Father-daughter duo to volunteer at next CDA Cares

Retired dentist Bob Chiurazzi, DDS, and his daughter Heather Chiurazzi, a first-year dental student at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, volunteer side by side at CDA Cares and have missed volunteering just once since CDA Cares held its first event in Modesto in 2012. The pair looks forward to working together again in the oral surgery department at CDA Cares Bakersfield, Oct. 6–7, and both say the rewards of volunteering extend beyond providing needed services in local communities and easing individuals’ pain.

“Working as a father-daughter team is fun,” said Heather Chiurazzi, who volunteered as a dental student for the first time at the San Mateo event in April. “We have a different kind of repertoire than the normal assistant-dentist relationship.”

“We’re talking more dental terminology now … and I can see her growth in dentistry. It’s very rewarding,” Bob Chiurazzi said, adding he made a promise that he would continue to volunteer with Heather until she graduates from dental school. “It’s really enjoyable. It’s bringing us closer, as a family,” he said.

Hear more from the Chiurazzis in a video interview conducted in April at CDA Cares San Mateo. Find it on CDA’s YouTube channel or on the CDA Cares Facebook page. Learn more about the CDA Cares volunteer dental program at cdafoundation.org/cdacares.

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As the early morning sun slipped through the fog hovering over San Francisco Bay on April 22, thousands of dental professionals and community members began slipping into the San Mateo Event Center for CDA Cares, the Foundation’s biannual volunteer dental program. Some were there to volunteer their time and expertise, while others lined up at the gate to be escorted inside for dental services offered at no charge.