The Italian Catholic Federation Branch #439 of Our Lady Mother of the Church will honor Dr. Jeff Cantor at its second annual dinner dance. The event will take place on Oct. 6 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. (847-341-1847)
Dr. Jeffrey S. Cantor, D.D.S, graduated from Bowdoin College in 1968 and Columbia University School of Dental Medicine in New York City in 1972. He received his specialty training in pediatric dentistry from the George Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, N.Y., in 1974.
Dr. Cantor has taught at Case Western Reserve, Loyola, Illinois Masonic, Michael Reese Hospital, and Children’s Memorial Hospital as well as being in the private practice of pediatric Dentistry for 36 years. He is presently the Director of the Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago’s Dental Program for patients with developmental disabilities. Dr. Cantor also practices part-time in a pediatric dental practice in Orland Park.
Dr. Cantor started with the Easter Seals Dental Program in 1979 and has been director since 1998. The Easter Seals Dental Program goes to over 35 community organizations screening patients of all ages for dental problems as well as providing follow-up care in its traditional dental office in Homer Glen. Patients must have one or more of the following developmental disabilities to qualify for service: autism, seizure disorders, cerebral palsy or cognitive challenges (formerly known as mental retardation). Approximately 90 percent of the patients are indigent and are receiving some type of public assistance. There are a total of 23 dentists in the program representing a broad range of specialties. The Easter Seals Dental Program was started in 1965, sees more than 2,500 patients annually, and is the longest continuously running ESMC Program.
Dr. Cantor has been active in community service throughout his career. He served as a board member of Community Service Options on the South Side of Chicago for eight years; has been involved with LBD Enterprises Food Pantry /South Suburban Toys for Kids in Hazel Crest as a board member and advisor for five years; and is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Smile for a Lifetime, a not-for-profit organization that provides free orthodontic care to needy children in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.