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Huntington Welcomes Dental Office to Huntington Station

Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilwoman Susan Berland join Dr. Vikas Arora in cutting the ribbon marking the opening of Huntington Dental Care in Town-owned building.

The Town of Huntington issued this release today:

Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and members of the Town Council today celebrated the opening of Huntington Dental Care’s office in a Town-owned building at 1266 New York Avenue, part of the Town’s effort to provide underserved area residents an option for dental services and to aid in Huntington Station’s revitalization.

As part of the Town’s agreement with Huntington Dental Care, the office will dedicate two afternoons a week to provide residents with free examinations, consultations and oral health care screenings. In particular, Dr. Vikas Arora hopes to encourage parents to bring their children, to start them on their way toward a lifetime of dental health.

Just as important from the Town’s perspective is the message the office – situated between the Huntington Station Enrichment Center and the Town’s soon-to-be opened Huntington Station Business Incubator — sends that the private sector is confident enough in the area’s future to invest the resources to lease the space and to make the necessary renovations.

“We welcome Dr. Arora and Huntington Dental Care to the community and wish them many years of success treating patients at this location,” Supervisor Petrone said. “This opening is another example of how Huntington Station’s revitalization continues, as symbolized by the Enrichment Center and Business Incubator on either side of this office, the 7-Eleven and produce market across the street and the many other projects that are underway.”

In describing Huntington Dental Care’s operations. Dr, Arora noted, “The core objective is to encourage parents to have their children evaluated in a stress free non-clinic private office setting to give every child the benefit of a healthy start to oral health care.” Dr. Arora said that in addition to the free screenings, Huntington Dental Care will institute a generous sliding fee scale and accept Medicaid and various other HMO, state-sponsored health plans to make the office as accessible as possible to general public.

“In renting this space to Huntington Dental Care, the Town achieves both medical and community development goals,” Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said. “This increased traffic as a result of this office’s presence should go a long way toward helping improve the community’s image.”

“The opening of this dental office will bring services to families who may have not had access to them before. This partnership is also an excellent example of government and the private sector working together to foster economic development and to benefit the community,” Councilwoman Susan Berland said.

Councilwoman Glenda Jackson said, “We hope the community will take advantage of the services the Town has arranged for Huntington Dental Care to provide. Preventative health and dental care is always key and the way we encourage it is to begin with our youth.  This is a great endeavor.  We will be working with the Enrichment Center as well as others to make sure that people know what is available,”

Councilman Mark Mayoka said, “This office makes sense from both a medical perspective and an economic one. This office will also bring income to the Town in the form of rent. I hope Dr. Arora’s success will encourage other medical practices to relocate to Huntington Station.”

Huntington Dental Care will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The telephone number is 631-923-2037.

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