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Bellingham, WA 98225

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“The goal is to calm fears and build relationships.”

When an adult is afraid to go to the dentist, it’s often because their first dental experience as a child was traumatic. The Mobile Dental Program at Unity Care NW aims to prevent this, by providing dental care to Whatcom County children in a comfortable setting – at their school. Dental Assistant La’Renda “Ren” Tenkley has been a part of the Mobile Dental team for nearly 10 years and describes how providing services in a safe and familiar setting can make all the difference for future dental visits. “The goal is to calm fears and build relationships,” she says, “creating a positive experience with dentistry that we hope will last a lifetime.”

Ren, who received her training at Bellingham Technical College, is out with the Mobile Dental team 3 to 4 days each week. The Mobile Dental Team makes at least one visit, and sometimes two or three visits, to day care centers, Head Start programs, and elementary and secondary schools throughout Whatcom County. The team includes dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants like Ren. A dentist is always present at the first visit of the year at each school. Dental hygienists provide cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and make referrals for follow-up or specialty care.


Mobile dental visits occur from September to May. Finding time to schedule a dental visit during an already busy school day can be challenging. The Mobile Dental Program’s Coordinator and Assistant cover logistics. Mobile Dental Program staff, educators, school nurses, and parents all contribute to the success of the program. Ren and her team do everything they can to make it work at each school.  “We will set up wherever they can place us,” including in the school office.

There is no charge for dental services delivered during a mobile dental visit, and all children are invited to be seen.  What Ren enjoys most about her position at Unity Care NW is “working with kids, and making a difference.”  Her supervisor Traci Whitton says, “Ren is great at helping her patients feel informed, engaged in their oral health, and most importantly, comfortable being worked on in the dental chair.  She wants our patients to have a positive experience.”



“Unity Care NW is a first-rate health care provider.”

Unity Care NW is “the best medical care I have received anywhere,” says UCNW patient and board member James Brown.

After a series of heart-related medical issues, James was dropped from his private health insurance and assigned to Apple Health, thanks to Washington’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). When researching options for a new provider, the Birch Bay resident learned that Unity Care NW in Ferndale would accept his coverage.

James found his new physician, Dr. Colin Goggin, had a personal approach to prevention and treatment. “I’ve never had a physician sit down and want to know everything about my health history” before suggesting a course of action. “He didn’t just ask about my physical health” but also addressed behavioral and emotional health. True to its integrated model of health care, Unity Care NW “is not assembly-line medicine.” Today, James visits Unity Care NW for lab work, regular checkups, and to receive guidance on how to prevent diabetes.


It was at an appointment that he saw an announcement that Unity Care was seeking board members. A requirement of federally-qualified community health centers is that a majority of their board members are also patients. With a 30-year background in law enforcement and a second career in the field of nursing, James thought he might have something to offer. With Dr. Goggin’s encouragement, James applied and became a board member in 2016.

In addition to regular board meetings, he assists staff at various events and works on three board subcommittees. His strong belief in UCNW’s motto, “Health Care of Everyone,” provides motivation, along with his concern about recent debates about the future of health care insurance and access. “I want to make sure the organization has a sound and viable course to follow” through the challenges and the unknowns. “Everybody is affected by this.”

One thing James wants people to know about Unity Care NW? “We need to get away from the idea that this is charity care. Unity Care NW is a first-rate health care provider.”

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