Health and Fitness
June 18, 2015From: Genesis Community Health
When it comes to patients' overall health, Dr. Suzanne Rizzardi of Boynton Beach will focus specifically on the part that their mouths play. Rizzardi is the newest member of the Genesis Community Health staff, and as a dentist, she will care for the oral health of patients who may not completely grasp just how important it is to maintain their dental care.
"As more research is done, more people are beginning to understand how your oral health affects other components of your health, such as your blood pressure and the amount of plaque in your bloodstream that can lead to circulatory blockages," Rizzardi said. "And more people use the ER to deal with oral-related issues than most realize."
Rizzardi is working with Genesis CEO DeAnna Warren to secure funding to begin offering routine, preventative and emergency dental care services for adults and children. They hope to begin seeing dental patients in April 2016.
Genesis recently moved to offices adjacent to the Emergency Room of Bethesda Hospital East, 2815 South Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL. The planned location for the dental clinic will be next door to the hospital. Genesis hopes to attract patients from the Boynton Beach and surrounding areas in need of affordable dental care.
"Currently, Genesis offers a mobile dental health program and preventative dental care services. Our technicians perform oral screenings, fluoride varnish applications, dental sealants and oral hygiene education," said CEO DeAnna Warren. "More serious and urgent dental care needs are referred to our network of dental partners."
Prior to joining Genesis, Rizzardi was a public health dentist for the Palm Beach County Health Department, where she provided diagnostic, surgical and educational services in multiple clinics. She worked on the mobile dental vehicle, performing examinations, placing sealants on the teeth of at-risk children and supervising hygienists and assistants.
She was also a contract dentist for Florida Atlantic University and worked for the Marion Dental Group of Ocala and the Department of Health of Anne Arundel County in Annapolis, MD. Rizzardi earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and her D.D.S. from the University of Maryland College of Dental Surgery in Baltimore.
About Genesis Community Health:
Since opening its doors in 2010, Genesis Community Health has become the medical home for more than 3,000 patients from Boynton Beach and the surrounding area. Genesis is located in Boynton Beach within Bethesda Hospital East, 2815 South Seacrest Boulevard, adjacent to the Emergency Room.
Genesis is a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to promote and provide health care to people of all economic levels, with special sensitivity to the needs of economically disadvantaged people of diverse cultural backgrounds in and around Palm Beach County. Genesis Community Health is an access point of care for patients who traditionally do not have adequate access to the health care system. Genesis is currently funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services, Quantum Foundation and the Palm Healthcare Foundation. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 561.735.6553, visit www.gencomhealth.org.
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