From the dentists and staff of the Dental Department at Project HOME, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to you. Our clinic opened its doors to patients at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center in October 2015 to provide dental services to people of all ages, with and without dental insurance. We began providing dental services at the Hub of Hope in December 2018. We are always welcoming new patients and would love to have you become one.
The staff at our clinic is knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate about improving our patients’ health. Our services range from preventive services such as dental cleanings to emergency services such as extractions.
Please explore our page to learn more about us. You can find information about our dental department, our staff, and the procedures that we offer.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday—8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesday—8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesday—8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday—8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Friday—8:30 am to 4:30 pm
We currently accept the insurances listed below, as well as individuals who have no insurance.
- Keystone First
- Health Partners
- Health Partners Medicare
- Keystone VIP Choice
Please print and complete the following forms prior to your dental visit.
For All New Patients
For All New Uninsured Patients
All of the above forms plus:
- Sliding Fee Application
- Sliding Fee Chart
- Acceptable Proof of Income and Household Size
- Self-Declaration Form (if needed)
For Patients of Our Medical Clinic
Only the following forms:
- Examinations and X-Rays
- Teeth Cleaning
- Dentistry for Kids
- Pulpotomy or Pulpectomy
- Dentures and Partial Dentures
- Crowns and Bridges
- Root Canals
AFTER CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Many people may be involved in your dental care in our office.
- Dentists – Dentists perform the restorative and rehabilitative portions of your treatment. Dentists diagnose your oral health needs, complete fillings and extractions, and provide replacements for missing teeth.
Dr. Janine Musheno Burkhardt, DMD - Dental Director and General Dentist
Janine Musheno Burkhardt, D.M.D., graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University Dental School. She was inducted to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental National Honor Society. She received the Benjamin D. Homer Award for demonstrating scholastic excellence and exemplifying the qualities and ideals of integrity and civility. She was also the recipient of the Delta Dental Student Leadership Award in recognition of her exceptional leadership skills, academic achievements, and community service. Janine Burkhardt, DMD is also a graduate of Loyola University Maryland, where she studied Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Dental Public Health through A.T. Still University.
Dr. Burkhardt completed the National Oral Health Learning Institute and the National Oral Health Improvement Collaborative in order to help ensure quality care for the dental patients of Project HOME. She has a commitment to continuing education and learning new advancements in dentistry for her patients. Dr. Burkhardt received her Fellowship through the Academy of General Dentistry in 2019. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry, the Practice Management Committee for the National Network for Oral Health Access, and as an Alternate Delegate for the American Dental Association. Dr. Burkhardt was recognized as one of Temple University’s 30 under 30 in 2019.
During her free time, Dr. Burkhardt enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the city of Philadelphia, traveling, and golfing.
She is a member of:
- American Dental Association
- National Network for Oral Health Access
- Pennsylvania Dental Association
- Philadelphia County Dental Society
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry
- PEAK II Mastertrack Program
Dr. Mary Jo Kasenchak, DMD - General Dentist
Mary Jo Kasenchak, D.M.D., graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry. She has lived in Philadelphia for over 10 years and has always been committed to serving her community. She is very excited to combine her dedication to the people of Philadelphia and to her profession with her new position at Project HOME. In her free time, Mary Jo enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with her cat, Doom, and going on outdoor adventures with her dog, Ricky.
Dr. Alex Benner, DMD - General Dentist
Dr. Alex Benner volunteers with Project HOME’s Dental Department at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center. Dr. Alex Benner received his DMD from Temple University, where he was awarded a scholarship for scholastic achievement and served as president of his class. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree, double majoring in Science-Business and Chinese. He lived a number of years in China and graduated high school from the International School of Beijing.
Dr. Benner furthered his education at one of the country’s foremost residency programs, Abington Jefferson Hospital, Abington, Pennsylvania, gaining extensive experience in treating medically compromised patients, implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and complete oral rehabilitation cases. Striving to provide the highest level of comprehensive dental care to his patients, Dr. Benner continually pursues education in the latest minimally-invasive and conservative surgical and dental techniques.
Dr. Ingrid Carvo, DMD
Ingrid Carvo, D.M.D. graduated from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and completed a General Practice Residency at VA Boston Healthcare System. She grew up in Puerto Maldonado, a small city located in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. She attended the University of Rochester for her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology, where she developed an interest in the intricacies of the immune system as well as the pathogenesis of Streptococcus mutans, the main etiologic agent of dental caries. Before dental school, she worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, where she performed clinical research exploring the role of immunologic factors on various types of kidney cancer. In dental school, she worked with Partners in Health in Peru where she created and led oral health workshops for community health workers. She is also co-founded the Oral Medicine Group, where she invited researchers in the oral medicine and oral pathology field to share their academic journeys. During dental school, she performed basic science research focused on understanding the genes upregulated during oral cancer. She is very excited to begin her new position at Project HOME and to serve the people of Philadelphia. She loves traveling, painting and living on the edge by creating new dessert recipes.
Q: How often do I need dental x-rays and why?
A: A full set of x-rays will be taken at your initial visit with us, and then every three to five years another full set is taken. Every six months to a year, a smaller set of images is taken so we can look the between the teeth for cavities and evaluate your bone level to detect gum disease. Individual films may be taken as needed for areas or teeth that are symptomatic and may be updated periodically.
Q: Can I fill out my information online before my appointment?
A: Our new patient forms are available under the “forms” tab of our website. You can print these forms and bring them to our office at your first visit.
Q: What information do I need to bring to my first appointment?
A: When you come, be sure to think about any previous dental health history. To provide the best care for our patients, we will also need a complete medical history. Please bring any records containing details of medical conditions or lists of medication. Your dental insurance information will be obtained before your first visit, but please be sure to bring your insurance card so we can make a copy for our records. We also recommend that you bring your driver’s license and/or Social Security card if possible.
Q: Can I schedule multiple family members at once?
A: We ask that you only schedule up to two people at one time. We do this to ensure that you get the best available care possible and that every visit includes a comprehensive exam and time with a member of our team. In case of emergency or last minute cancelation, please call our office so that we can offer the appointments to another patient in need of care.
Q: What happens if I am late to my appointment?
A: If you are more than 15 minutes late, this may count as a missed appointment. Appointments are scheduled with the amount of time that we need to complete each dental procedure. To ensure you receive the best care, we don’t provide rushed treatment. If there is time in the schedule, we may be able to see you, or you may wait to see if another patient misses their appointment. If no time frees up, we will ask that you reschedule your appointment for another time.
Q: What’s your policy for missed appointments?
A: We value you as our patient and need your cooperation with keeping appointments so that we can provide your care. Missing or canceling an appointment with less than 24 hours notice means that we are unable to fill this appointment time with another patient who desperately needs care. Patients may miss up to five appointments at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center (medical, behavioral health, or dental) before being placed on a same-day or next-day list. This means that if you miss five appointments, you can only schedule the day before or the same day if there are openings in our schedule. Many patients use our dental clinic’s services. Your help in keeping your appointments enables us to provide better and timelier care for all of our patients.
Q: Do I need to accompany my child to an appointment?
A: By law, we cannot see children (ages 0 – 18 years old) without a parent or legal guardian. You need to remain in our building throughout the duration of your child’s visit. You may come back into the treatment areas during hygiene visits, but we will ask you to wait in the waiting room during treatment visits. We have found that this allows children to build their trust with the dental team, and it also protects the privacy of other patients receiving treatment.
Q: Can I bring my child with me to my appointment?
A: To enable our dental team to provide the best care for you, we request that you do not bring your children (ages 0 – 18 years) to your appointments. Alternatively, you may bring along a friend or family member to watch them while you are receiving treatment. Our staff works hard to provide you with the best care, and they are unable to care for you and your dental needs while also watching children.