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While social work has historically played an important role in medical health care, dentistry has for the most part, not included a social work model of care as part of its operation. Except a few, like Eastman Dental, whose social workers for the last 15 years have been quietly making significant contributions to patient care, resident/faculty education and program development. Read more about Social Work at Eastman Dental »

Dear Eastman Institute for Oral Health Colleagues,

Thanks to the generosity of Eastman staff, residents, and faculty, as well as their family and friends, we were able to raise $300 during the 2013 Macy’s Shop for a Cause initiative. Your donations will be used to fund the Sponsor-A-Smile Caring for Kids Campaign, to purchase CD players and CD’s for the quiet treatment rooms in both the Eastman Dental and School #17 pediatric clinics.

These monies will go a long way to enhance and improve the treatment environment for the children and families we treat. Thank you for supporting this worthy and important cause.

Kind regards,

What Our Patients Say About Us

Elise Linke-Judge
“I truly want to thank Elise for all the assistance she gave my family and me. It has been a rough year for us. Regular dental check ups were not a priority on our list. Elise was very kind and patient with my rowdy kids! She offered us information, toothbrushes, and fun goodies for the little ones. She also provided us with an amazing and helpful program called "Strong Teeth" which has made things so convenient for me, a single mother with limited transportation. I was able to schedule the children's doctor and dental appointments on the same day! Elise even took the time to personally walk us over to Eastman Dental. She is a shining star and should be commended for her dedication to a wonderful program!”

—A Grateful Mother of Young Patients

Dr. Chia Taw Huang
Barbara Jackson first learned about Eastman Dental through Head Start, a preschool for her great-grandson Adrian, which requires a dentist visit to enroll.
At the time, Mrs. Jackson was going through the process of getting legal custody of Adrian, so he was not on her insurance yet. Shortly afterwards, Adrian took a fall and cracked his tooth. After praying about the situation, she called Eastman Dental and made an appointment at its School #17 location.
Dr. Huang“Even though Adrian was uninsured, they still cared for him,” Ms. Jackson said. “From the very first time I went there, I was so impressed. They have a caring spirit there, and it shows.”
Dr. Huang extracted Adrian’s tooth, and later provided treatment in the operating room to take care of some present decay as well as implement preventive measures for him.
“Dr. Huang took great care of us,” Mrs. Jackson said. “and Lenora did whatever she could to help me. She and Colleen were very kind. They would call and check how he’s doing. Everyone there is very helpful and concerned.





Contact Social Work Services

Lenora A. Colaruotolo, LMSW, Social Worker
Eastman Institute for Oral Health
625 Elmwood Avenue, Box 683
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 275-6820; (585) 273-3485 fax

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