Dr. Arun Srinivasan attended Meenakshi Ammal Dental College in India and graduated in 2002. He received his DMD from Boston University in 2006. After graduating, he joined Aspen Dental as an Associate Dentist in Raynham, MA. Dr. Srinivasan now owns six Aspen Dental practices, and over the past ten years he has conquered challenges and learned how to make a difference with Aspen Dental.
One of Dr. Srinivasan’s best Thanksgivings ever was spent more than 2,000 miles away from his family. He traveled to the impoverished Central American country of Honduras with 12 other Aspen Dental clinicians to provide free dental care to more than 500 people in desperate need. Only a small portion of the population has access to dental care, so he volunteered to make a difference.
Partnering with Honduras Hope, a nonprofit care organization, Dr. Srinivasan and the team worked out of makeshift “dental offices” to treat people of all ages. He said it was heartbreaking to see the severity of oral health issues, especially in children, but also very rewarding to give people a fighting chance for a healthier future.
He and the team overcame challenging working conditions – no running water, no electricity – long hours, and a five-hour hike up a mountain. And they had to improvise with bricks, boards, and other materials to make dental chairs.
The children were brave, even though most had never seen a dentist. In one case, a 7-year-old girl who needed to have extractions started crying inconsolably. Dr. Srinivasan soothed and calmed her, suggesting that she sit off to the side for a few minutes. He fully expected her to leave, but she came back about 10 minutes later, tears still streaming down her face, and let him do what he had to do. There were many unforgettable stories like this every day.
The trip was more rewarding than he ever could have imagined. He gained incredible perspective and appreciation for what he has in the United States – particularly around the Thanksgiving holiday. And whether it means traveling to third-world countries or providing care right here in the U.S., Aspen Dental makes it easier to make a difference.
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