Women who escape violent domestic situations for the safety of shelters have few reasons to smile. But one non-profit started by alumnae of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry is offering abused women across southern Ontario the prospect of renewed confidence and well-being. The Restoring Smiles Project is a charitable network of dentists and physicians who provide free treatment to survivors of domestic violence. Patients are usually referred by shelters and are handled by the Dr.

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Project Restoring Smiles provides free dental treatment to women affected by physical abuse When an Ontario survivor of domestic violence left her abusive partner, he left her with a painful reminder of the violence she experienced at his hands — damaged teeth. “I just didn’t want to open my mouth,” she said. “I was so ashamed of it and I was so sorry,” the woman told CTVNews, asking them to simply identify her as Sam.

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Women who escape abusive situations have very little to smile about. But one dentist is trying to change that. Dr. Tina Meisami, a Toronto-based dentist founded Project Restoring Smiles, a network of dentists that provide free dental treatment to survivors of domestic violence. “As a woman, I felt as though I needed to stand up for their rights,” Meisami told her alumni newspaper, University of Toronto News. “As a human being, I felt their pain.

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Happy International Womens’ Day 2016! Every day in Ontario approx. 2,500 women and 3,000 children are living in shelters. The vast majority of residents have no access to dental insurance. Project Restoring Smiles fills this service gap in Ontario by providing free dental and reconstructive treatment to female survivors of domestic violence. As of today- our 5th anniversary!- the Project has provided over $200,000 worth of free treatment to survivors. Thank you to our dedicated dental volunteers,

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What is Project Restoring Smiles? Who do we help and how do we do it? Please share our video widely with your networks! To volunteer, donate or get in touch, contact info@drbmeisamifoundation.com. Project Restoring Smiles What is Project Restoring Smiles? Who do we help and how do we do it? Please share our video widely with your networks! Posted by Project Restoring Smiles on Monday, March 7, 2016

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Press Release Toronto, ON Recognizing International Women’s Day 2016 and the 5th Anniversary of Project Restoring Smiles: Dr. Borna Meisami Foundation Helping Female Survivors of Domestic Abuse  Restore a smile. Empower a woman. Reclaim her life. Video link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bmny4gz6h4cal1f/TIMELINE.mp4?dl=0 It’s not just a date.  March 8 is International Women’s Day.  And it’s not just a day for making promises or delivering speeches; it’s a day of action to empower women and in particular, women survivors of

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