J. Debbink, D.D.S., Dent ’88
Since 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.
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