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Chesterfield Dentist Nets Hero Status for Pro Bono Work

His practice is in Manchester.

Twice a year since 2002, local dentists donate a day of free treatment to young folks through a clinic, Give Kids A Smile (GKAS.)

Chesterfield resident John P. Vogl, a dentist with five children of his own, was named GKAS Hero this month for his pro bono work with the clinic.

"Dr. John Vogl represents everything that is good about Give Kids A Smile," said Thomas Flavin, a founder and president of the board of directors for the organization.

("Vogl) is a gentle, caring and dedicated dentist who we have come to count on at nearly every clinic," Flavin said. There have been 20 clinics since 2002.

The group awarded the Hero status for the first time ever this year, during the Greater St. Louis Dental Society annual installation event, at Busch Stadium, January 14.

“Working with Give Kids A Smile is both fun and gratifying," Vogl said after receiving the honor. "None of us is ever going to change the world, but each of us can make a dent in our little corner of it.”

The organization said more than 8,900 dental professionals and lay volunteers donate time and talent through the clinic, and have provided 10,632 children with $4.6 million in free dental service. The clinics are held October and February.

Criteria for a GKAS Hero include being a licensed dentist who has made a significant contribution to the GKAS clinics and/or its other community outreach events.

In making the award, the organization said this about Vogl:

"He has served at all but one of the free biannual dental clinics. He spends his time chairside working to clean, restore and protect the dental health of visiting children in need. He makes sure each child is treated properly and given the kind of care they deserve, often resulting in him being the last dentist to leave the clinic floor."

He also volunteers emergency dental services to those in need, through Oasis International, which serves refugees who relocate to St. Louis.

Vogl is a 1981 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry, and has his own dental practice in Manchester.

The GKAS Hero Award will be presented annually. To learn more about Give Kids A Smile click here or call 636-397-6453.

Give Kids a Smile was developed by dentists Jeffrey Dalin, B. Ray Storm, Tom Flavin, Mark Ortinau, and Jan Storm, RDHB, to provide children of families who cannot currently afford dental care with access to modern dentistry.

Also contributing to GKAS clinics:

  • Delta Dental of Missouri
  • Keller Dental Laboratory
  • Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education
  • Missouri Dental Association
  • Patterson Dental
  • Goetze Dental
  • Guardian Life Insurance
  • First Pacific Corporation
  • Greater St. Louis Dental Society
  • Young Dental
  • Colgate
  • Henry Shein Dental
  • Dexis.
Les May 10, 2012 at 05:22 AM
I'm in need of help my teeth are really bad please help me
keara roshell scott June 26, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I am a domestic violence escapie and my smile is so broken and ugly i look like i have meth mouth and now that its been a yr sence i left him i want my smile to match the strong women i have become and be able to go back to work as a server and smile again if you or any one can help me pleas do my num is 816 984 3321
Timothy Paul Lilly April 17, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Doctor John I have had so many medical problems over the last 3 years. I need a lot of work done on my teeth. I am a father of 3 kids. I need to start feeling better about myself. I hope you call me so I can go more into my story. My number is 314-363-8645. My name is Tim
Cunning Pam April 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Dr. Vogl is an awesome dentist, and an amazing person! I have been seeing him ever since moving here five years ago, and despite a lifelong fear of dentists and dental work, he and his staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. I now have a great smile thanks to him. It's no surprise to see that he's so involved in the Give Kids a Smile program, and the award from the group is well deserved!
Aly Murphy June 28, 2013 at 09:01 PM
For the last few years my husband has been experiencing very traumatic dental pain.. the last dentist we were able to afford to see diagnosed him with periodontal disease, and said it would be best if he had a full mouth extraction (oral surgery) however the problem is we can't afford it. He has applied for many insurances and dental programs and has been turned down each time.. It has gotten to be a very serious issue, he is ALWAYS in pain. He can't sleep and can hardly eat anything due to this disease. Can you please help him Dr. Vogl?? You can contact me at alymurphy2012@gmail.com

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