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De Smet Dental Services Welcomes Outreach Students

Sep 19, 2019 | Blog

(DE SMET, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and De Smet Dental Services, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota – School of Dentistry, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in De Smet from September 16 – October 11. The students visiting De Smet are Sidra Zahooruddin and Kyle Novotny.

Sidra Zahooruddin was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. She received her dental degree in Community Dentistry from her home country in 2009 and then went on to further her dental education by attending a General Practice Residency Program in Karachi, where she practiced as a general dentist until 2011. Zahooruddin later moved to the United States to continue her passion for dentistry and earned a certificate to work as a dental assistant in expanded duties in 2017. She will be graduating from the University of Minnesota – School of Dentistry in May of 2020 and plans to practice as a general dentist. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and reading books.

Kyle Novotny grew up in Florida, after his family moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota when he was ten years old. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida. When he is not in a dental clinic he enjoys golfing and being outdoors, as well as watching football on the weekends. Following dental school, his future plans include practicing as a general dentist where he can treat a wide range of patients.

“It is a pleasure to welcome two dental students from the University of Minnesota – School of Dentistry to our team at De Smet Dental Services,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “Our partnerships with the area dental schools are a great opportunity to bring dental students back to our rural communities and introduce them to Horizon Health Care.”

For over 40 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 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 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

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