Join us for the next presentation in a series of Lunch and Learn seminars sponsored by the UIC College of Dentistry Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences in collaboration with the Student Chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Dr. Michael Helgeson, the director for Apple Tree Dental in Wisconsin will provide viewpoints on the rapidly shifting platforms for today's -- and future -- dental practices.
October 9, 2018 at 12:30 pm
Apple Tree is an example of the types of emerging dental care models focused on oral health outcomes and attracting a lot of attention. All students and faculty are invited and welcome to attend. As William Gibson said, “The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed.”
Apple Tree Dental provides access to a new, innovative model for dental care. We are proud to serve everyone; transcending age, ability, and socioeconomic status to give our patients the dental care they need for life.
Inspired by the Mayo Clinic model, Apple Tree is nationally recognized for its pioneering approach to integrating dental care as part of overall health and well-being. With an integrated team of professionals that includes specially trained dentists and a multilingual staff, we provide preventive care and treatment at six Centers for Dental Health and through our On-Site Care Programs.
About the Speaker
Dr. Helgeson is Chief Executive Officer of Apple Tree Dental, an innovative nonprofit organization that operates six programs in Minnesota with a staff of over 160. Apple Tree’s clinics and mobile dental offices create year-round dental homes in collaboration with more than 130 Head Start Centers, schools, group homes, and nursing facilities in both urban and rural areas. Apple Tree’s model is called “community collaborative practice” and it has been replicated successfully in North Carolina and Louisiana and has received recognition from the Surgeon General, the American Dental Association, Oral Health America and the Robert Wood Johnson and Kellogg Foundations. Dr. Helgeson’s educational background includes completing B.S. and D.D.S. degrees, followed by a two-year post-graduate program in geriatric dentistry, and a mini-MBA program in nonprofit management.
Dr. Helgeson has served as past presidents of both the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry and the Special Care Dentistry Association and serves as a member of the American Dental Association’s National Elder Care Advisory Committee. Dr. Helgeson has lectured widely, including lectures at the American Dental Association, the National Oral Health Conference, the Mayo Clinic, and at dental schools in the United States and Canada.
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