Doctors with a Heart Day at Progressive Dental
In 1984, Dr. Duane Schmidt, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa founded Doctors with a Heart Day, Inc., to help people in need receive quality dental care. Today, Doctors with a Heart has become the largest doctor charity in the world. It has been estimated that over 15,000 doctors and their staff in various health care disciplines participate in this day of giving.
Dr. Spera and his dedicated staff and associates started this tradition locally in 1996. Over the past two decades, all participating doctors and staff have treated over 5,905 patients and completed over $1,102,983.00 worth of dental services. “Across the nation, once a year, doctors close their cash drawers to help people who have no means of support,” said Dr. Spera. These doctors know of no better way to show they care for those in need who live in our community. Out of the 80 staff members who help out during this busy day, 10-15 are outside volunteers and community members.
Those with urgent dental needs, who have no money, job, or means of welfare or health care, are invited to visit one of our four office locations for care on a “first come, first served” basis. Any dental service that can be performed and completed in one visit will be offered, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, fluoride treatments, and X-rays.