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Community Involvement

Staying active within our community by giving back, educating, and supporting our neighbors in other important ways is an integral part of our practice! Keep up with all of the community involvement that we are part of right here!

"Embrace Your Smile" Scholarship

We love recognizing and awarding the strong academic achievements of our patients, and our "Embrace Your Smile" Scholarship is a special way to contribute to further education of outstanding students. We encourage you to click the image below to learn more about our scholarship or apply!


Make-A-Wish® Involvement

As a practice dedicated to improving the lives of those around us, our involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation is such an important part of our fabric. We work closely with the foundation to fulfill our vision to grant children with life-threatening medical conditions in our community with life-changing experiences. We know that a wish granted for a child is much more than a single experience and that it improves their lives and those around them in so many special ways.

Click here to see the amazing and heart-warming wishes we've granted this year!

Educational School Visits, Health Fairs, Continuing Education Credits and Other Appearances

Providing oral health education to the students at our local schools helps promote great habits for happy and healthy smiles! We also aim to educate our community and referring dental offices as a whole. Here is a list of upcoming community educational visits and office events:


Community events:

Continuing Education Credits for referring dental offices:

  • November 21, 2019 ~  "OSHA & HIPAA Annual Update for the Dental Professional". (Covering bloodborne pathogens (BBP), infection control, hazard communication (GHS & HIPAA, this course will meet the annual requirement under OSHA & HIPPA). Wildwood Golf Club 6:00 - 8:00 pm.                2 CE (Limited)

  • April 16, 2020 - Dr. Richard Bauer & Dr. John Grady: topic will be airway. Wildwood Golf Club 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  2 CE (Limited)

  • September 24, 2020 ~ "Annual OSHA" presented by Matthew Spady; Wildwood Golf Club 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.                                 2 CE (Limited)

**Space is limited and reservation priority is given to referring offices of GKG Orthodontics. We provide these CE Events as a THANK YOU for having confidence in our ability to treat your patients.**

To register for any of the CE lectures above please email Mel at, please provide your name and what referring office you are acquainted with. Some of the CE classes are just for dentist, hygienists & EFDA's, who are required to have continuing education credits, others are for the whole team. After each lecture it will say if it is limited (DENTIST, RDH, EFDA'S) or open to the whole team. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events, please feel free to reach out to Mel with any questions pertaining to these lectures (724) 935-9222. 

Dr. Grady and Mel continue to give monthly lectures to general dentists, pediatricians, and ENTS!

We welcome groups (homeschooled children, Girl Scouts/BoyScouts, etc.) to come in for field trips!   We also welcome students who are considering a career in orthodontics to come in to job shadow. 

If you would like GKG Orthodontics to visit your school for a dental presentation or a community/health event, please contact Mel at                   (742) 935-9222 or

The amazing people at the Sarah Heinz House sent us a lovely thank you note for our volunteer efforts, and we want to share it with you all!

To learn more about the incredible work the Sarah Heinz House is doing, we encourage you to visit their website at

From the desk of Dr. Gornick,

I wanted to reach out to you and tell you about the buzz you created amongst the parents and members down here. The Friday following the health fair I had the chance to talk to several parents of members who got to take part in the health fair. They couldn’t express how awesome they thought the program was just because their kids where coming home and running into the bathroom saying, 'I HAVE TO BRUSH MY TEETH.' The parents thanked me and Maggie for running a great program; however, I knew it wouldn’t have been a success without you! I just thought it was funny that parents where so happy that their kids where brushing their teeth without being asked before bed and that was the story parents where telling me! I wanted to share that with you because I know you would appreciate it!

Thanks for all your hard work and the staff that came down to help! They were all fantastic!

Donated Dental Services

Since 2000, Drs. Grady, Kastner, and Gornick, along with our team, have worked closely with the Donated Dental Services organization to help deliver the happiest and healthiest smiles to those who would otherwise be unable to receive such awesome care. Giving back to our community by donating our time, resources, and expertise is important for GKG Orthodontics, and we are honored to have the opportunity to serve those in need.

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