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Steven J. Debbink, D.D.S., Dent ’88

DebbinkSince graduation, Dr. Steven Debbink has dedicated his time and talent to working with underserved populations, including migrant farm workers and HIV and AIDS patients. He currently works with patients at the Milwaukee branch of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, the only dental clinic in the state that exclusively treats HIV and AIDS patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Steve has dedicated his career to improving the oral health care of such patients. His compassion and understanding of the issues that face them make patients feel more comfortable and willing to visit the dental office.

Steve is also a dental consultant for the state of Wisconsin office of the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center. In this capacity, he helps develop educational topics related to oral health and HIV, and works on presentations to dental and health care personnel in Wisconsin.

In addition, Steve is committed to educating students in the dental field on HIV and AIDS. He initiated collaboration with local educational institutions, including Marquette, and has invited students to a rotation in the clinic.

His hope is to ease the stigma attached to HIV and AIDS patients and help students feel more comfortable working with this population.

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