Friday, May 10, 2013 - 3:12pm

Dr. Edward Neupert was chosen as Dentist of the Year by the 232-HELP Donated Dental Program, a program that serves the elderly, disabled and medically compromised. Dr. Neupert joined the 232-HELP Donated Dental Program in 1999. Over the past 14 years, Dr. Neupert has donated over $130,000 in treatment value and 268 hours volunteering to provide oral health care to some of the program’s most complicated cases. The 232-HELP Donated Dental Program “… screens the patients taking a tremendous burden off me and my staff, allowing me to serve more patients,” says Dr. Neupert. A special reception also introduced Kabrini Rochel, the first recipient of the Donated Dental Internship developed in cooperation with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. The internship is given to a qualified pre-dental hygienist student and carries an annual scholarship of $500. Ms. Rochel, a native of St. Mary Parish, was chosen for the pilot program, which covered the spring 2013 semester. She interacted directly with the patients, reviewing their medical history to develop the crucial patient record. Ms. Rochel said, “The dental hygiene pilot program at 232-HELP has given me a spectacular opportunity. This experience will help me when applying to dental hygiene school.”


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