Community clinic adds dental services

Glenn Burdick, executive director of St. Luke Community Clinic in Front Royal, stands inside the new dental exam room that the clinic has added for patients. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – St. Luke Community Clinic is now offering dental services to its patients.

Glenn Burdick, clinic executive director, said some of their patients have had little contact with dentists in their lives, and the new dental services will be beneficial.

“It has a tremendous impact on their overall health,” he said, as “there is a direct path from the mouth to the heart.”

At the moment, there is only one dental room, but he said they hope to expand.

“We are going to take the most severe patients first, and unfortunately, there’s a lot of them,” he said.

Dr. Fred Broadhead and his dental assistant have been seeing patients at the clinic on a volunteer basis. The clinic is looking to recruit more volunteer dentists.

Burdick said, “That’s what really is going to make this take off and make it effective.”

The clinic charges $20 per dental visit, but if a patient shows up on time, he will receive $10 back, Burdick said. He noted that they are looking to perform restorative procedures and to offer dentures in the future.

To fund the dental clinic, the community clinic started raising money last December. Donations were received from the Front Royal Presbyterian Church ($10,000) , the Front Royal Rotary Club ($8,500), the United Way Community Impact Grant ($15,000), the Warren County Board of Supervisors ($8,500) and the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics ($1,000).

“The community has been very supportive and very generous,” Burdick said.

The clinic serves Warren County and those who are eligible to be a patient at the clinic must be uninsured and within 250 percent of the federal poverty level. An application will need to be completed.

The St. Luke Community Clinic is located at 316 N. Royal Ave. in Front Royal.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com