McLean County's first free dental clinic for the uninsured
The Community Health Care Clinic now offers comprehensive adult dental services to existing Clinic patients.
Thank you to everyone in the community who came together to make this years-long dream a reality.
Watch the video to hear from patients, staff and volunteers in the dental clinic.
Local health needs assessments in recent years have identified the need for adult dental services as a major health concern for McLean County. The 2015 Community Health Survey found that 45% of adults in McLean County have no dental insurance, and 39% could not afford to access dental care.
Community Health Care Clinic patients can now access free dental care despite the lack of dental insurance or inability to pay. With dental and medical services offered under one roof, Clinic staff and volunteers can better coordinate patients' care for improved overall health.
The dental clinic will provide care to an estimated 200 patients in its first year.
Note: We are currently focusing on providing dental services to established clinic patients. Learn more about how to become a patient.
Bridget Roop is a registered dental hygienist with over 20 years of experience in McLean County.
After 2-and-a-half years working as a hygienist and assistant for a Bloomington periodontist, Bridget moved to a general dentistry private practice in LeRoy.
Bridget now serves as the Clinic's Dental Coordinator and Hygienist.
The dental clinic operates under the direction of two volunteer Dental Directors: Dr. Anthony Pecora is an experienced periodontist in Bloomington, and Dr. Daniel Steadman is a longtime area dentist with 39 years of experience in the field.
The dental clinic is made possible thanks to the support of these community partners:
Dr. Nic Baker, Bloomington Modern Dentistry
Dr. Naik, Fieldcrest Dental
Dr. John Foehr
Tina Garner Roberts
Dr. Anthony Pecora, Bloomington-Normal Periodontics
Dr. Daniel Steadman
Dr. Guy Fincham
Drs. Terry and Sarah Swanlund, Swanlund Dentistry
Drs. Mark and Holly Houska
Dr. Carl Drake
Dr. Robert Horenkamp
Dr. Colton Sylvester
Dr. Sharon Molitoris
Dave Shields, Catherine Poffenbarger, Jay Tummala & Javier Centeno, Multicultural Leadership Program Class of 2015