Nisonger Center Dental Services

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The Nisonger Dental Services provides a complete range of oral health services to children and adults with intellectual and  developmental disabilities and other special needs. People with intellectual and  developmental disabilities throughout Ohio are eligible to receive dental services at The Nisonger Center. The Nisonger Center Dental Services has a long-standing relationship with the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD) to provide ongoing comprehensive oral care to people served through the FCBDD

The Nisonger Center Dental Services is the largest provider of oral health services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Franklin County. There is a serious lack of oral health resources for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the state and nationally; there are very few providers and/or limitations in the services provided in the community. People with  intellectual developmental disabilities generally have more dental disease and fewer resources to respond to these needs.

The Nisonger Dental Services consists of two comprehensive dental clinics (one located on the Ohio State campus and the other is located on Johnstown Road)  that provides a continuum of care and a full complement of dental health services throughout the lifespan. We also provide community outreach through screenings and oral health instruction in the group homes and workshops as well as a dental screening program at the annual Ohio Special Olympics games.

The Nisonger Dental Services provides training for Ohio State students enrolled in dental and dental hygiene programs as well as postgraduate-level dental residents. The Nisonger Dental Services trains students through service to infants, children and adults with intellectual and  developmental disabilities, as well as providing technical assistance to community providers, agencies and programs. We are one of the only programs in the country to provide such exposure for all university  dental health students as part of their training.

The Nisonger Dental Services consists of two clinics, one on OSU campus in the McCampbell Hall building and a second clinic location in the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities Early Childhood Education program on Johnstown Road. Both dental clinics are open Monday through Friday with services available by appointment only. A 24-hour emergency service is available for patients of record.

» Read more about the McCampbell Hall Dental Clinic.

» Read more about the Johnstown Road Dental Clinic.

Funding for the Nisonger Center Dental Services is provided through three primary sources:

  • Service Contract with Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Fee-for-service
  • Training and service grants
  • Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; UCEDD)
  • Maternal Child and Health Bureau Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND)

Eligibility

  • People with developmental disabilities throughout Ohio are eligible to receive diagnostic services.
  • People with intellectual and developmental disabilities within Franklin County are eligible to receive ongoing services.
  • Anyone outside of Franklin County will be referred to local resources for ongoing services.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday through Friday with services available by appointment only.
  • 24-hour emergency service is available for patients of record.

Payment

All major insurance programs, a sliding fee scale and Medicaid are accepted. When necessary, fee arrangements can be made.

For further information, contact our staff at 614-685-3197 or NisongerDental@osumc.edu

Dental Team Members

  • Brittany Hursey
    Business Manager
    McCampbell Hall Dental Clinic
  • Cindy Funk
    Dental Office Assistant
    McCampbell Hall Dental Clinic
  • Cynthia Harper, CDA
    Dental Assistant
    McCampbell Hall Dental Clinic
  • Diego Solis, DDS
    Pediatric Dentist
    Johnstown Road Dental Clinic
  • Erica Robles
    Dental Assistant
    Johnstown Road Dental Clinic
  • Gloria Caicedo
    Dental Assistant
    Johnstown Road Dental Clinic
  • Sharmeen Chaudhry, DDS
    General Dentistry
    McCampbell Hall Dental Clinic
  • Stacey Stevens
    Senior Dental Assistant
    Johnstown Road Dental Clinic
  • Stephen Beetstra, DDS, MHSA
    Program Director, Nisonger Dental Services, Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry
    Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry
  • Tamera McIntyre
    Dental Hygienist
    McCampbell Hall Dental Clinic
  • Tina Lithiluxa
    Senior Dental Assistant
    McCampbell Hall Dental Clinic