“It’s very happy for our community organization,” said Nichols. “The community is an integral part of the services we provide.”
Wagner said she hopes the clinic’s patients enjoy the artwork.
“I knew Sara worked at the dental clinic and how excited and passionate she was about the project,” Wagner said. “Our kids are doing a great job with creativity, I just wanted to share this with his patients who come.”
The Open Arms Free Clinic, established in December 2012, provides free medical and dental care to low-income residents, uninsured residents, children with Medicaid insurance, and adults with special needs in Walworth County.
The clinic first opened in an 1,800 square foot facility in Elkhorn, then moved to its current location at 205 E. Commerce Court in Elkhorn in 2015.
Representatives from Open Arms Free Clinic were able to purchase a neighboring building at 209 E. Commerce Courts in late 2019 with donations from the community, which then opened as a new dental clinic in February 2020.
“Then COVID hit, and we had to slow down services, but we were still able to provide emergency dental services,” Nichols said. “The need was so great, so the community really responded.”
The dental clinic offers x-ray exams, tooth cleanings, fillings, tooth extractions and dental training.