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About

SERVING DES MOINES FOR OVER 100 YEARS

Formed in 1919 by a group of civic leaders as the Des Moines Health Center, Dental Connections was a response to a growing demand for health care services following World War I. The Des Moines Health Center offered medical care, vision care and dental care to address the challenges that low-income families faced in accessing health care services.

Our History

In the 1980s, we focused our mission to exclusively provide oral health care through direct patient care and preventative health education. We changed our name to Dental Connections in 2016 to better reflect that focus.

OUR MISSION IS TO TO PROVIDE EQUITABLE ACCESS TO QUALITY ORAL HEALTH CARE TO ALL

Today, Dental Connections is a private non-profit community health center that promotes equitable access to quality oral health care for children and adults. We provide comprehensive general and pediatric dental services, and we serve all income levels and age groups. We strive to be a dental home for people who experience barriers to accessing dental care.

IN FY 2023 WE SERVED…

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STUDENTS THROUGH THE SMILE SQUAD AND LITTLE HEALTHY SMILES

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4,926 CHILDREN AND 1,677 ADULTS

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PROCEDURES WERE PROVIDED

Our Team

Administration

Carly Ross
Carly Ross

Executive Director

Kathy Salisbury
Kathy Salisbury

Director of Marketing and Development

Courtney Wolterman
Courtney Wolterman

Director of Community Outreach

Riley Cholewa, DDS
Riley Cholewa, DDS

Dental Director

Rae Davis
Rae Davis

Director of Patient Access

DENTISTS

Riti Agarwal, DDS
Riti Agarwal, DDS
Courtney Bohn, DDS
Courtney Bohn, DDS
James Cholewa, DDS
James Cholewa, DDS
Hope Ritter, DDS
Hope Ritter, DDS
Anantha Raghumudri, DDS
Anantha Raghumudri, DDS

Join Our Team

At Dental Connections, we offer an exciting and fulfilling work environment that values teamwork, compassion, and continuous learning. Join our dedicated team of dental professionals who are committed to providing exceptional care to our patients.

Board of Directors

  • Carly Ross, Executive Director
  • Kourtney Kirkpatrick, Board Chair
  • Jim Hoyt, Vice Chair
  • Michael Broderick, Treasurer
  • Maggie Ramold
  • Emily Dobbins
  • Ali Pourian, DDS
  • Jake Oeth
  • Amra Beganovic
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