We Care Dental

We Care Dental is a comprehensive dental practice that offers patients more opportunity for health and happiness.

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Here, Everyone Is Welcome
We Care Dental offers quality dental care for everyone. We take pride in serving a diverse patient base and in creating equal opportunities for all to achieve optimal oral health. No matter your age, ethnicity, medical or mental disability, race, or treatment need, We Care Dental welcomes you.

Quality Service Comes First
Our entire team goes above and beyond for our patients, day in and day out. We ensure that every patient feels comfortable and that all needs are addressed to maximize success in every treatment case.

Comprehensive Dentistry Delivered with Care
We Care Dental offers comprehensive dental care with the ability to treat nearly all dental needs, regardless of case or complexity. In an effort to maximize ease and simplicity, our staff, doctors and students are quick to schedule, are detailed in our diagnosis and treatment and vigilant about fulfilling the necessary treatment plan for each patient.

We offer more opportunity for all to achieve health and happiness.

Our Comprehensive Dentistry Services Include:

Patient in exam chair
  • Dental Exams
  • Dental Imaging
  • Cleaning
  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Periodontal Care
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Dental Sealants
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Root Canals
  • Bridgework
  • Dentures
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Extractions and Oral Surgery
  • Dental Services for Patients with Special needs
  • And much more!

Your First Visit

Your first visit will consist of a comprehensive examination, appropriate X-rays and an oral cancer screening. We will also present any recommended treatment plan, along with fees and a timeline that suits your needs.

Dental Emergencies

If you need an urgent appointment for a dental emergency, we will make every effort to schedule you within 2 business days (often sooner).

New Patient Packet

Click on the link below to download your new patient packet. Simply print it, fill it out and bring it with you to your first appointment!

Meet Our Team

Dr. Candice Schwartz, BDS, MBA

Dr. Candice Schwartz, BDS, MBA
Community Site Managing Partner

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Dr. Anil Kumar, DMD, MPH

Dr. Anil Kumar, DMD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor

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Dr. E. Michael Cowan, DDS

Dr. Joolki Kim

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Dr. Travis Vo, DDS

Dr. Sina Khan

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About Us

Exterior view of We Care Dental

WesternU We Care Dental was founded with the mission of providing quality care to those with special needs and others who might not have access to dental services. Although we maintain that focus for our practice, we are pleased to serve all patients in the Coachella Valley.

We Care Dental was founded by Marianne and Russell Benson in 2009 utilizing volunteers and donated space and supplies. Their mission was to provide quality dental care at an affordable price to those who otherwise would not have access to dental treatment – patients with disabilities, seniors, veterans, and others without dental insurance. In 2011 they opened a four chair clinic that added dental students from Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, CA. Care for patients was funded by a mix of fee for service, dental insurance, and grants administered through a partnering public benefit charity called Dessert Friends of the Developmentally Disabled. The addition of 2 dental residents (dentists seeking advanced training) in 2015 provided through a jointly sponsored program with NYU Lutheran Medical Center added additional providers to serve an expanding patient base. However, We Care Dental rapidly outgrew its small facility and therefore to better serve the community partnered with WesternU in 2016 to open a new 11 chair facility a few blocks from the original location. The center now includes residents, WesternU dental students, and full time and part time faculty who provide overall clinical supervision with the assistance of highly trained clinical staff. At the state-of-the-art facility patients receive excellent yet affordable care in a humanistic environment by students and residents supervised by WesternU College of Dental Medicine faculty dentists. Although WesternU We Care Dental still maintains its mission of providing care to special needs and medically complex patients and others with limited access to care, anyone is welcome at We Care Dental.

Western University of Health Sciences also has a Dental Center within the Patient Care Center on their main campus located in Pomona, CA. The center offers comprehensive and specialty dental services under expert faculty supervision.

Dental Residency Program


Program Overview

The Advanced Education In General Dentistry (AEGD) program located in Rancho Mirage is a one-year postdoctoral certificate program in general dentistry. This residency program is specifically designed to provide advanced training in clinical dentistry and refine the skills necessary for the general dentist to provide comprehensive patient care for all population groups. The program includes didactic and clinical components. The didactic experience is designed to enrich pre-doctoral training in diagnostic and clinical sciences. The focus of the clinical curriculum provides in-house comprehensive care to a wide range of patients including special needs/medically compromised presenting with complex dental needs.

We Care Dental has served the Coachella Valley and Riverside population since 2009. In 2015, the AEGD program was established by a joint effort between Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine and NYU Langone Medical Center. The program includes 2 residents and a general dentist faculty member in attendance during each clinic period to assist the resident with patient management and clinical problems as comprehensive care is administered. Predoctoral students from WesternU College of Dental Medicine rotate to the clinic and participate in a team based approach to patient care with residents and faculty. Residents learn and participate in the practice management aspects of the clinical operation.

At the state-of-the art facility residents have many opportunities to enhance their clinical skills and knowledge in various dental disciplines such as prosthodontics, periodontal and oral surgery, esthetic dentistry, implant dentistry, orthodontics, and endodontics. If you have question about the AEGD program, please contact the individuals listed above.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Candice Schwartz, BDS, MBA
Community Site Managing Partner

Denise Frances, DMD
Associate Director

Contact Us:

We Care Dental is located on the Corner of Bob Hope and Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage. (see map below)

71949 Highway 111
Suite 100B
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Phone: 760-565-6055
Fax: 909-469-8565
E-mail: wecaredental@westernu.edu


Monday through Thursday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday