Georgia Board of Public Health member Judy Greenlea Taylor, D.D.S., takes care of patients in her dental practice in Union City, Georgia, knowing that oral health has a direct link to overall health. But she also knows that thousands of Georgians simply can’t afford dental care. So three years ago, she began inviting people in need to come directly to her for dental care.
“You not only want to save smiles, but you want to save lives,” she said.
For her mentorship and her work providing dental services to those in need locally, nationally and abroad, Taylor was named the winner of a Community Service Award from Atlanta’s 11Alive news.
Through her Grant a Smile outreach program, Taylor has personally donated nearly a quarter of a million dollars in free dental care to nearly 150 patients, in addition to traveling around the world providing free care. She also mentors college students interested in the dental profession, encouraging them to serve their communities as well.
“It’s a labor of love, the overwhelming feeling of joy, knowing that you’re making a difference. It’s just next to none,” Taylor told 11Alive.
Check out the video story from 11Alive on Taylor’s work and community service.