S.H.O.W. Mobile Now Providing Dental Clinics in Caruthersville


Photo of Dr. Patty Merkley, D.D.S., providing dental services to a patient on the S.H.O.W. Mobile

Dr. Patty Merkley, D.D.S., is providing dental services aboard the S.H.O.W. Mobile on the third Saturday of each month in Caruthersville, Mo. 


Dec. 1, 2009 – The S.H.O.W. (Southeast Health on Wheels) Mobile Program, a partnership between Southeast Missouri State University and Southeast Missouri Hospital, has forged new territory by offering dental services on the mobile healthcare unit.

Dr. Patty Merkley, D.D.S., of Jackson, Mo., provided dental services aboard the unit for the first time on Nov. 21 in Caruthersville, Mo., under the auspices of Southeast Missouri State University. The Caruthersville dental clinics will continue at the Oasis Center on the third Saturday of each month, with the next one scheduled for Dec. 19. Hours will be 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

“Our plan is for this program to continue for years to come,” said Sandy Ortiz, director of the S.H.O.W. Mobile program, adding that the University is currently seeking additional dentists to expand these services in other southeast Missouri communities.

The S.H.O.W. Mobile is providing dental services in Caruthersville, Mo., at the Oasis Center, 519 Ward Avenue, for the “Day of Hope” program.  The cost for dental service is $20 for adults, $5 for children to be screened and another $5 if children require additional service.

At the center, the “Day of Hope” program also provides free food, clothing and health screenings.

For more information about the dental clinics or other S.H.O.W. Mobile events and programs, please call (573) 651-5980 or e-mail Sandy Ortiz at sjortiz@semo.edu.