We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Team Excellence Award
Tufts Dental Facility of West Springfield
Carli Bennett, Sandra Crowner, Paula DiPallo, Adrian Gillard, Kathleen Mackechnie, Mary Maziarz, Kathleen Pease
The Selection Committee was greatly impressed by this team’s commitment to providing high quality dental care to an underserved population of patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
One of seven special needs clinics in the Tufts program, TDF of West Springfield (formerly Monson) provides some of the only available care in western Massachusetts. This team was particularly inspiring for continuing to provide exceptional services through the closure of the Monson clinic and subsequent move to the new West Springfield facility in June of 2013.
The teamwork required to accomplish their work was paramount to the success of their operation and makes us proud that they are members of the TUSDM community. We are grateful for their contributions and honored to name them the winners of the 2013 Team Excellence Award.
The Selection Committee would also like to give an honorable mention to West Springfield’s managing faculty member, Dr. Jamil Abbasy, as well as TDF Program Director, Dr. Darren Drag. Their work was integral in the accomplishments of this winning team and so they too share in this achievement.
This team received multiple nominations. We are happy to provide the following excerpts to highlight their accomplishments:
“Despite a lack of recognition and, for many years, working in a less-than-ideal location, they continued to provide outstanding care and service. They are a model of what a few people, working towards one goal can accomplish. Team chemistry counts for a lot, and they have it.”
“They go OUT OF THEIR WAY to treat patients with special needs. Their dedication, willingness to accommodate, patience, flexibility, goes above and beyond what a “normal” dental team would have to do. This team does everything in their power to get a patient to SIMPLY “open” their mouth, never mind get a scaler/toothbrush in the mouth. Kudos to this group.”
Please join us in congratulating the Tufts Dental Facility of West Springfield for their extraordinary work!