A Call for Nominations!!

Please email your nomination to danni@creativedentalconnections.com
Each year, Creative Dental Connections honors an individual who has shown leadership through Community Service or Mentorship!

The “Dental Professional of the Year Award” honors an individual that demonstrates Exceptional Community Service, Commitment and Dedication to the Profession. The “Mentor of the Year Award” honors an individual that demonstrates leadership, by guiding, assisting and supporting their Mentee throughout the year!

Creative Dental Connections presents The 2015 “Dental Professional of the Year Award” to Mr. Jean-Paul Laurent

A native of Haiti, Jean Paul moved to the United States in 2004 with a suitcase and a dream. Since arriving to this country, he has taken charge of developing himself academically and professionally by remaining engaged, exploring all viable options, and remaining committed to his dream. Being faced with the challenge of living in an unfamiliar culture, empowered his sense of curiosity, broadened his desire to excel, and strengthened his foundation of self-discipline and perseverance.

Jean Paul’s approach to the challenges facing his home country of Haiti combined with his training in dental care and his need to give back is beyond comprehension. Mr. Laurent’s work is holistic and targeted while still scalable and far reaching. He gracefully became The Founder of “Unspoken Smiles Foundation”. It involves bringing dental care, supplies, and dental education to children in parts of Haiti that have never before had access. Educating the children on oral health care brings him great joy!

Unspoken Smiles Foundation has attracted the Resolution’s support (seed funding, two dedicated mentors, pro bono professional services, an expert network of thousands, access to key Fortune 500 companies’ resources in Public Health and dental care supplies, and a community of peers). He has attracted additional investment not only on the strength of his track record. Jean Paul’s philanthropic achievements have garnered recognition from a variety of prestigious organizations, including The United Nations Youth Assembly, The Diehl Family Social Enterprise, the Resolution Project, Echoing Green and The Clinton Global Initiative University. He has previously been honored in 2011 with the Professionalism Award from New York University College of Dentistry.

It was a great honor to present this award to him!