Medicaid Provider Panel

Presentation - Jackie Barger
Presentation - Katie Schroeder
Presentation - Dr. Bumann

Moderator: Dr. Nathan Suter

Presented by Jackie Barger, Katie Schroeder, and Dr. Aaron Bumann

Private dental practices provide an essential part of the statewide safety net of services for Missourians who are eligible for Medicaid.  Medicaid dental rates remain low, making the business equation of working with Medicaid funding problematic, resulting in the majority of Medicaid-funded dental services being provided through FQHCs.  For the dental practices outside of FQHCs working with Medicaid there are both challenges and rewards.  This session will provide an overview of a variety of models utilized to serve people who are eligible for Medicaid in such settings.  Several practices will share the work they do for this population.  They will touch on adaptation of business models and ancillary funding sources, as interface with the community in providing services.

Dr. Nathan Suter was the Oral Health Director and a practicing dentist at COMTREA Comprehensive Health Center, a federally-qualified health center (FQHC), in Festus, from 2013 to 2018. He was instrumental in starting the dental program at a fast-growing network of FQHC dental clinics in Jefferson County, MO. He is now the Oral Health Program Specialist at COMTREA overseeing the teledentistry program, grant writing, strategic planning and business analytics. In 2017, Dr. Suter purchased a rural private practice in House Springs, Missouri. He splits his time between COMTREA and his private practice, Green Leaf Dental Care. In January 2019, Dr. Suter started Access Teledent a consulting company to help health centers and dentists start using teledentistry.

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree, Dr. Suter also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis. In November of 2016, Dr. Suter received both the National Network for Oral Health Access Outstanding Clinician award and the American Dental Association Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award. Dr. Suter joined the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health in 2014 and is currently serving as the Vice Chair on its board of directors.


Jackie Barger has been the Executive Director of Children’s Smile Center in southwest Missouri since 2010.  He has over 35 years of experience in the areas of nonprofit administration and fundraising.  He is a graduate of Drury University with a bachelor’s degree in communication and business administration, and also holds the MBA degree from Drury.  He volunteers as a board member for other nonprofits and is involved with several Chambers of Commerce.  He is active in his local church in Republic and for many years has served in a pulpit preaching supply role for churches in the region.  He lives in Billings with his partner, Yvonne, and has two adult children living in the Oklahoma City area.


Katie Schroeder, RDH, BSDH, is the Director of Dental Programs for Cass Community Health Foundation. After working as a clinician in both private practice and public health, Katie was hired by Cass Community Health Foundation in 2010 to open their stand-alone dental safety net clinic, Cass County Dental Clinic, in Belton, MO, where she served as the Practice Manager from 2010-2014. She then worked as the Outreach Coordinator from 2014-2019 where she was responsible for implementing the Preventive Services Program, growing community partnerships, and oversaw the opening of CCHF’s satellite clinic in Harrisonville, MO in 2015.

Katie is actively involved in the Missouri Dental Hygienists’ Association (MDHA) serving as chair for both the Legislative Council and Kansas City Component and is MDHA Trustee and an Alternate Delegate to ADHA. Katie is a former Board member for the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health.


Dr. Aaron Bumann is a board certified pediatric dentist practicing at Dentistry for Children in the Northland of Kansas City. He attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and graduated in 2013. After completing an AEGD in Jackson, Michigan he went on to complete his pediatric dental residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. While he spends the bulk of his time in private practice he has also consistently been involved in teaching dental students pediatric dentistry both at the University of Michigan and at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is currently the Public Policy Advocate for the Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and is an active advocate for children's oral health throughout the state of Missouri.