CARNEGIE, PA (July 1, 2019) – The Salvation Army’s Oil City Dental Center is excited to welcome Dr. Matthew Kulinski who will be providing high-quality preventative and restorative oral healthcare to under-insured and uninsured low-income families in Venango County. Dr. Kulinski will replace Dr. James Mancini, who has run the center since its inception in 2010 and will now oversee all dental centers across the Western PA region as Clinical Director.
Dr. Kulinski was born and raised in the Oil City area. After graduating from Oil City Senior High School, he went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College and doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Before joining the Salvation Army Oil City Dental Center, Dr. Kulinski worked in Clarion providing dental services at the Clarion Dental Center run by the Primary Health Network. Dr. Kulinski is an outdoor enthusiast and avid local sports fan.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Kulinski join our dental team in Oil City. He is a devoted dentist who is passionate about helping underserved patients in his home town,” said Dr. James Mancini, Clinical Director of The Salvation Army Dental Centers.
Access to care is one of the largest factors in dental care for low income families, with less than 10% of Pennsylvania Dentists accepting Medicaid. Tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood disease, with almost 45% of low-income children ages 6-12 have tooth decay.
The goal at The Salvation Army’s Dental Center is to reduce dental disease and improve overall health among underserved communities. The center is staffed with a dentist, dental hygienists and dental assistants to provide patients with the highest level of care needed to maintain good oral health. Residents of all ages can receive much needed and often overdue dental care and repair, including oral surgery and denture fitting. The center offers flexible payment plans. Medical Assistance, CHIP, and other insurance is accepted, but for the uninsured, create an income-base reduced fee plan is created on a case-by-case basis. The Oil City Dental Center has served 15,137 patients since 2010 and is open Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm.
Across the parking lot from the Dental Center is The Salvation Army’s Oil City Worship and Service Center, a multifunction, faith-based facility offering free programs and services to the community. Programs and services consisting of Sunday worship, Sunday school, social services, after-school and youth programming as well as feeding programs.
An Open House and will take place on Friday, July 12 from 10am to 12pm at both The Salvation Army Dental Center and Worship and Service Center, located at 217 Sycamore Street. The event is open to all members of the community and will provide a chance to meet with Dr. Matthew Kulinski and Major Laura Duesenberry, Commanding Officer. Light refreshments will be provided.
About The Salvation Army
Celebrating over 150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 128 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log on to www.wpa.salvationarmy.org. The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.