OKEMOS, Mich. –Bonita Davis Neighbors, DDS, is the recipient of the 2016 Michigan Dental
Association Emmett C. Bolden Dentist Citizen of the Year Award for her commitment and
passion for providing quality access to care for the underserved.
Dr. Neighbors served as both Acting Regional Health Administrator and Regional Dental
Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) where she created a program
designed to place U of M Dental Students within the MDOC clinics under her supervision. She
was previously awarded the Michigan Department of Corrections Directors’ Meritorious Service
Award for demonstrating professionalism, integrity, and determination while making significant
contributions toward improvements in health care delivery. In addition to her involvement with
organized dentistry at both the local and state levels, she mentors at risk youth in Ann Arbor and
is the chairperson of Ann Arbor Links Inc. Dr. Neighbors is currently on staff at the Hope Dental Clinic.
“This award acknowledges her efforts of integrating the profession of dentistry with the Michigan
Department of Corrections, by serving those in need while creating educational opportunities for
dental students,” said Larry DeGroat, DDS, President of the Michigan Dental Association. “She
is a humble and caring dentist who has dedicated much of her career to providing dental care to
those in need.”
Congratulations to WDDS past President and member, Dr. Neighbors on a well deserved award!
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