Albee, 70, lives alone in Parsons and has diabetes, diverticulitis, osteoporosis, and recurring back problems from an accident in 1996. Occasionally, she uses a cane or crutches to help her walk. Prior to her disability, Albee worked in the dental field for 27 years. Unfortunately, Albee had broken and decayed teeth that were causing many problems. She had trouble eating, her speech was affected, and TMJ impacted her bite.
Albee had not seen a dentist in years, and on her limited income she could not afford her much needed dental care. It seemed as though she had nowhere to turn for help.
Albee learned of the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program and was linked with a generous volunteer dentist, Dr. Joseph Wommack. He donated several restorations and crowns, which were fabricated in-house.
“It was a pleasure working with Albee. She was very appreciative. It’s a great way for me to give back to the community to people that I know are in need, that you’ve referred because they’ve qualified for the program. The staff really has embraced the program because they know we’re truly helping people in need.” –Dr. Joseph Wommack, DDS volunteer
“I was continually biting my cheek and it was extremely painful and sore all the time. I was choking because my food wasn’t chewed properly. I smile an awful lot and to have that fixed along with everything else was incredible!” –Albee, DDS patient
DDS has donated $882,000 of care to underserved patients. To see how DLN • Kansas has helped others like Albee, view the state annual report!