Clinics dispense faith with care

Christian clinics function as more than medical safety net

Posted: September 10, 2012 at 2:37 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RYAN MCGEENEY --07-11-2012-- Angela Heston of Cassville, Mo., 16, left, watches from the hallway as dentist Don Eckard, right, performs a tooth extraction Wednesday on patient Lisa Lynn of Fayetteville in one of the Samaritan Community Center's two cramped dental exam rooms. Heston, a volunteer, has been receiving on-the-job training as a dental assistant through the center. Eckard, who began practicing dentistry in 1972 and is now in self-described "semi-retirement," is one of about a dozen dentists and oral surgeons who volunteer their services for low-income Arkansas residents through the Samaritan Community Center.

Janet Rhodes-Meadors hadn’t seen a dentist in 20 years when she sought help at the free health clinic at Samaritan Community Center. With no dental insurance, she had put off caring for her teeth, knowing she couldn’t afford it.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 7 on 09/10/2012