In a world full of changes and fear, Dr. Alisa Kauffman the Geriatric House Call Dentist and Sonya Dunbar the Geriatric Toothfairy (a Registered Dental Hygienist) aim to bring hope and enlightenment by delivering important information addressing oral care for the elderly.
Dental professionals and caregivers are the heart of the geriatric dentistry industry; thus, they need to be properly educated about the most important topics within the field. That is why these two national leaders in their field partnered to write this cutting edge book. It covers everything, from geriatric terminology, long-term care, and house call etiquette, to the many facets of geriatric dentistry. You will learn the details that make up innovative healthcare models while gaining confidence in your craft by grasping essential information presented simply.
Meet the Author
Dr. Alisa Kauffman
Dr. Alisa G. Kauffman received her B.A. degree from Lehigh University in 1981 and a D.M.D. from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine in 1985. She maintained her private practice in New York City until 1995 when she limited her practice to Geriatric House Call Dentistry.
In 2010 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Dr. Kauffman created a geriatric dental curriculum within a unique day program designed to keep the elderly population of West Philadelphia in their own residences while receiving a full range of daily services including medical, dental, social services and meals.
In 2011 she was promoted to Chief Dental Officer at the UPenn Dental Faculty Practices where she maintained that position until 2018, leaving to do house calls for the elderly back in New York City full time.
In addition to her private house call practice, she is the Dental Director at two skilled nursing facilities, and is also the author of “How To Become A House Call Dentist.” Kauffman is passionate about making house calls to those who cannot get out of their homes. She believes that: “When you love what you are doing, it doesn’t feel like work!” Her next project is producing a show called “Caring and Able” and publishing a resource guide also called Caring and Able that is geared towards finding the best products and services for the elderly population.
Meet the Author
Sonya Dunbar, also known as the Geriatric Toothfairy, is a Registered Dental Hygienist, TEDx, and national public speaker guided by over 28 years of dental experience in private practice, skilled nursing facilities, and academia. Sonya and her husband, Gerald Dunbar, are the owners of Mobile Dental Xpress, providing comprehensive dental care to long-term care facilities. In addition, Sonya is a Geriatric Oral health educator and trainer who provides informative hands-on training for Certified Nursing Assisted that work with aging adults. Sonya has also developed an online training for caregivers and CNA, Sonya works diligently to educate as many people as she can on the importance of oral health as we age. Sonya is a US Navy Veteran and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Gerontology.
Sonya is a serial entrepreneur and successful Cultural diversity workplace coach that increases cultural awareness, knowledge, and communication through interactive educational workshops. She is a Key Opinion Leader on culture and diversity for Crest & Oral-B and known philanthropist. She is the Co-Founder of the National Mobile & Teledentistry Dental Conference, The American Mobile Dentistry & Teledentistry Alliance, and a published author of Golden Nuggets For Life, Co-Author of Modern Mobile & Teledentistry, and The Tooth & Nothing but The Truth Books. Sonya is the producer of Suave & Sassy Senior Show where she highlights aging adults all over the country doing great things and living their best life. And if that is not enough, the National Day Archives LLC has proclaimed November 9thof each calendar year as The Geriatric Toothfairy Day.