Central Dental Resources, Inc., dba Caring Hands Dental Clinic, began as a vision
over a decade ago by a group of caring local citizens. Those visionaries included
Dr. Lowell Einerson DDS, Dr. Robert Mohs DDS, Dr. William Heegaard MD, Dr. Timothy
Gehring DDS, Jennifer Kuznia, Sister Patrice Kiefer, Ruth Nagle, Mary Lou Olsen
and others. These folks realized an urgent need to provide dental care and education
to those underserved citizens on Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare programs.
Due to the extremely low reimbursements from the State for any dental work provided
to these citizens, private dental offices would loose money seeing them, thus
the access to care, including children, was very limited at best. Also at issue
were the dental emergencies that would have to go to the hospital emergency room
for dental care, where only temporary pharmaceutical relief was available.
group met over the years and obtained initial funding from the Douglas County
Hospital’s Auxiliary to allow an emergency dental program to begin. With
this funding dental emergencies were referred to area dentists for treatment and
the offices were paid a stipend for their services, if desired. Finally most of
the area dental emergencies were receiving treatment for the problem. This program
took some of the pressure off of the hospital’s emergency room, but still
the area was lacking a clinic to provide preventative dental care and education.
Without preventative care and education available, there would be no slowdown
In 2006 the Board obtained additional funding and opened the doors of the Caring
Hands Dental Clinic. It first began in borrowed space in a local chiropractor’s
office. Not long after that the big push began, and the Clinic established its
home in the Marion Building, located at 700 Cedar Street in Alexandria. The clinic
remained at 700 Cedar until moving to their new location in April 2015, at 2209
Jefferson Street in Alexandria. This new state of the art facility can
allow the clinic to serve more citizens.
has gone through enormous growth and changes. Through generous donations and some
large grants, the clinic expanded in July of 2012. This expansion included a full-time
staff of 2 dentists, 2 hygienists, 2 dental assistants, and office staff. The
funding also allowed substantial technology upgrades such as digital x-ray equipment,
computer system and sterilization equipment. The grants allowed the clinic to
obtain the mobile equipment used in its' Outreach Services. With these upgrades
in staff and equipment the lengthy waiting list went away. In January 2015 through
obtaining a $250,000 grant from the PrimeWest Health's Community Reinvestment
Program and substantial other grants and donations, construction began on our
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The clinic is recognized as a 501c3 Non-Profit, a Minnesota Critical Access Dental
Provider and a National Health Service Corp site. We were nominated for the Minnesota
Rural Health Team Award in both 2013 and 2016 and were awarded with it in 2018.
We've also been awarded the 2013 Minnesota Department of Human Services, Commissioner's
Circle of Excellence Award for the outstanding, high quality dental care and education
provided by the Clinic's outstanding staff.
(L to R) Commissioner
Lucinda Jesson, Al Olsen, Mary Lou Olsen