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Sept. 24, 2010

Florence dentist honored

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Dr. Richard Hartwell Bryant, a pediatric dentist in Florence, has been recognized as the recipient of the 2010 Carlos Salinas award, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"The South Carolina Dental Association, South Carolina Oral Health Coalition and Advisory Council, and Specialized Care Company established this award to honor a dentist for excellence in providing care to and advocacy for individuals with special health care needs," said Christine Veschusio, director of DHEC's Division of Oral Health. "For 30 years Dr. Bryant has consistently served and provided excellent dental care to patients with special needs."

Veschusio said that in the early 1980's when Dr. Bryant first established his pediatric dental practice in Florence, he would spend several days a week at the Pee Dee Center in Florence. The Pee Dee Center is an in-state regional center that provides 24-hour care for individuals with complex and severe disabilities. The S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs oversees the operation of this facility. Dental services are provided to patients on an ongoing basis. Dr. Bryant also assisted in the establishment of the Craniofacial Team in Florence and volunteers in their clinics. These clinics provide treatment to children and teens with disorders such as Cleft Lip and Palate and other severe midface skeletal problems.

Dr. Bryant received the award and special recognition at the Medical University of South Carolina's XI Annual Continuing Education Course on "Dental Program for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs." His name will be placed on a perpetual plaque displayed at the MUSC College of Dental Medicine.

The award, in its third year, is named for Carlos Salinas, DMD, in recognition of his commitment to assisting people with special needs. Dr. Salinas is a professor and director of the Medical University of South Carolina's Division of Craniofacial Genetics, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, and director of MUSC's Craniofacial Anomalies and Cleft Lip and Palate Team. He has been with the College of Dental Medicine for 34 years.

For questions about the award, please contact Mary Kenyon Jones in DHEC's Division of Oral Health, kenyonm@dhec.sc.gov or by telephone at (803) 898-1353.

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For more information:
Thom Berry - (803) 898-3885
E-mail - berrytw@dhec.sc.gov
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