Helping Hands: Volunteer Ekta Patel

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For the past two summers, SCL has been privileged to have the industrious assistance of volunteer Ekta Patel supporting our staff at our headquarters in Kansas City, MO. A Kansas City native, Ekta is now in her last year of undergraduate study at Wake Forest University and has aspirations to attend dental school with further graduate work in orthodontics.

Ekta first learned about SCL from a former staff member who was also a college sorority sister. Etka reports, “Her stories about SCL and its efforts to provide orthodontic care to children drew my interest immediately, and I was very excited to get involved with the volunteer program. After working with the staff and having heard the stories of the children whose lives have changed through the program, I knew I had found something truly special.”

And SCL had found someone special in Ekta, who willingly contributed her time during two summer breaks from school to support SCL staff in efforts to match children with orthodontic providers, promote the program with families and recruit more orthodontic providers to treat children—all ultimately leading to more kids being braced for a better future!

“I have had a wide breadth of volunteer opportunities, however I have to say that volunteering with SCL is truly the best experience I’ve ever had. SCL is a family – from the employees, doctors and volunteers to the participants. As a volunteer you know you are part of this family, and that you truly do have an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life,” Ekta shares.

Ekta also had the opportunity to be a summer intern with SCL orthodontic provider Dr. Steven Hechler, in Overland Park, KS, and witnessed the treatment of SCL participants firsthand.

“The faces of the participants and the care that Dr. Hechler and his team have towards them is amazing. I know that through these providers, SCL truly does change lives!”

Changing Lives… One Smile At A Time...
"I cannot say enough GREAT things about this program! They have given both of my daughters a new outlook on life, & self confidence that I could never teach."
Shelly P.
"I am so thankful for smiles change lives for helping a struggling mother out. What an amazing program that helps families."
Joy S.
"My son has finally been accepted, approved, and assigned an orthodontist. He goes tomorrow for his first appointment to start getting his braces. Thanks SCL, you have made my son very happy."
Alan P.
"This is an incredible organization with Orthodontists donating their skills to change children's lives. More people in need should know about this fantastic program"
Judith W.
"I just had not one but two daughters finish having their braces on through Smiles Change Lives and we are so happy with the results. Thank you for providing this service!"
Alice W.
"Just had our last appointment. Being a school teacher I didn't make a lot of money. This program allowed me to give my daughter a smile that she shares with everyone. Thanks."
Tiffany L.
"Amazing program that has truly changed my life. Once I was accepted it was such an easy process. Thank you so much!! I would recommend any one with low income and bad teeth to go through the process."
Alexandria W.
"Our son would have gone without braces if it wasn't for SCL! Thankful for this program and staff that care. We are currently in treatment. It is already making a difference. "
Alice W.
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  • "Our son would have gone without braces if it wasn't for SCL! Thankful for this program and staff that care. We are currently in treatment. It is already making a difference. "

    - Alice W.

    5 star review
  • "Amazing program that has truly changed my life. Once I was accepted it was such an easy process. Thank you so much!! I would recommend any one with low income and bad teeth to go through the process."

    - Alexandria W.

    5 star review
  • "Just had our last appointment. Being a school teacher I didn't make a lot of money. This program allowed me to give my daughter a smile that she shares with everyone. Thanks."

    - Tiffany L.

    5 star review
  • "I just had not one but two daughters finish having their braces on through Smiles Change Lives and we are so happy with the results. Thank you for providing this service!"

    - Daya G.

    5 star review
  • "This is an incredible organization with Orthodontists donating their skills to change children's lives. More people in need should know about this fantastic program"

    - Judith W.

    5 star review
  • "My son has finally been accepted, approved, and assigned an orthodontist. He goes tomorrow for his first appointment to start getting his braces. Thanks SCL, you have made my son very happy."

    - Alan P.

    5 star review
  • "I am so thankful for smiles change lives for helping a struggling mother out. What an amazing program that helps families."

    - Joy S.

    5 star review
  • "I cannot say enough GREAT things about this program! They have given both of my daughters a new outlook on life, & self confidence that I could never teach."

    - Shelly P.

    5 star review
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Smiles Change Lives. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.


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