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California Dental Association Foundation Awards More Than $200,000 in Community Service Grants
Date:1/11/2010

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation announced today the recipients of its innovative and charitable Dental Student Loan Repayment Grant Program. Two California dentists, Siri Ziese, DDS, and Jose Torres, DMD, will each receive a maximum of $105,000 to help offset significant student loan debt in exchange for a three-year commitment to work in an underserved community.

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Nine grants have been awarded since the program's inception in 2002. It is estimated that each CDA Foundation Student Loan Repayment Grant recipient provides more than $500,000 in dental care annually. In 2009 the program saw a 67 percent increase in applications over 2008. The two latest recipients, Drs. Ziese and Torres, were two among 25 applicants.

"I am pleased that this program enables these dentists to follow their hearts in providing care to California's most vulnerable patients. I am confident that Drs. Ziese and Torres will help their local communities in ways that are immeasurable," said CDA Foundation Executive Director Jon Roth.

Siri Ziese is the child of Yugoslavian immigrants with limited financial resources. During college Dr. Ziese worked as a dental assistant for the Diamond Springs Dental Center where she is currently serving her three-year commitment. Because of the debt she incurred from dental school, Dr. Ziese was planning to move out of state after graduating from Loma Linda School of Dentistry in 2007, but now is able to remain at the clinic that taught her so much.

"My family's long struggle with social and economic hardship have inspired me to serve the community I am so familiar with. The grant is an amazing blessing a
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