Ria Berger & Konita Wilks, D.D.S

Chief Executive Officer, Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County
Dental Director, Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County

Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County is a pediatric dental clinic whose mission is to improve
the oral health of children through prevention, education, treatment and advocacy. Healthy Smiles was founded in 2003 as a funded program of the Children and Families Commission to address the growing recognition of the epidemic in oral disease in young children.

At the May 2014 meeting, Commissioners were introduced to Ria Berger, the new Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Smiles. The February 2015 presentation here provided Ms. Berger with the opportunity to update the Commission on her first year of leadership focusing on the strategic, operational, and sustainability priorities that the Healthy Smiles Board has endorsed.

Dr. Wilks also joined in the presentation and addressed the changes and strategies needed to ensure that all children have access to oral health services and the critical work Healthy Smiles is launching to support its long-term sustainability.

Ria Berger holds more than 25 years of operations, human resources, and business development experience in multicultural, multi-state locations including in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. As CEO, Ms. Berger leads Healthy Smiles through the implementation of the vision, mission and organizational culture for a collaborative, community-based health and education organization.

Konita Wilks, D.D.S. received her B.S. in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Upon graduation, she served seven years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. In 2011, Dr. WIlks graduated with honors from the UCLA School of Dentistry and is a member of the National Dental Honor Society. She completed a General Practice Residency at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center where she treated adults and children with developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, and traumatic brain injury.

To view their presentation, click here.