does. And he never stops learning. He takes more than the state-required 40 annual hours of continuing education every year because he is so intent on helping people in the best way possible, and it shows. This practice has blossomed and he has been able to purchase other offices throughout New Jersey. Watch his educational video below.
You might think that Avi would rest on his laurels and enjoy the fruits of his labor quietly in New Jersey, but you’d be wrong. His success at the local level has only increased his commitment to altruism through dentistry and he seeks to expand the scope of his philanthropy world wide. That is why he has started a GoFundMe campaign to benefit the Operation Smile charity.
Operation Smile is a group of activists and dentists that travel the world giving out surgical care to those with cleft lip or cleft palate. It is shocking to know that only 4% of all cleft lip or palate surgeries are performed a person from a poor community. And without this surgery, a person afflicted with this horrible defect can expect problems with hearing, speech and eating throughout their entire lives. But that only measures the medical difficulties, not the social ones.
Cleft lip can lead to dental damage. The mouth does not cover the upper teeth, leaving them exposed and vulnerable. And the look of a cleft lip isn’t exactly pleasing. People afflicted with the condition will find it difficult to socialize, make friends or get a job working with people. But surgery can help solve the problem, bringing the patient out of isolation. Avi, Operation Smile and Go Fund Me seek to help as many as possible. Follow Avi on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on his campaign.