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Dr. Cohen mentoring young dentists
RUMFORD -- When you've practiced a vocation long enough, the opportunity to teach what you've learned can be very appealing.
Such is the case with Dr. Jerrold Cohen, who came out of retirement a month ago to share his knowledge with three new dentists with Community Dental.
Dr. Cohen, who had been retired for about a year after practicing dentistry in Mexico for over 40 years, says he is excited for the role, which requires his services for about a half-day per week at Community Dental offices in Rumford, Farmington and Lewiston.
"We have some really talented young dentists who have come in," he noted, adding that he assists them with his knowledge about treatment and planning.
Dr. Cohen has experience with record reviews and also served for five years as the complaint officer for the Maine State Board of Dental Examiners.
The idea for this role about during at a retirement dinner for John Welsh, the longtime CEP of the Rumford Hospital. There, there was a discussion with Welsh, who is also the chairman of the Planning Committee for Community Dental, about the fact that Community Dental has three new dentists at Community Dental's Rumford, Farmington and Lewiston offices and that maybe having a mentor could be beneficial to them.
Not only is Welsh familiar with Cohen, but so Dr. James Schmidt, the chief dental officer for Community Dental. Cohen said he went to dental school at Tufts Univ. with Schmidt.
From there, Lisa Cavanaugh, CEO for Community Dental, asked Cohen how his retirement was going and if he'd be interested in the role of mentor.
After one month as mentor, teacher and coach, Dr. Cohen noted, "This has been fantastic, and incredibly productive."
Community Dental in Rumford, located in the River Valley Tech Center, has two dentists and two dental hygienists.
Dr. Lucas Patrick, who began here on Aug. 1, was born in Indonesia and went to dental school in Wisconsin. "Last year, all I did was oral surgery. Working with Dr. Cohen has expanded my horizons, speeded my progression."
Dr. Windy Williams, who has served here for two years come October, said working in Rumford has been "a very positive experience" and, regarding Dr. Cohen, she enjoys the opportunity to "pick his brain."
Besides the teaching, every so often, Dr. Cohen said he enjoys seeing a number of his old patients.
Since Jan, 2009, Community Dental's Rumford office has had 18,038 visits and served 4,496 patients.