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Open Bites, Humanitarians – Doing it for Simone

DR. JOYCE PERIH’S charitable efforts seem endless: raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, co-chairing the dental division of the United Way, educating schoolkids for Children’s Dental Health Month and providing treatment for those with cleft lip and palate. To her, though, it’s simply what she does.

“When you make it a part of your life, it just flows,” says the Dunmore, Pennsylvania, orthodontist. Dr. Perih and her husband, Dr. James Stefanelli, have been involved with Make-A-Wish since 1998, after the sudden passing of their daughter, Simone, from a rare congenital heart tumor. They’ve since dedicated themselves to honoring her memory with an endowment that has raised more than $500,000 for Make-A-Wish.

They also have two examination rooms dedicated to Simone, one at Thomas Jefferson Medical College and the other at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where residents treat select children for free. (READ FULL ARTICLE)

TOKENS OF THANKS: A plaque and copper “dream wand” given to Dr. Perih by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photos courtesy Eric Larsen/Benco Dental)