Partners in Our Community: Dr. Kenneth Molen, UCDH

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Dr. Kenneth Molen, DDS

Dr. Kenneth Molen is a general dentist who has been practicing in Utah County since 1980. Dr. Molen has been volunteering his facilities and services to Community Health Connect (CHC) to help others with pressing dental needs for the last seven years. Dr. Molen first became involved with Community Health Connect in 2007 after he founded the Dental Hygiene program at the Utah College of Dental Hygiene (UCDH).  Realizing that the dental hygiene clinic chairs were not being used all of the time Dr. Molen volunteered the use of his clinic resources to begin working with CHC to provide dental services to the underserved.  Over the past seven years hundreds of patients have been helped with the partnership that exists with CHC.

Dr. Molen has been a practicing dentist for over 37 years. He attended and graduated from Loyola College of Dentistry in Chicago Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Brigham Young University in 1961 and a Masters in Education from Chapman College in Santa Ana, California. It was in California where he learned to love teaching and that he learned just how much of a difference one person can make in someone else’s life if they will put forth the effort.

For the last seven years Dr. Molen has also donated his dental clinics at the Utah College of Dental Hygiene for the use of the annual Give Kids A Smile event. Each year a class of 60 dental hygiene students from the Utah College of Dental Hygiene volunteer with local Utah County dental providers to help those with dental and dental hygiene needs. The local impact of the volunteer dentists at the Utah College of Dental Hygiene along with local volunteer dentists and dental hygiene students participating at UCDH totals over one million dollars in dental services for the last seven years.

All this proves that one person can make a difference if they will just open up their heart and volunteer to bless the lives of others.

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