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Northshore October 2015

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Dr. Mel Miller Page 48 FACES 48 | OCTOBER 2015 photographs by Joel Laino BY BETTE KEVA Marblehead's Dr. Mel Miller is both an accomplished dentist and a great humanitarian. Dental Work Since retiring from his Peabody dental practice and from teaching at Tufts medical and dental schools, Dr. Mel Miller, DDS, has traveled to the poorest corners of the earth, where he has lived in dorms, brushed huge spiders out of his bed, used a hole in the ground for a toilet, guarded himself against deadly diseases, and paid hefty sums in airfare—all of which was done voluntarily. In 2007, Dr. Miller joined his colleague, Aidee Herman, DMD, M.Sc.D., of the Periodontal Depart- ment of Tufts School of Dental Medicine, in a venture far outside the comforts of the Western world. At least once a year, the two dentists, as part of a select group, donate their considerable skills and experience to the most vulnerable of people—im- poverished children in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Since the early 1990s, the Massa- chusetts Hispanic Dental Association (MHDA) has been working to im- prove the oral health of underserved Latino populations. The first time Dr. Miller joined the group (eight years ago), he says, "I was hooked." By 2013, Dr. Herman had founded the IN THIS ISSUE Dr. Mel Miller at his Marblehead home

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