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De Smet Dental Services Welcomes Outreach Students

De Smet Dental Students(DE SMET, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and De Smet Dental Services, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in De Smet from September 11 – October 9.

The two students visiting De Smet are Jake Stricherz of South Shore, SD, and John Weber of Milbank, SD. Jake attended University of Minnesota for his undergraduate degree, and then joined the Air Force, prior to moving back to Minneapolis for dental school. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, and watching his younger brother play football. After dental school, he plans to work in Western MN for a small practice.

John completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, traveling, and anything that involves the outdoors. When he was younger, John participated in many wrestling and basketball tournaments in the De Smet community. After graduation, John plans to come back to South Dakota to join a dental practice. “I am very excited to return to my home state to serve and gain experience in De Smet,” said John.

“It is a pleasure to once again welcome the dental students from UMN to De Smet,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “Our partnership has been very beneficial to Horizon, as we have been fortunate to hire six dentists (including Dr. Brady Weispfennig and Dr. Lamar Koistinen of De Smet Dental Services) to work at our dental clinics after their rotations.  These dental rotations are a great opportunity to bring dental students back to our rural communities.”

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Jerauld County Dental Clinic Welcomes Outreach Students

(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Jerauld County Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in Wessington Springs from September 11 – October 9.

Jerauld County Dental Students

The two students visiting Wessington Springs this year are Keshia Milbauer of Saint Cloud, MN, and Lauren McGovern of Fergus Falls, MN. Keshia enjoys being in the outdoors, camping, canoeing, and art, especially painting and stained glass. Following dental school, Keshia’s plans are yet to be determined, but she knows that she would like to be a general practitioner and work with patients in a rural area. “I enjoy the beauty and serenity of a small town,” said Keshia.

Lauren enjoys being on the lake, boating, sailing, swimming, and cycling. Traveling is her favorite thing to do, and she also considers herself a big “foodie”, enjoying cooking and trying different cuisines. Following dental school, Lauren would like to be a general dentist within a small community. She is passionate about becoming a family dental practitioner and being able to provide care for all ages.

 “It is a pleasure to once again welcome the dental students from UMN to Wessington Springs,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “Our partnership has been very beneficial to Horizon, as we have been fortunate to hire six dentists (including Dr. Nick Thome of Jerauld County Dental Clinic) to work at our dental clinics after their rotations.  These dental rotations are a great opportunity to bring dental students back to our rural communities.”

Jerauld County Dental Staff_StudentsFor over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Construction in Progress for Horizon Health Care’s New Faith Dental Clinic

(FAITH, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon)’s new Faith Dental Clinic project is moving forward and on track to be completed in mid-October.

Renovations began in mid-August to make room for the dental clinic, which will be located in the upstairs portion of the Faith Community Health Center building, behind the current front desk and reception area. Construction plans include two dental exam rooms and a full dental lab, as well as a renovated waiting room and reception area.

“We are excited about the progress the dental clinic has made thus far and to be able to start seeing dental patients,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Horizon’s Chief Dental Officer. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community of Faith and the surrounding area, as we continue to provide close-to home access to primary, and now, oral health care in a cost-effective setting.”

The clinic will be open four ten-hour days, Tuesday through Friday each week. Mark Kampfe, DDS, and Jessica Lawson, Registered Dental Hygienist, have been hired to lead the dental team and provide the oral health services. “Dr. Kampfe and Jessica both have extensive previous experience in the Rapid City area and will be an asset to our Faith Dental team,” said Dr. Scholtz.

Appointments will be available starting September 19th by calling the Faith Community Health Center at 605-967-2644. A grand opening celebration will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 11:30 am – 1:30 p.m., which the community is invited to attend. More information will be released in the coming weeks as the dental clinic prepares to open.

For over 38 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 83,000 patient visits annually in 25 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River and Woonsocket. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Brady Weispfennig, DDS Joins De Smet Dental Clinic

(DE SMET, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Dr. Brady Weispfennig to the De Smet community. Dr. Weispfennig provided dental care at the De Smet Dental Clinic in fall 2015 during his student dental rotations and will be returning to the community to join Dr. Lamar Koistinen as an additional full-time dental provider.

“We are happy to have Dr. Weispfennig join our De Smet Dental team and increase our appointment availability,” said Michelle Scholtz, DDS, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “We look forward to continuing to provide quality dental care to De Smet and the surrounding communities with the addition of this talented oral health professional.”

A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Dr. Weispfennig is originally from Glenwood, MN. Following high school, he enlisted in the Army Reserve and served as Staff Sergeant until 2013. He completed his undergraduate studies at Minnesota State University – Mankato, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Biology.

“I am excited to be returning to the De Smet Dental Clinic and beginning my dental career with the current team,” said Dr. Weispfennig. “I grew up in a rural community and am fortunate for the opportunity to move to De Smet with my wife. We are looking forward to meeting many new faces and learning about the area.”

Dr. Weispfennig will begin seeing patients the week of July 12th and is accepting appointments immediately. He and his wife, Melissa, will reside in De Smet. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and numerous other outdoor activities, as well as spending time with his family and friends.

For over 38 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 83,000 patient visits annually in 25 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River and Woonsocket. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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