Women Who Move Detroit – 2019 – Special Section
PAULA OTTAWAY, D.D.S.
20136 Mack | Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 | (313) 886-WELL (9355)
To Dr. Paula Ottaway, Wellspring Dental represents an endless supply of health and wellness. With nearly 25 years in practice, Dr. Ottaway is a leader in dentistry in the Detroit area.
She takes this role seriously, and as such, feels a sense of gratitude and responsibility to give back. Nearly a year ago, she registered to do this in a very literal way through the Give Back a Smile program. Part of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation, Give Back a Smile restores “the smiles of adult women and men who have suffered dental injuries from a former intimate partner or spouse, family member, or due to sexual assault,” according to the AACD.
Dr. Ottaway says the program is very successful in many states, but not as much in Michigan. Part of the reason, she feels, is that there is not enough knowledge of the program, and she is hoping to change that.
“This program provides free dental care for any cases of abuse, whether through domestic violence or human trafficking,” she says. “With my love of cosmetic dentistry, it just seems a natural way for me to help others.”
With the majority of abuse cases involving women survivors, a female dentist would likely be more preferred and trusted, which is why Dr. Ottaway is hoping she can help raise awareness of Give Back a Smile in this area.
A multiyear Hour Detroit Top Dentist recipient, Dr. Ottaway has certainly gained the trust of her patients and community. Her Grosse Pointe practice is committed to patient comfort and relieving dental fears by offering a relaxed environment equipped with many calming amenities.