Howard Dental Center
Howard Dental Center (HDC) is an oral health care facility reaching a broad range of individuals including those living with
HIV and AIDS. The organization was named in memory of Dr. John Howard who was one of the first dentists in the community
to treat patients with HIV/AIDS.
HDC began as a collaborative effort between dentists and dental educators who were concerned about the lack of oral health
services available for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Center began seeing HIV-positive patients on December 16, 1994.
Over twenty four years later, what began as the dream of a few dentists who saw an injustice, HDC now stands as a testament
to the hard work and creativity of those who have been blessed with its association.
As a specialty oral health care clinic, HDC represents a link between dentistry and medicine. As HIV has evolved, so has the
organization. HDC’s integrated model seeks to work hand-in-glove with physicians, mental health centers, drug and alcohol
treatment agencies, and with nutritional counseling and tobacco cessation programs. On an annual basis, HDC performs more
than 10,500 dental procedures and is the dental home for over 900 active patients of record. We have successfully created
a model that provides the highest level of quality care with successful results.
HDC has certain core values by which we define ourselves, and relate directly to diversity and inclusiveness. These values
are Service, Leadership, Community, Civic Engagement, and Compassion. These guide our philosophy of work, how we relate
to each other and to the larger community we serve. HDC supports inclusiveness by valuing all people, and serving them
in an environment that is respectful, honest and which builds on significant participation and input from those we serve.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed daily for lunch from 12 p.m. -1 p.m.)
Service Fees & Eligibility
Any individual who is a resident in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas or Jefferson counties, with proof of HIV status, income, residency
and proof of insurance, may become a patient at Howard Dental Center. Fees are based on family size and income.
Making an Appointment
Patients are referred by their healthcare providers, mental health agencies and community based AIDS service organizations. We require that all patients are seen at least one per year by their physician. Patient’s HIV status and list of medications must be updated every six months.
Your first appointment at Howard Dental Center will be with a member of our Dental Intake Team. Please contact 303-863-0772 to set up your initial appointment.
Howard Dental Center has assumed primary responsibility for providing emergency services for our patients of record and pregnant women.
If you are a patient of record or a pregnant woman, to be seen for an emergency, you must have a photo ID, proof of income, proof of residency,
and proof of HIV status signed by a healthcare provider (up-to-date for patients of record, or brought in at time of emergency appointment
for new patients).
Lili CarrilloClinical Services Officer
Nancy DuckinsClinical Operations Manager
Symone Webley, DDSStaff Dentist
Amy Rosinsky, DDSStaff Dentist
David Zamboni, RDH Registered Dental Hygienist
Jhossva RosasDental Assistant (EDDA)
Vanessa SaenzDental Assistant (EDDA)
Maria CruzDental Assistant/Front Office
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
- Colorado Dental Association (CDA)
- Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS (CORA)
- Denver HIV Resources (DHR)
- Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
- Henry Schein
- Metro Denver Dental Association (MDDS)
- Oral Health Colorado (OHCO)
- Peebles Prosthetics