Giving back



Cleft lip and palate mission to Guyana with H.E.R.O. mission to Georgetown Public Hospital Center in  Guyana with multi-specialist  team of surgeons, physicians, nurses and assistants.

We provided free cleft lip and palate surgery , mostly to children

   cleft lip repair

  Our operating room team



We flew out of JFK International airport to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on October 11, 2017, and operated 3 days in three cities – Barahona (October 14, 2017), Pedernales (October 12, 2017) and Enriquillo (October 13, 2017). Each volunteer was responsible for their own trip expenses, including flight, hotel, food, and transportation.

   Ear repair

Dominican – Haitian Border at Pedernales, DR


  Ear repair

 Cleft palate repair



We joined Dr. Almanzar Foundation and provided free surgical care to underprivileged people in the Dominican Republic. This year we went to the south of the country, and provided services in: Las Mata de Farfan, San Juan de la Maguana, San Jose De Ocoa.

  Cleft lip scar repair

  Cleft nose repair

  Neck keloid scar removal


Cleft lip and palate mission to Guyana

Dr. Ringler and Lisa participated in H.E.R.O. mission to Guyana with multi-specialist  team of surgeons, physicians, nurses and assistants.

The team provided free care to the most in need.

We were stationed with the other surgeons at Georgetown Public Hospital Center, and provided cleft lip and palate surgery , mostly to kids, that otherwise did not have timely access to these services, and depends on mission teams like ours to provide the care.


Cancer Screening for Holocaust survivors at Beth Sholom Temple, Fairlawn NJ

Thanks to the team of oral hygienists from Bergen Community College

2013, 2014

 Traveling with Dr. Almanzar’s foundation to provide free cleft lip and palate surgeries to low income individuals in the Dominican Republic. Our group consisted of doctors in multiple specialties who donated their time and knowledge to help the less fortunate ones. We were accompanied by many volunteers who donated medical equipment and helped working together for the success of the missions.


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Our group of four dentists from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine went to Kigutu, Burundi to Village Health Works.  Two of us were oral surgeons, a pediatric dentist and a general dentist.
Village Health Works is a very special medical clinic. It is the vision of Deogratias (Deo) Niyizonkiza, the founder of Village Health Works. He is a leading advocate for the most impoverished people in the world. Burundi is beautiful. It is difficult to reconcile the spectacular beauty and the tragedy of this small country. Burundi is located in east central Africa and shares borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Tanzania. It is home to more than nine million people. Village health works is a medical clinic providing free care to people in one of the poorest countries in the world. Currently there are no dentists available in rural Burundi. We saw an overwhelming need in the population. Tooth decay, infection and pain were commonplace. We worked with VHW’s to develop a community based oral health prevention program and teach the medical staff how to treat dental infection. All of the instruments needed to perform hundreds of dental extractions were generously donated by the Henry Schein Company.  The dental team was comprised of Drs. Steven Chussid, David Koslovsky, Steven Syrop, Doron Ringler.

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