“If you have done well, it is your duty to send the elevator back down.”

Giving Back

With more than four decades chairside, Cris Duval, RDH has taught masterclasses and presented around the world on topics such as patient communication, ozone therapy, and advocating for patient health. A passionate advocate for early oral cancer detection, Cris is a northwest regional coordinator for the Oral Cancer Foundation. In recognition of her service to this cause, she was presented with an Award of Excellence in Public Service as well as a Dental Lifesaver honor from the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Committed to creating higher levels of health and wellness, Cris’ patient-centered presentations educate and empower the entire dental team.

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The LifeGuard Initiative extends beyond patients to safeguard all endangered life on the planet. Proceeds from Cris’ presentations benefit the following organizations:

Oral Cancer Foundation

MISSION: The Oral Cancer Foundation’s core mission is to reduce the incidence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers in the US population, and support those who are currently or have been, impacted by the disease.

Oral Cancer Foundation is an IRS registered non-profit 501(c) 3, public service charity designed for advocacy and service, created to promote change through proactive means in both the public and medical/dental professional sectors. At the forefront of our agenda is the firm establishment in the minds of the American public for the need to undergo an annual oral cancer screening, combined with an outreach to the dental and medical communities to provide this service as a matter of routine practice. Early discovery and diagnosis, yields better long-term outcomes, and lower morbidity to those who undergo treatments. In most cases, oral cancer’s early, highly survivable stages are easily detected in a 3 to 5 minute painless visual and tactile examination. An annual oral examination will have a definite impact on reducing the death rate associated with oral cancer. It is our mission to bring this about.

Oral Cancer Cause

MISSION: OCC’s purpose is to improve the quality of life for oral cancer patients through financial support so that they may face the world with peace and dignity during and after medical treatment.

Oral Cancer Cause (OCC), a 501(c)3 non-profit, was founded in 2013 by Linda Miles and Robin Morrison in memory of Charlotte Estep, Linda Miles’ sister-in-law, and Mike Collins, Robin Morrison’s brother. Charlotte and Mike passed away in 2012 after suffering for several years from oral cancer. Both went undiagnosed for an extended amount of time, thereby allowing their disease to progress to an advanced and untreatable stage. Linda and Robin have a combined 80+ years experience in dentistry. Their shared passion for dentistry and saving lives is the OCC inspiration. By blending the knowledge of early detection and treatment; comprehensive oral exams along with dedicated dental/medical professionals; sponsoring partners; and dental/medical associations, OCC will make a difference in the lives of many oral cancer patients and their families.

Center for Whale Research

MISSION: To conduct benign studies of regional killer whales (orcas) for the purpose of conserving populations and informing both the government and the public of their ecosystem needs.

CWR is a non-profit [IRS 501(c)(3)] corporation registered with the Attorney General in Washington State. During the 41 years since we began the Orca Survey of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (orcas) our objective has remained the same: to monitor and conduct an annual photo-identification census of all ecotypes of orcas occurring in western Washington State and southern British Columbia. As funding from government agencies declines each year, we must look to the public for more support which is needed now more than ever.