HISTORY

Founded by Drs. Vacharee and Andrew Peterson, Community Dental Care was one of the first private clinics in the Twin Cities that focused primarily on serving low-income patients from all walks of life.

They immediately began to provide a complete array of preventative, restorative, routine, and emergency dental services to an ethnically diverse community of individuals, children, families, and the elderly – mostly people who are in poverty – anyone who needed care.

To ensure continued access to high-quality dental care for the large number of our patients enrolled in public programs, the clinic was incorporated into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in August 2004 and began serving patients as a nonprofit in January 2005.

In May 2008, Community Dental Care opened its second clinic location in Maplewood. In December 2012, a third location opened in Rochester in the RCTC Heintz Center. In January 2014, Community Dental Care launched its fourth location, in Robbinsdale. We opened up a second and larger clinic in Rochester as our fifth location in August 2017.

Today, with 76 chairs and a staff of over 270 professionals (including 48 dentists, 30 hygienists, and one dental therapist), Community Dental Care provides dental services to nearly 50,000 patients every year. Community Dental Care is governed by a 12-member volunteer board of directors and a three-member advisory council in Rochester. About 65 percent of Community Dental Care’s staff members are of an ethnic minority and/or bilingual, with more than 25 languages represented.