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Prairie Winds Dental Welcomes Outreach Students

Sep 15, 2017 | Blog

(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Prairie Winds Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in Howard from September 11 – October 9.

The two students visiting Howard are Abigail Deff of Sioux Falls, SD, and Daniel Fedyszyn of St. Cloud, MN. Abigail received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of North Dakota prior to attending dental school. Her hobbies include waterskiing, hunting, and sports. She is engaged and will be getting married on October 7; her final weekend of her dental rotation. Abigail has yet to determine her plans following dental school.

Daniel is a fourth year dental student, who grew up on the West Coast prior to moving to St. Cloud in high school. He is married and has many hobbies including: tennis, jogging, reading, and studying the Spanish language.  Following graduation, Daniel plans to practice general dentistry because he enjoys the variety and likes being able to provide many different procedures to his patients.

“It is a pleasure to once again welcome the dental students from UMN to Howard,” 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. Jamie Kern of Prairie Winds Dental) 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

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