The Dental Day
As a boy, Dr. Nerestant looked up to his uncle for guidance and advice. His uncle, a priest, instilled within him a sense of responsibility to both himself and his family. In turn, this sense of responsibility would branch far beyond the scope of just those he shared familial bonds with.
“Certainly you want to take care of yourself and you want to take care of your family, but there’s quite a few people in the community that need help,” Dr. Nerestant explained.
Dr. Nerestant’s successes inspire members of his family and our community alike. It’s just in his nature to share his acts of goodwill with those he holds dearest. Fortunately enough, Lakeland lies close to his heart.
Looking around at the immediate need in front of him, Dr. Nerestant saw an upsetting, yet all-too-common occurrence: many people in our community were forced to forsake their dental health because of the high costs generally associated with it.
“Every day we come across patients with tremendous needs, but they can’t afford it,” Dr. Nerestant said. “Obviously we’re a business and we can’t take on everybody without exchanging anything at all. So, we took note of it and said, ‘Ok, how can we help the community?’”
Dr. Nerestant and his team pondered the predicament until one solution was crowned champion.
“My staff and I sat down and we said, ‘Ok, how about we open the practice up one day and see as many people as we can and offer them some immediate relief?’”
That was just over a decade ago. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary just later this month, Midtown Dental’s Annual Free Dental Day helps over a hundred patients get the dental care they’ve been so desperately going without. This year, Dr. Nerestant aims to treat a record number of patients, but he knows his work is never done.
“Even though we’re expecting to see and service 200 patients, which is the most we’ve ever done, there will still be people that are in need that we won’t be able to service,” Dr. Nerestant shared.
But that doesn’t mean that he won’t try. Free Dental Day is just one of the ways Dr. Nerestant gives back to his community. Dr. Nerestant has previously volunteered his services with both the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM) and Woman to Woman Magazine, the latter of which he served as a Smile-Makeover Dentist for the winner of the magazine’s Total Makeover Contest, all free of charge.
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