To the millions of children and adults whose silent screams go unheard. To the ones who hold within them a sea of unshed tears, and to those who are ashamed of their very existence.
May my voice and courage be the ray of hope that helps you in your search for the essence of your soul. You are not forgotten.
"It is with great pleasure that I recommend the services of Sonja Lauren as a speaker. Sonja's story made a tremendous impression on the audience of the West Virginia Growing Healthy Children Conference. She is definitely a leader rather than a follower. Her uplifting presentation clearly demonstrates the importance of good oral health." Phil Edwards, Director Infant, Child and Adolescent Health State of West Virginia
"Everyone who even has a small connection to oral health needs to hear this story as it will captivate and hold your attention till it's conclusion. Sonja is an exceptional storyteller who tells a story of hopelessness that turns into a story of hope for those who yet suffer in today's wealthiest nation. This is a must hear story for all." Terry Dickinson, D.D.S., Executive Director, Virginia Dental Association
"I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing "The Covered Smile" written by Sonja Lauren and would recommend this book to everyone in the dental field today. As a storyteller, Sonja is remarkable, but the passion and heartmoving facts behind her life's dental saga are truly important for all of us in dentistry to hear and understand. I would encourage any one who has an opportunity to host a speaker of great influence to look at Ms. Sonja Lauren to move an audience. Her life reflects a strength of character and a willingness to find the positive, growing and sharing with all, making each of us more compassionate dental providers in the process." Kathleen Roth, DDS, Past President, American Dental Association
"The Covered Smile is an incredible tale of abuse, neglect, parenting and triumph. Sonja’s story is a beacon in the night for children, parents and everyone who cares about children." Lynn Douglas Mouden DDS, MPH, Co-Founder of P.A.N.D.A.
"Sonja has courageously overcome shame to share her powerful story of recovery and forgiveness. This is a story you won’t soon forget." Deborah Hatchell, Executive Assistant to author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul ® Series, Jack Canfield
"Sonja’s story is both heart-breaking and uplifting. It eloquently describes the life-long consequences of child neglect and also teaches us the importance of looking beyond the ‘troubled child.’" Deborah Lowen, MD, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Justice Center.