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Holocaust Survivor Receives Free Dental Care

Holocaust Survivor Receives Free Dental Care

Atlanta, GA. – Seventy-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor Valery Kats received free dental services from Dr. Michael Friedman of My North Atlanta Dentist this year as part of the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program.

Originally founded in 2015, the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program has provided Holocaust survivors pro-bono dental care across nine North American metropolitan areas, according to Dr. Avi Wurman, past president of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity.

Before he became involved with the program, Dr. Friedman had never met a Holocaust survivor. Now, he said, he understands the suffering they lived through and what it means to the patients he has treated. "It makes them feel like they've been taken care of," said Dr. Friedman.

Dr. Friedman has treated six survivors through the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program. One of these patients, 78-year-old Valery Kats, was born in Ukraine. Mr. Kats' father left to join the Red Army and fight the Germans. He never saw his father again, and does not know what happened to him. His mother, in an attempt to avoid the Nazis, fled from their village to Kiev.

Mr. Kats was treated over several visits to Dr. Friedman between February and September. Mr. Kats' wife, Frida Kats, said they got to know Dr. Friedman so well that he felt like family.

"Before this was done, I couldn't eat properly," said Mr. Kats. "I'm so happy."

All treatment for eligible Holocaust survivors is provided on a pro-bono basis, but donations are accepted to offset the administrative costs of the program. To donate, please visit www.aofus.org/ways-contribute/holocaust-survivors-oral-health-program.

About My North Atlanta Dentist

Dr. Michael Friedman and team are proud to serve the Atlanta community, providing first-class general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry and outstanding patient service. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 404-252-5252 or visit www.MyNorthAtlantaDentist.com.