The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. Leonard Barry Smith as ” Best in Medicine” in recognition of his outstanding dedication in the field of Pediatric Dentistry.
In the 52 years as a practicing certified specialist in Pediatric Dentistry he has amassed considerable experience in all aspects of Private Practice as well as time lecturing as a clinical assistant Professor in the Dept of Pediatrics , the Cumming School of Medicine, at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Smith’s educational endeavors began with his attainment of a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1968 from the University of Alberta. Following this achievement, Dr. Smith secured his hospital Residency at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, before enrolling at Ohio State University to study for his Master of Science degree and Pedodontics Dentistry certification. Currently, Dr. Smith upholds the prestigious position of Pediatric Dentist at Dental Care for Children, Calgary’s first pediatric dentistry.
Keen to share his knowledge with the next generation of professionals, Dr. Smith works as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary Department of Pediatrics. He also retains membership to the Royal College of Dentists of Canada as a Fellow, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as a Life Fellow, and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry as a Life Diplomate.
Renowned for his published works, Dr. Smith is the author of “My Smile”, “What Do You See” and “Pediatric Oral Pathology.” He was the proud recipient of the Integrity Award from the Rotary Club of Calgary, Downtown Chapter and the special achievement award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
When not busy working, Dr. Smith passionately advocates for the oral needs of children and this was his motivation for setting up a nonprofit organization called The Foundation for a Healthy Mouth Healthy Child in the USA and The Society For A Healthy Mouth Healthy Child (Alberta) in Canada.
His ultimate goal is to reduce or eliminate Early Childhood Caries, the most common chronic infectious disease in children 5 and Younger in North America and to do this he has designed a outline to develop an age specific oral health curriculum that will be available globally completed in every major language and available through broadband technology thereby reaching those living in remote locations. He hopes to have this become the tool to teach the children of today and parents of tomorrow about the importance of their oral health to their overall health and wellbeing and use that knowledge to protect their future children from this PREVENTABLE disease.