Kaleida Health Family Dental Clinic at Sheehan Opens to Provide State-of-the-Art Dental Care for Underserved Children and Adults in Buffalo

Updated: 10/21/2008

Oishei Foundation Funds the Kaleida Health, Sheehan Health Network, University at Buffalo and Women & Children’s Hospital Collaborative


(L to R): Jennifer J. Parker, of The Black Capital Network, Dr. Richard Buchanan, Dean, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Byron Brown, Mayor, City of Buffalo, Larry Cook Program Officer of The John R. Oishei Foundation, James R. Kaskie, Chief Executive Officer of Kaleida Health, NYS Assemblymember Crystal Peoples, and June W. Hoeflich, President & Chief Executive Officer of Sheehan Health Network, officially ’cut the ribbon’ on the new Family Dental Clinic.

The Kaleida Health Family Dental Clinic at Sheehan, a collaboration of Kaleida Health, Sheehan Health Network, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and Women & Children’s Hospital, announced its opening with a reception and tour of the new facilities.

Established through a community partnership to improve access to dental health services for underserved neighborhoods in the City of Buffalo, the Family Dental Clinic at Sheehan will provide dental care for children, adults and seniors, including those with special physical needs, and preventive dental care (bi-yearly cleaning and checkups).

“This Family Dental Clinic reinforces the mission of Kaleida Health and Women & Children’s Hospital to improve the overall health of those throughout Western New York by extending our specialized health care services to underserved populations in our community,” said James R. Kaskie, Chief Executive Officer, Kaleida Health.

The Kaleida Health Family Dental Clinic’s focus is to provide quality and customer-focused dental services for all ages in a comfortable and modern setting. Dentists, dental hygienists and other staff on site will improve access to quality oral health care as an important part of overall health.

“It’s vital for families in Buffalo to have direct access to these dental services and to be reminded that their dental health directly affects their total health and ultimately their quality of life, “said June W. Hoeflich, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sheehan Health Network”

Major funding for the Kaleida Health Family Dental Clinic at Sheehan was provided by The John R. Oishei Foundation, which granted support of this collaborative initiative.

The child dentists and their staffs for the Kaleida Health Family Dental Clinic at Sheehan are specially trained to help children feel good about seeing the dentist and taking care of their teeth.  The dentists for adults and seniors and their staffs provide care to prevent teeth and gum problems, and offer access to all services to correct complex cases. 

Compassionate professionals and bright, cheerful office surroundings with state-of-the-art facilities and technology will help ensure entire families have healthy teeth and gums.

“We are excited about this opportunity to cooperate with Kaleida Health and Sheehan Memorial Hospital in establishing this new clinic,” said David L. Dunn, M.D., Ph.D., UB vice president for health sciences.  “This represents a wonderful opportunity for UB’s School of Dental Medicine to carry out its continuing mission to provide excellent dental care for patients who otherwise would not have such access.”

Appointments for the Kaleida Health Family Dental Clinic are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. by calling (716) 848-2340. 

The Family Dental Clinic is located on the second floor at Sheehan Health Network, 425 Michigan Ave. in Buffalo.

Sheehan Health Network, a medical facility located at 425 Michigan Street in downtown Buffalo, is a vital part of the Buffalo's health care community. Sheehan’s preventive health services include Family Care, Pediatrics, Specialty Care Clinics (OB/GYN, cardiology, orthopedics, podiatry, urology and surgical consultation), Diagnostic Services, and the City View Treatment Center, which provides alcohol and substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York.  The School of Dental Medicine is one of five schools that constitute UB's Academic Health Center. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for specialized pediatric, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond.