Cindy Weideman: Style Magazine's 2011 Person of the Year
“Since day one I grew up with family members who helped out in the community and I wanted to carry on the tradition,” says Cindy. “I do it with dentistry because so many children in Sacramento don’t go to a dentist at all. They don’t have the means, the opportunities or the knowledge that they should go.”
For many years, Cindy dreamed of helping underprivileged children in the Sacramento area by establishing a dental clinic for those without coverage. After almost 2.5 years of planning and collaboration with the Sacramento First 5 Commission, of which Cindy is a commissioner, the Effort Oak Park Pediatric Dental Clinic opened in February 2011 and is the first of five state-of-the-art, non-profit pediatric dental clinics now scheduled to open in Sacramento County.
“My dream was to build a place where kids could feel happy, so I decided that what these underprivileged kids need is a comfortable place to go,” says Cindy. “I helped design the Oak Park clinic with a wildlife theme and my family members even pitched in with their artistic talents. Everyone put their hearts into it.”
Cindy has also put her heart into every community service endeavor she’s touched. She has participated in the annual Give Kids a Smile program since its inception in the ‘80s, where she sees about 100 kids in one day to provide free cleanings, fillings and more. She also adopts needy kids into her practice and performs extensive procedures. The list of her voluntary dental services extends through many organizations and events throughout the community and beyond, to as far as China, the Philippines and Peru.
“My favorite thing is just playing with the kids,” says Cindy. “A kid is just so fun. A child’s laugh is like going to heaven. Or they will just come up to you and hold your hand or hug you. That’s like my life’s reward and why I live. I’m so lucky to be able to enjoy children.”
Cindy Weideman is truly a child at heart. She has a huge passion for everything Disney, especially Disneyland, which she has made a personal goal of visiting every year of her life. And, most importantly, she loves to have fun – with her friends, family and anyone else interested in living life to the fullest. All of these qualities make her an ideal pediatric dentist; however, when it comes to her career she takes her role very seriously.
Dr Jeff's trip to the Philippines | 2011
Dr. Jeff Sue recently traveled to the Philippines with five dentists and seventeen dental students where they spent a week setting up a dental clinic and providing free dental care, toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste for 2,000 women, men, and children desperately needing care. We are very proud of Dr. Jeff. He is truly compassionate, which we see every day as he cares for our patients.
From the California Dental Association
Member Star 2010
CDA Member: Dr. Cindy Weideman
Profession: Pediatric Dentist
CDA member since: 1989
Theatre: Encourage and support the artistic interests of my children.
Advocate: For underserved children. First 5 Sacramento Commissioner.
Children: My whole life revolves around my children and my child patients, I adore them.
Advice for new dentists: Find a great mentor.
Challenge: Developing a non-profit children’s dental clinic for Sacramento County.
Smiles For Kids
This program was started fourteen years ago by Sacramento dentists and has now spread throughout the United States. It is held on a Saturday during February (National Dental Health Month). Dental offices all over our country open their doors to provide free dental care for underprivileged children. Our local program is run by the Sacramento District Dental Society. The children who qualify are those who fall through the cracks in various other programs and are not eligible for dental care
but desperately need it.
We have been lucky enough to get to participate every year since the beginning of the program. We host an array of compassionate and highly professional dentists, hygienists, registered dental assistants, auxiliary staff members, and interpreters in our office who treat as many children as we can. It is a highly rewarding experience and genuinely enjoyed by all who participate.
Halloween Singing Dentists
This is what we are now called among the students, staff and administration at various Sacramento area schools for special needs and underprivileged children. For over twenty years we have ventured out every Halloween to entertain the children at these schools with our whimsical and silly Halloween songs.