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At CDMI, you will learn from faculty leaders who are committed to excellence in education and patient care. In the classroom and at our dental clinic, you’ll benefit from a technology-rich environment designed to enhance your education. As a CDMI student, you will be a valuable part of a team providing patient-centered, comprehensive oral care founded on the principles of ethical practice, scientific research, and evidence-based decision-making. Throughout your education, our faculty will mentor you and help you gain the skills you need to build your future as a qualified, well-trained dentist.

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Degree

Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.0
  • Approximately 50 semester hours or 80 quarter hours of prerequisite course work
  • DAT academic average score of 18 or higher desired
  • Two letters of recommendation

Length of Program

4 years, full-time

Class Size

130

Class of 2022 Profile

  • Female: 48%
  • Male: 52%
  • Average Age: 24 (Range: 20-39)
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.4
  • Science GPA: 3.3
  • In-State: 28%

Graduation Rates*

Graduating ClassGraduation Rate
Class of 201893%
Class of 201792%
Class of 201695%
Class of 201597%

*Completion within 48 months of matriculation.

Board Statistics (Class of 2018)

ExamPass Rate
National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) Part 198%
National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) Part 295%

Career Plans / Residency Placements (Class of 2017)

Activity# of Graduates
Private Practice Dentist73
Armed Forces4
Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)5
Other6
Dental Graduate Student/Resident/Intern40
AEGD/GPR32
Oral Surgery2
Orthodontics3
Pediatric Dentistry2
Periodontics1

Curriculum

  • Basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences
  • Preclinical simulation studies
  • Practical clinical dentistry
  • Community clinical rotations

Career Opportunities

  • General dental practice
  • Graduate education in any of the dental specialties
  • Armed services (military)
  • Public Health Service or Indian Health Service
  • Dental industry
  • Dental education
  • Dental administration

US Employment Projections through 2026

Employment of dentists is expected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dentists,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dentists.htm (visited September 24, 2018).

Median Salary (2015)*

  • General Dentist: $179,960
  • Specialist: $320,460

*Most recent data.

Munson B, Vujicic M. Dentist Earnings Were Stable in 2015. Health Policy Institute Research Brief. American Dental Association.
December 2016. Available from: http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Science and Research/HPI/Files/HPIBrief_1216_1.pdf .

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To be eligible for enrollment, an applicant must earn a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The College has a preferred minimum BCP science and cumulative GPA over 3.00 (although 3.20 will generally be competitively necessary) on a 4.00 scale.  A bachelor’s degree must be completed before starting the program.

Students seeking admission to CDMI must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation.
  2. Completion of the prerequisite coursework.
    • Grades of “C” or better (grades of “C-” are not acceptable)
  1. Competitive exam scores on the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT).
    • Scores on the DAT must be submitted directly to AADSAS
    • Scores in the area of 18 or higher will be expected for the Academic Average, Reading Comprehension, Perceptual Ability, and Total Science sections
    • Only DAT exam scores earned from tests taken no more than three years prior to matriculation are acceptable
  1. Two letters of recommendation.
    • One must be from either a predental advisory committee or a science professor
    • The CDMI prefers other letters from either someone with a D.O./M.D. or D.D.S./D.M.D. degree and/or professionals who can testify to the integrity and ethical standards of the applicant
    • Letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable
    • All letters of evaluation must be submitted directly by the evaluators to AADSAS
  1. Demonstration of a sincere understanding of, and interest in, the humanitarian ethos of healthcare and particularly dental medicine.
  2. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  3. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous salaried work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  4. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  5. Agreement to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  6. Passing the Midwestern University fingerprinting and criminal background check.

Prerequisite Courses

Courses Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biology with lab812
General Chemistry with lab812
Organic Chemistry with lab46
Anatomy*34
Microbiology34
Physics812
Physiology*34
Biochemistry34
English Composition/Technical Writing69
All science prerequisites must be courses designed for science majors. No survey courses will count to fulfill science requirements.

No grade lower than a C will be accepted for any prerequisite courses (i.e. a grade C– will not be acceptable).

*The Anatomy and Physiology requirements may also be fulfilled by taking Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II, as some universities offer combined courses.

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Midwestern University’s College of Dental Medicine – Illinois (CDMI) is part of an outstanding University with a long tradition of providing exceptional educational experiences to students in medicine, pharmacy, and other health-related disciplines. CDMI students will learn the interprofessional roles that are a part of the delivery of optimal oral health as a component of overall general health. Midwestern University’s CDMI administration and faculty are leaders committed to excellence in education and patient care, who also strive to contribute to the future of the dental profession. The faculty provides a collegial and positive environment for student learning in one of the most worthy and needed professional disciplines of our healthcare system.

Mission

The Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois is dedicated to the education of dentists who will demonstrate excellence in comprehensive oral healthcare and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge.

Vision

The College of Dental Medicine – Illinois is recognized as the leader of oral healthcare in the state of Illinois through its commitment to:

  • Patient-centered, comprehensive oral care founded on the principles of ethical practice, scientific research, and evidence-based decision making
  • An integrated educational program utilizing state-of-the-art resources and practices
  • Engagement in collaborative research, scholarly activity, and translational scholarship for the improvement of overall health
  • The graduation of highly qualified, empathetic oral healthcare professionals who possess the knowledge, skills, judgment, and respect for patients that is required for independent ethical practice

Core Values

The College of Dental Medicine – Illinois will achieve its mission and vision through emphasis on the following goals:

  1. Patient-centered, comprehensive care that holistically considers the entire person in relation to their environment
  2. Innovative educational programs that prepare students for ethical clinical practice of the highest quality
  3. Scholarly achievement and research that emphasizes discovery and the expansion of knowledge in education, learning, and healthcare delivery
  4. Lifelong learning that emphasizes professional development and continuous change, based on science and evidence
  5. Provision of oral healthcare to challenged populations and communities
  6. Leadership in the provision of oral healthcare that is developed among students, faculty, and staff through integrity, innovation, responsibility, and service to the community
  7. Mutual respect and professionalism, modeled by the faculty, that engenders an atmosphere of cooperation, teamwork, shared knowledge, and collegial respect
  8. Diversity that is highly valued and visible among students, staff, faculty, and patients
  9. Development of an interdisciplinary model that prepares practitioners for the healthcare team of the future

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The Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Illinois is accredited by the  Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)  and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is:  http://www.ada.org/en/coda .

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) , 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

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Students on the Downers Grove Campus benefit from a safe and secure suburban learning environment. Located 25 miles west of Chicago, our beautiful gated campus features 105-acres of wooded land and provides students with excellent living and learning opportunities. In addition, the University maintains a strong record of campus safety and has earned several partnership and citizen awards from local fire and police departments.

At Midwestern University, the safety and security of all members of our academic community is a top priority. For more information about our campus safety statistics, visit the national Campus Safety and Security database at http://ope.ed.gov/security/index.aspx .

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American Dental Association (ADA)

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Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS)

Chicago Dental Society (CDS)

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There’s such a sense of professionalism here. Everyone has set a goal to be great in whatever field they chose. I am taking classes with students in all the other programs and everyone is willing to help each other.
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I’m looking forward to just getting into the hospital, starting rotations, and applying what I’ve learned.
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I feel a great sense of responsibility to the University, the CDMI faculty, and future CDMI classes to exceed all expectations for the program.
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It’s been said that family is a haven where you can share the good times and get through the challenges that life can bring.
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I’m really excited about the endless opportunities that lay ahead.
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Being a student at Midwestern University is definitely hard work and fast-paced, but it’s not competitive here. Everyone just wants to help each other and in that aspect it is just really welcoming. People study together and share ideas.
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In our program, we all share notes and study guides with each other and genuinely care about helping our classmates succeed.
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The pharmacists I worked with inspired me to become a pharmacist myself.

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Our Caring Community

Diane Baldemor is a 2014 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program.

Safi Mohammed, College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), Class of 2014.

Chessa Calabrese is a proud member of the inaugural class of the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois.

Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tolu Akinwale is a 2013 graduate in the Chicago College of Pharmacy, where he has learned to provide pharmaceutical care in a wide range of community and institutional settings.

Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program on the Downers Grove Campus.

I cannot wait to be a practitioner who will be able to utilize my understanding of patients’ occupations in therapy in order to help them to live life to the fullest.

Zachary Karlinski is a student in the Chicago College of Pharmacy.

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3450 Lacey Rd
Downers Grove, IL 60515


(630) 743-4500

I recently visited the Eye Institute after a good experience at the dental clinic. The staff, faculty, and students are caring, thorough, and knowledgeable. It did take a while longer than, say, a private practice but it is a teaching institution and is to be expected. It felt good to provide an educational experience to the student doctor (I have a lot of eye issues). The optometrist checked the student’s exam and didn’t hesitate or rush to answer the dozens of questions I had. Huge selection of frames in the optical department too. All in all a great experience and highly recommended!!

They’re awful.
My cousin went back and forth approximately 3 years. Nothing, not a thing was accomplished.
He’d drive to DG, ‘from Chicago,’ only to be told the dentists were too busy to see him. There were times they phoned to cancel; too many times.
We lost track of the ‘dentists’ he’d seen. Each had a different plan, but again, nothing was achieved. Visits are not free.
The alleged dentists do not know what they’re doing.
2.5 years after his first visit, he was told they’d extract then given a temporary plate. $650.00. Outrageous.
Six to either weeks after extractions, he’d be given a permanent, upper denture. How does one eat?

After numerous X-rays, etc, he decided to go elsewhere.

We’d have saved a bundle if he’d seen a ‘genuine’ dentist in the first place. Do not recommend.

Save some money and go somewhere where you are not a guinea pig being studied.

The clinic has been in the process of treating one molar for little over a year. A sudden fracture caused by them drilling to fill it caused excruciating pain for 3 months. Each time I go they study a new technique on it, banding, x-raying, consulting with the impersonal dental teachers, discussing, and now finally I am at the study of my tooth for a root canal. The root-canal that usually is done in a doctors office in one sitting usually in less than 2 hours, takes THREE DAYS over 4 months! Yes, you heard me, THREE blooming days, each session lasting four and one-half hours. Sit through the misery if that is what you want to be done here. If I had a choice I would never have a root canal done in this clinic. My other teeth have also suffered greatly, I am stuck here because of my finances, but soon I will be liberated from this mess. I know.

Think twice if you want a root canal done here. It is the absolute misery of 3 sittings of 4.5 hours each lasting months. Good luck!

This review is strictly for the receptionist at the dental office. Rude, crabby, unhelpful. On their website it specifically states they have urgent care for dental emergencies… I ask about it and she says “no, not anymore!” I explain it’s on the website and she cuts me off and says “well it’s wrong.” I ask for explanation about how the appointment works for a tooth issue and she seemed so annoyed to have to even explain anything to me. A family member told me they were offering free root canals so I ask her about it. Her response “well they might not be free anymore when you come in. They may change the policy.” Probably one of the most unpleasant people I’ve had to make an appointment with!!

Extremely thorough exams at reasonable prices. All work reviewed by supervising doctors. Clean facilities. Only downfall is the time commitment. Takes longer than normal to get an appointment and exams take longer.

I was a little skeptical about making an appointment at MWU, but, my tooth had been hurting and gave every indication that it was about to start ‘screaming’ at me if something wasn’t done PDQ. My dental insurance was lousy and a dentist I had recently seen was lousy, too. So, I decided to give MWU a shot… Since I was in a good deal of pain, I was relieved to get an appointment the next morning.

Driving into the Clinic complex, I was pleased to find a covered parking garage with plenty of space. A very short walk into the building takes you inside a lovely, spacious, waiting area with lots of office staff to handle registration. (On subsequent visits, I have used the ‘sign-in kiosks’.) Within a couple minutes, my student dentist found me in the waiting room and accompanied me up to the dental suites. By this time my anxiety level was high! After all, I was in pain and now I was going to allow a student to poke around in my mouth? Had I lost my mind???

I short order, however, my student dentist had taken a comprehensive history and was ready to begin examining my mouth – the moment of truth – was this guy going to make me gasp in pain or be gentle? The apprehension was so unnecessary! I wasn’t hurt once! Hurrah!

At this dental clinic, you are assigned to a group of four student dentists, as I understand it. My future dentists are Kyle, Lion (sp?), Jordan, and, Tina. Each one is gentle, thorough, and professional. In addition, they are all extremely personable! I’ve had several appointments over the past several weeks. At each step during my procedures, a DMD/DDS checks the work of a student. These licensed dentists are, without exception, personable with me and give detailed feedback and suggestions to the students.

If you are a Type A personality, you may find the pace of the treatments does not suit you… The students are in the process of perfecting their techniques, and, they are learning how to speed up the work they do and still perform each procedure with skill: the pace is slow in comparison to a “normal” dental office.

I’d like to give special recognition to Kyle, the first student dentist to work on my teeth. His skill doing procedures, and his concern with my comfort, made me confident that I could trust the care that would be given to me on future visits. Lion, Jordan, and Tina have cemented that trust.

The bottom line is that Midwestern University is my place for dentistry from now on.

I was told I could leave a review here on YELP and I definitely want too! I started with this place back in May 2018 and was accepted into the program. I was so happy! Since day one everybody has been so awesome down to the front desk staff back up to the two wonderful students that are working on me, Carol Jefries and Anissa Anast, they are totally awesome!! So courteous and so professional and such a delight to visit each time! They definitely get a big A+ in my book. Their knowledge is so great explaining to me all procedures and what can I do to help maintain better care of my teeth. They perform a thorough job on my teeth better than the dentist I had for years. I trust them in their judgment for making the best decision for me what needs to be done. I am so thankful that I found this place after being referred to by a friend of the family who gives great praise too for their service. I am definitely sticking with them for as long as they will take me for sure. And I am glad to be the practice subject for these two fine ladies to learn about everything in dentistry. I also sign up my husband and he was accepted too into the program. I know people might comment on the time it takes to get through your visit but myself I have tons of patience but people need to understand this is a learning experience for all these students. This is how they are going to learn and secede into their careers once they graduate. I am saving lots of money with the program and that is worth it but I am getting the most excellent care that I can ever ask for. So make yourself have the patience for each appointment and it will be well worth it down the line. And I couldn’t have asked for two of the most wonderful students to work on me, I feel blessed. Again they get a big A+++ in my book!! Thank you ladies!!

This is the best comprehensive dental answer that I have found in my years on this earth. It is thorough beyond belief (18 x-rays), with a competence level that is off the charts (all recommendations and conclusions are double checked by professor/supervisors), with a price tag that is typically half to a third of what I have paid at other clinics. This place is a gift to dentistry and the well-being of our oral cavities in general!

The downsides are that everything takes much longer to accomplish. Exams are longer and more appointments are needed, but they operate with clarity and follow a detailed plan meticulously.

I highly recommended this place for anyone with a modicum of patience who wants the best for their mouths.

I had a first oral surgery appointment 2 days ago as part of their Veterans Day dental care offering I had a complicated extraction of a broken formerly crowned premolar. Being from the Midway Airport area of Chicago I was late getting there wandering the maze of toll roads & streets. When I finally got there parking in the free parking tower was easy anf a few feet from the clinic. Once inside though the visit was to be a Veteran’s day freebie I was treated like a VIP. When in the actual clinic all staff were very pleasant, skilled and caring. X rays and local anesthetic placement and the actual extraction bone by Dr. Bertini and a squad of very skilled staff was flawless. No pain, no excessive bleeding and unlike all my prior extractons a senior student placed a number of disolveable sutures in the wound in a marked contrast to all my prior extractions when I was left with a gaping cavity to bleed for days, this time no bleeding. No post op pain & Rx for antibiotc to prevent infection. Clear discharge instructions. A marked contrast to prior experiences at Cook County Hospital Oral Surgery where it was all rushed and rude w no Rxs and rush to send me home bleeding etc. I will recommend this Clinic to all Veterans and all general public. They are the very best. I am doing very well and am eternally grateful. God bless you all.

100% happy with the quality of dental work I’ve received and I have no hesitation going back for my next appointment. This is a teaching school and we as patients, are receiving huge discounts to get dental work done so it’s no problem for me to allow them to put all of their schooling to use on me. I’ve worked with a few different students and all of them have exceeded my expectations and I completely trust all of them.

Great facilities, great staff and more importantly great students!!

The students here are great but the faculty are not consistently good. I didn’t have dental insurance and was due for a root canal. I started coming here in July and did the initial screening. They said it takes 3-4 weeks to get assigned to a Suite or a team.

A month went by and nothing happened. During week 5, I started having terrible pain. I called and said I needed this root canal done. So they said come in for an urgent care appointment. At the end of the urgent care appointment, I asked if all I needed was a crown. The students said no, we didn’t do the root canal, we just got rid of the pain. You’ll have to go through the comprehensive exam first.

So I scheduled that for a month later because they had exams. I did the comprehensive exam and was told that I needed a root canal. Yeah, I know. But they wanted to fix captivities and do a cleaning first. My temporary fix was at the end of the road, so I had to get special permission.

Everything they do will be slow and painful. My root canal still isn’t done and it’s January. They make you sit in the chair for 5 hours at a time with your mouth pried open while the students run around looking for supplies they all of a sudden need.

The students are pretty great and do the best they can. I finally gave up on coming here when a periodontist specialist (faculty) looked at my mouth. He loudly proclaimed that I must do drugs because of the state of my gums and loudly asked personal questions and didn’t believe me when I said my thyroid disease can cause gum problems. The guy was mean and down right terrible to me. The students were embarrassed, but they had to do what he said.

After all this time, yes I saved money on some things. But a regular dentist could have addressed all of my issues by now and I wouldn’t have to miss so much work and wait forever for everything.

If you have extensive work to be done, you’ll wait forever. The faculty may be rude to you and not care about your comfort or satisfaction…. at all. Not coming back!

I’ve been a patient at the dental school for over a year.

Are the students hard working, professional, and accommodating? Yes
Are the fees reasonable for the treatment? Absolutely
Can you get consistent and correct information about your dental/periodontal issues from the faculty/dentists? HELL NO

If you go here just go with the knowledge they are MOST concerned about teaching the students- not necessarily giving the best patient care possible. Sometimes those two things are the same, sometimes they are not.

I was rejected as a patient by the ortho department for reasons I still don’t understand b/c I can’t get a consistent and correct explanation from any faculty. (only one dental student was helpful and honest) One instructor dentist told me I would need teeth extracted for braces- I don’t.

Telling a patient they have problems they do not have is bad care- and just weird.

Initially, I had a good experience here. My husband had a partial made at this school 3 years ago and I had a free filling done by a student who ended up graduating shortly thereafter (although, she gave me a Sephora gift card before she left, just for being her patient :D) The prices were half that of a regular dental facility and the staff was extremely nice. You are assigned to a student who gets a treatment plan going and it used to be that they would pretty much ask you what you wanted to get done. Well, we called back today to ask a question about his partial and we were redirected to a suite “receptionist”. The students used to answer. When my husband stated that he needed to speak to a student, she urged that he ABSOLUTELY needed to come in to update his treatment plan. When we asked the cost of a single cleaning she became rather impatient, put us on hold and came back with “you have to have X Rays, treatment planning, and screening”. Ok. How much? 120.00 without a cleaning? Nokay. We kept asking to speak to a student. She kept pressing coming in and said “have at least 140 on you when come in”. When I got on the phone after she wouldn’t shut up about the stupid plan, and told her that my epileptic husband and I just finished paying mass doctor bills for his hospital stays and Dr. Appointments and wouldn’t have the money, she caught major attitude. I’m sorry, how dare I have a bad financial month!

She over talked us the whole time and when I had to be a little firm to get her to listen she hung up on me. The students never would have done that. And they raised their prices. They’re all about money now, no if, ands or buts. Save your time and cash and go to a solid dentist. You’ll probably end up paying a little more than this place and if you have insurance, less out of pocket depending on your insurance and where you go.

Went to my new dentist today. Extensive x-rays, exam, dicussion with dentist, and thorough teeth cleaning. When I left I knew exactly what I needed done, why it needs doing, and what it will cost. I will review them and give them 5 stars.

A solid 3 stars.

The dental school is quite well put together, very clean, and majority of people are very helpful. In a pinch, they can get you in fairly quickly to be seen initially however that’s where the expedited service ends. I needed a procedure done and was in extreme pain, the soonest date of service was well over a month away. Not good for me at all, but I was told that I would be given a prescription for pain meds and antibiotics to control swelling and pain.

That’s not what happened.

My dental student, Stephen Skullborstad was phenomenal. Very professional and kind even though he did make me cry. I have no tolerance for dental pain haha. After our consult is where it all went south…. Dr. Mary Kramer, Clinical Faculty Member is by far the least caring or compassionate person I’ve encountered at this facility.

So after being told I would have enough medication to last until my next appointment, I went to the pharmacy to pick it up. I was then informed that there were NO refills!!! Uh wait, what? I called the school back for over a week before I finally was able to speak to Mary. I was told I would need to become a regular patient and have more comprehensive exams (translation give us more $$$). I decided to cancel my appointment MORE THAN A MONTH IN ADVANCE and was hung up on.

So then I received a few harassing letters telling me what a horrible person I am for not caring about my teeth and skipping out on my appointment.

If there were a way to ensure I did NOT have to deal with this awful woman, I’d be back. I guess that’s what I get for being cheap. Haha

Although a bit outta the way, it’s still the best option for cash patients.

I have nothing bad to say about the dental school, the cleanliness of the facility, and the availability of parking. I live in Chicago and was referred to MWU by a dentist from CCDPH, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. My impression was that I was going from one “ghetto” to another; however, I was astounded by the professionalism of the staff, the students, and the faculty. The patient lobbies are soothingly decorated, and we all need that when going in for an extraction, a root canal, or oral surgery! I tell my assigned students of the last time I went to a private dentist, and developing oral thrush a few days thereafter — indicating they probably didn’t sterilize their instruments, or used contaminated ones in my mouth! Due to that bad experience, I am always aware of the environment in which I will be worked on. At MWU I have found nothing to complain about. Even the restrooms are impeccable. The Hispanic cleaning lady, does an excellent job at maintaining the restrooms serviced and refreshed. The drinking fountain on the first floor is always clean. I usually don’t drink from most fountains because you always have the ignorant people who spit, or leave some sort of disgusting debris on the fountain. This is not the case at MWU!

I also wanted to point out that the first student I had (he already graduated), was excellent. He did extensive restoration work on my teeth, since I suffer from dry mouth, and was having a severe case of erosion. The student I currently have is a D-3; she’s a bit timid and I can tell she is because her nerves make her a bit talkative, but I understand… I was a student myself at one time and know how it feels. I often feel like telling her, “just do it, and if it’s not right, do it all over until you learn.” If it weren’t for patients like us, willing to have students practice on our mouth, we wouldn’t have such excellent dentists graduating from MWU! Things usually run at a slower pace in a dental university, because everything the students do or plan is discussed, and checked by Board Certified Dental Staff.

I also wanted to point out that MWU has an excellent Hardship Assistance program for those who are financially disadvantaged. I applied for the dental (since dental is so expensive), and it wasn’t difficult at all — unlike asking for SNAP benefits! Robin Wett is very gracious, patient, and kind. She is in charge of processing the Hardship applications, and efficient in responding to your application in a timely manner. I must mention that if you plan on enrolling for the Chiropractic, Optic, or other services, and you want to apply for Hardship, I was told you have to apply separately; which shouldn’t be difficult if you kept copies of everything you submitted for the first application.

Overall, I think the place is beautiful; the people are tremendously patient, professional and friendly to the patients, and I would highly recommend the place to anyone who has difficulty paying a regular dentist, or whatever services MWU provides. Mind you, not everything is covered, and not everyone gets 100% coverage –it’s all based on your income and household size among a few other things. Oh, and after ending your visit to the clinics, you can run over to the nearby shopping strips and wait till your dental anesthetic (as an example) wears out, so you can go dine in the nearby restaurants!

Midwestern University Dental clinic accepted me as a patient and I have had nothing but good experiences since! My dental students Brian and Josh have been phenomenal, they will be an asset to any office that hires them. I am sure they will make excellent Dentist when they graduate. Procedures take a while to get done as everything must be approved by the faculty. That is fine for me I need a lot of work done and the prices are very reasonable and it is a plus they accept my dental insurance. The place is clean, they are very hygiene conscious and their technology is state of the art. I am glad I found this place and it is great for people who don’t have dental insurance. Appointments may take all morning but they only take care of you and the appointments run right on schedule.

The dental clinic here is amazing! I have visited several times and had nothing but positive experiences. My student dentist, Laura Martinsen is the BEST! She does a great job, is very calm and relaxed, and works really hard to accommodate my schedule for appointments. 5 stars! Beautiful facility and those students work really hard.

The Dental School is absolutely fantastic!! The quality of service, price & the professional manner in which everything is handled is amazing!! Jon Szleszinski (dental student) handled an enormous amount of work I needed done painlessly with the expertise of a licensed Dentist!! That comes from someone that hated Dentists all of his life!!!

Lovely new clinic. A real asset to the community. Dental clinic is open now with other specialities such as the speech and language clinic opening next month.

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  • Christina M.

    “At each step during my procedures, a DMD/DDS checks the work of a student .” in 11 reviews

  • Vanessa S.

    “I have nothing bad to say about the dental school , the cleanliness of the facility, and the availability of parking.” in 4 reviews

  • Len K.

    “ X rays and local anesthetic placement and the actual extraction bone by Dr. Bertini and a squad of very skilled staff was flawless.” in 2 reviews

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    8/30/2018

    I recently visited the Eye Institute after a good experience at the dental clinic. The staff, faculty, and students are caring, thorough, and knowledgeable. It did take a while longer than, say, a private practice but it is a teaching institution and is to be expected. It felt good to provide an educational experience to the student doctor (I have a lot of eye issues). The optometrist checked the student’s exam and didn’t hesitate or rush to answer the dozens of questions I had. Huge selection of frames in the optical department too. All in all a great experience and highly recommended!!

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    11/13/2018

    They’re awful.
    My cousin went back and forth approximately 3 years. Nothing, not a thing was accomplished.
    He’d drive to DG, ‘from Chicago,’ only to be told the dentists were too busy to see him. There were times they phoned to cancel; too many times.
    We lost track of the ‘dentists’ he’d seen. Each had a different plan, but again, nothing was achieved. Visits are not free.
    The alleged dentists do not know what they’re doing.
    2.5 years after his first visit, he was told they’d extract then given a temporary plate. $650.00. Outrageous.
    Six to either weeks after extractions, he’d be given a permanent, upper denture. How does one eat?

    After numerous X-rays, etc, he decided to go elsewhere.

    We’d have saved a bundle if he’d seen a ‘genuine’ dentist in the first place. Do not recommend.

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    11/15/2018


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    3/15/2018


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    Save some money and go somewhere where you are not a guinea pig being studied.

    The clinic has been in the process of treating one molar for little over a year. A sudden fracture caused by them drilling to fill it caused excruciating pain for 3 months. Each time I go they study a new technique on it, banding, x-raying, consulting with the impersonal dental teachers, discussing, and now finally I am at the study of my tooth for a root canal.  The root-canal that usually is done in a doctors office in one sitting usually in less than 2 hours, takes THREE DAYS over 4 months! Yes, you heard me, THREE blooming days, each session lasting four and one-half hours. Sit through the misery if that is what you want to be done here. If I had a choice I would never have a root canal done in this clinic.  My other teeth have also suffered greatly, I am stuck here because of my finances, but soon I will be liberated from this mess. I know.  

    Think twice if you want a root canal done here. It is the absolute misery of 3 sittings of 4.5 hours each lasting months. Good luck!

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    11/2/2017

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    I’ve been visiting here a couple of years now. The dental students clinic. The initial student was…
    I’ve been visiting here a couple of years now. The dental students clinic. The initial student was excellent, he provided me a plan of action did a thorough checkup and then took care of items one by one. He missed some vital information he should have given me on my first visit.  I overlooked it. In came the second student, he says did not do an initial check up, never provided a plan of action, never calls to find out how the patient is after the procedure. Initially they caused a invisible fracture in one of my tooth, that took months to recover, they tried different methods, such as binding. All the time suffering in excruciating pain, of heat/cold sensitivity and pressure pains.  This went on for 3 months, not once did that student call to find out my status. Then it was root canal for this tooth, in the meanwhile he had completely neglected my teeth that one suddenly decayed and touche the root infecting 4 of my upper teeth on the right.

    Isn’t this why you go to the dentist? As a preventative measure at best then to treat problems. You cannot complain, they protect each other and I still don’t know who his boss is or the bosses boss. One Dentist protecting the other.  Is this the type of student learning experience they provide their students at the expense of milking the patient of money and causing incomparable suffering.  

    Of all things I have really good teeth! Please be cautious if you go here, it is a hit or miss with the students, you might be luckier than me.  

    I can’t wait to find a better place.  In the search.
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    8/8/2018

    This review is strictly for the receptionist at the dental office. Rude, crabby, unhelpful. On their website it specifically states they have urgent care for dental emergencies… I ask about it and she says “no, not anymore!” I explain it’s on the website and she cuts me off and says “well it’s wrong.” I ask for explanation about how the appointment works for a tooth issue and she seemed so annoyed to have to even explain anything to me. A family member told me they were offering free root canals so I ask her about it. Her response “well they might not be free anymore when you come in. They may change the policy.” Probably one of the most unpleasant people I’ve had to make an appointment with!!

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    9/6/2017

    Extremely thorough exams at reasonable prices. All work reviewed by supervising doctors.  Clean facilities.  Only downfall is the time commitment. Takes longer than normal to get an appointment and exams take longer.

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    9/23/2016

    I was a little skeptical about making an appointment at MWU, but, my tooth had been hurting and gave every indication that it was about to start ‘screaming’ at me if something wasn’t done PDQ. My dental insurance was lousy and a dentist I had recently seen was lousy, too. So, I decided to give MWU a shot… Since I was in a good deal of pain, I was relieved to get an appointment the next morning.

    Driving into the Clinic complex, I was pleased to find a covered parking garage with plenty of space. A very short walk into the building takes you inside a lovely, spacious, waiting area with lots of office staff to handle registration. (On subsequent visits, I have used the ‘sign-in kiosks’.) Within a couple minutes, my student dentist found me in the waiting room and accompanied me up to the dental suites. By this time my anxiety level was high! After all, I was in pain and now I was going to allow a student to poke around in my mouth? Had I lost my mind???

    I short order, however, my student dentist had taken a comprehensive history and was ready to begin examining my mouth – the moment of truth – was this guy going to make me gasp in pain or be gentle? The apprehension was so unnecessary! I wasn’t hurt once! Hurrah!

    At this dental clinic, you are assigned to a group of four student dentists, as I understand it. My future dentists are Kyle, Lion (sp?), Jordan, and, Tina. Each one is gentle, thorough, and professional. In addition, they are all extremely personable! I’ve had several appointments over the past several weeks. At each step during my procedures, a DMD/DDS checks the work of a student. These licensed dentists are, without exception, personable with me and give detailed feedback and suggestions to the students.

    If you are a Type A personality, you may find the pace of the treatments does not suit you… The students are in the process of perfecting their techniques, and, they are learning how to speed up the work they do and still perform each procedure with skill: the pace is slow in comparison to a “normal” dental office.

    I’d like to give special recognition to Kyle, the first student dentist to work on my teeth. His skill doing procedures, and his concern with my comfort, made me confident that I could trust the care that would be given to me on future visits. Lion, Jordan, and Tina have cemented that trust.

    The bottom line is that Midwestern University is my place for dentistry from now on.

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    7/12/2018

    I was told I could leave a review here on YELP and I definitely want too!  I started with this place back in May 2018 and was accepted into the program.  I was so happy!  Since day one everybody has been so awesome down to the front desk staff back up to the two wonderful students that are working on me, Carol Jefries and Anissa Anast, they are totally awesome!! So courteous and so professional and such a delight to visit each time!  They definitely get a big A+ in my book.  Their knowledge is so great explaining to me all procedures and what can I do to help maintain better care of my teeth.  They perform a thorough job on my teeth better than the dentist I had for years.  I trust them in their judgment for making the best decision for me what needs to be done.  I am so thankful that I found this place after being referred to by a friend of the family who gives great praise too for their service.  I am definitely sticking with them for as long as they will take me for sure.  And I am glad to be the practice subject for these two fine ladies to learn about everything in dentistry.  I also sign up my husband and he was accepted too into the program.  I know people might comment on the time it takes to get through your visit but myself I have tons of patience but people need to understand this is a learning experience for all these students.  This is how they are going to learn and secede into their careers once they graduate.  I am saving lots of money with the program and that is worth it but I am getting the most excellent care that I can ever ask for.  So make yourself have the patience for each appointment and it will be well worth it down the line.  And I couldn’t have asked for two of the most wonderful students to work on me, I feel blessed.  Again they get a big A+++ in my book!!  Thank you ladies!!

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    6/20/2016


    • 30 check-ins

    This is the best comprehensive dental answer that I have found in my years on this earth. It is thorough beyond belief (18 x-rays), with a competence level that is off the charts (all recommendations and conclusions are double checked by professor/supervisors), with a price tag that is typically half to a third of what I have paid at other clinics. This place is a gift to dentistry and the well-being of our oral cavities in general!

    The downsides are that everything takes much longer to accomplish. Exams are longer and more appointments are needed, but they operate with clarity and follow a detailed plan meticulously.

    I highly recommended this place for anyone with a modicum of patience who wants the best for their mouths.

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    11/13/2017

    I had a first oral surgery appointment 2 days ago as part of their Veterans Day dental care offering I had a complicated extraction of a broken formerly crowned premolar. Being from the Midway Airport area of Chicago I was late getting there wandering the maze of toll roads & streets. When I finally got there parking in the free parking tower was easy anf a few feet from the clinic. Once inside though the visit was to be a Veteran’s day freebie I was treated like a VIP. When in the actual clinic all staff were very pleasant, skilled and caring. X rays and local anesthetic placement and the actual extraction bone by Dr. Bertini and a squad of very skilled staff was flawless. No pain, no excessive bleeding and unlike all my prior extractons a senior student placed a number of disolveable sutures in the wound in a marked contrast to all my prior extractions when I was left with a gaping cavity to bleed for days, this time no bleeding. No post op pain & Rx for antibiotc to prevent infection. Clear discharge instructions. A marked contrast to prior experiences at Cook County Hospital Oral Surgery where it was all rushed and rude w no Rxs and rush to send me home bleeding etc. I will recommend this Clinic to all Veterans and all general public. They are the very best. I am doing very well and am eternally grateful. God bless you all.

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    6/19/2017

    100% happy with the quality of dental work I’ve received and I have no hesitation going back for my next appointment.  This is a teaching school and we as patients, are receiving huge discounts to get dental work done so it’s no problem for me to allow them to put all of their schooling to use on me.  I’ve worked with a few different students and all of them have exceeded my expectations and I completely trust all of them.  

    Great facilities, great staff and more importantly great students!!

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    1/26/2016

    The students here are great but the faculty are not consistently good. I didn’t have dental insurance and was due for a root canal. I started coming here in July and did the initial screening. They said it takes 3-4 weeks to get assigned to a Suite or a team.

    A month went by and nothing happened. During week 5, I started having terrible pain. I called and said I needed this root canal done. So they said come in for an urgent care appointment. At the end of the urgent care appointment, I asked if all I needed was a crown. The students said no, we didn’t do the root canal, we just got rid of the pain. You’ll have to go through the comprehensive exam first.

    So I scheduled that for a month later because they had exams. I did the comprehensive exam and was told that I needed a root canal. Yeah, I know. But they wanted to fix captivities and do a cleaning first. My temporary fix was at the end of the road, so I had to get special permission.

    Everything they do will be slow and painful. My root canal still isn’t done and it’s January. They make you sit in the chair for 5 hours at a time with your mouth pried open while the students run around looking for supplies they all of a sudden need.

    The students are pretty great and do the best they can. I finally gave up on coming here when a periodontist specialist (faculty) looked at my mouth. He loudly proclaimed that I must do drugs because of the state of my gums and loudly asked personal questions and didn’t believe me when I said my thyroid disease can cause gum problems. The guy was mean and down right terrible to me. The students were embarrassed, but they had to do what he said.

    After all this time, yes I saved money on some things. But a regular dentist could have addressed all of my issues by now and I wouldn’t have to miss so much work and wait forever for everything.

    If you have extensive work to be done, you’ll wait forever. The faculty may be rude to you and not care about your comfort or satisfaction…. at all. Not coming back!

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    1/13/2016

    I’ve been a patient at the dental school for over a year.

    Are the students hard working, professional, and accommodating? Yes
    Are the fees reasonable for the treatment? Absolutely
    Can you get consistent and correct information about your dental/periodontal issues from the faculty/dentists? HELL NO

    If you go here just go with the knowledge they are MOST concerned about teaching the students- not necessarily giving the best patient care possible. Sometimes those two things are the same, sometimes they are not.

    I was rejected as a patient by the ortho department for reasons I still don’t understand b/c I can’t get a consistent and correct explanation from any faculty. (only one dental student was helpful and honest) One instructor dentist told me I would need teeth extracted for braces- I don’t.  

    Telling a patient they have problems they do not have is bad care- and just weird.

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    Thank you for your time in completing this review, as it is an opportunity for us to…
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    Thank you for your time in completing this review, as it is an opportunity for us to improve our service in the future. Midwestern University is committed to providing the highest quality of patient care. In light of patient privacy laws, we do not address patient care questions in public forums. If you wish to discuss any concerns confidentially, we encourage you to contact our Manager of Patient Services at (630) 743-4598.
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    4/4/2017

    Initially, I had a good experience here.  My husband had a partial made at this school 3 years ago and I had a free filling done by a student who ended up graduating shortly thereafter (although, she gave me a Sephora gift card before she left, just for being her patient :D) The prices were half that of a regular dental facility and the staff was extremely nice.  You are assigned to a student who gets a treatment plan going and it used to be that they would pretty much ask you what you wanted to get done. Well, we called back today to ask a question about his partial and we were redirected to a suite “receptionist”. The students used to answer.  When my husband stated that he needed to speak to a student, she urged that he ABSOLUTELY needed to come in to update his treatment plan.  When we asked the cost of a single cleaning she became rather impatient, put us on hold and came back with “you have to have X Rays, treatment planning, and screening”.  Ok.  How much?  120.00 without a cleaning? Nokay.  We kept asking to speak to a student.  She kept pressing coming in and said “have at least 140 on you when come in”.  When I got on the phone after she wouldn’t shut up about the stupid plan, and told her that my epileptic husband and I just finished paying mass doctor bills for his hospital stays and Dr. Appointments and wouldn’t have the money, she caught major attitude. I’m sorry, how dare I have a bad financial month!

    She over talked us the whole time and when I had to be a little firm to get her to listen she hung up on me.  The students never would have done that.  And they raised their prices.   They’re all about money now, no if, ands or buts.   Save your time and cash and go to a solid dentist.  You’ll probably end up paying a little more than this place and if you have insurance, less out of pocket depending on your insurance and where you go.

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    6/13/2017


    Updated review

    Went to my new dentist today. Extensive x-rays, exam, dicussion with dentist, and thorough teeth cleaning. When I left I knew exactly what I needed done, why it needs doing, and what it will cost. I will review them and give them 5 stars.

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    6/12/2017

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    I was very hopeful that this would be a positive experience. The front desk person was very nice,…
    I was very hopeful that this would be a positive experience. The front desk person was very nice, the person who took me back to the dentist was very nice, the dentist was very nice. This was a pre-checkup so I expected nothing to happen – they were evaluating me to see if their service would work for me. I essentially have good teeth and am in excellent health – need my teeth cleaned at a reasonable price. This visit was $10 – no big deal. Second visit would be a very extensive exam, x-rays, and more evaluation – expected fee $100 and still no teeth cleaning. Third visit we’d go over all findings – absolutely no estimate of cost available and most likely still no teeth cleaning. Fourth visit would finally be the teeth cleaning – absolutely no estimate of cost available. Meantime the dentist was “selling” me on having fillings in every one of my teeth along the gum line so they “would look better.” Keep in mind they are not bothering me. When I arrived home I texted my neighbor and asked if she has a local dentist she likes – should have done this first – and she did. Dentist has a cancellation tomorrow so I took that appointment. Full teeth cleaning, x-rays, and exam. Total cost for new patient with no dental coverage? $99. BOOM! Will go there tomorrow and in 2 WEEKS when the Dental Clinic calls me, I will tell them I have decided against them.
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    9/21/2014


    • 2 check-ins

    A solid 3 stars.

    The dental school is quite well put together, very clean, and majority of people are very helpful. In a pinch, they can get you in fairly quickly to be seen initially however that’s where the expedited service ends. I needed a procedure done and was in extreme pain, the soonest date of service was well over a month away. Not good for me at all, but I was told that I would be given a prescription for pain meds and antibiotics to control swelling and pain.

    That’s not what happened.

    My dental student, Stephen Skullborstad was phenomenal. Very professional and kind even though he did make me cry. I have no tolerance for dental pain haha. After our consult is where it all went south…. Dr. Mary Kramer, Clinical Faculty Member is by far the least caring or compassionate person I’ve encountered at this facility.

    So after being told I would have enough medication to last until my next appointment, I went to the pharmacy to pick it up. I was then informed that there were NO refills!!! Uh wait, what? I called the school back for over a week before I finally was able to speak to Mary. I was told I would need to become a regular patient and have more comprehensive exams (translation give us more $$$). I decided to cancel my appointment MORE THAN A MONTH IN ADVANCE and was hung up on.

    So then I received a few harassing letters telling me what a horrible person I am for not caring about my teeth and skipping out on my appointment.

    If there were a way to ensure I did NOT have to deal with this awful woman, I’d be back. I guess that’s what I get for being cheap. Haha

    Although a bit outta the way, it’s still the best option for cash patients.

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    12/22/2015

    I have nothing bad to say about the dental school, the cleanliness of the facility, and the availability of parking.  I live in Chicago and was referred to MWU by a dentist from CCDPH, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  My impression was that I was going from one “ghetto” to another; however, I was astounded by the professionalism of the staff, the students, and the faculty.  The patient lobbies are soothingly decorated, and we all need that when going in for an extraction, a root canal, or oral surgery!  I tell my assigned students of the last time I went to a private dentist, and developing oral thrush a few days thereafter — indicating they probably didn’t sterilize their instruments, or used contaminated ones in my mouth!  Due to that bad experience, I am always aware of the environment in which  I will be worked on.  At MWU I have found nothing to complain about.  Even the restrooms are impeccable.  The Hispanic cleaning lady, does an excellent job at maintaining the restrooms serviced and refreshed.  The drinking fountain on the first floor is always clean.  I usually don’t drink from most fountains because you always have the ignorant people who spit, or leave some sort of disgusting debris on the fountain.  This is not the case at MWU!  

    I also wanted to point out that the first student I had (he already graduated), was excellent.  He did extensive restoration work on my teeth, since I suffer from dry mouth, and was having a severe case of erosion.  The student I currently have is a D-3; she’s a bit timid and I can tell she is because her nerves make her a bit talkative, but I understand… I was a student myself at one time and know how it feels.  I often feel like telling her, “just do it, and if it’s not right, do it all over until you learn.”  If it weren’t for patients like us, willing to have students practice on our mouth, we wouldn’t have such excellent dentists graduating from MWU!  Things usually run at a slower pace in a dental university, because everything the students do or plan is discussed, and checked by Board Certified Dental Staff.

    I also wanted to point out that MWU has an excellent Hardship Assistance program for those who are financially disadvantaged.  I applied for the dental (since dental is so expensive), and it wasn’t difficult at all — unlike asking for SNAP benefits!  Robin Wett is very gracious, patient, and kind.  She is  in charge of processing the Hardship applications, and efficient in responding to your application in a timely manner. I must mention that if you plan on enrolling for the Chiropractic, Optic, or other services, and you want to apply for Hardship, I was told you have to apply separately; which shouldn’t be difficult if you kept copies of everything you submitted for the first application.

    Overall, I think the place is beautiful; the people are tremendously patient, professional and friendly to the patients, and I would highly recommend the place to anyone who has difficulty paying a regular dentist, or whatever services MWU provides. Mind you, not everything is covered, and not everyone gets 100% coverage –it’s all based on your income and household size among a few other things.  Oh, and after ending your visit to the clinics, you can run over to the nearby shopping strips and wait till your dental anesthetic (as an example) wears out, so you can go dine in the nearby restaurants!

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    3/4/2015

    Midwestern University Dental clinic accepted me as a patient and I have had nothing but good experiences since! My dental students Brian and Josh have been phenomenal, they will be an asset to any office that hires them. I am sure they will make excellent Dentist when they graduate. Procedures take a while to get done as everything must be approved by the faculty. That is fine for me I need a lot of work done and the prices are very reasonable and it is a plus they accept my dental insurance. The place is clean, they are very hygiene conscious and their technology is state of the art. I am glad I found this place and it is great for people who don’t have dental insurance. Appointments may take all morning but they only take care of you and the appointments run right on schedule.

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    2/19/2015

    The dental clinic here is amazing! I have visited several times and had nothing but positive experiences. My student dentist, Laura Martinsen is the BEST! She does a great job, is very calm and relaxed, and works really hard to accommodate my schedule for appointments. 5 stars! Beautiful facility and those students work really hard.

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    9/16/2014

    The Dental School is absolutely fantastic!! The quality of service, price & the professional manner in which everything is handled is amazing!! Jon Szleszinski (dental student) handled an enormous amount of work I needed done painlessly with the expertise of a licensed Dentist!! That comes from someone that hated Dentists all of his life!!!

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    7/29/2013


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    Lovely new clinic. A real asset to the community. Dental clinic is open now with other specialities such as the speech and language clinic opening next month.

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