PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 25, 2021): Brighter Way Institute, now in its 20th year of providing comprehensive oral health care for vulnerable and uninsured children, adults, veterans, individuals experiencing homelessness and individuals with special needs, has expanded its team with the addition of Dr. Thuy Ngo, who specializes in treating developmentally disabled children and adults.
Dr. Ngo (pronounced “No”), who has practiced general dentistry in the Valley for nearly 30 years and is among an exclusive group of dentists in her field, will be on-site at least once a week, and “whenever, I’m needed,” she said. Dr. Ngo, who sold her private practice in November 2020, remains on staff at both Phoenix Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
“Dr. Ngo’s immense and respected skills allow us to provide critical oral health services including full mouth reconstruction with the full range of sedation services to a highly vulnerable population, particularly children needing specialized care, at Brighter Way Parsons Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics,” said Brighter Way Institute Founder and CEO Kris Volcheck. “She will have an immediate impact as we continue achieving our mission to transform more than smiles by redefining oral health care for underserved individuals in our community.”
Volcheck said that 75 percent of the services provided through Brighter Way Institute’s dental clinics and mobile unit are for underserved children.
“My practice was exceptionally busy and I thrive on that energy,” Dr. Ngo said. “When I sold it, I knew I wanted to give back to the community in a very big way. I’ve been involved with many nonprofits, helping veterans, children and less fortunate adults both locally and internationally and I thought ‘who would be better to work for and where would be a better place to work than for my friend, Kris Volcheck.’”
Until COVID hit last spring, Dr. Ngo had traveled to two or three countries every year starting in 2004 to volunteer her services. She’ll pick up where she left off in October when she goes to Greece to provide dental care for Syrians living in refugee camps.
In 2019, at the Brighter Way Parsons Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, 4,999 patients received 43,785 oral health services during 16,815 patient visits. Services at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix, which first began on July 1, 2019, were provided to 731 patients who received 11,195 oral services during 2,583 visits.
Overall in 2019, including services at the Brighter Way Dental Center at the Human Services Campus, Brighter Way served 11,122 individuals during 33,203 patient visits, providing 94,003 oral health services with a total value of $12.97 million.
Dr. Ngo is a 1994 graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.