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Bristol Area Lions learn about Lincoln County Dental 06/10/2015

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Kathryn A. Young, one of the founders and the Clinical Director of Lincoln County Dental, spoke of the achievements the non-profit program has made since it started in 2011.

Kathryn A. Young, one of the founders and the Clinical Director of Lincoln County Dental, spoke of the achievements the non-profit program has made since it started in 2011.

Kathryn A. Young, L.D. was the speaker at the Bristol Area Lions meeting on June 8. She is a volunteer denturist and the Clinic Director of Lincoln County Dental, which is currently, located in Young’s private practice office, Denture Designs.

Young has been working in the dental profession for 25 years, initially starting as a lab technician and dental technician. She went on to work in various phases of dentistry, eventually becoming the owner of her own dental laboratory as well as a dental supply company.

In June of 2006, she graduated with honors from the IDEC program of George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. She now owns her own office in Damariscotta. As a South Bristol native and resident, she enjoys having the opportunity to make a living in the mid-coast area where she grew up.

Young is not only one of the founders of Lincoln County Dental but she also is their landlord, providing space to volunteers like her to provide care. LCD is a non-profit dental clinic which provides access to dental care at manageable costs to individuals at or below 200% of the Federal poverty line who would otherwise have no dental services available to them.

When Jim Donovan CEO of Lincoln County Healthcare addressed the club he said, “Dental pain is the number one reason for visits to the emergency room”.

In 2014 total dental care such as, preventative, diagnostic, restorative, removable and surgical was provided by LCD at a total cost of $242,000. Payments of only $52,000 were charged. This was only possible by hours of free care provided by area retired and active dentists and hygienists. The payments did not even cover the material costs.

The balance of the funding is supplied by a limited number of grants which address this need and contributions from the community. LCD is not fulfilling the demand for their services. More space, some staff and more volunteer dental professionals are needed.

At the conclusion of her presentation she was presented with a contribution from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation.

Donations may be made to Lincoln County Dental, 748 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543.

After dinner, special guest Thomas Rushton was introduced. He is one of the four scholarship winners this year and will attend the five year program at Cornell University majoring in architecture. Rushton thanked the club and explained why he chose to pursue a career as an architect.

The other three $2,000 scholarship winners will be guests at the Bristol Area Lions next meeting. That will be the annual meeting and election of officers for the coming fiscal year beginning July 1. It will be held at the Willing Workers Hall on Monday June 22 with a social time at 6:00 and dinner at 6:30.

Caterer David Atwater will be serving a special menu of either filet mignon or seafood medley, followed by strawberry shortcake. To make reservations for that meeting please call Herb Watson at 677-6191.

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol Lions, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

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