In 2018, UNC Adams School of Dentistry students Ali-Raza Heydary, DDS ’20, and Minka Hotić, DDS ’19, established the DYOR clinic in Raleigh, NC, in honor of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, who were planning a trip to Turkey to provide free dental care to Syrian refugees.
The DYOR clinic provides free oral health care to refugees and those displaced to North Carolina, as well as local underserved adults.
The clinic is primarily staffed by local volunteer dentists and dental hygienists through a collaboration with Wake Smiles, the charitable arm of the Raleigh-Wake County Dental Society, which provides the clinic’s equipment and facilities.
Dental student volunteers from the UNC Adams School of Dentistry assist the volunteer dentists in providing care at the nine clinics held each year, with more than $32,000 of free oral health care provided annually.
The clinic is funded by donations to Our Three Winners Foundation. A donation of $100 allows volunteers to provide free x-rays, fillings, cleanings, crowns and extractions for a patient. If you’d like to make a gift online to support the clinic and its efforts, click here.