Since Delta Dental began the Loan Repayment program in 2002, 56 private-practice dentists have participated in the Loan Repayment and FIND programs.

These dentists have provided 266,000 patient visits and more than 740,000 dental services to underserved Iowans.




Success Stories

Congratulations to this Iowa dentist who received a 2022 loan repayment award from the FIND Project!

Dr. Kevan Kadavy, Kadavy Orthodontics, Clinton - Dr. Kadavy attended the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics and received a DDS degree in 2015 and a MS and Certificate in Orthodontics in 2017. Following graduation, he worked as an associate in a Bettendorf orthodontic practice until February 2020 when he purchased the Clinton practice of a retiring orthodontist and established Kadavy Orthodontics.


FIND dentists have made a significant impact on improving the oral health and overall health in their communities, as indicated in these success stories:

"Dr. Fencl has been a WONDERFUL partner to our program, and she and her team are always so willing to see our referrals and never leave a child behind. They go above and beyond to make sure children get the care that they need. I can’t think of a more deserving practice!"
Kiane Smith, Elkader & Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association, I-Smile Coordinator for 2021 FIND recipient,

"As a dentist who is very caring and concerned for the welfare of his patients, this award is a well-deserved benefit for Dr. Walls, and also a benefit for Missouri Valley and the surrounding communties."
-  Gary Smith, patient of 2020 FIND recipient 

"I feel so blessed to be a recipient of the reward and this is literally changing these kids lives!!!!  You should see how improving their smile changes their personality."
Dr. Kaci Vela, Orthodontist, 2017 FIND Recipient

"This program and the work of Dr. Johnson has been instrumental to the health of our children in our community today and tomorrow.  The intersectionality of strong oral health contributing to improved education, confidence, and physical health creates a multiplying effect of success for the individual served and will ripple forward for these patients for a lifetime.  We appreciate and value Delta Dental's partnership and impact!!"
- Charla Schafer, Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, sponsor of 2017 FIND Recipient