In the fall of 2001, Jeff along with a committee of dentists from the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, planned and implemented Give Kids A Smile, a program designed to deliver full service dental care to children who do not have access to dentistry. In February 2002, his dream became reality with the first Give Kids A Smile Clinic. This Clinic runs for two days in February and two days in October. Over 9500 St. Louis area children havereceived over $4.3 million dollars worth of dental care in the nineteen clinics that have taken place. Jeff took the concept of Give Kids A Smile to the American Dental Association and they adopted it as a national children's access day. In February 2003, over 1 million children were seen in over 5000 sites and $100 million worth of dental care was delivered. The first Friday of February has been adopted by the American Dental Association as National Give Kids ASmile Dental Access Day. He is the Secretary-Treasurer of St. Louis Give Kids A Smile and serves on the National Advisory Board for Give Kids A Smile for the American Dental Association.
Jeff has won numerous dental journalism awards from the International College of Dentists. He has also won Awards of Merit and Distinguished Service and the Gold Medal Award from the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. For his work with Give Kids A Smile, Jeff has been given the Dentist of the Year Award from the Missouri Dental Association, a Presidential Citation from the American Dental Association, the World of Children Award in Health, the Edward Shils Entrepreneurial Education Fund Award, and the Bank of American Hometown Hero Award. He has been given special recognition by the Missouri State Senate, the State House of Representatives and the Missouri Dental Board. Most recently he was given the Maynard K. Hine Award of Recognition by the Indiana Dental Association in recognition of the distinguished contributions to the public and to the dental profession.
Jeff and his wife, Debbie, live in Chesterfield, Missouri with their three children: Jamie (23), Zachary (20), and Andy (17).