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After nearly 33 years as a dentist, Dr. Todd E. Shatkin believes in the value of dental education, and the need for more dentists, especially in places like Erie County.

That is why he started a dental residency program four years ago, in partnership with New York University. And it is why he has proposed starting a new graduate dental school that would operate as part of Daemen University, to train as many as 120 new students each year in Amherst through a three-year program.

“This is kind of my passion, educating future dentists of America,” said Shatkin, whose son graduates this month from Tufts University’s dental school.

But his $7.85 million project to create his Shatkin College of Dentistry alongside his existing Amherst businesses – a dental practice, dental training and dental implant manufacturing – is drawing criticism over the unusual structure of the relationship with Daemen, and his bid for nearly $400,000 in sales tax breaks from the Amherst Industrial Development Agency.

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That’s because instead of donating significant money to Daemen – and getting naming rights so the university can construct and launch a school – Shatkin will invest directly in the buildings and equipment, which he will own or control. Effectively, he is acting as a real estate developer and landlord for Daemen, which will rent space from the dentist for 20 years for the new school and a separate institute focused on helping patients with mobility challenges.







Daemen University is planning to add a school of dentistry, working with Dr. Todd Shatkin.




“He stands to recoup his investment over time, as the school goes on and the lease payments come in,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “It’s not a donation. It’s a business arrangement.”


Daemen University to add dental college to its health care programs

Amherst dentist Dr. Todd Shatkin of Shatkin Dental Health is partnering with the university to construct the Shatkin College of Dentistry in part of the Phillips Brothers Supply building on Kensington Avenue, close to Shatkin’s Amherst dental facilities and the town’s growing “Medical Spine” along I-290.

The structure of the deal is at the crux of the issue. The project isn’t eligible for tax breaks under the countywide IDA policy and would need an exception from the Amherst IDA to get them. Other IDA board members are questioning the need for the project – which is outside of their role as board members – and whether the tax breaks are essential.

Had the project been structured around a donation, Daemen would not have needed to go to the IDA for tax breaks and would only have required town approval.

Shatkin will use vacant space in a building he owns at 2500 Kensington Ave. – which was redeveloped with the help of $992,000 in IDA tax breaks five years ago – and will also lease the nearby Philipps Brothers Supply Co.

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The plan is portion of the Biden administration’s effort and hard work to distribute 400 million free of charge N95 masks from the Strategic Countrywide Stockpile by means of pharmacies and local community wellness facilities. The system is envisioned to be entirely up and running by early February. The masks are arriving at their places with accompanying flyers and signage from the US Division of Health and fitness and Human Expert services, which paid for the masks.

Participating pharmacies involve Hy-Vee, Meijer, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger.

Some of the initial masks arrived in the Midwest on Friday, which includes at Hy-Vee grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Nebraska and at Meijer retailers in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

Masks also are predicted to start off arriving at Southeastern Grocers areas as early as Friday, and they are going to be readily available at Fresco y Más, Harveys Grocery store and Winn-Dixie in-shop pharmacies.

CVS pharmacies are also envisioned to acquire and get started distributing absolutely free N95 masks in the coming weeks as provide from the federal govt arrives in, spokesman Matt Blanchette told CNN on Monday.

Walgreens expects that totally free N95 masks will be offered at some spots starting off Friday, according to a corporation spokesperson.

“We are delighted to partner with the Administration to make N95 masks in different dimensions obtainable totally free of demand at taking part Walgreens places although supplies final,” a Walgreens spokesperson wrote in an email to CNN on Monday.

“Buyers and patients can decide up a greatest of three masks for every person,” the electronic mail pointed out. “We hope the first outlets to commence giving masks on Friday, Jan. 28, and will proceed on a rolling foundation in the times and months adhering to. Collaborating stores will have signage indicating mask availability.”

Kroger outlets with pharmacies also strategy to distribute free N95 masks, according to a enterprise assertion Monday.

“Donning a mask and obtaining vaccinated continue on to be the top protection equipment in our nation’s combat in opposition to COVID-19. I stimulate all people to just take benefit of the cost-free non-surgical N95 masks and make an appointment these days to get vaccinated or boosted,” Dr. Marc Watkins, Kroger’s main health care officer, claimed in the assertion.

Neighborhood overall health centers are expected to distribute masks much too, but on a smaller scale.

Biden administration to distribute 400 million N95 masks to the public for free
The to start with 100 facilities participating in the rollout of the federal government’s free of charge N95 mask application will start this 7 days, Amy Simmons Farber, a spokesperson for the National Affiliation of Community Wellness Centers, wrote in an email to CNN on Monday.

The Health and fitness Means and Solutions Administration oversees the Community Health Facilities system for the federal governing administration and notes on its website that the HRSA Overall health Heart COVID-19 N95 Mask Method will start incrementally, furnishing N95 masks to about 100 to 200 health and fitness centers in the original stage.

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A lot more than 50% of Us citizens have skipped their yearly dental checkups considering that the pandemic commenced in 2020. The survey also attributed the pandemic to the all round failing dental wellness of Us citizens due to weakened at-property oral cleanliness habits. Paired with the fiscal impacts of the pandemic dental health and fitness has been place on the again burner in particular for individuals in underserved communities. Interestingly adequate having superior oral wellbeing supports maintaining the immune method balanced and which is why Dr. Pasha Hakimzadeh and Dr. Ben Reyhani have built it their mission to be certain all are served when it will come to dental treatment. From opening dental offices in communities in which dental care is neglected to in-faculty courses and smile makeovers for all those in will need, giving again is at the core of their dentistry. 

Dr. Pasha and Dr. Ben operate nine diverse dental offices with seven of them serving underserved communities. The pair are also companions and co-owners of the world-renowned aesthetic dentistry follow, Apa Aesthetic Los Angeles, and a 1-halt shop for all items aesthetic and anti-getting older dentistry, Smile Makers LA. Even though they have specialised in luxury dentistry their passion has generally been assisting those in need to have.

“Our amount a person precedence is to provide fantastic dental care and customer company. We often attempt to function with every single individual and their person needs- whether which is making a payment approach that fits their life-style or spacing out their remedies, and many others. General wellness is drastically impacted by oral overall health so if we can build healthier and happier communities by means of our workplaces that is what drives us to keep on to develop and to keep on to offer our solutions to neighborhoods in have to have. We pride ourselves on dealing with individuals like family members and any individual who visits us is aware that we are never likely to up offer them on a thing not necessary,” they shared. “That has made a ton of rely on inside the communities that we provide. Also, when men and women are self-confident in their smiles, they smile more which produces contentment. Underserved communities have to have all of the pleasure and positivity they can, just like any neighborhood!”

Melisa Butac, a dental hygienist that will work with Dr. Pasha and Dr. Ben, has centered this final year on educating sufferers particularly young children on how to upkeep their oral health at household.”Because of the panic of the not known, some sufferers have neglected their oral cleanliness and prevented coming to the dentist. Not following by with scheduled appointments and cleanings can and will direct to issues like plaque create-up and negative

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If you’ve needed to get tested for COVID in the last month or so, you may have found yourself searching for a bit.

The state and country have seen a surge in the demand for testing.

The spread of the Delta variant is a large part of that.

But it’s also workplaces and schools requiring negative tests for people to return. Or unvaccinated people needing to show a negative test result before then can get into a concert or travel some place.

On top of that high demand, supplies are getting held up in busy ports with large backlogs.

“What we’re seeing is a lot more stress placed upon the supply chain on a wide variety of products. We’re seeing a lot of areas there are raw material shortages. There are longer lead times on products. And a lot of those are now products that are dedicated to either testing of COVID patients or either treatment of COVID patients,” said Gary Rakes, Aspirus Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer.

Rakes said there are five factors that put the supply chain in the positions it’s in now.

They include shutting down the economy at the beginning of the pandemic, unprecedented demand, and congestion at ports due to a labor shortage, container shortage, and truck driver shortage once supplies actually get off the ships.

“A chain is only as strong as the weakest link. I think during this whole pandemic event, we’ve seen a lot of weaknesses in the supply chain. I think if we’ve learned any lessons, I think that we’ve learned that we need to do better as a supply chain industry and be able to solve for these things in the future so that they don’t repeat,” said Rakes.

Rake said Aspirus has been moving forward with little disruptions.

He credits that to planning and safeguards in place to protect health care systems from people who may be panic buying.

Aspirus keeps a high inventory of supply for things like this, though Rakes warns we’ve still got a long way to go before the supply chain is fixed.

“I think this is really the perfect storm that we’re seeing in our industry. I don’t believe, I think most experts believe that it’s going to get worse before it gets better. I think what we do see is that it will last for another six months or so,” he said.

Another factor putting stress on supplies is the high number of hospitalized COVID patients.

Aspirus hospitals in Wisconsin and the U.P. are averaging more than 90 patients a day.

It recently had to expand its ICU capacity because of the high number of severely ill COVID patients.

In the North Central Region of Wisconsin, daily COVID hospitalizations have been higher than 100 patients since early September.

Aspirus urges everyone to get vaccinated against COVID to prevent severe illness or death from the virus.

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Conn. (WTNH) — The American Dental Association is now saying dentists can refuse to treat unvaccinated patients.

The news comes as more and more oral procedures are getting booked out into the new year.

The Association’s Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs said in a statement that is not unethical — per se — to turn unvaccinated patients away.

“With the types of communicable diseases (and variants) that are occurring in the population, dentists must consider the ethical implications of treating or not treating patients with active illness, accepting or declining new patients who have not been vaccinated, and dismissing or maintaining existing patients who have not been vaccinated,” the statement read in part. “The American Dental Association’s Principles of Ethics & Code of Professional Conduct is a useful guide in navigating these challenging questions: ‘The ethical dentist strives to do that which is right and good.’”

A local dentist News 8 spoke to said he believes doctors have an ethical obligation to treat even unvaccinated patients. But he also said medical professionals should use their own discretion when it comes to what goes on in their practices.

“I feel like it’s our ethical responsibility to see all patients,” Dr. Jameel Dhanani said.

Dhanani told News 8 he and his medical staff don’t ask their patients if they’re vaccinated. Instead, they treat every patient as if they are not protected against COVID-19.

“Our protocol is to treat everyone as though they’re unvaccinated so when people come to the office, our protocols will not change whether somebody is vaccinated or not.”

He has taken multiple precautions in seeing his patients, including leaving space between visits and seeing fewer patients in a day.

“In our office, we maintain social distancing, full screening before and ask patients who had been in contact with somebody with COVID-19 to delay their appointments for non-emergency care.“

Dhanani said dentists are also trained to deal with a variety of diseases that may come into their offices. For him, COVID-19 is no different.

“There was one time dentists did not wear gloves and had to learn how to wear gloves, so we are used to protecting ourselves and changing with the times and changing with science and if science brings new factors on the way we need to improve our practice, we are very eager to follow and protect ourself and our patients.”

One thing that has not changed under the dentist code of ethics is demonstrating honesty, compassion, kindness and integrity when it comes to working with patients regardless of their vaccination status.

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