Volunteering at Interfaith Dental Clinic

Interfaith Dental Clinic is a nonprofit dental clinic that began in 1994 in the basement of a church. They now have two facilities, one in Nashville and one in Murfreesboro. They see dental patients who have a limited income and no dental benefits. The majority of the dental care given is rendered by volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants. The patients pay a fee based on their income. My staff and I are proud to support Interfaith Dental Clinic.

The clinic is open Monday through Friday. They are also open on Saturday mornings about four times a year to treat special groups of patients such as Veterans. The clinic was open Saturday, August 17, 2019 just to help relieve the backlog of patients. My dental hygienist, April McCormack and I were among the volunteers. (See picture) A total of 51 Interfaith staff members and volunteers worked from 7 a.m. until just past noon. We treated almost 30 patients and rendered $29,000 worth of care.

I have volunteered at Interfaith on a regular basis since 2009. I am one of their “Doctors of Distinction” meaning I have volunteered a minimum of 20 hours per year. My chairside assistant Donna Tenpenny has also volunteered at the clinic. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of Duck River Dental Outreach which is a clinic that will be serving Maury and surrounding counties in a similar way, once it is open. We hope to be operational in 2020.


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