Dental Clinic - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
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Milwaukee VA Medical Center

 

Dental Clinic



Welcome to the Milwaukee VA Dental Clinic

We perform more than 46,000 procedures annually, but, by law, Veterans must meet certain eligibility requirements. That includes treating POWs, as well as 100-percent service-connected Veterans and those within 180 days of discharge.  Our staff can help you determine if you are eligible to receive treatment here.


Safeguards allow VA Dental Clinic to reopen

Dr. Chelsea TwohigAfter COVID, some may be hesitant to get back to the dentist. But thanks to hard work and a priority on safety, the folks at the Milwaukee VA have been able to offer care.Learn More.



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Dr. PatelHe likes to say, "He's just a dentist," but the Milwaukee VA has come to really appreciate the leadership skills of Dr. Ankur Patel, who has spent a decade in VA. He started in a residency program, made big changes to the Green Bay Dental Clinic and now oversees operations in Milwaukee -- all the while leading the way on the Milwaukee VA's COVID response. Learn More.



Whether you need a quick cleaning or bit more work, the Dental Clinic staff can assist in keeping those chompers healthy.  

We are located on the 8th floor of the VA Medical Center, building 111. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but we do have staff on-call for after-hours emergencies.

The Milwaukee VA Medical Center Dental Clinic covers most types of dental care, such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, X-rays and periodontics. We do not provide orthodontic treatment.

Four general dentists, one periodontist, two oral surgeons, four prosthodontists, three dental hygienists, dental assistants and three PSAs at the front desk to check you in, are available for veteran care.

To seek help determining your eligibility or to make an appointment, you can call the dental clinic.

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Phil Moore VeteranPhil Moore chose Veterans Day to literally take a stumble that led him to dental care at the Green Bay Health Care Center. He is one of more than 1,800 satisfied patients who loves his VA care. Learn More.





Meet the Dental Clinic Team

Dr. Ankur Patel Dr. Ankur Patel is the Dental Service chief at the Milwaukee VA. Dr. Patel completed his bachelor's in zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed his doctorate of dental surgery at Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C. Following dental school, he completed two years of post-doctoral advanced general dentistry training at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center and was hired in the VA full time following the residency program. Over the years, Dr. Patel has served in several administrative and educational leadership roles within VA, most recently, serving as an incident commander for the Health Incident Management Team for the COVID-19 response. Dr. Patel is passionate about providing high quality dental care to our nation’s Veterans, and equally as passionate about the larger missions of VA to provide the best clinical care for patients and education opportunities for dental residents.

Dr. Armin Dr. David Armin is assistant chief of the Dental Service at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Dr. Armin completed a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and attained his doctorate of dental surgery at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He subsequently completed a two-year general practice residency at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. Dr. Armin has proven clinical, leadership and teaching experience and has worked at VA since 2004. He is committed to the cause of VA and toward improving the overall experience of the Veteran who chooses the VA.

Dr. Hussain Dr. Omar Hussain is the section chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. He has been serving in VA since 2012 after he completed his oral surgery residency at New York Medical College in Manhattan, New York. He is originally from Sussex, Wisconsin, and found much pride in coming back to his hometown to serve the Veteran population. Dr. Hussain enjoys teaching oral surgery skills to residents while at the same time delivering high-quality care to those who have served. He plays a key role in the multidisciplinary approach for complex reconstruction of the oral cavity such as dental extractions, major bone grafting, implant placement, and management of benign pathology to name a few. Dr. Hussain is an avid believer that the Milwaukee VA Dental Service provides care to Veterans that is second to none and is passionate about maintaining this quality of care in the future.

Dr. Hussain Dr. David J. Kachelmeyer is a board-certified staff prosthodontist and certified dental technician at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Dr. Kachelmeyer graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor of science degree in zoology, and earned his doctorate of dental surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry. Following dental school, he continued at Marquette to complete a vigorous three-year residency program, receiving both a certificate in prosthodontics and a master's of science degree. After spending eight years in private practice, Dr. Kachelmeyer was grateful for the opportunity to work in the Milwaukee VA Dental Service treating our nation’s Veterans. In addition to performing high-quality and complex dentistry, he also serves as the assistant program director for the advanced education in prosthodontics residency program. Dr. Kachelmeyer feels very fortunate to have the unique ability to both teach future dentists, and treat the Veterans, all the while working in the Milwaukee VA Dental Service.

Dr. Schedler Dr. Kristine Schedler joined the Milwaukee VA as a staff general dentist in July 2017. She completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2011 and her doctorate of dental surgery at Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2015. Following dental school, she completed two years of residency in advanced education in general dentistry at the Milwaukee VA. It was during her residency training that Dr. Schedler became passionate about treating the wide array of dental needs of our Veterans. Dr. Schedler enjoys working with her patients to not only improve their smiles, but also establish and maintain oral health.

Dr. Pienkos Dr. Todd E. Pienkos is a staff prosthodontist at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Dr. Pienkos earned a bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in chemistry from Illinois State University. He continued his education by receiving a master’s in clinical psychology from Eastern Illinois University and a doctorate of dental surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Following dental school, Dr. Pienkos served his country in the U.S. Army where he completed a one-year advanced education in general dentistry and a three-year residency in the specialty of prosthodontics. During his service, Dr. Pienkos was stationed at various locations including a tour with the 464th Medical Company, a field unit in Landstuhl, Germany, and at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. While at Fort Campbell, he received the Air Assault Badge, became chief of Prosthodontic Services, mentored one-year AEGD residents, and became board certified in the dental specialty of prosthodontics. After ten years of active duty, Dr. Pienkos came to Wisconsin and worked as a prosthodontist at a southeastern Wisconsin dental company. In 2018, Dr. Pienkos, had the privilege of joining the Milwaukee VA Dental Clinic, serving our great Veterans in the community.


 

Contact Info

Location

  • Main hospital, 8th floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 414-384-2000 Ext. 42965
  • 414-384-2000 Ext. 42966

Hours of Operation

  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.