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A time to give: Dr. Davey and his mobile dental van dream

Dec. 14, 2010
Dr. David Turok and Evita Sanchez are finalists in the Pepsi Refresh Project. Vote for them by December 31 so their mobile dental van to provide dentistry to the underserved, mainly children, can become a reality.
Dr. David Turok and Evita Sanchez found out they shared a passion for community outreach dentistry when they started working together in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Turok had served on various dental mission trips to rural underserved areas as well as to Jamaica when he was a dental student in Virginia. Mrs. Sanchez had similar experiences, and was in the process of getting her master’s degree in public health. Evita soon showed Dr. Turok the ropes of Chicago outreach dentistry, including volunteering at the Special Olympics. They both knew they wanted to do something big. That’s when they came up with the idea for a mobile dental van.
David R. Turok, DDS — Jamaica Outreach Project, November 2007When Pepsi offered the opportunity to win a $250,000 grant, they knew they had to capitalize on it to make their dream a reality.Dr. Turok and Mrs. Sanchez are finalists in the Pepsi Refresh Project. Visit for details.
The Mobile Plaque PunisherDr. Davey’s Mobile Plaque Punisher is a mobile dental van, fully equipped to provide dentistry to the underserved, mainly children. The project’s goals are to:
  1. Build a mobile dental van
  2. Provide mobile dental care, supplies, and education to those in need

Like American Idol, the project with the most votes at the end of December will win a $250,000 grant.

People can vote every day through text message: ‘104734’ to # 737-74 (P-E-P-S-I), or visit and vote online.

Every vote counts! Please spread the word to friends, family, coworkers, and anyone and everyone in the dental profession. E-mail [email protected] if you want to do more or for more information.

Dr. David R. Turok received his DDS degree at the Medical College of Virginia. He now practices dentistry in Chicago, Ill.

Evita Sanchez-Rios received her RDH at the University of Illinois Chicago (KKC). She is a hygienist in Chicago, and is currently completing her master’s in public health.