Oral Health Services

Howard Dental Center

About Us

Howard Dental Center (HDC) is an oral health care facility reaching a broad range of individuals including those living with HIV and AIDS. The organization was named in memory of Dr. John Howard who was one of the first dentists in the community to treat patients with HIV/AIDS.

HDC began as a collaborative effort between dentists and dental educators who were concerned about the lack of oral health services available for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Center began seeing HIV-positive patients on December 16, 1994. Over twenty four years later, what began as the dream of a few dentists who saw an injustice, HDC now stands as a testament to the hard work and creativity of those who have been blessed with its association.

As a specialty oral health care clinic, HDC represents a link between dentistry and medicine. As HIV has evolved, so has the organization. HDC’s integrated model seeks to work hand-in-glove with physicians, mental health centers, drug and alcohol treatment agencies, and with nutritional counseling and tobacco cessation programs. On an annual basis, HDC performs more than 10,500 dental procedures and is the dental home for over 900 active patients of record. We have successfully created a model that provides the highest level of quality care with successful results.

HDC has certain core values by which we define ourselves, and relate directly to diversity and inclusiveness. These values are Service, Leadership, Community, Civic Engagement, and Compassion. These guide our philosophy of work, how we relate to each other and to the larger community we serve. HDC supports inclusiveness by valuing all people, and serving them in an environment that is respectful, honest and which builds on significant participation and input from those we serve.

Our Services

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed daily for lunch from 12 p.m. -1 p.m.)

Service Fees & Eligibility

Any individual who is a resident in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas or Jefferson counties, with proof of HIV status, income, residency and proof of insurance, may become a patient at Howard Dental Center. Fees are based on family size and income.

Making an Appointment

Patients are referred by their healthcare providers, mental health agencies and community based AIDS service organizations. We require that all patients are seen at least one per year by their physician. Patient’s HIV status and list of medications must be updated every six months.

Your first appointment at Howard Dental Center will be with a member of our Dental Intake Team. Please contact 303-863-0772 to set up your initial appointment.

Emergency Services

Howard Dental Center has assumed primary responsibility for providing emergency services for our patients of record and pregnant women.

If you are a patient of record or a pregnant woman, to be seen for an emergency, you must have a photo ID, proof of income, proof of residency, and proof of HIV status signed by a healthcare provider (up-to-date for patients of record, or brought in at time of emergency appointment for new patients).

Our Team

Lili Carrillo

Clinical Services Officer

Nancy Duckins

Clinical Operations Manager

Symone Webley, DDS

Staff Dentist

Amy Rosinsky, DDS

Staff Dentist

David Zamboni, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jhossva Rosas

Dental Assistant (EDDA)

Vanessa Saenz

Dental Assistant (EDDA)

Maria Cruz

Dental Assistant/Front Office

Our Partners

  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
  • Colorado Dental Association (CDA)
  • Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS (CORA)
  • Denver HIV Resources (DHR)
  • Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Henry Schein
  • Metro Denver Dental Association (MDDS)
  • Oral Health Colorado (OHCO)
  • Peebles Prosthetics