It all started several years ago when a questionnaire went out from Bridges and Healthy Communities Healthy People to identify the greatest health needs of the people of the Kenai Peninsula.
At that time providing dental care for uninsured or underinsured children was the focus according to Stan Steadman, Executive Director for the Cottonwood Clinic in Soldotna. However, the group was working with a federal agency that gave priority to medical needs so the Cottonwood Health Clinic was the first project to come to fruition about a year and a half ago said Steadman.
Bonnie Nichols sings her original song "No Child Left Behind" at the Ribbon cutting of the new Aspen Dental Center.
Last Wednesday the official ribbon cutting for the opening of the Aspen Dental Clinic in Kenai saw the realization of the dream to provide dental care to needy children. "Basically we're serving children under the age of seven as our priority and then youth beyond that age and adults in pain, but we are hoping to broaden our services in the future," said Steadman. The clinic operates on a discount schedule based on family income.
Ann Evans is the Site Manager at the new Clinic and says the mission of the Central Peninsula Health Centers is to provide quality health services regardless of the ability to pay. "There were a lot of people who were not receiving dental care because of their inability to pay for the services, so we have opened our doors to serve populations that hadn't previously been served," said Evans. The Aspen Clinic features a staff that includes two administrative assistants, four dental assistants, a dental hygienist, two general dentists and two pediatric dental specialists. To make an appointment or to get more information about the Aspen Dental Clinic call 283-7759.
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