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Prairie Winds Dental Clinic Welcomes Outreach Students

Jul 3, 2019 | Blog

(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Prairie Winds Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in Howard from June 24 – July 12. The students visiting Howard are Curtis Collins of North Platte, NE, and Zachary Reierson of Aberdeen, SD.

Collins is a non-traditional dental student and previously worked for BNSF Railway out of Sioux City, IA, before he began dental school. He has been married to wife, Andrea, for eight years and they have three kids with another due in August. In his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors, fishing, camping and playing sports. He plans to work in a smaller community in the future.

Reierson completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Northern State University. Before starting dental school, he spent a year working at his cousin’s dental office in Minnesota. Reierson enjoys playing sports, including amateur baseball, and playing guitar. He is excited to put everything he has learned into practice and help out the patients in the area.

“It is a pleasure to welcome two dental students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center to our team at Prairie Winds Dental,” 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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