Say ‘Ahh:’ Dentists honored for their community service

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Kudos to Doctors Gabriel Rincón and Neal Demby. Both dentists are affiliated with the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone and NYU Lutheran Medical Center and were honored recently for their life-long commitment to community service.

Dr. Rincón received the 2017 Ohtli Award, given by the Government of Mexico to distinguished Mexicans who live abroad. The award was presented during the Cinco de Mayo festivities at Borough Hall by Ambassador Diego Gómez Pickering, Consul General of Mexico to New York City, on behalf of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Dr. Rincón is chairman of the Board of Trustees of Family Health Centers at NYU Langone and a community activist. He is the founder of Mixteca, a not-for-profit organization that provides new Mexican and Latino immigrants easy access to social and health services, as well as educational and job training opportunities. His recent endeavor is Para Mujeres Emprendedoras to support women entrepreneurs and help bridge the gender gap in business.

Dr. Demby, senior vice president at NYU Lutheran’s Department of Dental Medicine, is the recipient of the Myron Allukian Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Community Dental Programs for outstanding contributions in community dental programs. It was presented during the association’s annual symposium held in Albuquerque, N.M.

Dr. Demby has devoted his career to improving oral health of vulnerable populations.

Beginning with a single general dentistry practice resident in 1974 based at the Family Health Centers, he established a network of community-based dental residency programs that is the first internationally accredited program. The program is the largest post-graduate dental program in 24 states and internationally that offers advanced education in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, and dental anesthesiology.

“Doctors Rincón and Demby have dedicated their lives and work to advocating for their professions and promoting community health, and we are immensely proud to have them as part of the Family Health Centers team,” said Larry McReynolds, executive director of Family Health Centers at NYU Langone, and senior vice president of Community Health at NYU Langone Health System.

Family Health Centers at NYU Lutheran Medical Center [150 55th St. at First Avenue in Sunset Park, (718) 630–7095].

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Urban trio

Cheers to students Tiffany Ng, Kimberly Nguyen, and Isaac Tepper. The scientific trio took part in the Urban Advantage Science Expo at the American Museum of Natural History. Tiffany and Kimberly are students at Edward B. Shallow Middle School and presented their project on the “Effect of Stress on Teens,” and Isacc, a student at Math & Science Exploratory School, presented “The Effect of Weight on Spin-Time.”

The exhibits were displayed under the big blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the Manhattan museum as part of the 2017 Urban Advantage Science Expo, celebrating its 13th year of the program.

American Museum of Natural History Address [Central Park West and 79th St on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, (212) 769–5100].

Poster wins

Borough daughter Stephanie Becker was recently named the first-place winner of Cross County Shopping Center’s first SummerFest Poster Contest. As part of her recognition, she will receive a check for $1,500 and her design will also be used to promote the popular summer series that attracts thousands of visitors to the Yonkers shopping center.

Fellow boroughite Jen Ferguson won third place for her design that depicted animal characters celebrating the various aspects of the summer series. She will receive a check for $500 for her work.

The shopping center is located in Yonkers and opened the contest to all artists.

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Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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