Even while on Spring Break, Dr. Yan Razdolsky and two of his children who are in dental school can’t escape the importance of healthy smiles.
Dr. Razdolsky, his wife Anna, and their children Elizabeth and Ricky recently traveled to Park City, Utah, where Operation Smile’s Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge happened to take place.
This event included Taylor Kinney and his fiancé Lady Gaga, as well as Julianne Hough and other celebrities. Stars competed against Olympic skiers on the slopes at Utah Olympic Park in several dual ski races to support Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that provides surgical correction of cleft lip and cleft palate to children in middle- to low-income countries.
Operation Smile’s mission is an important one to Dr. Razdolsky. Throughout his career, he has provided orthodontic treatment to hundreds of children who required it after surgical correction of cleft lip and/or palate.
“These surgeries and subsequent orthodontic treatment mean the world to affected children and their families,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “Kids don’t want to be treated differently because of the way they look. It is rewarding to watch their self-esteem improve as we improve their smiles.”
Dr. Razdolsky and Anna were elated to learn that the Operation Smile event raised awareness and funds to continue the organization’s mission. You can learn more about Operation Smile here.