Children’s Volunteer Health Network
(CVHN) welcomes Dr. Paula Gardner as the new restorative dental provider. Along with this new addition to the team, CVHN is expanding its oral health care reach with the addition of a second mobile dental bus. This will allow their mobile dental team to provide preventative and long term dental solutions to children without access to dental care or insurance coverage.
“We are very blessed to have Dr. Paula Gardner join our team to lead our restorative dentistry effort. She brings a wealth of experience treating at risk kids and has a heart to serve,” said Kelley Mossburg, Executive Director. “We knew immediately when we met Dr. Gardner that she was the right person for CVHN. With the addition of our new Mobile dental clinic, which will be outfitted to treat kids with emergent dental issues, we will be able to magnify our impact here in Walton and Okaloosa counties.”
After completing the Dental Assisting program at Gulf Coast Community College, Dr. Gardner attended the University of the Pacific Dental School in San Francisco. She went on to practice 23 years in general dentistry with 17 of those years in her own private practice in Sonoma County, CA. Her passion for providing oral health care to underserved children grew through her involvement in the last six years spent in Community Health Centers in both California and Hawaii.
“I am excited to begin this next chapter of my life with Children’s Volunteer Health Network. This organization not only provides a deep impact to the Emerald Coast, but it also shares my passion for faith based mission,” said Dr. Gardner. “Being able to provide care and a positive dental experience has continued to fuel my desire to help children growing up in conditions out of their control.”
The new addition of Dr. Gardner and the second bus will allow CVHN to expand its services into restorative care. In addition to maintaining annual and preventative dental visits, this allows the repair or restoration of damaged dental structures with procedures, such as fillings, crowns and more. In the interim as CVHN awaits the second bus, Dr. Gardner will see children on the current bus with limited emergency non-aerosol generating procedures to eliminate pain and swelling. The second bus is currently in the design process and is expected to begin serving Okaloosa and Walton county schools in 2022.