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Meelin D. ChinKit-Wells 

Department of Pediatric And Community Dentistry

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Community Dentistry; Pediatric Dentistry; Pediatric Dentistry Certificate

 

Education and Training:
  • Pediatric Residency, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (2000)
  • Cert, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (1995)
  • DDS, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Dean‘s List 1990-1994 (1994)
  • BS, Howard University, Dean's List 1985-1989 (1989)
  • Cert, Dental Nurses Training School, Trinidad, W.I. (1984)
Employment:
  • Pediatric Dentist, University Pediatric Dentistry, P.C. (2001-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric And Community Dentistry, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (2000-present)
  • Resident, Pediatric And Community Dentistry, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (1998–2000)
  • Dental Director, Geneva B. Scrugg Medical Center (1997–1998)
  • Dentist, Geneva B. Scrugg Medical Center (1995–1997)
  • General Practice Resident, Clinical Dentistry, Millard Fillmore Hospital (1994–1995)
  • School Dental Nurse, Department of Health, Trinidad, W. I., Trinidad And Tobago (1984–1985)
Awards and Honors:
  • UB Dental Alumni Association Humanitarian Award (2015)
  • Give Kids a Smile Day Institute Award Recipient (2012)
  • Minority Dental Faculty Development Award for Scholarly Activity (2006)
  • ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership (2005)
  • Dental Women's Guild Scholarship (1991)
  • Tucker Scholarship (1990)
  • Howard University Zoology Department Award For Excellence (1989)
  • Who's Who in American Colleges (1989)
  • Biomedical Research Participant Award (1989)
  • Howard University Zoology Department Laboratory Teaching Assistantship (1987)

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • January 2007–December 2007
    My Dentist My Friend: Keeping Children Safe & Healthy
    Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $8,010
  • September 2005–August 2006
    My Dentist My Friend Expansion Grant
    Ronald McDonald Charities of Western New York
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $5,000
  • October 2005–June 2006
    UB Dental Sealant Program for Underserved Children
    New York State Department of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $38,575
  • September 2005–June 2006
    Access to dental care assistance for English and Spanish speaking semi-dependent older adults
    American Dental Association Foundation
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $49,812
  • October 2003–September 2005
    UB Sealant Program Supplement
    New York State Department of Health
    Role: Consultant
    $318,000
  • September 2004–June 2005
    My Dentist My Friend
    Ronald McDonald Charities of Western New York
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,705
  • September 2004–May 2005
    My Dentist, My Friend: A School-Based Oral Health Initiative
    Ronald McDonald House of Western New York
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,255
  • January 2004–September 2004
    Infant Dental Home Pilot Program
    American Dental Association
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $5,000

Journal Articles:
  • Pearose M, ChinKit-Wells MD, Perinpanayagam MK. Trends of oral piercing in Buffalo, New York High Schools. NYS Dent J. 2006; 72(5).
Abstracts:
  • Smallidge M, Doris JM, Lojacano S, ChinKit-Wells MD. Public transportation as a barrier to dental care. UB Celebration Academic Excellence. 2010.
  • Main T, Mruz LM, ChinKit-Wells MD. Longitudinal study: Utilization of an infant dental home education program: A five-year study. Pediatr Dent. 2008.
  • Stein K, Sutter E, Perinpanayagam MK, ChinKit-Wells MD, Mruz LM. Longitudinal study: Utilization of an infant dental home educational program, the second year. Pediatr Dent. 2007.
  • Zittel-Palamara K, Davis EL, ChinKit-Wells MD, Maugans JE, Schwabel K, Rockmaker JR. Access to dental care: Older adults experiencing mental health barriers. J Dent Res. 2007.
  • Wysocki JA, DuPont CS, Baty RA, ChinKit-Wells MD, Fabiano JA. Dental education program to improve inner-city access to care. J Dent Educ. 2007; 70(1).
  • Cryan A, Certo MA, ChinKit-Wells MD. Dental caries in children and adolescents with Down's syndrome. Pediatr Dent. 2006.
  • Streit E, Stein K, ChinKit-Wells MD, Perinpanayagam MK, Mruz LM. Utilization of infant dental home education program: 5 year study. Pediatr Dent. 2006.
  • Zittel-Palamara, Gonzalez YM, Maugans JE, ChinKit-Wells MD, Wysocki JA, DuPont C, Davis E, Scannapieco FA. Geriatric access to dental care: Urban and rural differences. J Dent Res. 2006; 85(A).
  • ChinKit-Wells MD, Baty RA, Perinpanayagam MK, Lewis LJ, Kaufman EJ. Integration of Dental Sealant Program in Inner City School System. J Dent Educ. 2006; 85(A).
  • Zittel-Palamara K, Wysocki JA, Chin-Kit Wells MD, Dupont C, Baty RA, Maugans JE. Expanding Dental Students' Community Educational Experience. J Dent Res. 2006.
  • Pearose MM, ChinKit-Wells MD, Perinpanayagam MK. Trends of Oral Piercings in Buffalo, NY High Schools. Pediatr Dent. 2005; 37(2).
  • Zittel-Palamara K, Davis EL, Fabiano JA, Goldberg LJ, Chin-Kit Wells C, Wysocki JA, Waldrop DP, Scannapieco FA. Access to dental care in Western New York: Differences among seniors by age group. J Dent Res. 2005; 84(A).
  • ChinKit-Wells M, Perinpanayagam M, Bernat J, Creighton P. Community Dentistry Programs in Western New York: An Update. J Dent Educ. 2004; 68(2).
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Professional Memberships:
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (2000–present)
  • 8th District Dental Society (2000–present)
  • American Dental Education Association (2000–present)
  • National Dental Association (2000–present)
  • American Dental Association (1994–present)
Presentations:
  • "Importance of Routine Head Start Dental Visits" Cibecue Apache Reservation Head Start (2013)
  • "Early Childhood Caries & Treating Dental Emergencies" Pre-school Parent Conference at Holy Cross Headstart (2010)
  • "Dentistry as a Career" Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church (2010)
  • "Early Childhood Caries" Harvest House Women's Ministry (2009)
  • "Pediatric Dentition & Oral Health Care for Children" Buffalo Public Schools Nurses Association (2009)
  • "Access to Dental Care" Healthy Smile Week, School nurses (2008)
  • "Importance of Pediatric Oral Health" Grand Rounds at Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital (2008)
  • "A Head Start on Healthy Smiles" Oral Health in the 21st Century:Something to Smile About-Your Role in Children's Oral Health, American Academy of Pediatrics (2008)
  • "Beyond Bachelor's Degree" 9th Biannual Statewide Minority Student Graduate Awareness Conference, Graduate student (2008)
  • "The Importance of Baby Teeth" , Head Start, Holy Cross Head Start teachers and family partners (2008)
  • "Presentation to Bantu Refugee Women on Dental Health Care" (2008)
  • "Presenting Dentistry as a Career Choice to School Guidance Counselors" (2008)
  • "Handling Pediatric Dental Emergencies" , School Nurses (2007)
  • "Dentistry 101...Taking Care of Primary Teeth!" , Foster Parents (2007)
  • "Healthy Teeth for Head Start" (2007)
  • "Pediatric Dental Emergencies" (2006)
  • "Healthy Teeth For Two" (2006)
  • "Why Choose Dentistry?" (2006)
  • "Dentistry's Future" UB Undergrad Life and Learning Series, UB Career Services, Health Careers (2004)
  • "Infant Oral Health Care" 8th District Dental Quarterly Meeting, 8th District Dental Society, 8th District Dental Society (2004)
  • "Taking Care of Your Teeth" Back to School Health Fair, Calvary Community Church (2003)
  • "Prenatal Education" , Niagara County Head Start Program (2003)
  • "Train the Trainer" Success by Six, United Way of Chautauqua County (2003)
  • "Healthy Teeth Are Important" , Boys & Girls Club of America, Buffalo Chapter (2002)
  • "Oral Health for Children" , Borhava Day Care (2002)
  • "Taking Care of Your Teeth" Health Fair, Bethel Head Start (2002)
  • "Taking Care of Your Teeth" Hispanic Health Fair (2002)
  • "Healthy Teeth Are Important" , Delevan Girl Scouts Club (2001)
  • "Healthy Teeth Are Important" , Buffalo School System, Miss Nelson's Class (2001)
  • "Oral Health Care for Children" Women's Day, Jamestown Local Television Broadcast (2000)
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Service Activities:
  • School of Dental Medicine Search Committee; Member (2005–2006)
  • School of Dental Medicine Admissions Committee; Member (2003–2013)
  • School of Dental Medicine Minority Student Affairs Committee; Chair (2002–2008)
  • Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance(BOCA); Volunteer (2010)
  • Miracle Gardens Outreach to India; With Kaleida and Luther Robinson; Volunteer (2008)
  • Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA); Volunteer (2008)
  • Miracle Gardens Outreach to Dominican Republic; With Kaleida and Luther Robinson; Volunteer (2008)
  • Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA); Volunteer (2007)
  • Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA); Dominican Republic - Orphanage; Volunteer (2006)
  • Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA); International Dentistry; Volunteer (2005)
  • Lighthouse Dental/Medical Clinic; Provide free dental screenings and referrals for care to underserved children in inner city Buffalo; Volunteer (2005–present)
  • Dental Assistant Advisory Board; Consultant (2003–present)
  • Give Kids A Smile Day; Director (2002–present)
  • Bethel HeadStart Advisory Board; Chair (2000–2005)
  • Miles For Smiles; Grassroots organization that raises money for craniofacial and developmentally disabled children and teens.; Volunteer (2000–present)
  • Special Olympics; Volunteer (2000–present)
  • Smile Education Day; Director (2000–present)
  • Outreach to Trinidad & Tobago; University of West Indies; Volunteer (2000–present)
  • UB Oral Health Care for Head Start; Director (2000–present)

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Contact Information

UB School of Dental Medicine
114 Squire Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-8006
Phone: (716) 829-3717
Fax: (716) 829-3895
Email: mc30@buffalo.edu


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