Boca Raton Dentist Offers Free Flights During Child’s Program

  • April 27, 2016

BOCA RATON, FL – Dr. Robert Eckelson, a premier orthodontist and certified pilot, recently joined with volunteers to give free flights to children with physical and learning disabilities.

Vital Flight Kids Day is an event held annually in Boca Raton. On April 2, pilots and volunteers gathered at the Boca Raton Airport to take children on fun 10- to 15-minute flights around Boca Raton. Dr. Eckelson flies his own Piper Turbo Dakota, a four-seater plane. The children received flight safety training before soaring in small planes with a certified pilot.

“For many of them, this was their first-ever flight,” Dr. Eckelson said. “The kids were educated on flight safety, the different airplanes and some were even allowed to take control of the planes, making it a day they won’t soon forget.”

Dr. Eckelson is passionate about using his piloting skills to help others. He is a certified flight instructor and flies for for Angel Flight, a nonprofit organization that provides free flights for medical patients who cannot afford commercial airfare. With Angel Flight, Dr. Eckelson flies sick patients to and from their medical appointments and procedures, and he also has personally flown pediatric patients, cancer patients and even organ donor recipients.

Vital Flight Kids Day is a special chance for Dr. Eckelson to meet new faces and excite children about the beauty of flight.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year because it involves my two favorite passions: helping children and flying,” Dr. Eckelson said.

Dr. Eckelson has served as an orthodontist in Boca Raton for more than 40 years. His office focuses on providing comfortable treatments for teens and adults through traditional braces and esthetic appliances. He provides early orthodontic screenings for children and is a leading Invisalign provider. Invisalign is a discreet orthodontic solution that uses clear plastic aligners to gradually move teeth into position. The trays are virtually invisible and can be easily removed for cleaning and eating. He also treats temporomandibular joint dysfunction and offers whitening treatments.

Dr. Eckelson received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1971. He was one of just five people to be admitted to dental school after only two years of undergraduate studies. Following his graduation from dental school, Dr. Eckelson attended the University of Illinois orthodontic program, where he earned his orthodontics certification in 1973.

Dr. Eckelson exceeds the state requirements for continuing education every year and is involved in beta testing with the latest orthodontic suppliers. He holds memberships with the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Flying Dentists Association, College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontists and South Florida Academy of Orthodontists and is a founding member of the World Federation of Orthodontists. He was the president of the South Palm Beach County Dental Association; serves as a delegate to the Florida Dental Association and is an examiner for the American Board of Orthodontists.

Dr. Eckelson has served on various boards in the community, including the Boca Raton Medical Arts Center, Boca Forum, Boca Roundtable, Jaycees and the Rotary Club. He also has assisted with local Boy Scout troops as district adviser and merit badge counselor.

To speak with Dr. Eckelson’s orthodontic care staff, call 561-235-3100.


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