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​Celebrating Senior Champions

Caregiver Champion – Elaine Berkowitz, DMD

Dr. Elaine Berkowitz practices geriatric and special needs dentistry in private homes, nursing homes, personal care homes, rehabilitation hospitals and general hospitals, bringing essential oral care to the home-bound including residents at UPMC Canterbury Place. She has been distinguished as one of Pittsburgh’s top dentists. A dental assistant for over 20 years, she taught dental assisting at the high school level and at the University of Pittsburgh before going to dental school at age 38.

Her education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Vocational Education, a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and a residency at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Berkowitz recently received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Prizren in Kosova, an award previously bestowed upon Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.

Dr. Berkowitz is a member of numerous military and dental organizations. She is active in the Reserve Officers Association, the Military Order of World Wars, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Dental Association and Special Advocates in Dentistry, to name a few. She recently retired from the Army Reserves with 38 years of service, four deployments and numerous medals and distinctions.

Because of her many years of military service, the Jewish Military Museum has asked to display her uniforms and other memorabilia. Dr. Berkowitz has an existing uniform display at the Soldiers and Sailors Museum in Pittsburgh, and soon the Heinz History Center will follow suit.

Berkowitz has volunteered her time since the age of fourteen…58 years and counting. She has read for Radio Information Services, the station for blind and print-handicapped listeners, for more than 33 years.

A native and resident of Pittsburgh for 72 years, Dr. Berkowitz has lectured internationally on Geriatric Dentistry, including places as far-flung as Japan and the Ukraine and recently published her autobiography, “Live Life…Love Country”. It can be purchased at, from the author or at several gift shops in Pittsburgh.

Berkowitz enjoys traveling (she has reached five continents so far) and teaching oral health to whoever will listen!

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