Brewster, NY - On Thursday, May 17 Dr. Carl Ern of Putnam Dental Associates in Brewster received Westchester Magazine's 2018 Healthcare Heroes Award. Ten of Westchester County's unsung heroes were selected for this prestigious award for going out of their way for others as a way of life, and for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Almost 100 applications were received, and a panel of judges were tasked with selecting 10 healthcare professionals to be honored for making a positive difference in the lives of their patients'. The event took place at Mulino's at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester.
Dr. Ern, founder of Putnam Dental Associates has been practicing dentistry for more than 35 years. A strong believer in the power of giving, he cultivates a spirit of goodwill at his practice and seeks those who share his altruistic ethos when hiring. Dr. Ern's staff is active in community programs, charitable organizations, and fundraising events.
He is the founder of Putnam Dental Missions - a 501c(3) organization that provides complimentary care to those in need. Each year, his office hosts Dentistry from the Heart, an event that offers a free dental cleaning, tooth extraction or filling to anyone in need. Dr. Ern also travels to the Dominican Republic with a team of volunteers to provide care.
One of his most recent goodwill initiatives, 'Stars and Smiles', launched last Veteran's Day to provide a smile makeover to a local U.S. Military Veteran. Dr. Ern reflected on a friend who served in Vietnam, but was never the same upon return. "I can't make up for all that he had to endure, but I can use my skills to give veterans their smiles back," he says.
Dr. Ern's team volunteers at a local soup kitchen and is involved in philanthropic efforts through the American Cancer Society, Putnam Community Action, Putnam Service Dogs, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Rotary International, and more. His practice has received numerous awards, including Westchester Hygienists' Association Outstanding Contributions in the Community Award and the 2017 Richard G. Spolzine Access to Care Humanitarian Award.
"I am fortunate that I've reached a certain level of success that allows me to participate in such events," he says. "The people in my life who support and inspire me make this all possible."
Putnam Dental Associates is located at 2435 Route 6 in Brewster (845-279-3720).