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Dr. David Crouse, Adjunct Faculty in Dental Hygiene Honored for Volunteerism

Since retiring from private practice in northern Virginia and moving to Virginia Beach, Dr. David Crouse, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Dental Hygiene, has dedicated himself to meeting the dental care needs of people who cannot afford healthcare. For his humanitarianism, Dr. Crouse was recently honored by the Tidewater Dental Hygienists' Association (TDHA) as its first honorary member. Cathy Seifert, TDHA President, made the presentation. Whether Dr. Crouse is volunteering at a MOM Project (Missions of Mercy), Homeless Connect, Pankey Institute Dental Access Days or Give Kids a SMILE Day, he joyfully provides dental care for the underserved.

Dr. Crouse is an avid board member of the Oral Health Improvement Coalition of Hampton Roads and the Park Place Dental Clinic (formerly the Red Cross Dental Clinic). His wife, Carole, is also on the advisory board at Park Place and volunteers with him in the clinic where care is provided. She often accompanies him at venues providing dental care.

In his role as adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University, Dr. Crouse can be found in the ODU Sophia and David Konikoff Dental Hygiene Care Facility where students provide oral health services and develop the competencies and judgments necessary to become dental hygienists. He also mentors ODU dental hygiene students and Virginia Commonwealth University dental and dental hygiene students when on rotation at the Park Place Dental Clinic. He will be working with Meg Lemaster, Assistant Professor and Sharon Stull, Community Outreach Coordinator, School of Dental Hygiene on the newly funded Oral Health Initiative at Lake Taylor Rehabilitation Center.

Asked why he invests his time volunteering, Dr. Crouse said, "It's fun!" He also cites his faith as a compass for his devotion to others. "My father, Dr. Russell J. Crouse, was a Lutheran pastor...I was raised to help others and share God's gifts with those less fortunate." "I volunteer to honor people who have provided inspiration, love and examples." Dr. Crouse names his mentor, Dr. George Emig of Georgetown University School of Dentistry, his father and Carole as those he honors by his humanitarian actions. "Carole inspires me because she is a kidney transplant recipient and her gift of life requires that we both give back." Carole, a school teacher by profession, is usually with Dr Crouse at community service events. Our community is fortunate to have them both.