WHO WE ARE
Three facts Southshore Skipping Stones believes every parent, caregiver, or grandparent should know:
- Childhood tooth decay is a symptom of a bacterial disease called Early Childhood Caries (ECC), which can start as soon as an infant gets their first tooth.
- Babies are not born with the bacteria that can lead to ECC—it is passed from their primary care giver through simple loving gestures such as a kiss.
- Pregnancy is the best time to begin the prevention of ECC, and it continues the first day your baby is born.
Southshore Skipping Stones believes the only way to prevent Early Childhood Caries is to learn what causes it and how to stop or slow its progression before we get to tooth decay and cavities. If you watch our free videos or follow us on social media, you will soon learn that something that may seem like a small change can lead to a big win. Just like the ripples on the water you see when skipping a stone, every bit of knowledge becomes a powerful resource to stay ahead of ECC.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Dr. Tammy Gierke Button, DDS, MSD
Dr. Caswell Evans, Jr., DDS, MPH
Mrs. Maria Schwieter
Dr. Lisa Leniski, DDS, MSD
Mr. Trey Fankhauser, JD
Ms. Albertine Allen
Mrs. Gail Gierke, RDH
Diane Gora, RN
Dr. Catherine Murphy, DDS, MSD
Dr. Ellen Szarleta, JD, PhD,
Dr. Tawana Lee Ware, DDS, MSD
Meet our Oral Health Educators — Melissa and Christine
As moms and expanded functions pediatric dental assistants, these ladies have
firsthand experience with the humor and challenges that come with childhood cavity prevention. Melissa and Christine successfully completed training to become qualified teachers of our prenatal oral health and infant oral health classes. They also attend health fairs, baby showers, and other community events. If you have the good fortune of attending one of their classes or meeting them at a community event, you will leave having had a few laughs, and with a toolkit full of important information for you and your family’s oral health.
Access to effective and affordable oral health care for every family member
The Board of Directors of Southshore Skipping Stones is a diverse group of professionals with unique backgrounds and experiences. At the heart of our mission, no matter what profession we serve, is the notion that every human being is entitled to quality health care, including oral health care. Many of our board members have made it their career to advocate for access to care, social justice, and oral health equity for everyone; and some provide direct patient care reflecting these same principles. We will continue to strive as an organization to reflect these worthy principles, and support initiatives that further advance access to care for our most vulnerable populations.