The Wright Center for Community Health Wilkes-Barre Practice to begin offering dental services July 12
The Wright Center for Community Health’s newest primary and preventive care practice – located in downtown Wilkes-Barre – will soon expand its services to the public, adding dental care.
Beginning Wednesday, July 12, weekly dental services for children and adults will be available between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each Wednesday at The Wright Center for Community Health Wilkes-Barre Practice, 169 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Appointments can be made now by calling 570-491-0126.
The rollout of dental services will continue throughout the year as renovations are completed at the former office building. The clinic will have 10 dental exam rooms in addition to a large complement of exam rooms for medical and behavioral health services.
Dr. Ryan Rebar
Dr. Ryan Rebar, a Northeast Pennsylvania native and general practice dentist, will treat patients at the Wilkes-Barre Practice.
Rebar and other members of The Wright Center for Community Health’s team, including a dental hygienist, will provide affordable, high-quality oral care services, including routine exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings, extractions, and other procedures.
“There’s a big need for dental care services in the Wilkes-Barre area, especially for users of Medicaid who don’t have many places in the vicinity to go for treatment,” said Kimberly McGoff, director of dental operations for The Wright Center for Community Health. “I think the response to our new oral care services there will be great.”
The community health center accepts most dental insurances, including Delta Dental, Guardian, United Concordia, and Medical Assistance (Medicaid). To ensure high-quality oral care is available to everyone, The Wright Center for Community Health offers a sliding-fee discount program to individuals who qualify based on Federal Poverty Guidelines that take into account family size and income. No patient is turned away due to an inability to pay.
The Wright Center for Community Health was designated in 2019 as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike by the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In January, The Wright Center opened its Wilkes-Barre Practice, expanding access to primary medical care in the heart of the Wyoming Valley. A multi-phase expansion plan calls for the practice to add dental and behavioral services, plus space for The Wright Center’s interprofessional health education activities.
The Scranton-based nonprofit enterprise currently operates nine primary care practices, including a mobile medical and dental vehicle, in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties. Its practices offer integrated care, meaning patients typically have the convenience of going to a single location to access medical, dental, and behavioral health care, as well as community-based addiction treatment and recovery services.