Wallace & Wolitarsky Dental Associates, 4101 West Main Street, is celebrating its 25th year of practice in the rural town of Elverson.
Although the dental office started with humble beginnings, today it includes three dentists, two full time and two part-time registered dental hygienists, three full-time and three part-time dental assistants and the front office staff.
Of particular importance for the Dental Associates are their charitable missions and outreach, especially for the MS Charity.
Typical of their humanitarian and professional outreach, most of their staff are participating in the MOM-n-PA dental clinic, May 18 and 19 at the Santander Arena, 700 Penn St., Reading. This no-cost clinic provides care to hundreds of individuals annually who cannot afford dental care, first-come, first-served.
Dr. Scott Wallace DDS shared their history.
“Dr. Hoober founded this practice as the village dentist 37 years ago and we still follow in his footsteps, maintaining that small, friendly atmosphere filled with friends, family and service to the community,” said Wallace.
The story began in 1981 after Wallace received a bachelor’s degree from Albright College, then enrolled in West Virginia University School of Dentistry, graduating in 1985 as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He remained in West Virginia with his wife Ellen for three years, working as the Marion County Health Department Pediatric Clinical Supervisor and a WVU part-time clinical faculty instructor.
After the birth of their second child 27 years ago, he and his wife moved closer to family. Settling in Carlisle, Wallace worked as an associate in two practices while studying orthodontics. In 1993 he joined Dr. Rodney Hoober, the only dentist in the Elverson, Morgantown area, working as a part-time associate out of the lower level of Hoober’s home on East Main Street in Morgantown. Wallace purchased the expanding practice within five years, moving it to a larger office at 4101 W. Main Street in Elverson where it remains today.
“Florence Beiler, Wallace’s first dental assistant, came with him from Dr. Hooper’s office. Flossie, as they called her, was beloved by the patients and staff. She worked in dentistry for 55 years. Sadly, she passed away in 2017,” said Anne McGlone Office Administrator.
Wallace’s wife Ellen worked alongside him establishing the practice from its beginning. Not behind the desk as frequently as she once was, busy being a mom to their four children, she continues to oversee office management while McGlone who was with him since 1998 is now the office administrator.
For a time, a colleague Dr. Nement worked as an associate there until purchasing his own practice north of Reading in 2006.
“Then the hunt began for another associate until finally in 2007 James Wolitarsky, Jr., DDS. joined the practice,” said McGlone, “Later in 2010 becoming partner, the practice name was changed to Wallace & Wolitarsky Dental Associates.”
Wolitarsky earned his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in 1996, then graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 200. His post-doctoral training includes: complex restorative and cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry; endodontics; and oral surgery.
For more information about the doctors go to http://www.elversondentalcare.com/.
The third dentist was hired in 2007 as a full-time dental assistant, a local Elverson native, Elizabeth Dymond. She earned a bachelor’s from West Chester University. After sharing her desire to become a dentist, with Wallace’s support and the encouragement of the entire staff, a year later she was accepted by Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry, graduating in 2016, with her D.M.D. doctorate degree.
Wallace and Wolitarsky convinced the now Dr. ‘Liz’ Dymond, in Philadelphia, to “move back to the country” expanding the staff to include three full-time dentists.
“We have a supportive dental staff and at every meeting, Dr. Wallace reminds us that none of the good work he does would be possible without each member of his team doing their part,” McGlone said.
Every other year, since 2002, the doctors take their entire staff on a winter appreciation holiday to a sunny warm spot.
“We work hard, but we sure do play hard here as well,” said McGlone.
He always says, “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.”
Elverson is no ordinary little town, and this is no ordinary dentist office. Everybody in town knows them. Dr. Wallace has served as the Twin Valley School Dentist for more than 15 years and the entire staff participates in community events.
The practice now serves 3rd generation children, with patients still coming home from out-of-state and traveling from miles around to see Dr. Wallace, their family dentist. Years of word of mouth have spread in this rural area that includes many Amish families. Today they have 396 patients with the last name of Stoltzfus, all descendants of Nicholas C. Stoltzfus, Amish pioneer who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1766 settling in Lancaster County.
Dr. Wallace and Dr. Wolitarsky became home-town heroes and local media stars four years ago when, for Dr. Wolitarsky’s birthday, they climbed Mt. Rainier, the highest mountain of the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest, and the highest mountain in the U.S. state of Washington. That great gusto for life is contagious in the office.
Their community focus and participation include the Elverson Halloween Parade; Twin Valley Fire Company’s 5K run; bike rides from Elverson to Philadelphia to see the Phillies play; office trips to Washington D.C. to root for the Nationals, especially first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Wallace’s nephew and the son of his sister Cheryl.
Dr. Wallace supported the founding, and growth in 2006, of the zIMS Foundation, by his nephew Ryan Zimmerman an MLB All-Star with the Washington Nationals. He participates in many sponsorships to fight M.S., supporting his sister Cheryl, Ryan’s Mom, who has the disease. Last year it peaked at $3.5 million and there is no slowing them down. For more visit www.zimsfoundation.org/.
But it doesn’t stop with family. Several years ago, Wallace and his wife Ellen went on a Hearts United with Haiti mission trip. This crusade of workers’ goal was to go into the countryside and assess the medical and dental needs. At a remote village school of 250 students, Ellen shined a flashlight in 90-degree heat, so Dr. Wallace could work inside the mouths of the children.
“Our final assessment of the village set up an alarm that poor water quality posed the most urgent need. A well was dug and a water system put into place,” said Wallace.
Now what will take the practice into the future?
“Our practice dedicates its life to its patients, not only practicing dentistry but giving of its time, talent, and treasure to help whomever and whatever cause it can,” said McGlone.
“I feel strongly that we are heading more into a kinder and more gentle world in dentistry with increasing technology,” Dr. Dymond said.
Wallace and Wolitarsky are strong advocates of continued education in the field of state-of the art technology, such as surgical, orthodontic, and implant care, echo that. This offers their patients a trusting and affordable experience with the latest recommendations of their professional affiliations.
Wallace, ever the teacher in his humanitarian spirit, concluded saying, “I can teach 100’s of people in the time I see 10 patients a day.”
They continue learning and reaching beyond the office knowing that heart disease, diabetes and low birth rate are only three of the things that can be helped with good oral health.
For more information, visit www.elversondentalcare.com or call 610-286-5841.