LRCHC General Dentist
Job Details
Inchelium/Keller - , WA
Full Time
Graduate Degree


CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

POSITION: General Dentist

SALARY: starting $150,000

REPORTS TO: Dental Director

LOCATION: Keller (main) and Inchelium, WA


Lake Roosevelt Community Health Centers provide responsive, high quality health care services that meet the needs of all users in a non-discriminatory, confidential, compassionate, and professional atmosphere. To meet this mission, it is expected that all employees, regardless of job title, perform their job duties in a professional manner; this expectation includes awareness of and high-quality service to our many customers, developing and maintaining job competence, ethical personal behavior, the development, and job maintenance of supportive and caring relationships with others at work and basic professional integrity. Meeting these expectations is a minimum requirement for continued employment.

Distinguishing Career Features:

The General Dentist reports to the Dental Director, provides general dentistry following the dental practice acts of Washington State and LRCHC. Strives to deliver a quality patient experience. Position contributes to LRCHCs continued success by promoting a high-quality dental health care to meet the needs of our communities. Acts as the Dental Director in his absence. This position is responsible for assessing peoples needs using scientific methods and determining the most suitable treatment plans. Person must be qualified and well-versed in relevant matters, be caring, communicative, and experienced in diagnosing and treating dental ailments. Attends required continuing education courses related to the dental profession for continued and improved knowledge and technique of dentistry and oral health. The individual will be responsible for assisting with the Dental Assistant training component of the dental office. The individual will be skilled with various tools and procedures needed to correct dental complaints and ensure oral health of patients. Our goal for this position is to contribute to the maintenance of a clients dental health and delivering values to our reservation clients and programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Diagnoses and provides appropriate dental treatment plans to patients to include discussion and explanation of treatment plans with patients and/or guardians to their satisfaction and mutual understanding.
  • Utilizes best practices, evidenced based dentistry and ADA standards of care.
  • Educates patients and guardians on the importance of maintaining proper oral health and outlining goals for both medical and dental health considerations.
  • Communicates with our clinical and administrative support team regarding patient treatment plans, required follow up visits and referrals to specialty dentists.
  • Carefully documents all medications, diagnoses, consultations, and treatment plans in the electronic medical record in a timely manner (end of business day) while adhering to HIPAA regulations.
  • Ensures execution proper follow up and continued care of patients involved in multi step treatment plans, particularly for those patients referred for specialty care.
  • Practices and follows infection control and OSHA regulations.
  • Follows all rules and regulations set by the state, federal and governmental entities.
  • Fosters strong relationships with patients to create connections and influence patient retention.
  • Ensures appropriate follow through with patients to create lasting relationships with facility.
  • Provides direct dental care services of a scope, quality, and quantity consistent with IHS, Portland Area, and Service Unit policies.
  • Restores carious teeth with standard materials and prescribed materials (e.g., amalgam, composite, temporary restoration).
  • Restores teeth with crown and bridge restorations.
  • Administers local anesthesia.
  • Performs single and multiple extractions of teeth.
  • Treats periodontal disease.
  • Treats missing teeth with removable and fixed prosthodontics.
  • Provides endodontic care.
  • Establishes relationships with tribal groups, clinical staff and IHS personnel to facilitate appropriate health care provisions.
  • Directs dental team at chair side and assists in overall evaluation and management of dental health team efforts.
  • Provides prevention, corrective, and controls oral health services to patients according to IHS priorities. Prevention services include clinical fluoride program.
  • Corrective services-requiring special knowledge and skills. Control services-recognition of oral cancer and control of infectious oral diseases.
  • Conducts an integrated oral health program with other health services.
  • Prescribes medication for dental problems, which includes pain medications or antibiotics.
  • Encodes within RPMS and Dentrix software for treatment plans and billing coding and processing.


Knowledge and Skills:

The position requires a degree in dental surgery, or dental medicine. Thorough understanding of biochemistry and human physiology. Requires advanced working knowledge of personal computer-based software programs that support this level of work, including but not limited to common office productivity software. Good understanding of research methods and data analysis. Team building, conflict resolution, quality improvement/assurance skills, ability to train and maintain and effective treatment teams. Requires sufficient knowledge of proper English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation to prepare professional correspondence and write and edit report text. Requires sufficient human relations skill to work productively and cooperatively with other work teams, exercise patience when dealing with internal and external customers, convey technical concepts, and review performance.


Strong computer skills and experience with healthcare databases and applications. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to keep detailed records. Excellent management skills, team oriented, coordinates and collaborates with all business partners, staff, and customer service. Requires the ability to prepare budgets, variance analyses, and cost/benefit studies. Requires the ability to manage grant portfolios. Requires the ability to prepare spreadsheets, graphs, and chart.

Physical Abilities:

Sitting, weightlifting up to 50 pounds, bending/stooping, crouching, twisting, reaching, operation of equipment tools, foot controls, etc. Requires sufficient hand-eye-arm coordination utilized to operate a variety of dental and general office equipment. Requires visual acuity to read words and numbers. Requires auditory ability to carry on conversations over the phone and in person.

Education and Experience:

DDS or DMD required. Dentist licensing/certifications a required by Washington State. Maintain Continuing Education (CE) as required. Current CPR certification. Attends additional training as requested/deemed necessary. Graduate from an approved Residency program in area of specialty. Valid Washington State license. Continued DDS or DMD licensure in good standing. Maintain CME requirements for position.

Licenses and Certifications:

Licensed by the Washington Dental Quality Assurance Commission DEA Certification. Licensed through Swinomish Indian Community DHAT program requirements. Requires a valid drivers license and be eligible for the Tribes vehicle insurance and maintain throughout employment.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed indoors, and weekly travel to both LRCHC facilities. Coordinates with other Tribal programs as services may be required/requested.

Special Conditions:

A background clearance is required and must maintain clearance throughout employment. Tribal member and Indian preference will apply. Preference will be given to honorably discharged veterans who are minimally qualified. Individual must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

INFORMATION: Lake Roosevelt Community Health Centers, Human Resources Office, P. O. Box 290, Inchelium, WA 99138, Contact Stefanie Lelone, 509-722-7686 or