Dr. Daniel Tanita has done volunteer dental work for the children at Peres Elementary School in Richmond since the late 1990s, devoting his time, expertise and irresistible chair-side manner to help improve the dental health of thousands of kids who live in Richmond's Iron Triangle community.

  • Name: Daniel Tanita

  • Age: 64

  • Hometown: San Pablo

  • Claim to fame: Dentist who pioneered the installation of a full-service dentistry in a Richmond elementary school.

  • Quote: "Being able to do something for kids healthwise that their parents maybe can't afford and improving their lives, that makes it all worth it to me."

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