Dr. Basinger is the official team dentist for the Shreveport Mudbugs hockey club, an affiliate in the NAHL. You never know when a flying puck, or fist, will cause the need for an emergency dental visit!
Give Kids A Smile is the ADA Foundation’s signature access to care program, with events taking place throughout the year. These events kick off annually on the first Friday in February, which is celebrated as Give Kids A Smile Day. Each year, thousands of dentists and volunteers give their time to provide free oral health education, screenings, and treatment to underserved children. More than 5.5 million children have been cared for by more than half a million volunteers since 2003. Dr. Basinger was the coordinator for the Northwest Louisiana Dental Association’s events from 2004-2019 and still participates as a volunteer.
(DDS) program provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to our country’s most vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. These are people who cannot afford necessary treatment and cannot get public aid. The program operates through a volunteer network of more than 15,000 dentists and 3,700 dental labs across the United States. Since its inception in 1985, our DDS program has surpassed $330 million in donated dental therapies, transforming the lives of 117,000 people.
The Hub: urban ministries exists to walk those in poverty through a process that gives them hope, friendship, community, a place they belong and the skills needed to become self-sufficient by giving them access to rescue, relationships, resources and recovery. The Hub does this through two primary ministries: The Lovewell Center and Purchased: Not for Sale. Through these ministries, we serve those in poverty and homelessness, women and children trapped in the sex industry and victims of human trafficking.
Dr. Basinger and his wife graduated from Magnet High School and so did their three sons. Two of them played on the soccer team and for seven years he and Heather were involved with the booster club and everything from being team photographer to hosting team dinners to being in charge of the heater (important for those cold January nights!) to making hundreds of sandwiches for tournament weekends. Dr. Basinger still supports the team as a corporate sponsor.