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Keiki dental services are back at The Amazing Tooth Bus! Please also join us in welcoming our new Dentist Joseph Coleman.

Recently moved from Honoka’a, The Amazing Tooth Bus is back at Hamakua-Kohala Health’s Kapa’au Clinic and is currently scheduling children, including those with QUEST Insurance, for MONDAY and FRIDAY APPOINTMENTS from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Coleman WILL began seeing patients on September 11 and already has 99 more waiting! CALL the Kapa’au clinic at 889-6236 to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT for your KEIKI to get an exam, X-rays, teeth cleaning to get out all the “sugar bugs,” any cavities filled with white fillings, and even a sealant to help prevent cavities later. Emergency, same-day care is also available!

Dr. Coleman plans to, “Provide the North Kohala community with great dental care, teaching the proper ways to take good care of your teeth and gums and restore any teeth to proper form and function.”

We are able to bring Dr. Coleman on-board due the generosity of a recent AlohaCare grant as well as through a joint effort with Dr. Luke M. Tarver, DDS, in Waimea. Dr. Tarver has been crucial in helping get the tooth bus operational.

He and Hygienist Kalei Hanohano are working closely with Hamkaua-Kohala Health and Dr. Coleman to provide a training internship in Dr. Tarver’s office for Care Coordinator Wendi Sanchez so she may assist Dr. Coleman.

Many of you may remember Kalei, she used to work with The Amazing Tooth Bus before and has offered to come back temporarily, until a permanent hygienist can be hired.

Thank you all, for joining forces to help attain Hamakua-Kohala Health’s mission to provide quality healthcare that is responsive to our patients’ and communities’ needs.

“It is nice to be able to use community resources to make a community program a success. It is important to get support from other medical doctors and nurses, because, after all, we all want what’s best for our community,” said Hamakaua-Kohala Health CEO Irene Carpenter. “I’m really happy the dental project worked out.”

We also want to give a special thanks to those that made the actual move possible; thank you to A&B Fleet Services who performed the safety check, and especially our professional driver Dido Merseburgh (on left). Many thanks to Jesse Ramirez (on right) to volunteered his time to drive our safety vehicle during the convoy and to the Hamakua-Kohala Health team for working so hard to get keiki dental services back in North Kohala. 

We are still working very hard on expanding to be able to provide adult services too. Thank you all for your patience and support.

Hamakua-Kohala Health provides comprehensive primary and preventative healthcare regardless of ability to pay or health insurance status.

Call for appointments at either Hamakua-Kohala Health locations:
Kapa’au: 889-6236; 53-3925 Akoni Pule Hwy
Honoka’a: 775-7204; 45-549 Plumeria St

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