Oral Health ECHO Update


Presented by Dr. Nathan Suter

This brief session will review the current activities through the University of Missouri ‘s Show-Me ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) related to oral health.  ECHO uses videoconferencing technology to connect a team of dental experts to discuss specific clinical issues. 

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.