JULY 1, 2014

Recap of sixth WDA Mission of Mercy:
$7.1 million in care and 13,000+ patients since 2009

In just two days during June 2014:
  • 1,218 volunteers, including 217 dentists
  • 1,925 patient visits
  • $1.3 million in donated care
  • 1,889 fillings
  • 1,485 extractions
  • 792 cleanings
  • 573 sealant/fluoride treatments
  • 43 endo procedures (root canals and therapeutic pulpotomies)
  • 149 full and partial dentures
These are the final numbers from the Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy at the KI Center in Green Bay.
We're pleased that many public officials, staff members and candidates visited and volunteered at MOM last weekend.
Many Wisconsin residents continue to face barriers to dental care, which is why the WDA has joined the American Dental Association in Action for Dental Health activities like Mission of Mercy. The WDA stands ready to assist state lawmakers in developing and implementing policies the will improve access to care for Badger State residents of all ages.


Mara Brooks
WDA Government Services Director


Helping hands:
Lawmakers and candidates volunteer at MOM

We extend our most sincere thanks to all who took time out of their schedules, rolled up their sleeves and helped us give brighter smiles to thousands of people.
“This is my third year of volunteering! Such a wonderful program for those who need care. I had gum disease as an adult and am fortunate that I had access to good care which has helped me keep my teeth. Oral health is so important. I’m happy to help at MOM.” - State Rep. Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville)
Also volunteering at the MOM in Green Bay:
  • State Rep. Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel)
  • 1st Assembly District Republican candidate Dr. Paul Feit (Sturgeon Bay)
  • 22nd Assembly District Republican candidate Janel Brandtjen (Menomonee Falls)


Seeing the need:
National, state, county and city officials tour MOM

Thank you, too, to the U.S. Congressional members, state legislators and candidates and county and city officials who toured the MOM clinic in Green Bay.
"I am so impressed to have this event in my Senate district. All the volunteers coming out prove access is such a key issue for dental. We have to do a better job in Madison to ensure more people's dental needs are addressed. I was saddened when we didn't accept the medical assistance dollars, because it makes it tough for people on BadgerCare to get insurance. BadgerCare does cover dental, but when the money isn't there those people don't get the coverage they need. Reimbursement and access are important, but I think the Medicaid dollars would have helped by covering 100 percent payment for the next few years." - State Sen. Dave Hansen (D- Green Bay)
"This event is much bigger than I expected. The efficiency of the operation really hit me. Seeing how organized it is and how you are able to get people through quickly for different dental services. It is not just coming in for a cleaning. It is pulling teeth and making partials. It's amazing to see." - State Rep. David Murphy (R- Greenville)

"The issues about demand and access I have known about, but to see it and what can be accomplished in two days is good. It's not perfect or ideal, but it is so important that this is going on. The number of people and generosity and willingness of the people involved is amazing. Logistically, it is incredible. In a short amount of time people are getting through here. It reinforces this as an issue that needs more attention. It is also a reminder that there are a lot of good people doing good things." - State Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh)

We were also pleased to provide a MOM tour to the following individuals:
  • State Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber (D-Appleton)
  • State Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay)
  • 1st Senate District Democratic candidate Dean DeBroux
  • State Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay)
  • State Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee)
  • State Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere)
  • State Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere)
  • 88th Assembly District Republican candidate John Macco
  • State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette)
  • U. S. Rep. Tom Price (R-6th District, Georgia)
  • U. S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Green Bay, Wisconsin)
  • State Rep. Dan Riemer (D-Milwaukee)
  • Brown County supervisor and state Assembly District Democratic candidate Dan Robinson
  • Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmidt
  • Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach
  • State Rep. Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc)




"Today has been an unbelievable experience and amazing opportunity for someone like myself who hasn't been able to confidently smile in a long time. To be able to have a smile from ear to ear, I am overwhelmed with appreciation for the chance to smile like that again. I want to thank every person who volunteered time and made me feel welcomed and unashamed. This is a wonderful thing for many people I couldn't possibly thank everyone enough for all that was done for me today". - Tabitha, Green Bay, Wis.
"Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated time and energy for this worthy cause. I am very grateful and will pay it forward." - Josh, Whitewater, Wis.
"I would like to thank volunteers in registration who became a shoulder for me to cry on as I was coming in. She stuck with my son and me throughout his whole process today. I also want to thank the dentist who treated my son. He is a hero in this mom's eyes. We are blessed to be at this event. It is amazing just amazing!" - Tiffany and Sawyer, Oconto Falls, Wis.
Supporting friends

Some 80 organizations and individuals contributed $183,000 in tax-deductible financial and in-kind donations to help defray costs associated with this year's two-day clinic. On average, $6 to $8 in care is donated for every $1 received.
Major financial and in-kind support was provided by Cornerstone Foundation, Delta Dental of Wisconsin Charitable Fund, Henry Schein Dental and Walmart Foundation. Delta Dental, Henry Schein and Kwik Trip have supported all six WDA MOM programs.


This year's WDA Mission of Mercy drew the attention of print, online and broadcast media in and around Green Bay. Find news clips in the WDA online Media Room.


Julio Rodriguez, DDS

Paul Levine, DDS

Vice President
Ryan Braden, DDS
Lake Geneva

Immediate Past-President
Tim Durtsche, DDS
La Crosse

Legislative Committee Chair
Eric teDuits, DDS

Wisconsin Dental Political Action Committee Chair
Chris Hansen, DDS
Green Bay

Executive Director
Mark Paget

Director of Government Services
Mara Brooks

Contract Lobbyists
Forbes McIntosh
Government Policy Solutions

Greg Hubbard
Hubbard, Wilson & Zelenkova

Ramie Zelenkova
Hubbard, Wilson & Zelenkova

Jason Bauknecht
Hubbard, Wilson & Zelenkova


The WDA, established in 1870, is the dental profession's leading voice in Wisconsin. With more than 3,000 members statewide, the WDA represents some 79 percent of all licensed dentists and a growing number of dental hygienists in the state.

The WDA pursues a variety of activities and programs relating to advocacy, education, empowerment and service. All programs support the WDA's mission to promote professional excellence and quality oral health care in Wisconsin.
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