Maricelle Abayon, a clinical director with Special Smiles, was one of six health care professionals to receive the 2012 Leadership Award for Exemplary Healthcare Services from the Golisano Foundation during its annual luncheon October 18.
Dr. Abayon is a dentist at Eastman’s Howitt Urgent Dental Care. She and her colleagues provide emergency treatment to people with developmental disabilities. Without the special attention and the skills Dr. Abayon provides, most of these patients would have been referred elsewhere, likely waiting months for treatment.
The Golisano Foundation awards are given annually to health care professionals in New York, USA who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to improve healthcare and access to care for people with intellectual disabilities.
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