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Dental clinic at NWTC helping the uninsured for 25 years

Kara Leiterman

Tuesday May 8, 2018
The N.E.W Uninsured Restorative Clinic at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is celebrating 25 years of making people smile in northeast Wisconsin.
 
The clinic started in 1993 with the idea of providing free dental services and procedures to those who did not have access to dental insurance. 
 
Treatments are performed by NWTC dental assistant students and area dentists who volunteer their time.
 
“Most of our patients are hardworking people who earn too much to qualify for badger care but not enough to pay for needs beyond basic living expenses,” said NWTC Dental Assistant Program Director Laurie Fischer. “Dental pain is debilitating and has a direct impact on these patients’ ability to work or attend school.”
 
She added, “It's hard to describe the gratitude of our patients.  Many haven't shown their teeth while smiling for years.  When we hold the mirror up to show them the results, their reaction is priceless.”  
 
The clinic is open on Tuesdays during the academic year, providing treatments which include: extractions, restorations and partial and complete dentures. In 2017, NWTC students and volunteer dentists have cared for 126 dental patients.
 
“The clinic not only provides the training to our dental assistant students, but also teaches them a great lesson about taking the time to share your talents and give back to the community,” said Fischer.
 
Patients are referred to the dental clinic at NWTC from the N.E.W. Community Clinic.
 
“The program has been a win – win for the NWTC students and the low income uninsured dental patients in our community,” said Bonnie Kuhr, CEO/administrator N.E.W Community Clinic.  “The students are able to have hands on experience and the uninsured patients are able to receive the care they desperately need.”

United Way of Brown County helps fund the program through the N.E.W. Community Clinic to pay for the supplies need for the program.
 
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