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New dentist from Henderson awarded Delta Dental Foundation Community Commitment Award

$25,000 award recognizes dentist’s efforts in improving oral health
                                             in high-needs community
Indianapolis, Ind.— Nichole Barnett, DDS, a recent graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry, was recently awarded the $25,000 Delta Dental Foundation Community Commitment Award for her commitment to provide much needed dental care to children and adults in a designated health professional shortage area in Indiana.
“The Delta Dental Foundation is proud to award Dr. Barnett the Community Commitment Award,” said Teri Battaglieri, director, Delta Dental Foundation. “This award recognizes her dedication to increasing access to care in a community where children and adults might otherwise not be able to receive the dental care they need.”
Nichole is from Kentucky and graduated from Henderson County High School in 2004 as a valedictorian before attending Oakland City University in Oakland City, Ind. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a biology degree in 2008, and soon after acquired a full time position as an assistant to a retinal specialist in Evansville, Ind.

In 2011, Barnett met a dentist who was providing free care to missionaries and children who were in great need of dental treatment, but could not afford it otherwise. As a result of this experience, she felt the desire and calling to enter the field of dentistry. In June, Barnett will begin her career as the lead dentist for Valley Professionals Community Health Center, a federally qualified health clinic in Cayuga, Ind. The addition of dental services to this previously existing clinic will provide this community with access to oral health care where it was once unavailable.     
“Nichole was a pleasure to work with. (She was) conscientious, kind-hearted, detail oriented, and always waiting with a smile—one of the most genuine students I have ever worked with,” said Dr. Amul H. Singh. “I wish her success and happiness in her career. Dentistry is in good hands with practitioners like Nichole.”
About Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. The Foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit