Samaritan Community Center hires dentist

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Dr. Jill Self-Pike is joining the Samaritan Community Center Health Clinic as its first paid staff dentist.

“Having Dr. Self-Pike on staff will allow us to greatly expand both the number of people we can serve and the type of services offered through our dental clinic,” says Debbie Rambo, SCC executive director. “Jill was part of the original group of volunteer dentists who founded the clinic in 2006 and has participated in many international mission trips, so her heart to serve the poor and underserved is a perfect match for what we strive to do here at the SCC.”

The Samaritan Community Center clinic is located in the Rogers facility at 1211 West Hudson Road.

“I am truly honored that I was chosen to be a part of something that will help so many people,” Self-Pike said in a statement. “My main goal is to show each patient that we truly care about them.”

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Self-Pike received her doctor of medical dentistry degree from the University Of Louisville School Of Dentistry in Louisville, Ky., in 2002 and returned to Northwest Arkansas following graduation where she worked professionally as a dentist for the Community Clinic Rogers Dental Clinic and Arkansas Orthodontics, prior to joining the SCC Dental Clinic.

In addition to Self-Pike, who will work three days a week, the SCC dental clinic will continue to operate with the assistance of other local volunteer dentists. The clinic provides full-service dental care for uninsured adults only (dental exams, X-rays, extractions, restorative care and cleanings).

Dental Clinic hours vary. Appointments are taken on the first Monday of each month beginning at 8 a.m. by calling the clinic at (479) 636-0451.