Jon Frankel Dentistry

Archive: Aug 2014

  1. 25 years of Tent City founder Ken Leslie displaying his "Frankel Smile" founder Ken Leslie displaying his “Frankel Smile”

    Frankel Patient, Ken Leslie, began Tent City in 1990 after hearing a statistic: over 60% of homeless families have children. This statistic made him angry, and fueled a light of inspiration that would take his life into a completely new direction, which he has followed for the past 25 years, leading him to an invitation to the White House and meeting Katy Perry.

    Tent City began as an event that allows area volunteers to “connect face to face with the homeless through music, coffee, and outreach programs from free haircuts to free medical exams,” says Tom Henry, a friend of Mr. Leslie.

    In 1994 Ken started a retained executive search firm for the high tech industry. This allows him to add philanthropy to support those on the streets.

    In 2007 John Mellencamp visited Tent City and invited all of the unhoused people to his concert that evening. From the stage Mellencamp talked to his invited friends. After the show, one person approached Ken Leslie and said, “He spoke to me from the stage, I guess I really do matter.”

    At that moment, Ken was inspired yet again and formed, a non-profit organization that funds not only Tent City but several other projects which help the unhoused, including Toledo Streets and Veterans Matter.




    Helping Them Find Autonomy through Toledo Streets

    Being homeless in the 1980’s, Ken Leslie knows that the path to domestic autonomy is through financial autonomy. Toledo Streets is a paper with that mission, to give people without an income the possibility to sell papers for a cash profit by eliminating pan handling and replacing it with a self-driven enterprise and job skill development.

    When a vendor signs-up they are given 10 papers that will be sold for $1.00 each. Once these papers are sold, the vendor can use the cash to purchase more papers for $0.25 each. Each vendor gets to keep the $0.75 as their profit while at the same time learning how to form relationships with their selling-area clientele. Additionally, selling the paper allows vendors to list current employment on their resume, which improves their chances of further domestic autonomy by landing a more traditional job.


    Veterans Matter-

    Veterans Matter has one simple mission, house as many homeless veterans and veteran families as possible. Two years ago Ken had a discussion with Shawn Dowling with the VA, who told him that the only thing that was keeping many from housing was the deposit, and Veterans Matter was born to provide those deposits directly to the landlord.  A call to Barb Petee with Promedica netted the startup funds in 7 days, and three days later the first veterans were housed.  11 days from inspiration to execution.

    Today Veterans Matter has housed over 400 veterans and their families in six states, and gotten the support of Katy, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, Ice-T, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock Heart, Darius Rucker, and many more.  Ken understands that this is only the beginning of this project and that there are still nearly 57,000 more veterans that need housed.

    100% of the proceeds from the 1Mile Matters Walk here in Toledo on October 24th will go to help house even more unhoused veterans. To be a sponsor for the walk or join the movement visit

  2. One of Dr. Frankel’s missions is educate his patients that a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Research suggests that there is a strong relationship between gum disease and such problems as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. “For the nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about the unexpected complications associated with this condition,” including an increased prevalence “of gum disease among those with diabetes” (American Diabetes Association). In order to ensure that all patients are aware of these problems, Frankel Dentistry provides expert patient education, which creates awareness of small problems before they become bigger, more complicated issues.

    But one Frankel patient has taken diabetes education to a new avenue. Jimmy Hicks has teamed together with Flower Hospital and the Greater Toledo YMCAs to educate local Toledoans about diabetes for FREE!

    Classes run 1 hour a week for 8 weeks. During this time volunteer physicians, certified diabetes educators, motivational speakers, dietitians, and more help educate attendees learn to control their blood sugar and regulate their diabetes.

    According to Jimmy, ” Diabetes is a huge problem in our community. With proper education people can control their blood sugar.” However, what Jimmy noticed is that many people don’t have the time or the money to get the proper education. That is what inspired to do something. Thus the creation of a problem that is free and not a big commitment while still allowing the proper education to be spread.

    Every 8 weeks the program restarts at a different YMCA. Recently, an 8 week class finished at the JCC. On Tuesday, September 2nd, the next session will begin at the South YMCA at the Morse Center. Following that session, the program will move to the Oregon YMCA.

    A typical class has 12-15 participants, who are all excited to learn how to manage their diabetes. Additionally, Jimmy wanted to be sure that people understood that nothing is being sold to the participants. ” This program simply gives people the recipe of success,” said Jimmy.

    There is one added bonus. Participants who complete 6 out of the 8 classes receive a 3 month MAX membership to the YMCA, which can be used at any YMCA in the country.

    In order to register for the Free Diabetes Classes that begin September 2nd at the South YMCA at the Morse Center, please obtain a physicians referral and call Susan Ruff at 419-725-7844.

    “Managing your diabetes and taking it seriously are keys to success,” said Jimmy. Additionally, don’t forget that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is a two-way street. “Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes” (American Diabetes Association). Be educated. Be aware.



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