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Smiles for FREEdom

Shoreline Dental Studio has participated with a great organization Smiles for FREEdom to offer a day of free dental care for Veterans of our Armed Services on or around Veterans Day every November.

If you know of local Veterans that are in need of dental care, we would love to be able to care for them this fall. Please have them reach out to us for more information about the day, but screenings are likely to take place in October to determine the best course of treatment that day.

Last November, over $44,000 in free dental care was provided by the Shoreline Dental team.

Local Vets were screened and diagnosed during examinations in the month of October on a first come first serve basis and have been scheduled to return on the 10th of the November to received comprehensive dental care. Veterans who will be in attendance range from as far south as San Diego and as far north as San Pedro, and also range in age from 24 to 92.


The day included a brief opening ceremony with words from Dr. Kristen Ritzau and the founder of Smiles for FREEdom Kandice Simpkins from Reno, NV, and the singing of our National Anthem.

Shoreline Dental is very grateful to have partnered with several local, dental specialists for patients who require more complex dental treatment including endodontic work and oral surgery and many of those patients have already received care.

The Smiles For FREEdom event is being held in honor of the late Eugene Fournier, USMC Master Sergeant. Master Sergeant Fournier (‘Gene’) is the late grandfather of Dr Kristen Ritzau who opened Shoreline Dental Studio in 2012. Gene was first stationed here in the 1950’s and four generations later the family has remained here ever since.

“I feel very blessed to call San Clemente and this community my home,” said Dr Ritzau, “This is a small and practical way I can give back to local heroes and to continue a legacy of caring for people in this town that was started by my grandparents many years ago.”

Smiles for FREEdom is a nationwide 501c3 organization that was started in Reno, Nevada to aid, assist, and encourage local dental offices to provide free dental services to the veterans and service men and women in our Armed Forces.