Tara graduated from Wichita State University in 1997 with degrees in Dental Hygiene and Health Sciences. In 2015, she then obtained her Kansas dental hygiene extended care permit level II which allows her to provide services in schools and nursing homes. Tara recently graduated with a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from Southeast Missouri State University in 2022. She has worked in a variety of dental settings throughout her career, including private practice, contract hygienist for the US armed forces in Germany, and mobile dentistry in long-term care facilities.
“I love working in community health because it is a constantly changing and incredibly rewarding field of healthcare. I want to continue to expand the dental outreach program at HMC by working to improve the oral health of the underserved in our community through HMC’s integrated care model. The best part of working in outreach is that you get to be creative and innovative while enhancing the lives of others.”
Sarah was born in North Carolina and moved to Kansas with her family in 1999. She attended Wichita State University for dental hygiene school and graduated in 2019. The thing that she enjoys most about working as a hygienist are her patients. She truly enjoys getting to know her patients and making them feel cared for.
“I truly enjoy my career as a dental hygienist, and I am honored to work closely with so many others that share the same values as I do. I am grateful to work for a company that cares so much for their patients.”
Dr. Zimmerman is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). After graduation, he began practicing in public health, most recently at the Northeast Missouri Health Council in Kirksville, Missouri. Dr. Zimmerman is a General Dentist and is committed to making quality, comprehensive oral health accessible to everyone in the community.
“I’m excited to join the HMC family because of their commitment to the community and their employees. In collaboration with the patient I work to improve their oral health, to beautify their smile, and to relieve and prevent future pain, while creating a comfortable, and enjoyable experience. Helping a nervous patient overcome their dental fear is the best!”
Dr. Gerald Vinduska attended Wichita State University for his undergraduate work, and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Univerisity of Nebraska- College of Dentistry in 1997. After graduation, he practiced rural family dentistry solo in Marion for 19 years ,taking over his father’s dental practice (Dr. Eugene Vinduska) in 1999. Dr. Jerry greatly appreciates the opportunity to provide dental disease treatment to his patients at such affordable fees.
“Eating is one of life’s most enjoyable things. Unfortunately, every human being is vulnerable to the insidious bacterial diseases of tooth decay and adult gum disease, which often leads to total tooth loss and the accompanying loss of critical facial bony features. Neglecting teeth by not brushing thoroughly and flossing every day leads to the painful and expensive realization of the seriousness of tooth decay and gum disease. Visit a good dentist at least once a year to avoid painful and expensive loss of molars, premolars, canines and incisors.”
Jenifer worked in private practice as a registered dental hygienist for several years before transitioning to community health nearly four years ago. She graduated from Colby Community College/North Central Technical College in 2005.
Jenifer enjoys working for Health Ministries Clinic because she feels it is a great service to the communities the clinic serves that are able to receive dental care. In addition to her work in the clinic Jenifer also serves as coordinator for the school based dental screening program.
“I also enjoy the variety, being able to go to schools and teach children that might not otherwise have dental care.”