Excellence in pediatric dentistry doesn’t end with one happy child or family. It doesn’t entirely happen in the exam room, or even in the office. True excellence in this field requires going the extra mile in the community. That’s exactly the approach of Dr. David Moore.
Giving back to the community and profession is a concept Dr. Moore has long valued. While it would be easy to just find one way to contribute and stop there, that has not been his approach. Here are a few of his contributions:
David H. Moore Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Learning Center
Soon after he started his practice in Charlotte, he began to support his two-time alma mater at UNC-Chapel Hill. Having been a resident in pediatric dentistry himself, he understood the needs of his kindred-peers and initially targeted support for UNC residents by funding a learning center for them in the School of Dentistry.
He began this initiative in the 90s and today the David H. Moore Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Learning Center is a centerpiece in the department. It serves as the residents’ home and office away from home. Through Dr. Moore’s generous donations over the years, the Center features office and library space for residents, as well as the latest in computer technology to assist them in their patient care activities.
From Paul Gardner, Associate Dean for Advancement at UNC School of Dentistry:
In recognition of his generous support, we have established the David H. Moore Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Learning Resource Center. The Center includes the latest in computer technology and digital imaging equipment to support our residents’ patient care and research activities. After his pre-doctoral years at UNC, David completed his pediatric dentistry training at the Columbus Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University and has an active private practice in Charlotte, NC. Many thanks to David for his invaluable support to the Department’s graduate teaching and research programs.
Contributions to the Vann Endowment Fund
Dr. Moore also served 2011-16 on the Steering Committee for Development and made a leadership gift to help establish a fellowship in the name of one of his dental school mentors (Dr. Bill Vann, a former Chair of the Department). The Vann Endowment Fund is dedicated solely for residents’ educational enhancement.
Establishment of the Moore Family Fund
More recently, in concert with the Dental Foundation of North Carolina and the Department, Dr. Moore initiated the Moore Family Fund, which will be a university-named fund at Carolina to honor the family’s legacy in dentistry and its connection to UNC at Chapel Hill. David’s three brothers also are Chapel Hill Alumni, and his mom is a huge Carolina fan.
Dr. Moore’s immediate family is “all-in” for dentistry. His wife, Michelle, is a former surgical dental assistant and his children, Ryan and Caroline, have worked in his office in a variety of capacities. His children Michael and Kenzie have been active in office community outreach programs as well. His eldest daughter, Kayla, has served summers as an office sterilization tech and is now a senior at UNC-CH. Kayla will keep the family tradition alive and matriculate to dental school in the fall of ’17.
The Moore Family Fund will directly support the stipends of pediatric-dentists-in-training at UNC, making a huge impact on the future of children’s oral health in North Carolina and beyond. Dr. Moore’s generosity to his professional community stands as testimony to his commitment as a caring and humanitarian dentist.
Generosity through Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Moore’s emphasis and commitment to community involvement and generosity doesn’t end with personal endeavors. Through his practice, Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Moore continues to build partnerships and trust with the community. Each office participates in the candy buy-back program, the Brookhaven 5k for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and other charitable initiatives throughout the year. In addition, he encourages his doctors and staff to participate.