Snapshot -- The meaning of SHARING, dentistry style

by Lisa Spellman, UNMC public relations | November 16, 2010

picture disc.LINCOLN -- Daniel Kreis thought the Dental SHARING Clinic started at 5 a.m. on Nov. 11, so he rode his beat-up mountain bike nearly five miles from downtown Lincoln to the UNMC College of Dentistry about an hour before sunrise.

He was 12 hours early.

Kreis was back at the clinic half a day later, seeking relief from the same dull ache that had him on his bike before dawn.

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Daniel Kreis rode his mountain bike five miles from downtown Lincoln to the UNMC Dental SHARING Clinic two separate times on Nov. 11. On his last trip, he had two molars removed and got a ride home from College of Dentistry Dean John Reinhardt, D.D.S. (Peggy Cain, College of Dentistry)
Kreis had two cracked molars and was referred to the Dental SHARING Clinic by a Lincoln clinic that caters to the underinsured, uninsured and homeless.

His mouth was a mess of plaque, cavities and nearly abscessed teeth.

The two cracked molars had to be pulled, which left gaping holes in the back of his mouth that third-year dental student Natalie Fendrick gingerly filled with gauze before Kreis was released.

Just after Kreis' teeth were extracted, College of Dentistry Dean John Reinhardt, D.D.S., and a few other dentists chatted at the front of the clinic.

Someone mentioned that one of the patients had come that morning by bike to the clinic. It was Kreis, another replied.

"Is that how he's getting home?" someone asked. Eyebrows raised in concern.

"Oh no!" Dr. Reinhardt replied. "We can't let his heart rate get up."

Out in the parking lot of the SHARING Clinic a little after 9 p.m., a cold rain started to fall as Dr. Reinhardt loaded the beat up mountain bike into the back of his grey SUV. Kreis -- minus the dull ache in his mouth -- sat in the dean's front seat, awaiting his ride home.

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Sharon Stoolman
November 16, 2010 at 6:34 PM

What a warm story of clinicians who do what is right for all people, thank you.

R.Olesh,MD
November 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM

The best doctors/dentists/health professionals are the caring ones, like Dr. Reinhart

Vicky Cerino
November 16, 2010 at 11:49 AM

This act of care and kindness is just one of thousands of examples of how UNMC and its faculty, staff and students are vital to the health of Nebraska. Great work by the college and Dr. Reinhardt.

Tom O'Connor
November 16, 2010 at 11:06 AM

A class act by a class act!

Veronica Ware
November 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Blessed is a man that helps another in a time of need. It was wonderful to read about unconditional act of kindness. Dr, Reinhardt, thanks for letting your light shine.

Susan Davis - Family Medicine
November 16, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Thank you, Dr. Reinhardt, for offering patient centered care to the community. The demonstrated respect for your patient is valued.

Dianna Flores
November 16, 2010 at 9:32 AM

A motivating reminder of what medicine is all about. Thank you Dr. Reinhardt.

Jana Palmesano
November 16, 2010 at 9:08 AM

This story tugged on my heart strings and brought tears to my eyes.

Fran Neff, College of Public Health
November 16, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Random acts of kindness truly are the best! Thank you Dr. Reinhardt for your grace and mercy. I am certain the University of Nebraska has a new fan in Kreis! God Bless! Fran Neff

Deanna Hansen - Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
November 16, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Thank you, Dr. Reinhardt, for going that extra step!! I am sure Daniel Kreis greatly appreciated your gratitude.