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Melissa Noel

Melissa Noel
Chief Dental Officer, Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc., Pulaski

Melissa Noel is the chief dental officer at Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc., headquartered in Pulaski.

Noel, 33, received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Buffalo.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry at Keuka College.

Noel won The Wall Street Journal Business Student of the Year award.

Noel has been instrumental in expanding dental services at NOCHSI from one dentist to four full-time dentists, therefore increasing the number of patients able to receive care.

“My patients drive me,” she said. “There is no better feeling than to be able to help someone, especially our Head Start patients. We treat a large number of pediatric patients.”

She is on the health and nutrition board for Head Start and belongs to the National Network for Oral Health Access. Noel also belongs to the Fifth District Dental Society of the State of New York.

She administers a “Tooth Talk” educational program on dental health to Head Start programs, encouraging healthy habits and diet.

“We implemented an electronic dental records system and have been increasing communication between primary care providers and dental providers to increase continuity of care,” Noel said.

She considers her most significant professional accomplishment as building a growing dental office that provides quality dental care to a vastly underserved area. “I am making a difference in the overall health of the community,” she said.

Together, her and her husband Shayne have two sons, Sullivan and Brandon, as well as a daughter, Taylor.