Dr. Nestor Santos sitting and Dr. Marc Michalowicz standing and reviewing a tooth X-ray on a computer screen

Dental Medicine

Specialized Dental Care for People with Physical & Developmental Disabilities

The Dental Medicine Service is a model program for the treatment of patients who present the most challenging dental cases, as well the training of specialized dental professionals. Since 1957, the service has continually provided a full scope of dental services to individuals with physical challenges and intellectual impairments.

Due to their medical condition, these patients usually have special needs when it comes to dental care. For instance, they may have intractable seizures or be unable to transfer from a wheelchair to a standard dental chair. These challenges may have discouraged them from receiving the dental care they need. The service treats approximately 3,000 patients each year, including individuals who live in 150 group homes from throughout a wide geographic area.

Treatment Staff

The staff interacts closely with the patient’s family and caretakers. Because in many cases they need to overcome past negative experiences the patient has encountered, the staff takes the time to explain in detail what services will be performed and how they will be delivered.

The staff is comprised of a dedicated team, including dentists and assistants, who treat adults and children.

Because the service limits its practice to serving individuals with disabilities, its members excel in evaluating the patient’s physical and mental capabilities, as well as any limitations, and in developing an appropriate treatment plan.


The Service provides routine dental/oral healthcare. A doctor is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Educational Opportunities

*We are not accepting applications for our General Practice Residency for the 2022-2023 training year

Complimenting the provision of patient care is the other half of the department’s mission: serving as a training center for professionals. Since 1987, the department has provided a training program for dentists who want to obtain the specialized skills required to work with special populations. Since 2013, we have added an ADA accredited general practice residency which accepts three dentists per year. These individuals have gone on to practice at major medical centers – such as Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, Waterbury Hospital, and Yale-New Haven Medical Center in Connecticut, Children’s Hospital in Boston, University of Alabama, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Marquette University, and Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey – entered private practice, and have established unique services, such as the Special Patient Care and HIV Clinic at Albany Medical Center. Our graduates have been accepted into post-graduate programs at Harvard University, University of Michigan, New York University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, Cleveland MetroHealth Center, St. Barnabas Hospital, Columbia University, UCLA, Boston University, SUNY-Stony Brook, Nova Southeastern University, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Brookdale University Medical Center, and Jacksonville University.

Contact Us

For additional information on any of our services, or to make an appointment, we encourage you to contact us directly. The Dental Medicine Service accepts referrals from dentists, physicians, and other health care providers, or you may make an appointment for an evaluation and treatment.

845-786-4289 OR 1-888-70-REHAB, ext. 4289

FAX: 845-786-4938

"You gave me the help I needed to recover and rebuild my confidence in myself to handle the challenges I’m about to embark on for the rest of my life." 

For more information, please contact the 
HHH Dental Medicine Service: 

1-888-70-REHAB ext. 4097

Fax: 845-786-4938