ATO SportRock Night! – Dr. Fleming and Advance! Top Orthodontics enjoys providing some real fun for our patients! Almost every month on Friday nights (usually the third Friday of the month), Dr. Fleming pays the admission fee for 10 of our patients to go indoor rock climbing at the SportRock Climbing Gym in Alexandria, VA. This has absolutely nothing to do with orthodontics of course, but is just a way to thank our families and patients by providing them with something a little bit beyond the ordinary to do that is not only fun, but healthy! What a great way to release all of those pent-up frustrations at week’s end by pulling-down and climbing hard! Please watch your email for our ATO SportRock Night announcements! And if you wish to learn more about SportRock, please visit their website at www.sportrock.com.
Fleming Foundation – Dr. Fleming works with local public dental health clinics in our area to provide orthodontic treatment for several underprivileged children each year for no charge. As you are no doubt aware, there are many families in our area who simply cannot afford to provide orthodontic treatment for their children – even if they have Medicare benefits. Dr. Fleming works with the directors of our local public health dental clinics to screen for several children each year whose families have very limited incomes, and who have the most need for orthodontic treatment. Otherwise these children would potentially not only develop difficult oral health issues in their futures, but perhaps psycho-emotional and career-limiting challenges as well. Dr. Fleming and his staff are thrilled that we can make such a difference in the lives of these kids!
Summit for Soldiers – You’ve probably figured out by now that Dr. Fleming is a climber! It has been many years now, having begun climbing while in college. Dr. Fleming is proud to contribute annually to Summit for Soldiers which is headed by C. Michael Fairman – a former US Navy Corpsman who was deployed with the USMC infantry in Afghanistan. Michael is an avid mountaineer and adventurer, and in addition to seeking his own “7-Summits” goal (Michael summited Mount Everest on May 19th 2016!), co-founded Summit for Soldiers as a 501(c)3 non-profit which is run by his team of “re-abled” veterans that uses their “Adven-Therapy” programs and community outreach to serve struggling veterans with service-related mental health issues. As someone who has attempted to take his own life, Michael’s mission is beyond personal! Michael realized that his climbing adventures had served as his “therapy” for his own mental illness following his involvements in conflicts in Afghanistan, and knows how it has helped him rise from depression and suicidal struggles to reclaiming a life with the biggest challenges that come along! Michael and his teams’ work has resulted in veterans who are committed to walk beside each other down the difficult road of mental health issues, and has saved veterans lives! If you want to learn more about Summit for Soldiers and make a donation, please go to their website at www.summitforsoldiers.org.
Wounded Warrior Project – Dr. Fleming is also proud to donate annually to the Wounded Warrior Project. The WWP provides help to thousands of warriors returning home from conflicts abroad, and to provide assistance to their families. The WWP provides support to overcome the mental health challenges of readjustment to our civil society through interactive programs, outdoor rehabilitative retreats, peer support, and professional services. WWP’s Physical Health and Wellness programs help warriors achieve independence through adaptive sports, health, nutrition, and recreational activities. The WWP also assists warriors with economic empowerment offering higher education and IT training programs, and employment assistance services through their Warriors to Work program. The WWP also maintains a peer mentoring program to be sure wounded warriors remain engaged, and their families continue to receive the support they need. If you wish to discover more about the WWP and make a donation, please go to their website at woundedwarriorproject.org.