Community Service: Monica Hebl

2019 Health Care Heroes Award Winners

Monica Hebl

Dentist and owner, Burleigh Dental

Monica Hebl, the owner of Burleigh Dental in Milwaukee, is one of the state’s leading providers of and is an advocate for dental care for low-income individuals.

Burleigh Dental is one of the largest Medicaid dental service providers in the state, according to Wisconsin Dental Association executive director Mark Paget. Because of the low reimbursement rates provided by Medicaid, few Wisconsin dentists treat such a high number of those low-income patients.

Hebl has also volunteered for charitable dental clinics statewide, caring for children and adults. She chaired the WDA Foundation’s recent Mission of Mercy at State Fair Park, which provided free dental care to more than 1,000 people over two days, and has volunteered for other Missions of Mercy in Wisconsin and other states.

She volunteered as a treatment scheduler and in-office provider for the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association’s Headstart/Give Kids a Smile campaign for more than 15 years.

Hebl also served on then Gov. Jim Doyle’s Task Force to Improve Access to Oral Health Care and has been part of the Milwaukee County Oral Health Task Force since 2011. She has also met with and testified before lawmakers in Madison and Washington on low-income patient dental care issues.

“I enjoy being able to help people from all walks of life,” Hebl said. “As a profession, we need to find a way to make sure we take care of all people.”

Hebl received the WDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

“(Hebl) has spent her impressive career serving and advocating for expanded access to oral health care for our community’s most vulnerable residents,” Paget said.

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