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“To me, success isn't how much money you make, it is how many people you help.”

Dr. J

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An Idea Is Born - Dr. J and SAGE Initiative

Dr. J graduated Dental School in 1997 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and immediately began his passion for public service. After completing his education, he entered the United States Air Force and was commissioned as a Dental Officer. 


In 2000, Dr. J was selected into the most prestigious Air Force Dental Residency located in San Antonio, TX where he spent the next two years working primarily in comprehensive and cosmetic dentistry. 


In 2004, Dr. J separated from the Air Force and moved to San Diego where he purchased a small dental office. After 6 years advancing his dental, business, and patient care skills, Dr. J purchased a large multi-specialty dental office in the remote and desert location of El Centro, CA. Shortly thereafter, Dr. J felt compelled to continue his public service and entered the Air Force Reserves and is now the rank of Lt Col. 


In 2012, Dr. J acquired another multi-specialty office in Palm Desert, CA.


In 2013, Dr. J founded the School-Aged Gap Elimination Initiative (SAGE), a non-profit organization aimed at providing free dental services to those in need.  The initial focus was to treat children in need, hence the name. However, SAGE has evolved into something greater and is focused in treating all underserved individuals. 



The Idea Becomes a Reality - SAGE Dental clinics 

Dr. J donated space from his two dental clinics, Southwest Dental Group in El Centro and Shadow Hills Dental in Palm Desert to treat underserved individuals. Furthermore, he has donated over $150,000 in personal funds to treat those in great need. 


The SAGE dental clinics program took off in June 2016 when Dr. J's offices opened during selected weekends and saw as many patients as possible, treating dental emergencies. Since then, SAGE has evolved to full and comprehensive treatment in both offices every weekend. There has been measurable success; over 1400 patients have been treated in the past few months and not one patient has paid one cent - treatment has been absolutely free.