Kool Smiles’ 3rd Annual “Sharing Smiles Day” Brings Dental Care to Hundreds of Children Without Insurance Coverage

PR Newswire –

More than 500 children received needed dental treatments at no cost during Sharing Smiles Day, a national day of free dental care hosted by Kool Smiles on Sunday, May 21.

“We began Sharing Smiles Day in 2015 as a way to bridge the access gap for children without dental insurance coverage,” said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer for Kool Smiles. “Kool Smiles is proud to provide dental care to families with various forms of insurance, including Medicaid, but we also recognize there are many children in our communities who do not have adequate dental insurance coverage and whose families cannot afford regular trips to the dentist. This free care day is one of the ways Kool Smiles doctors and staff work to ensure every child has access to high-quality dental care.”

This year’s Sharing Smiles Day event involved the volunteer efforts of more than 700 Kool Smiles dentists and team members who hosted free dental care days at 43 dental offices in 12 states.

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Dental Associates’ Green Bay Dental Center Named Best of the Bay

Dental Associates’ Green Bay and Howard dental centers have been chosen as Best Dental Facility and finalist for Best Orthodontic Facility in the 2017 Best of the Bay Awards. Readers of the Green Bay Press Gazette selected the winners.

“Our focus is to create the best experience possible for our patients.” said Jenny Jandrin, practice manager for the Green Bay and Howard dental centers. “With our recent expansion to Howard, we are showing our patients that in addition to providing the highest quality of dental care, making access to care convenient is important as well.”

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Dental Associates Adds Key Personnel to Focus on Education and Retention

For Immediate Release
Contact: Darin Schumacher
Email: [email protected]

As part of its ongoing focus on patient satisfaction and staff retention, Dental Associates is adding key personnel to its training department. The company has hired Alexandra Sielaff, PhD, as Director of Instructional Development, and Pam Brilowski as Corporate Trainer.

Dr. Sielaff has more than 25 years of experience in higher education at Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary University and Waukesha County Technical College. She continues to teach as a university professor and has served as a graduate and professional education administrator, developer of curricula, and program evaluation coordinator.

Brilowski has 20 years of dental hygiene and leadership experience, and is credited with coordinating the success of the dental hygiene program at Waukesha County Technical College.

“Training is an integral part of an organization,” said Anthony Vastardis, Chief Executive Officer at Dental Associates. “It is a major influence on employee performance. I believe Dr. Sielaff will build on the patient-centered care model we have in place.”

This summer, Dr. Sielaff will begin a comprehensive professional development and continual customer service initiative at Dental Associates. Through building and revising the company’s training programs, her focus will be on enhancing a culture of caring, and helping team members continually develop their skills on the job.

“We believe that if learning is a core value, employees will be motivated and excited about their future at Dental Associates, and this will filter down to a more positive patient experience,”

Dr. Sielaff said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of something that activates and grows the talent that’s already here. Pam is a great addition to the team and is a well-respected dental hygiene educator known throughout Wisconsin. She has trained many of the hygienists at Dental Associates and will be a crucial part of implementing our new training initiatives overall.”

Dental Associates employs over 800 Wisconsinites. Before each team member begins their first day in a clinic, they must go through an extensive training program.

Dental Associates has 14 clinics in Wisconsin and hosts all dental specialties, including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, and more. To meet the needs of children, teens, adults and seniors, the 800-member team consists of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, patient care coordinators, clinic management and a corporate support team.

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Founded in 1974, Dental Associates is Wisconsin’s largest family-owned dental group practice with 14 clinics throughout the state and nearly 850 staff members, including 85 doctors and 629 operatories. Dental Associates provides complete family dental services, both general and specialty dentistry, under one roof, from pediatric dentistry to specialized dental services for older adults, with a focus on excellent care that is affordable, accessible and personalized. Dental Associates is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Dental Associates is the exclusive provider for CarePlus Dental Plans, which provides affordable and high-quality dental health care insurance options to all Wisconsin residents. For more information regarding Dental Associates, visit www.dentalassociates.com.

 

ADSO Comments on Passage of SB 5322 in Washington State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Erin Hughes
Email: [email protected]
05.16.17

Today, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill that will help ensure continued access to affordable, quality dental care for every Washingtonian. SB 5322 passed unanimously in both the House and Senate before being sent to Governor Inslee in late April.

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) President Michael Bileca issued the following statement on the signing of Washington SB 5322 and the state’s decision to take action in support of dental support organizations (DSOs):

“The ADSO applauds the Washington legislature, Governor Inslee, and the Washington State Dental Association for the bipartisan and collaborative work in passing SB 5322, an important step in allowing dentists, hygienists, and staff to spend more time serving the people of Washington State and protect their freedom to choose who to contract with to perform non-clinical functions.  The ADSO is particularly grateful to Senator Ann Rivers, Representative Paul Harris, Senator Curtis King, Representative Michelle Caldier, Representative Matt Manweller and Representative Laurie Jinkins for their leadership in helping to pass this legislation. 

By adopting this bill, the state of Washington clearly recognizes the value DSOs provide to dentists, who in turn can focus on delivering quality oral healthcare to their patients. The ADSO is encouraged by the passage of Washington SB 5322, and looks forward to working with lawmakers to continue the momentum in fostering innovation, research, and collaboration in the oral health care industry.”

ADSO membership includes 54 Dental Support Organizations, eight of which currently operate in Washington State, supporting dental practices which, in turn, help increase access to affordable dental care.

About the ADSO

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) is a non-profit international trade association whose members support more than 13,000 dentists worldwide.  ADSO supports its members through research, education and advocacy; enabling them to foster innovation, collaboration and a vibrant market where DSO-supported dentists can provide quality oral health care.

 

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Healthcare Has Lost Its Soul by Dr. AJ Acierno (TEDx 2017)

Dr. Alan J. Acierno is the CEO of DecisionOne Dental Partners, headquartered in Schaumburg, IL. After receiving his DDS from Creighton University, he practiced dentistry in both corporate and private environments, where he discovered the benefits and challenges of each practice.

Compelled with a vision to make a difference in the way dentistry is practiced, Dr. AJ and his brother and fellow dentist, Dr. Michael Acierno, founded DecisionOne Dental Partners in 2011.

Over the past five years, DecisionOne has grown to 19 dental practices. As the company continues to grow, DecisionOne remains dedicated to the mission of changing the way dentistry is done to improve lives.

Aspen Dental offering veterans free dental care

The Republic –

Aspen Dental is offering free dental care for local veterans as part of the Healthy Mouth Movement.

Columbus Aspen Dental, located at 1310 N. National Road, will provide free dental care by appointment to local veterans From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24.

Local veterans can call 1-844-ASPENHMM to schedule an appointment.

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Smiling Brightly

St. Louis Review –

Just before the start of providing free dental services to people who are St. Patrick Center clients, volunteers from Smile Generation’s St. Louis offices gathered outside the Pacific Dental Services Foundation Mobile Dental Clinic RV for a last-minute meeting to go over procedures and details for the day.

At the conclusion, they huddled and shouted, “We serve,” then went to their positions, like a sports team ready to play a game. Doctors, nurses, X-ray techs and a hygienist awaited patients, while receptionists awaited people to sign in.

“Are you ready?” a volunteered asked Patient Zero.

“Uh, I don’t know,” he responded with faux trepidation before breaking into a smile — the goal of the day: “Mobile dentistry you can smile about,” as stated on the RV wrap.

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Utah dentist office offers free services to military, first responders

Good 4 Utah –

Utah dentist office is offering free dentistry to military, firefighters, police and other first responders.
Joe Maio from Apex Dental shares more about the Smiles for Success event.
During this year’s Smiles for Success event, Apex’s team of doctors, hygienists, and assistants will be providing free dental care to the first responders and military service members and free cleanings for their families.
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