Griffs Under 40: Joshua T. Hutter '01
Buffalo, NY - The practice of dentistry is as much about providing outstanding care to patients as it is about educating them, according to Joshua T. Hutter. That philosophy helped this dentist secure a partnership at Western New York Dental Group at age 31.
Hutter’s practice includes all phases of dental care but he specializes in restorative, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry. Few things are as important to him as promoting good dentistry, which is why Hutter makes time to deliver pro bono dental care to Buffalo’s most underserved.
He is a regular volunteer at the Good Neighbors Health Care Clinic where he provides free, comprehensive care to patients in need of basic dental services. That includes cleanings and exams, as well as extractions and restorations.
Hutter’s first experience advocating for the less fortunate came during a dental school mission trip to Belize. He and his fellow students provided dental care and education to local residents, school children and prison inmates. Hutter says the experience was humbling because the Belize people were grateful for even for the smallest gesture.
“I realized then that I could bring a smile to another person’s face,” he says.
In addition to volunteer work at the Good Neighbors Health Care Clinic, Hutter participates in Give Kids a Smile Day. Hosted by the University at Buffalo Dental School, where Hutter is an associate professor, the event offers free dental services to children who don’t have a dentist or health insurance.