Community Dental Clinic in Martinsville returns to full staff; offers dental care to low-income individuals

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VCU Students: (l. to r.) Natalia Cherney, Reema Rawal, Kourie Crismond, and Catherine Malone. (Image courtesy of VCU School of Dentistry).

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – After a year of being shut down due to the pandemic, the Community Dental Clinic in Martinsville is back open to provide dental care to low-income adults and children.

Fourth year students from the VCU School of Dentistry have returned to the clinic, working under the supervision of the newly-hired Clinic Dentist, Dr. Aimn Abbasi.

“I am enjoying my time at the clinic. Treating the patients is a great experience in a real-world environment. I learn, and the patients leave free of pain or other issues. It’s a rewarding feeling to help people with preventive oral care.”

Catherine Malone, VCU Student

Every dental student in the senior class at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry rotates at least one week through the Martinsville clinic.

Approximately 1,400 dental students have treated patients at the clinic since it opened in 2005.

Fees are based on a sliding scale, with patients paying a minimum of $25 per visit.

The clinic, which is located at 23 Fayette Street in Martinsville, is open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, patients should call (276) 632-7727.

In its 15 years, the clinic has provided more than $12.5 million in services and handles around 5,000 visits each year.

“Treating patients in the Clinic provides students with an excellent opportunity to experience the real world of dentistry. The quality of care provided by the students is outstanding. I’m very impressed by the students.”

Dr. Aimn Abbasi, Clinic Dentist

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