The events team at Henry Schein first met the ‘Singing Dentist’ at the Dental Showcase 2016 during an interview broadcast live on Facebook. Milad had already gained a huge following on social media singing dental-themed parodies of popular tunes. He has since become a great ambassador for promoting the importance of good oral health and hygiene, and he has really connected with the general public alongside the dental profession – appearing on both TV and radio.
We were excited to hear about a charitable initiative that Milad was planning and we were keen to get involved and support Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital with the Singing Dentist and friends. A date was quickly set for Anna, Tom and I to meet with the team at Palmer Dental Practice where Nilesh Palmer was hosting the photo shoot. Milad and Nilesh didn’t have any trouble getting their friends involved. We had over 30 dental professionals who were more than happy to get involved and support this charity event.
Milad told us, ‘My idea behind doing the calendar was primarily to do something fun and different to raise money for a great charity that does very important work with children. As far as I had seen, something like this had never been done before. I wanted to include some of the UK’s finest dentists, hygienists, therapists and nurses, and it was designed to show a more positive side to our industry. They are all my friends so although it was a bit of a logistical nightmare, it was so much fun to organise. We all had a blast doing it, and a massive thanks goes to Henry Schein for taking the pics and filming the day, and then putting the calendars together!’
Anna, Tom and I had an amazing and inspirational Sunday, with non-stop planning and photography. We were very impressed with the amount of effort and thought that went into the day. They even had hair, make-up and a buffet for everyone. It was an exhausting 12 hour shoot but everyone pulled out all the stops and brought their ‘A’ game to bring this vision to life.
Nilesh commented, ‘The Singing Dentist Calendar was an amazing idea of Milad’s. With all the proceeds going to charity I was thrilled when he asked to have the pictures taken in my practice. It was such a fun day, and it was amazing to see all of these beautiful people turn up at my practice! I look forward to being involved in the 2018 calendar!’
Huge congratulations to Tom from the Henry Schein Design Studio who, as well as being one of the photographers on the day, spent many a November evening discussing photos with the team, editing and pulling the calendar together. I am sure you agree that the calendar looks amazing and, more importantly, it has raised money for a really worthwhile charity. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar go straight to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
We are so proud of what the whole team has achieved and that we had the privilege of helping to produce the very first ‘Singing Dentist and Friends Calendar’.