Coast Dental and SmileCare Dentists, Orthodontists in San Diego Are Collecting 400 Teddy Bears for Rady Children’s Hospital

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Coast Dental and SmileCare dental offices in San Diego partnered with the 25th Annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive to collect teddy bears now through December 7, 2015.

Nine San Diego SmileCare and Coast Dental offices are accepting teddy bear donations to benefit sick children.

Nine San Diego SmileCare and Coast Dental offices are accepting teddy bear donations to benefit sick children.

This is just one more way we can help people smile.

SmileCare and Coast Dental are proud to be helping more children smile this holiday season. San Diego orthodontist Geoffrey Kopecky is spearheading the collection of more than 400 teddy bears to donate to Rady Children’s Hospital as part of the 25th annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. The stuffed animals will be given to sick and injured children around Christmas and throughout the year.

This is the third year that SmileCare and Coast Dental are participating in the Teddy Bear Drive. They’ve set up collection sites at their dental offices in San Diego, Chula Vista, El Cajon, and Temecula.

"We care, we serve, and we give back to our communities," said Dr. Geoffrey Kopecky, an orthodontist at several SmileCare offices in San Diego. "This is just one more way we can help people smile."

From now through December 7, people can drop off a new stuffed teddy bear, with tags attached, at any of these nine San Diego-area SmileCare or Coast Dental locations.

SmileCare Chula Vista
510 Broadway, Suite 4
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619 476-9400

SmileCare El Cajon I
1242 East Main St.
El Cajon, CA 92021
(619) 444-6355

SmileCare El Cajon II
2990 Jamacha Road, Suite 132
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 670-1700

SmileCare Kearny Mesa
3820 Convoy Street
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 569-1100

SmileCare La Mesa
5601 Grossmont Center Dr., Suite 200
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 462-2272

SmileCare Mira Mesa
8997 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 536-5550

SmileCare Mission Valley
1333 Camino Del Rio S., Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 260-4990

Coast Dental Temecula
32909 Temecula Parkway, Suite 102
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 972-8080

Coast Dental Vista
1279 E. Vista Way
Vista, CA 92084
(760) 208-2518

The Teddy Bear Drive was started in 1990 by Coronado Police Officer Brian Hardy. Since then, more than one million stuffed animals and teddy bears have been donated through the annual drive for Rady Children’s Hospital. It’s grown to include participants from police, sheriff, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and local sponsors. Each year the drive collects over 75,000 bears to brighten the day of sick and injured children visiting Rady Children’s Hospital throughout the year. SmileCare is proud to be a partner to help it reach its goal.


About SmileCare
SmileCare Coast Dental of California, Dental Group of Adam Diasti DDS PC, with its professional associations, is one of the largest providers of general and specialty care in the United States with 175 affiliated practices operating as Coast Dental and SmileCare in Florida, Georgia, California, Nevada and Texas. SmileCare offers family dentistry services and orthodontics at all of its California locations, plus many offices offer pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics, and periodontics. SmileCare accepts more than 200 types of insurance, and has special offers for patients without insurance. To find a location or request an appointment, call 1-800-32-SMILE or visit

Coast Dental Services, LLC is a privately-held practice management company that provides comprehensive, non-clinical business and administrative services to its affiliated practices. The company is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit © 2015 Coast Dental. All rights reserved.

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