Davenport dentist Kathryn Kell is taking a small detour north of her eventual vacation destination of Charleston, SC.

At virtually the eleventh hour Tuesday, Kell was asked to represent the FDI World Dental Federation in opening the NASDAQ in New York Wednesday morning in honor of the sixth annual World Oral Health Day.

Kell who is treasurer of the FDI, or the Fédération Dentaire Internationale in French, and who is an executive committee member at the FDI World Dental Federation, got the call Tuesday that an FDI officer was needed for the opening bell.

“Henry Schein, a medical supply company arranged this,” Kell said Tuesday night as a van from Act II transportation in Coal Valley, Ron Mundt driving, made its way to O’Hare Airport for a 10:45 p.m. American Airlines flight scheduled to arrive in the Big Apple at 1:30 a.m.

“They called me tonight and asked me to do it, so I’m on my way,” she added.

The opening bell is at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

“I’ve never seen it before,” Kell said. “I don’t have any idea what I’m doing. I’m supposed to wear a red coat, but I don’t know if I wave or ring a bell or whatever. We’ll see what happens.”

Regardless, Kell said, it should be a fun experience.

A representative of the American Dental Association is supposed to be there, too, she said, adding that, “He lives in New York.”

Kell, 60, is a 1970 graduate of West High School, and was inducted into that school’s Hall of Honor in February.

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She graduated from the University of Iowa Dental School in 1979.

“Healthy teeth for a healthy life” is the slogan for this years World Oral health Day, presented in Geneva by FDI World Dental Federation, according to the FDI’s website.

World Oral Health Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of oral health by reminding people that healthy teeth, gums, and mouth play a crucial role in a healthy life.

Kell returns to work Tuesday after her stint in New York and some time in Charleston visiting a friend.

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