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Dentist Volunteer Program


We are proud of the work we do in accomplishing our Mission, and the dental professionals at Local Start Dental are the driving force in our excellence. In serving the diverse population of the Durham, NC area, Local Start Dental welcomes volunteer dental professionals and promotes training with dental professionals to meet the needs of our community.

We invite licensed dental professionals in the Triangle area to explore unique opportunities to volunteer, learn, network, and support oral health care for all by getting involved with the Local Start Dental team.

Dental professionals can get involved in a number of ways:


Dental assistants, hygienists, social workers, general practitioners, and specialists can volunteer their skills and time at the clinic. Those who are willing to provide surgery and denture services may be interested in learning and utilizing the new 3D printing technology that the clinic will employ. We can assure you that time spent volunteering at Local Start Dental will be a rewarding experience.


Support our work financially.

Refer Patients in Need

We welcome referrals from area dentists who have patients lacking traditional insurance or who are Medicaid-qualified. We would be delighted to partner with you to support community members without the means to pay for out-of-pocket services (income qualification will be necessary).

Learn More About Professional Development and Training

We hope to build an advanced clinical program available to dentists sometime in 2022.

Learn More About the Advisory Committee

We are grateful to have an active, committed volunteer Advisory Committee composed of local dental professionals. Together, this group has shared feedback, served as ambassadors in the professional community, and offered ideas, suggestions, and support.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Dan Driskill
Dr. Tim Godsey
Dr. Jim Hoke
Dr. Shaina Holman
Dr. Linda Levin

Dr. Frances McClure
Dr. Nicole Messenger
Dr. Lionel Nelson
Dr. Uday Reebye
Mr. Conrad Rensburg

Dr. Samantha Robles
Dr. Andy Ruvo
Dr. Grant Service
Dr. Otis Washington
Dr. Jeffrey West

Dental Professionals at Local Start Are on a Mission

The Mission of Local Start Dental is: “Restoring smiles and confidence for neighbors in need; while advancing the clinical skills of dental professionals.”

We invite dental professionals to join us in achieving our Mission. It informs everything we do – from the type of dental care we provide to the training and development opportunities for dental professionals to our community outreach initiatives.


Our Mission in Action

In our first year of operation, we:

  • Provided dental care to over 1,200 patients in need
  • Served as a training ground for over 50 dental students
  • Collaborated with over 30 community partners
  • Engaged our Advisory Committee of 15 dental professionals

Local Start Dental believes that everyone deserves quality dental care. We are proud to be a part of a community of dental professionals who are committed to making this a reality.

Reach Out to Local Start Dental for More Information

Thank you for your interest in learning more about how you can get involved! Whether you wish to donate, refer a patient, explore training opportunities, or learn more about our advisory committee, we would love to hear from you.

You can reach us at 919.569.5533 or contact us online. Our team is ready to answer any questions you have and can help you take the first steps to get involved with our important Mission. We look forward to hearing from you!