Smileboston Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Zoo Fundraiser

Smileboston recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the Franklin Park Zoo, part of Zoo New England, where guests could wander through a tropical forest surrounded by animals. Guests enjoyed the celebration helping to raise funds to purchase a large animal CT Scanner for the zoo.

Celebrating 25 Years of Superior Dental Care

Smileboston’s success is reflected in its many awards, including being named Boston Common’s Best Cosmetic Dentist and being included in Boston Magazine’s Top Dentist every year since 2017, when the magazine was founded. Dr. Spitz, patients, colleagues, family, and friends enjoyed celebrating a quarter-century of Smileboston providing prosthodontic care, including dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers, and advanced Pinhole surgery for gum disease to patients in and around Boston. Dr. Steven D. Spitz, Dr. Russell H. Taylor or Dr. Miguel Roque look forward to Smileboston’s next 25 years of providing the finest dental care in Boston.

Dr. Spitz’s Love of Animals

Consider Dr. Spitz‘s lifelong love of animals if you wonder why a dental office celebrated at a zoo. As an animal science major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in his undergraduate years, he considered the veterinary route but chose dentistry in the long run. However, his love of animals never waned, and when Zoo New England approached him about caring for the dental issues of their animals, he was quick to respond in the affirmative.

Each year he donates his time and expertise to provide dental care to animals in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries worldwide, including Zoo New England. Over the years, as Zoo New England’s animal on-call dentist, he has treated various animals for the zoo, including a potto, hyena, and tigers, and even performed a root canal on a jaguar!

When planning to celebrate Smileboston’s 25th Anniversary, it was natural to find a cause to benefit from his success. Currently, Zoo New England (ZNE) is working on improvements to their Franklin Park and Stone zoos, including a new entrance and an upgrade to the gorilla habitat. In addition to the physical landscape, equipment, such as the large animal CT scanner, is on their priority list. The scanner will make diagnosing and treating zoo residents easier on the animals and more effective for diagnosis. However, the price tag of $60,000 for the CT scanner is steep. When Dr. Spitz heard about the CT scanner need, he committed to raising funds, knowing the immense difference it would make in the life-long health and care of the animals.

Smileboston’s celebration, the first non-zoo-sponsored event in the Zoo’s history and a resounding success, was essential to kicking off the fund-raising goal while giving their guests an unforgettable experience. To date, Dr. Spitz and the entire Smileboston team are proud to have raised just under $20,000 toward the cost of the scanner and are dedicated to reaching their goal of $60,000 by mid-2023.

Dr. Spitz thanks everyone who attended the event and generously contributed and can think of no better way to celebrate than by helping the human and animal friends at ZNE.

In support of Smileboston’s fundraiser, ZNE has created various donation levels with corresponding gifts, such as daily and family passes, behind-the-scenes tours, and more.

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