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North Central dentist is president of the AzDA

North Central resident and dentist Gregory Pafford, center, has actively participated in the nonprofit Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program since 2003. On Feb. 21, the GKAS program had a record-breaking day in which 428 children received treatment (submitted photo).

North Central resident and dentist Gregory Pafford, center, has actively participated in the nonprofit Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program since 2003. On Feb. 21, the GKAS program had a record-breaking day in which 428 children received treatment (submitted photo).

Dr. Gregory M. Pafford recently was installed as the 105th president of the Arizona Dental Association (AzDA). Pafford is a third-generation Phoenician and dentist who, along with his father and grandfather, has served the downtown Phoenix community for 90 years combined.

Pafford has been active in the Arizona Dental Foundation—the charitable arm of AzDA—where he served as president from 2008 to 2010. He served as chair of the Give Kids A Smile events from 2003 to 2011. Since 2007, the Arizona Dental Foundation has provided more than $4.3 million in free dental care to vulnerable citizens throughout Arizona.

Pafford is co-founder of the Phoenix Boys & Girls Club’s Dave Pratt Dental Clinic. He is a member of the Phoenix Rotary 100 Club and volunteers for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Pafford is an alumnus of Madison Simis and Brophy College Prep. He graduated with honors from Arizona State University and the University of the Pacific in 1986. He was honored as Dentist of the Year by the Arizona Dental Association in 2007.

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