The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recently honored Wisconsin general dentist Robb A. Warren, DDS, with its 2021 Humanitarian Award. The award was presented during the AGD Annual Meeting at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on November 21, 2021. Warren is being recognized because of his dedication to the field of dentistry and his extraordinary, and selfless commitment and service to his local community.
The Humanitarian Service Award is presented to an AGD member who contributes voluntary service in conjunction with a consistent commitment to enhancing the image of general dentistry through the continuous delivery of quality dental care. This awardee must demonstrate leadership in areas of civic involvement, exhibit a sense of responsibility toward the well-being of mankind and sacrifice his/her own interests to better serve the public.
Warren continues to serve many local dental organizations. He is a member of University of Wisconsin Team Dentist and serves on the Dane County Dental Society, where he has held several board positions. He is a member of the Wisconsin Dental Association, where he serves as the foundation director. Warren is the lead dentist for Special Olympics – Mission of Mercy and has served as a host and volunteer for Special Olympics of Wisconsin Give Athletes a Smile Day. He is also a member of Smile for Life Foundation.
Warren is a graduate of Marquette University’s School of Dentistry. He began his dental career in his father’s practice in June 2001. In 2004, Warren opened his own private practice, Warren Family Dental, where he continues to provide exemplary care to his patients. Since the beginning of his career in dentistry, Warren has been committed to making sure that everyone has access to quality oral care.
“Robb’s passion and depth of care in the dental community and for his patients sets an example for all dentists in Madison, WI,” said Melissa Schoenbrodt, Sr. Director of Health Programs, Special Olympics Wisconsin. “His enthusiasm to give back to his city and state is boundless in the dental community and is contagious. When you are in his presence, one cannot help but feel the energy he puts forth for the benefit of others. He never hesitates to put the needs of others before his own.”
Warren is founder of Touched Twice, a community dental outreach program in Madison where participating dental offices volunteer services, supplies and personnel to provide dental services to individuals who are unable to afford oral care. Through this program, individuals can receive services that spans from routine hygiene, restorative, endodontics, and oral surgery depending upon their needs. In addition, Warren sits on the board of directors for Affordable Dental Clinics (ADC) with locations in both Whitewater and Madison Wisconsin. These non-profit clinics offer oral care to individuals without dental insurance. With donations of services, supplies and vendors, they can offer dental care and significantly lower rates. Warren’s personal contribution to ADC was made when he purchased the practice of a retiring dentist and converted the space for use of the Madison ADC location. He makes dental house calls to individuals, both children and adults, who cannot physically leave their home due to physical and mental limitations but who need dire attention. Many times, these services are provided pro bono.
According to Warren’s wife Erin, he wants to create impact for people who are “not seen” and he continues to search for ways he can make anything better or more efficient, especially in a way that values the hearts and needs of others.
Warren’s motto: “People just want to be heard and respected.”