Avi Weisfogel DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) kicks off a GoFundMe campaign for Operation Smile in March 2016. Avi practices dental surgery at Old Bridge Dental Care in Old Bridge New Jersey. He describes himself as a local boy, spending most of his life in New Jersey. He attended New York University College and graduated in 1997. He completed his residency at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Brunswick New Jersey. He is married and has six children.
In an interview Avi said “I have always been a fan of nice teeth”. obviously this was the push to become a dentist, but he did not stop there. Avi is a self- proclaimed “education enthusiast” and walks his talk. In the state of New Jersey dentists are required to take 40 hours of continuing education every other year. Avi takes 200 hours per year. If a better procedure is available, then he feels his patients deserve it.
When Avi decided to launch the campaign to help raise money for Operation Smile, it was almost the perfect marriage. Operation Smile is an International Medical Charity that provides free surgical procedures for kids, specifically cleft palate, cleft lips, and facial deformities. A cleft lip is an opening in the upper lip extending into the nose, a cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth extending into the nose. Each lead to other complications obviously.
Operation Smile believes that every child deserves exceptional surgical care, they treat these children as if they are their own children. Bill and Kathy Magee founded this charitable organization in 1982. Over the years Operation Smile has connected with thousands of volunteers from 80 nations and have performed more than 220,000 free surgical procedures.
Avi remarked in an interview ” this organization wants to ensure that every child knows that whatever life throws at them, they will always have hope”. This is a doctrine existing in Avi’s own private practice as well, where he explains that 50% of the dental implant patients he treats have been told that for them dental implants were not possible, by other dentists. Avi Weisfogel provides hope.