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2014 Award Recipients


President's Award

Michael M. DeSanti, Jr, DDS


Downes-Ripp Award

Christopher R. Walsh, DDS


William B. Smith Award

Steven L. Essig, DDS

Feltman - Hunn Medal of Merit

Mark J. Pettrone, DMD


Distinguished Service Award

To the Third District Chairs and Lead volunteers  for the 2014 Mission of Mercy



Brian Kennedy, DDS


Christopher Walsh, DDS Dental Chair

Geoffrey Gamache, DDS Facilities Chair

MIchael DeSanti, Jr., DDS   

Triage Lead

Steven Essig, DDS, Restorative Lead

Jason Decker, DDS, Pediatric Lead

Nancy Cavotta, DDS, Pediatric Lead

Elizabeth Riccio, DDS, Radiology Lead

Kendra Zappia, DDS, Radiology Lead

Harry Rosenstein, DMD, Prostondontics Lead




Dr. Robert H. Hill, II, DDS is a member of the Third District Dental Society who has a practice in Averill Park, NY, was recently honored for his philanthropy and years of service to the Hudson Valley Community College of Troy, NY and their Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs.

On Friday, October 17th the college's Dental Hygiene Clinic was named in honor of Dr. Hill. A placque was unveiled at the clinic formally dedicating it as the Dr. Robert H. Hill, II Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Dr. Hill was a member of the college's Board of Trustee for 24 years and served as a board chairman for eight years. He also has served on the advisory board for the Dental Hygiene program for more than three decades. As chairperson of the HVCC's inaugural Dental Gala in 2006. Dr. Hill personally contributed to and led the effort to raise more than $275,000 to benefit the college's Dental Hygiene Department.

The HVCC Dental Hygiene program is the only program of its kind in the Capital Region and has graduated hundreds of dental hygienists and dental assistants since the program's inception in 1961.


History of Third District Award Recipients

Do you know of a Third District Member, a person, group or community service program that may qualify for any of the recognition certificates from the tripartite?  Our members deserve recognition for their acts of generosity, the betterment of the profession and their extensive involvement in organized dentistry. 

Third District Awards:

William B Smith Award: In recognition of Dr. William Smith’s dedication to the profession of dentistry and his/her role model for the highest ethics standards in his/her years of involvement in dentistry.    

Feltman-Hunn Medal of Merit:  This award is a leadership award, not just for an active participant in the society. It is given to a member for exceptional leadership and dedication to the perfection of the Art and Science of Dentistry. 

Downes-Ripp Achievement Award: The Districts’ most prestigious member award for untiring commitment to dentistry, accomplishments of special note to the profession of dentistry. All of which contributes to the betterment of the profession of dentistry.  

Distinguished Service Award : Many times there is a person, group or organization that makes a contribution to the dental community that should be honored or acknowledged by the Third District Dental Society.  The criteria are similar to the Feltman-Hunn Medal of Merit.

  Download the Nominations Application:  Microsoft Word     Adobe PDF



Other Awards contact the district office for the nomination application.

ADA Certificate of Recognition for Volunteer Service is a Foreign Country: The Committee on International Programs and Development, a standing committee of the American Dental Association’s Board of Trustees believes that the personal effort and self-sacrifice of Association members who serve as volunteers in lesser developed countries to improve the health of their peoples merit professional and public appreciation and recognition. Their service, in the Committee’s view, is not only a contribution to the advancement of public health but to the creation of friendship and good will among professionals, though a small corps to date, constitute a mighty force for realization of the foregoing goals, since good health is basic to the enjoyment of all. The Committee will award a certificate of recognition.  The member must have served in a foreign country in a program sponsored by a dental school, church or other recognized voluntary or nonprofit organization for a minimum of 14 days, either in one period or in several visits, in any 24-month period. Deadline I March 31, 2008. 

ADA-Community Dentistry Award recognizes programs focused on improving oral health on the community level. This is a competitive award for established program, not a grant funding opportunity. Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit community dentistry programs in the US and its territories. Deadline is mid-May 2008. 

NYSDA William Jarvie and Harvey Burkhart Award is presented in recognition of great service and rendered mankind in the field of dentistry. It is the highest honor bestowed by the NYSDA. Nominees must have accomplished advancement in at least one of the following areas:

· Advancement of dental research

· Philanthropic endeavors in the field of dentistry

· Original contributions to the science and application of dentistry

.     Promotion of continuing dental education

NYSDA-The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual in recognition of numerous years of service and commitment to the NYSDA. The following criteria should be considered and weighed in making the determination:

· Contributions to NYSDA

· Contributions to organized dentistry as a whole

· Offices and positions held

· Length of the individual’s service






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