Summer Smiles: Dental Clinic Renovations Underway

“We planned a clinic makeover where the quality of instruction would remain high within a greatly enhanced environment.”

This summer, MCC community members have even more reasons to smile than ever: by Fall 2011, MCC's Dental Clinic will transform into a dynamic, new learning space for our students and health care facility for our community. The planned renovations will enhance learning, teaching and patient care and further advance MCC's promise to be a primary educator of dental hygienists and dental assistants for Greater Rochester.

Each year, MCC student hygienists and assistants serve more than 5,000 adults and children, under the supervision of licensed dental professionals and instructors. The practical experience gained by serving patients in the clinic prepares our graduates for successful careers in preventative dentistry.

Students, faculty and patients will benefit from this renovated state-of-the-art facility, featuring individual, computerized workstations offering more privacy and resulting in:

  • an improved educational experience for our students and faculty
  • easier discussions between students and patients on confidential matters
  • electronic retrieval of patient information

Renovations entail not only extensive work in the actual dental clinic, but also mechanical work in the ceilings of the rooms below to accommodate the new dental chairs, as well as electric and data lines.

The $250,000+ renovation is possible due to the generosity of donors to the Monroe Community College Foundation. In 2010, Drs. Saroj and T.K. Viswanathan gave a substantial gift to the MCC Foundation to fund the majority of the renovation. MCC Professor Saroj Viswanathan, DDS, known as "Dr. Vis" (pictured above), has been a pillar of MCC's dental program since 1974. Her vision for MCC includes a high-tech, "dream clinic" for students, faculty and patients.

Members of the Seventh District Dental Society and the Monroe County Dental Society also helped fund the renovation.