COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – Texas A&M College of Dentistry professor Dan Burch has been recognized as one of 12 health equity heroes. Burch received the honor from DentaQuest for his work in making dental care more accessible for individuals with special needs and/or intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
“Recognizing what we’re doing for this community, one of the most underserved communities in America in my opinion, is just an amazing feeling,” Burch said.
Burch said finding a dentist who can accommodate multiple needs can be challenging for many parents nationwide. College Station parent Amber Evans has a son with autism and says she’s feared going into appointments with her son because she didn’t know if they would be able to communicate with him at his level.
“I’m always really fearful of how other people are going to react to him maybe having a time where he’s just not okay,” Evans said.
Marycruz Morales has two sons with a sensory processing disorder. The College Station mother said she fears the unknown before going to appointments with her children.