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Dental Clinic volunteers return after dental school

Added on Thursday, July 12, 2018

Since its inception in 2002, the Rochester Salvation Army Good Samaritan Dental Clinic (GSDC) has served as a gateway into the field of dental care for young persons interested in attending dental school or working in health administration.

During the past 16 years, 50 college-age dental clinic volunteers have been accepted into dental schools. Of these 50 volunteers, 10 went on to graduate from dental school and open dental practices in Rochester.

Most college-age volunteer dentists return to the GSDC to give of their time after they finish school. One of them commented, “It’s like coming home.”

Many dentists in the Rochester area refer students that shadow in their dental offices, or young patients interested in dentistry careers, to the GSDC for some great hands-on experience working with professionals in the field. The GSDC is blessed to have 45 professional dentists that regularly volunteer their time to help those in pain.

We wish to congratulate volunteer dentists Anna Becker, Anna Holman, Matthew Boeker, Matthew Worke, and Shantell Heins as they head off to dental school this fall. We hope to see them back at the GSDC in four years!