"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, I-Smile Coordinator, Elkader & Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association

"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




Success Stories

Since Delta Dental began the Loan Repayment program in 2002, 55 private-practice dentists have participated in the Loan Repayment and FIND programs to provide 223,000 patient visits and more than 638,000 dental services to underserved Iowans.

Congratulations to three Iowa dentists who received 2021 loan repayment awards from the FIND Project!

Dr. Kent Downing, Main Street Dental, Marshalltown
Dr. Downing is a 2015 graduate of Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Downers Grove, IL. Following graduation, he joined Hintz Family Dentistry, and in May 2016, became lead dentist at their Marshalltown location. In June 2020, Dr. Downing purchased that practice and the practice of a retiring dentist and established Main Street Dental.

Dr. Carolyn Duong, Gentle Family Dentists, Muscatine/West Liberty – Dr. Duong is a 2018 graduate of The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. After graduation, she joined Gentle Family Dentists as an associate with Drs. Carol and Roberto Moreno. In January 2020, Dr. Duong became a partner in the practice and alternates her time between the Muscatine and West Liberty offices. 

Dr. Annalee Fencl, Northeast Iowa Pediatric Dentistry, Decorah Dr. Fencl graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics in 2013 and finished her pediatric residency there in 2015. Following graduation, she purchased a building in Decorah and started a new solo pediatric dental practice. With the closest pediatric dentist 60 miles away, Dr. Fencl serves Winneshiek County families and also a large number of children from surrounding counties.