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Drs. Shapiro and Nager Pets in Need Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 8, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

Denise Shapiro, DDS, and her husband, Martin Nager, DMD, have many interests. “We love outdoor activities, including biking and skiing,” Denise shares, noting they have enjoyed biking throughout much of the world, including China, Thailand, India, and many European countries.

“We’re also very much into giving back to the community through dentistry,” Denise relates. Originally from New York, Denise and Marty, a Boston native, met through the post graduate periodontal program at Boston University Dental School. Now in separate private periodontal practices in Rhode Island, they are active in numerous professional organizations, and participate in mission trips to provide free dental services in countries including Bolivia, Cambodia, Panama and Vietnam.

“Marty’s a big, big volunteer,” Denise says proudly of her husband who currently is president of Dental Lifeline Network – Rhode Island and serves on the organization’s national board of directors.  Denise mentors many young female dentists and brings together dental professionals to form lasting relationships.

Yet, one of their greatest passions may be animals. “We’re huge animal lovers. I’ve had animals my whole life, and I would not be with someone who does not love animals. They’re my children,” Denise exclaims of the cats and dogs she and her husband have had through the years.

The couple knows first-hand the expenses that often come with pet ownership, having pets with cancer diagnoses which require biopsies, surgeries, medications and treatments, including chemotherapy. “We’re fortunate to be able to afford it,” Denise states of the specialized care that can cost thousands of dollars.

Realizing this is not the case for all pet owners, the couple established this fund to help others. “We’re hoping to help people with animals that need big ticket care…people who demonstrate an ability to pay a portion of the costs and who will continue to provide ongoing care for their animals. If we could help, it might make the difference between saving an animal or not. It’s a win-win situation for all,” Denise concludes.

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