This month, HEP said farewell to one of our most valued volunteers of all-time, Dr. C. William “Doc” Johnston. After retiring from his professional dental career in 1991, Dr. Johnston began volunteering at HEP. He assisted by answering phones and completing clerical tasks for three years, before founding the HEP Dental Clinic in 1994, now known as the HEP Dental and Wellness Clinic. Doc was inspired to begin providing dental care to homeless residents, realizing that it was a vital part of self-confidence for those going on job interviews.
Since then, Dr. Johnston has volunteered at the dental clinic once a week, providing oral health care and information to HEP residents and was the recipient of the President’s Service Award. Over the years, Dr. Johnston has performed an estimated nearly 10,000 procedures and has logged more than 3,000 hours of volunteer service time. Doc has also been instrumental in growing and expanding the clinic, which now has more than 25 volunteer dentists and hygienist and provided more than $740,000 worth of free dental care to those in need last year alone.
In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Johnston was recently featured on Bay News 9’s “Everyday Heroes” news segment. Doc plans to enjoy his retirement in the company of his wife, Dian, and will be greatly missed by the entire HEP family.
To make a donation to the HEP Dental Clinic in Doc’s honor, please visit: www.HEPempowers.org/donate-now