June 12, 2019
Dr. Leonard Barry Smith, DDS, MSc, FRCD( C), FAAPD(life), Diplomate ABPD(life), Pediatric Dentist and former owner of his private practice, Dental Care for Children, located in Calgary, Alberta Canada, was just recently selected as Top Pediatric Dentist of the Year for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession.
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.
With having over 4 decades of professional experience as a Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Smith has certainly proven himself as an extraordinary professional, and expert in the field. Dr. Smith is a dynamic, results-driven leader who has demonstrated success not only as a Pediatric Dentist of his practice but in every role he has ever held. His impressive repertoire of roles have included; President of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, Chief of the Dental Department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and a consultant to their hemophilia and cleft palate teams. Dr. Smith is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and an associate member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health. He served as Chairman of the Non-Hospital Dental Facility Accreditation Committee of the Alberta Dental Association and College. Dr. Smith is the founder of two non-profit organizations, The Society for A Healthy Mouth Healthy Child (Alberta) and the Foundation for a Healthy Mouth Healthy Child in the United States.
The Society for A Healthy Mouth-Healthy Child (Alberta) and the Foundation for A Healthy Mouth-Healthy Child in the USA were founded by Dr. Smith as he observed significant increase in the occurrence of early childhood caries (ECC) locally. Upon further research, Dr. Smith saw that this was a problem throughout North America. ECC, which can begin as early as 9 months of age, is an infectious disease and if it is not treated or treatment is delayed, can cause serious health issues that can impact the child for the rest of their lives. Dr. Smith recognized a need to provide the public with compelling evidence that ECC was a disease that was about more than just baby teeth. As a result, Dr. Smith held awareness campaigns to teach why it is so critical to have preventive dental care from a baby’s first feeding in order to stop the occurrence of ECC.
Dr. Smith is widely known as the first formally trained Pediatric Dentist in Calgary and his Practice was as a Pediatric Dentistry Clinic established in Calgary. Dental Care Children provides Calgary’s young patients with a warm, friendly, and family-oriented dental experience. Dr. Smith’s passion, care and educating his patients on oral healthcare has set him apart from other dentists. He has provided for generations of patients and cared for healthy children, children with special needs, and patients ranging from newborns and up.
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Smith has received many awards, accolades and has been recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. For 2019, he is being considered to be featured in TIP (Top Industry Professionals Magazine), and is also being considered for IAOTP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be honored at IAOTP’s 2019 Annual awards Gala, being held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas for his selection as Top Pediatric Dentist of the Year. For 2017 he was selected as Pinnacle Professional of the Year by Continental Who’s Who and recognized by the International Association for HealthCare Professionals and Leading Physicians of the World. For 2014 he received a special achievement award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the Academy. For 2013 selected as Outstanding Professional of the Year by Worldwide Who’s Who. He has been interviewed by CUTV News and is being considered on being featured on TIP Radio.
Dr. Smith received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Alberta in 1968 and earned a Master’s of Science Degree and Pedodontic Dentistry Certification from the Ohio State University in 1972. In 1970, he completed a hospital residency at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, Life Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a Life Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP stated, “Choosing Dr. Smith for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. Dr. Smith’s passion for his patients awards, accolades and accomplishments are extremely impressive. He has tremendous foresight, extensive knowledge, is brilliant at what he does and was exactly what we were looking for. We are truly honored to have him as our Top Pediatric Dentist of the Year and we are looking forward to meeting him at the gala.”
Looking back, Dr. Smith attributes his success to his wife and children, his education, mentors he had along the way and his passion for research. When not working, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. For the future, he hopes to continue educating people through an age specific oral health curriculum that he hopes will one day become the standard curriculum globally, written in every major language and made available using broadband technology so it reaches those in remote locations. He feels that unless we teach the children of today, the parents of tomorrow why and how their oral health impacts their overall health and development, early childhood caries will never be controlled or eliminated.
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