Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center is pleased to announce the return of Salute to Smiles, a program designed to connect area dentists with military backgrounds and local veterans in order to provide necessary dental procedures. Salute to Smiles began in 2015 and was inspired by Bay Oral Surgery’s three ex-military oral surgeons, Dr. David LeMoine, Dr. Bradley Koch, and Dr. Charles Ellis as a way to give back to area veterans. Once again this year, 6 veterans will receive much needed dental care at no charge as a result of this program.
Unfortunately, many veterans cannot afford the dental care they need. As a result, they can suffer from health complications due to missing teeth – such as bone deterioration in the jaw and malnourishment from the inability to chew nutritious foods. Salute to Smiles doesn’t just restore the dental health of these veterans, but it also restores their confidence by giving them their smile back!
“Gerry”, as he prefers to be called, served in the United States Marine Corps. Although he was not deployed to Vietnam, he did spend time on HMX-1, Marine Helicopter Squad 1, and had the honor of transporting both President Johnson and and President Kennedy. Gerry is happy to be a part of Salute to Smiles and can’t thank the doctors and sponsors enough.
Dr. Zach Graf, Dental Arts Associates
Dr. Graf served three years in the First Dental Battalion at Camp Pendleton, CA. He was deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to fight the war of terrorism (Operation Enduring Freedom). Dr. Graf joined Dental Arts in 2002. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Graf obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Dr. Vijay Parmar, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. Parmar has been in practice in Green Bay since 1999. He has been married to his wife since 1999, and they have three children together. Dr. Parmar enjoys golfing and skiing in his free time.
Thomas “Mike” Wightman
Mike served in the United States Navy for four years and was stationed in Vietnam. Mike was both surprised and honored to have been selected to participate in Salute To Smiles.
Dr. Brian Koch, Oral Health Associates
A Green Bay native, Dr. Koch attended Premontre High School, UW-Stevens Point for undergraduate studies and the University of Minnesota for Dental School. Feeling that he needed to gain greater experience, Dr. Koch entered the United States Air Force to complete a general practice residency. His duty stations included Scott AFB, IL and Ellsworth AFB, SD over a three year period. He then practiced with his father for five years before joining Oral Health Associates in 1995.
Dr. Bradley Koch, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. Koch obtained his D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1988. He then entered the United States Navy and performed general dentistry until 1994. In 1998, he completed a four year oral & maxillofacial surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He served as an oral & maxillofacial surgeon in the United States Navy until coming to Green Bay in 2002.
Brian spent 25 years in the United States Air Force as a Medic. He was deployed in for both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. Brian was overseas for five years with tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. He’s thankful for being part of a community that wants to give back to the veterans.
Dr. Kirk Fishbaugh, Kirk Fishbaugh Dentistry
Dr. Fishbaugh obtained his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. From here, he pursued his Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency with the United States Army, and was in active duty for four years. Dr. Fishbaugh grew up in Shenandoah, Iowa, a small farming community. After his service in the United States Army, he moved to Green Bay in 1995, where he still resides with his wife, stepdaughter and their horse named Radar. In his free time, Dr. Fishbaugh enjoys landscaping, golf, scuba diving, skiing and boating.
Dr. Jason LeMoine, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. Jason LeMoine is a native of Green Bay; he attended grade school in De Pere, WI and attended high school at Abbot Pennings High. After high school, he attended college at UW-Madison where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and where he also met his wife. Dr. LeMoine moved back to Green Bay in 2002, and he has been in private practice since then. He has been married since 1994 and has five children. In his free time, Dr. LeMoine enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, and playing drums.
James served in the United States Navy for five years from 1957-1962. After bootcamp in San Diego, he went to Tennessee for schooling in Air Traffic Control. From here he was stationed in both Chicago and Rhode Island for 60 days each before he found his permanent station aboard the USS Lake Champlain where he participated in the recovery of Alan Shepard from the Mercury space mission as well as standing guard during the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
Dr. Eric Ulve, Green Bay Family Dental
In 1993, Dr. Ulve received his DDS degree from University of Iowa College of Dentistry. For the next three years, Dr. Ulve served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. During this time, Dr. Ulve served on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Aircraft Carrier from 1994 to 1996, where he provided comprehensive dental treatment for ship’s crew and air wing. In 1995, he was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf. In 2000, Dr. Ulve returned to the States, joining the Family Dental Center of Green Bay where he has remained ever since. In 2012, Dr. Ulve assumed ownership of Family Dental.
Dr. Charles Ellis, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. Ellis has been in an oral & maxillofacial surgery practice in Mebane, North Carolina since 2010. Prior to that, he was an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon for the United States Navy since 2000. Dr. Ellis and his wife Marcia have relocated to Green Bay as of September 1, 2014.
Dr. Ellis and Marcia have been married 28 years and have a son, a daughter and a wonderful son-in-law. They lived in Japan for five years while Dr. Ellis was forward-deployed on the USS Kitty Hawk. Dr. Ellis loves to bicycle and Marcia loves any activity on or near the water.
Allen served in United States Army Corps of Engineers and was in active duty for three years with over one year spend in Vietnam. His outfit was instrumental in helping repair the damaged infrastructure so the United States Infantry and Korean Army could continue their efforts.
Dr. Matt Scheske, Brodhagen Dental
Dr. Scheske was born-and-raised in the Fox Cities and is an alumnus of Appleton Xavier High School. He received his D.D.S. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class. Outside of practicing dentistry, Dr. Scheske enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fishing and volunteering at health events with his wife, Emily. The two hope to serve on mission trips together in the future.
Dr. Michael Miskella, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. Miskella was born in Green Bay and returned to Green Bay after his residency to start his practice in 1974. He has been married to his wife since 1972, and they have four grown children and four grandchildren together. Dr. Miskella enjoys tennis, cycling, and golf in his free
Barbra served in the United States Army for seven years. During that time she reached the rank of Sergeant E5, and was proud to serve one year in Afghanistan as a paralegal. Barbra shared that she saw many female Medics in combat situations and that her husband also served in the United States Army.
Dr. Bob Villwock, Bellevue Family Dentistry
Dr. Bob Villwock, a native of Green Bay is a 1980 graduate of Marquette Dental School. Dr. Bob shares his allegiance with UW-Madison, his undergraduate alma mater. GO BUCKY! Dr. Bob has a great perspective on family, tradition, and and a strong sense of community. He brings these values to his practice where he treats every patient as though they were members of his own family.
Dr. David LeMoine, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Dr. David LeMoine has been in practice in Green Bay since 1980. He has been married to his wife since 1964, and they have three grown children and eight grandchildren together. Dr. LeMoine spent three years in the U.S. Army and enjoys boating, snow skiing, scuba diving, and bike riding in his free time.
By bayoralsurgery|2019-09-17T16:23:10-05:00May 11th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on 2016/2017 Salute to Smiles Program