Who We Are

Tooth decay (cavities) is the single most common childhood disease and hundreds of thousands of children nationwide go untreated each year because of financial hardship.  Worse, cavities often are the least of the oral health concerns for many children.

That’s why Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC): The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry strives to ensure every child has a dental home – a place where they can receive consistent, compassionate dental care.  We fund and cultivate community-based initiatives where pediatric dentists and other oral health professionals help the underserved.

Affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), we are connected to more pediatric dentists than any other national child oral care charity. Who better than pediatric dentists to lead the way in helping solve the oral health problems of children?

Please join us as a donor, a grantee, a volunteer or all of the above as we work to ensure every child has a dental home.

About Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children

HSHC supports community-based initiatives that provide access to care for all children. Established in 1987, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children is the charitable arm of the AAPD dedicated to providing dental homes for children nationwide. HSHC is an IRS 501(C)(3) charitable foundation. Our fact sheet is available upon request. Please complete the form here.

Our 2016 annual report is available here.

Officers and Board of Trustees

Neophytos (Ned) L. Savide, DDS
Palos Heights, Ill.

Beverly A. Largent, DMD
Immediate Past President
Paducah, Ky.

Douglas B. Keck, DMD
Vice President
Guilford, Conn.

Charles S. Czerepak, DMD
Chicago, Ill.

Anupama (Anu) R. Tate, DMD
Bethesda, Md.

Jade Miller, DDS
AAPD President
Reno, Nev.

James Nickman, DDS
AAPD President-Elect
North Oaks, Minn.

John Rutkauskas, D.D.S., M.B.A., C.A.E.
AAPD/HSHC Chief Executive Officer
Chicago, Ill.

Neal R. Benham, DDS
Eau Claire, Wis.

Richard Chaet, D.D.S.
Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Teresa Fong, DDS
North Oaks, Minn.

Shari C. Kohn, DDS
Lutherville, Md.

Diane Johnson Krueger
Houston, TX

Mario E. Ramos, DMD
Midland Park, N.J.

Nick Rogers, DDS
Arkansas City, Kan.

Angela M. Stout, DMD
Erdenheim, Pa.

Kenneth C. Thomalla, CPA, CLU, CFP
Palos Park, Ill.

Jerome B. Miller, DDS
Trustee Emeritus
Guthrie, Okla.


Paul Amundsen, M.N.A., C.F.R.E.
Vice President for Development and Charitable Programs

Michelle Hidalgo, M.S.
Development and Marketing Manager

Kelly Katona
Grants and Programs Associate

Jasmine Williams
Donor Relations Assistant

Gary Rejebian
Development Director

C. Scott Litch, Esq., C.A.E.
AAPD COO and General Counsel


About the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is the recognized authority on children’s oral health. As advocates for children’s oral health, the AAPD promotes evidence-based policies and clinical guidelines; educates and informs policymakers, parents and guardians, and other health care professionals; fosters research; and provides continuing professional education for pediatric dentists and general dentists who treat children. Founded in 1947, the AAPD is a not-for-profit professional membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Its 9,500 members provide primary care and comprehensive dental specialty treatments for infants, children, adolescents and individuals with special health care needs. For further information, please visit the AAPD website at or the AAPD’s consumer website at