You can always count on Northeast Ohioans to step up when their neighbors are in trouble.
The Dean of Case Western Reserve University's Dental School says the faculty and students will be teaming up with Cleveland's Free Clinic to help meet the needs of former patients from Allcare Dental and Dentures.
The national chain of dental clinics closed on January 3, leaving local customers without their medical records or access to the appliances for which they'd already paid.
Dr. Jerry Faist, a family dentist from Beachwood, is also pitching in. He's offered to make a full set of dentures for 86 year old Joseph Franco of Strongsville, after learning the elderly man never received the dentures he paid for. Franco's total bill, which included several teeth extractions, came to $6,600.
"Figured maybe, maybe we could help the guy out," said Dr. Faist, "We're glad to help him."
But, the Free Clinic is asking for some volunteers.
A spokesperson for the Free Clinic says meeting the needs of former patients from Allcare Dental and Dentures is overwhelming its staff. In addition, volunteers are needed. The Clinic is asking dentists to give two hours a month to help meet the demands.
Anyone interested in volunteering, or making an appointment with a dentist, is asked to call the Dental Clinic at (216) 707-3419.