Edmonds dentist Dr. Michael Hrankowski and the staff at Edmonds Woodway Dental Care care about the community. Having been a dentist in Edmonds for so many years, Dr. Hrankowski gives back in many different ways. Come participate with us and make the Edmonds, Washington area an even better place to live.
Award for 2010 Halloween Cash for Candy Campaign
Edmonds Woodway Dental Care held the Cash for Candy campaign again in 2010 where children can turn in their Halloween candy for cash. Dr. Hrankowski was surprised yesterday by a visit from representatives from the VFW post 1040 in Lynnwood. They presented him with a Patriotic Citizens Award for our Halloween candy buy-back and donation to our troops overseas.
Second Annual Day of Caring a Success
We had a wonderful Day of Caring on Saturday, June 12th. The Day of Caring is an annual event where we were able to help 37 people with general dental care to improve their dental health. I would especially like to thank my team at Edmonds Woodway Dental Care: Renee, Pam, Bre and Maricon; the volunteer doctors: Drs. Robert Hughes & Jennifer Voke from Everett, WA; and our team of volunteers: Eric, Luka, Alexis, Carla, Peter, Holland and Julius.
– Dr. Michael Hrankowski
Edmonds dentist offers cash for candy Save that Halloween candy, kids!
Edmonds Woodway Dental Care will give you cash, $5 per pound, if you turn over your Halloween candy as part of the office’s Cash for Candy campaign Nov. 2 to 25.
Dr. Michael Hrankowski, who has been in private practice since 1982, will also donate $50 to FareStart for each pound of candy received, up to two pounds per child.
You don’t have to be a patient to participate.
Just drop your candy off during business hours — 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays — at Edmonds Woodway Dental Care at 6100 219th St SW, Ste 530.
Seattle-based FareStart works to empower disadvantaged men, women and families with life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry.
Dental team deserve many thanks
What a wonderful thing that Dr. Michael Hrankowski and his staff did on March 1. (Article, “Free dental care in Edmonds a huge hit.”) He opened his clinic to help people get free dental care. They worked all day helping people in their personal dental care. I speak from 20 years experience in the dental field, and knowing how involved things can get. It is so great seeing people helping people during these tough economic times. Dr. Hrankowski and staff — you are all to be commended. Thank you.
Mary Peterson Clark Monroe
Free dental care in Edmonds a huge hit
By Katya Yefimova Herald Writer
EDMONDS — Alex and Hayley Smith spent seven hours waiting for their turn in the dentist’s chair.
When the Lynnwood couple heard that Edmonds Woodway Dental Care on Saturday offered free dental work, they didn’t want to miss the opportunity.
Dr. Michael Hrankowski, along with another dentist, three dental assistants and one hygienist were providing free cleanings, fillings and extractions on a first-come, first-served basis,
“Dental work is not cheap, so if it’s being offered for free, we’re gonna do it,” said Alex Smith, 39, who got laid off last month from his job as a branch manager at a firm.
“This certainly helps when you don’t have dental insurance,” said Hayley Smith, 30. The Smiths have five young children to care for, and their own dental work is low on the couple’s priority list.
At least two dozen people were already in line when the Smiths, in matching black leather jackets and blue jeans, showed up at the dental clinic at 7 a.m. The doctor wasn’t scheduled to start seeing people till 9 o’clock.
“You just have to have patience I guess,” Alex Smith said. In the seven hours they were waiting, the couple heard a lot of stories from a lot of jobless men and women.
At one point, Alex Smith said he counted 100 people waiting for their turn to see the dentist. Most of them stood outside in the cold, as the clinic’s waiting room proved far too small to hold them all.
The clinic’s staff were stunned at how many people turned up, said office manager Wayne Wilke. Many people who came later had to be turned away, but they left armed with a list of places where they can get low-cost dental care.
Wilke said the staff had hoped to serve about 50 people before the end of the day.
“We’ve been running around like chickens with their heads cut off,” said Hrankowski’ who has been periodically offering free care throughout his career.
Many people in line had been laid off from their jobs and lost insurance, Wilke said. Others were in state care, which typically doesn’t cover dental work. They shared stories about how they navigate the system.
When staff began turning people away, no one hesitated to let an older woman move to the front of the line, Wilke said.
Peter Angulo, 23, took a bus from Marysville hoping he can get his chipped tooth finally taken care of. Angulo came too late and was disappointed: He missed a day of work at a tire shop in Marysville. “When an opportunity like this opens up, you gotta take advantage of it,” he said.
The opportunity passed by him, but Angulo plans to take his chipped tooth to the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Although that will be quite a bus trip to plan, he said.
At 2 o’clock in the afternoon, Andre Bryant, 26, was one of only about a dozen people left in the waiting room. A music artist from Shoreline, Bryant heard about the free event on the radio and went to get his wisdom tooth pulled.
Bryant teaches at the Art Institute of Seattle but currently doesn’t have benefits. “It’s worth it because it’s free, and it’s the weekend anyway,” he said.
Edmonds dentist plans free day of care
By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
EDMONDS — An Edmonds dentist has a sweet deal that should put a smile on people’s faces.
Edmonds Woodway Dental Care will provide free dental work on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
“This is our way of helping take care of our neighbors,” said Dr. Michael Hrankowski, who has been a dentist since 1982 and has been in Edmonds for the past two years.
Hrankowski said he periodically offered a similar day of free dentistry when he operated an office in Seattle.
“It surprised me how fast the word got around,” he said. “We are anticipating a large crowd.”
There could be more patients than the clinic is able to treat, he warned.
To accommodate as many people as possible, dental staff will provide only procedures that can be accomplished in one appointment. There is a limit of one procedure per person, he said.
Those procedures typically include cleanings, extractions and fillings.
Hrankowski said he has enlisted the help of other dental professionals who wanted to volunteer for the day. A second dentist has expressed an interest in helping, as have other dental assistants. The office has four dental chairs.
Patients will need to provide their health history and sign a consent form.
The clinic at 6100 219th St SW, Ste 530, focuses on adults, but children who have visited a dentist before can be served during the free clinic.
Other local dentists have offered similar free days of care in the past, said Judy Bangs, staff executive for the Snohomish County Dental Association.
“A lot of times, it happens quietly,” she said.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and this is a time of year when many dentists around the state offer to help young people with their dental care, said Dave Hemion, assistant executive director for the Washington State Dental Society.
“It’s good that folks that do need that care and are having a hard time can get the help,” he said.