We strive to provide greater access to dental care for the Special Needs population in Ontario in order to significantly impact their quality of life
Josie Costantiello is a Self-Initiated Registered Dental Hygienist with a passion for treating persons with special needs including persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Mental Health Conditions, Developmental Delays and Dual Diagnosis, more importantly, breaking down barriers to obtaining preventive dental care within the community. Josie's dental industry experience began in 2004, where she started her career at the Mount Sinai Hospital Dental Department, became Clinical Director with the Special Olympics in 2015 and currently works as a Clinical Instructor in the Durham College Dental Hygiene clinic. Josie received additional training from the Geneva Centre in Toronto, where she learned ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) techniques in a dental setting and gave her profound knowledge on how to cater each dental experience to meet the needs of persons with ASD or other various mental, neurological and/or behavioural challenges. Josie has formed relationships with different organizations such as Surrey Place, Kerry’s Place, Geneva Centre, Community Living, Reena, Griffin Centre, Christian Horizons, Montage Support, Several Mental Health group homes, Addiction Recovery Programs, Homeless Shelters, and has opened doors to many individuals who require in-home/on-site customized dental prevention. Josie facilitates referrals to dental clinics within the community or hospital setting for further dental treatment outside of dental prevention. Josie has 3 family members with varying Special Needs and has made it her mandate to service those who are vulnerable and have had challenges obtaining dental care, in a compassionate and caring manner.
Complex Needs - Josie is experienced in providing preventative dental care for persons with complex needs such as Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, G-Tube, Tracheostomy. All case acceptance based on current and past medical history review, as well as medical clearance by physician(s) when deemed necessary.
Registered Dental Hygienist (Self-Initiated)
We take the time to get to know you, your child or client(s) even BEFORE meeting you/them in person to achieve the best treatment experience
A detailed questionnaire will be provided for us to find out what you, your child's or client's "likes and dislikes" are, to be able to customize each appointment to achieve success with you, your child/client(s)
We will do what we can to take the time to make your child/client feel comfortable so that more can be achieved at each future visit in the comfort of their own home
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Monday – Thursday 10:00AM - 5:00PM