Happy birthday, Khurram!

Khurram Hussain and his wife Sameera founded Dental Dreams and we had the great privilege recently to celebrate Khurram’s 50th birthday at our headquarters in Chicago. Lots of laughs and reminiscing about the early days serving our great patients!

Our founders deliver for Chicago’s young people

Our founders have a soft heart and generous spirit when it comes to helping disadvantaged youths in Chicago reach their full potential.

The Illinois Business Daily recently highlighted the $2.5 million gift of Khurram and Dr. Sameera Hussain, founders of Dental Dreams, to the innovative academic/squash organization called MetroSquash.

MetroSquash supports students from 5th grade through college graduation by offering mentoring and other academic opportunities as well as instruction in the sport of squash.

(MetroSquash CEO David) Kay said the best testament to MetroSquash’s success is its students, one of which is Joseph Harris. When Harris joined the organization in 2007, in 6th grade, he knew very little about the game of squash.

“I didn't imagine how influential the program would be in my life,” Harris said. “Being surrounded by like-minded students and staff that pushed me on and off the court helped me realize my potential. MetroSquash has strengthened my foundation and tools needed to be successful - leading me to The Hotchkiss School and Tufts University.”

Khurram and Dr. Hussain have given $2.8 million in total to MetroSquash, whose facility is on the South Side of Chicago.

We are so proud to work for a company whose founders feel so strongly about the future of our young people and put their money where their heart is.

America's dental inequality

The New York Times had a solid story on the problems associated with dental inequality.

Not being able to see a dentist is related to a range of health problems. Periodontal disease (gum infection) is associated with an increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. In part, this reflects how people with oral health problems tend to be less healthy in other ways; diabetes and smoking, for instance, increase the chances of cardiovascular problems and endanger mouth health.

Although states offers dental care for children, when it comes to adults it is a different story.

As of January 2018, only 17 state Medicaid programs offered comprehensive adult dental benefits, and only 14 of those did so for the population eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. More typically, states offer only limited dental benefits or none.

As the article points out, we have a long way to go in America to get everyone the quality dental care they deserve.

Face painting tradition

Dental Dreams patients in our York, PA office recently enjoyed getting their faces painted as part of a Halloween tradition for patients and staff.

D.C. dentist's wedding featured in NYT

One of our dentists recently was married and the union was featured in the New York Times.

Dr. Chad Micheal Jones of one of our Washington, D.C. offices was married June 3 at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington. He married Shivonne Monae Foster, an account director for a public relations firm.

Here is the full announcement.

Congratulations, Dr. Jones and your new bride!

Dental Dreams hires noted dental leader to continue commitment to quality

Dental Dreams has hired a noted dental leader, mentor and coach to continue its trademark commitment to provide quality care to its patients.

Khurram Hussain, CEO, has named Steven Fink, DMD, as VP of Clinical Support. Visiting our offices nationwide, Dr. Fink will continue to foster our emphasis on quality care by our dentists.

“We believe Dr. Fink will prove to be a valuable mentor to our young dentists across the country,” Hussain said. “He will ease the transition for new, idealistic dentists who have dedicated their early careers to quality dental care in underserved communities.”

Dr. Fink will serve as Clinical Director of offices and dentists in Washington DC, MD, MI, NM, PA, SC and VA and use his track record of bridging the gap between experienced and newer dentists and support teams to provide even better care for patients.

A graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (now Rutgers), Dr. Fink brings 26 years of experience as a general dentist with an unblemished license. Dr. Fink successfully ran his own dental practice, was the President of the NJ state dental association, worked with numerous editorial boards and spent 3 years as the Director of Dental Education for a CODA accredited dental assisting program.

An active member of the American Dental Association, Dr. Fink has served years as a Delegate to the ADA governing House of Delegates and was an ADA Council Chairman.

Dr. Fink was also a founding member and Past President of the Board of Trustees of The Dental Auxiliary Learning and Education Foundation (DALE), the Official Affiliate of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

A Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Dental Corps, Dr. Fink has treated U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy personnel as a Navy reserve dental officer with his last assignment as his unit's Training Officer.

With almost 70 offices employing approximately 300 dentists in 10 states plus the District of Columbia, Dental Dreams (founded and owned by a dentist, Dr. Sameera Hussain) invests in hiring the best dentists and providing them with modern, top-quality dental facilities.

Helping underserved communities

We were happy to be featured in this story in the Arizona Business Daily about helping to serve dental patients in underserved communities.

The story zeroed in on the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and its efforts to foster a service component in its training of dentists.

They noted the role of companies like ours in allowing community-minded young dentists to thrive in their first jobs.

Mike Peters, chief operating partner at KOS Services, which manages the business operations for groups of dental practices across the country, including the Dental Dreams brand, agrees that these practices (are important) in today's climate. “At a time when there is a shortage of dentists nationally and only a fraction of dental practices like ours offer services to Medicaid patients, hiring the number of dentists needed to meet the high demand for dental services at our offices can be a challenge,” Peters told Arizona Business Daily. “We find that there is a common misconception that working at a dental practice that focuses its efforts and resources on serving disadvantaged communities is somehow less profitable."

Peters added that Dental Dreams spends lots of time working with dental schools.

Peters said Dental Dreams devotes significant resources to working with dental schools and associations to reach out to students and practicing dentists to emphasize the benefits of working in underserved communities.

We are always happy to see our efforts recognized and, more importantly, that we find homes for young, enthusiastic dentists eager to serve their communities.

Future bright for Illinois dentistry

There’s more good news about dentistry in Illinois. According to a Chicago college administrator, the flow of good dentists into practices is thriving and looks to continue that trend.

And Dental Dreams, quoted in this story in Illinois Business Daily, is doing its best to attract the best of these new dentists.

Dr. Darryl Pendleton, associate dean for student and diversity affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), was bursting with optimism.

“In terms of individuals interested in a dental career, it has never been stronger; more people are getting into the profession, and it's never been stronger in terms of attractiveness,” Pendleton, a clinical associate professor at the College of Dentistry, said.

Our own executive Mike Peters said Dental Dreams does its best to attract the best of those young dentists to its offices.

”We work hard in our recruitment of dental school students to help them gain an appreciation that with a practice like ours they can earn attractive compensation, maintain a healthy work/life balance and also serve a community that is in need of high quality dental providers," said Peters. "Working for a practice that serves Medicaid patients can check all the boxes."

Our company is committed to bringing the best possible service to its patients in Illinois — and elsewhere. We appreciate the opportunity to talk about those efforts publicly.

Fighting the battle for better dentists

We were featured in this story about the challenges of hiring dentists in under-served communities.

The heartening part was that young dentists are not opposed to setting up shop in those areas. However, they are burdened by student debt that sometimes causes them to look elsewhere.

Our own executive Mike Peters explains how Dental Dreams attracts the best and brightest to its practices.

”We work hard in our recruitment of dental school students to help them gain an appreciation that with a practice like ours they can earn attractive compensation, maintain a healthy work/life balance and also serve a community that is in need of high quality dental providers," said Peters. "Working for a practice that serves Medicaid patients can check all the boxes."

Our passion is to serve those most in need. We are constantly working to improve our offices to serve our patients better. Sometimes it is a challenge but when we see the happy smiles of our patients, it is all worth it.