Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, Stacey Levine AND their sons, Julian and Cody—WITH an assist from rocker Lenny kravitz—bring free dental care and education to the Bahamas.
GIVING BACK WAS always in GLO Science’s DNA. Founded seven years ago by inventor, professor and prosthodontist Dr. Jonathan Levine and his wife, Stacey, the company burst out of the gate with dental health and technology products that won consumer admiration and four Edison Awards. The couple launched the GLO Good Foundation around the same time, dedicating a portion of the business’s profits to philanthropy.
Their keys to success: One, partner with groups already established in needy areas, so volunteers can get right to work. Two, find like-minded people (celebrities help, if you can swing it) to help spread the word. Third, attract top-flight volunteers.
“A healthy smile is a human right,” Stacey Levine says. “One of the GLO Good Foundation’s goals is to provide a platform for dental professionals to give back to the people who need them most.”
Last year, on their fourth annual trip to the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, 55 volunteers treated 430 patients in four days: root canals, esthetic bonding, whitening, denture placement and more, using GLO Science Professional tools and technology from Dr. Levine’s New York City practice.
The foundation’s work in Eleuthera began with a conversation between Dr. Levine and Grammy Award–winning musician (and friend and patient) Lenny Kravitz. In autumn 2015, under the auspices of GLO Good and Kravitz’s Let Love Rule foundation, the two opened a small clinic on Eleuthera to deliver community health and dental care. They also aim to educate, bringing in nurse practitioners, nutritionists, yoga teachers and support staff. “It is of the utmost importance to me that the people in my community receive free first-class health care,” Kravitz says. “It’s even more of a priority that they receive knowledge about how to take care of their bodies.”
The Levines’ sons, Julian and Cody, partnered with Kravitz to create Twice, a new-age oral-care brand making better-for-you toothpaste for morning and night. Twice donated 700 tubes of toothpaste for the most recent Bahamas mission; 10 percent of profits go to the GLO Good Foundation.
To learn more, visit glosciencepro.com, glogoodfoundation.org and smiletwice.com.
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