ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Four locations considered for non-profit dental clinic in Detroit Lakes

Construction may begin in Detroit Lakes as soon as 2024, if fundraising goes well.

Dentist teaching little boy bruching teeth in dental clinic
Dentist teaching cute little boy bruching teeth with toothbrush in dental clinic
Vadym Drobot/Drobot Dean - stock.adobe.com
We are part of The Trust Project.

DETROIT LAKES — Land is being sought to build a dental clinic to serve low-income families, seniors and individuals in Detroit Lakes.

Jane Neubauer, dental services coordinator for Partnership 4 Health, said parcels are being considered near Richwood Road, Walmart and two parcels along Highway 10.

Each location provides a minimum two-acre lot for the planned 11,000-square-foot clinic that will offer 14 patient chairs.

“We are planning for doors to open in early 2024,” Neubauer said. “That leaves a little time to plan and do serious fundraising.”

The fundraising goal totals $7.5 million and would pay for the new building in Detroit Lakes, providing necessary equipment for high-level sedation and increasing the existing clinic capacity at the Hawley location from nine to 14 chairs.

ADVERTISEMENT

dental progress plan.jpg
The $7.5 million fundraising goal would provide a new non-profit dentistry in Detroit Lakes that could offer high-level sedation and increase capacity at a dentistry in Hawley.
Contributed / Heather Kivi

The vision for the dental clinic was made public in late 2021. Since then, a feasibility study was completed, which pinpoints where another non-profit clinic would be centrally located to alleviate the overflow from other clinics.

Neubauer reported Detroit Lakes was quickly determined a prime location. She said the Hawley dental clinic has a waiting list of about 1,300, while the one in Fergus Falls has a waiting list of about 800. Other non-profit dental clinics in the area are located in Park Rapids, Moorhead, Halstad and Bemidji, all of which also have waiting lists.

According to documents provided by Detroit Lakes dentist Heather Kivi, an additional 11,500 low–income residents will be able to receive dental care when the Detroit Lakes facility is up and running. She added the plan is to provide professional dental staff at the office through grant money.

Northern Dental Access Center, which operates a Bemidji non-profit clinic will lead the new Detroit Lakes office.

Ponsford native joins large team hoping to make a difference

When Kivi moved back to the area in 2008, the Ponsford native joined the team at Dental Associates in Detroit Lakes. Among others clients, the clinic serves those with state insurance coverage. She quickly saw the office couldn’t keep up with the demand.

“In February of 2020 I started having conversations again with a group of local dentists,” she said.

Those conversations provided insight on how to bring a low-income dental clinic to Detroit Lakes, from community support to funding.

ADVERTISEMENT

The 1999 Park Rapids Area High School graduate quickly found a team of people who joined the effort. She said they are all looking forward to serving the underprivileged in the community.

“My hope is, at some point and time, we can include more than dentistry and serve the whole patient,” Kivi said.

IMG_1865.JPG
Members of a wellness committee informed school board members of progress that has been made towards bringing a non-profit dentistry to serve underprivileged residents in Detroit Lakes to the community.
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Related Topics: BECKER COUNTYDETROIT LAKES
What to read next
A Frazee man reportedly slapped and tackled a 57-year-old Frazee woman to the ground, according to an emergency dispatcher report.
A recent story on the project incorrectly stated that the county alone is donating $500,000.
Album release party on Aug. 20 includes three bands
According to court records, the woman fled the home, but fell outside, and he pushed a motorcycle onto her legs. The man then jumped on top of the woman, grabbed her by the throat and began choking her. Also, a felony fifth-degree drug charge has been dismissed against a Perham woman after a judge ruled that the vehicle search that led to the charge lacked probable cause.