October 5, 2009
by Oral Health
Alabama Dentist Honored with ADA Humanitarian Award
Dental profession honored Dr. Robert Kinsaul during 150th ADA Annual Session
HONOLULU, Oct. 5, 2009 – The American Dental Association (ADA) recently honored Robert Kinsaul, D.M.D., a general dentist from Phenix City, Ala., with the ADA 2008 Humanitarian Award.
The ADA Board of Trustees selected Dr. Kinsaul for his dedication and volunteer efforts in providing dental care to people in need around the globe, including every continent except Antarctica and Australia.
“I haven’t been to Antarctica yet, but I’m going one of these days,” said Dr. Kinsaul, who has since 1976 logged 59 international mission trips—from Siberia to South America—to help those in desperate need. “It’s been 32 years worth of excitement to me.”
“It is clear that Dr. Kinsaul’s humanitarian work has changed the lives of those treated and motivated other dental professionals to get involved,” said John. S. Findley, D.D.S, the ADA’s immediate past president. “It is an honor for the ADA to recognize him as the recipient of the American Dental Association Humanitarian Award.”
“Volunteering is the source of my joy,” said Dr. Kinsaul, who says he is motivated by his deep religious faith to help others. “It’s not about me. It’s about a passion for service, a lifestyle that’s a formula for peace and joy, a balanced life with giving back. In the process, you can make a difference in peoples’ lives and help them re-chart their destinies.”
Dr. Kinsaul credits his accomplishments to being organized and receiving lots of help and support from teams of caring individuals who also work on the mission trips. “I work with a variety of organizations, and once you start, it’s like you’ve joined a network and you start getting invitations from other organizations. Now all I have to do is follow my checklist.”
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