MEETING INSPĪR’S INTEGRATED CARE TEAM: DR. ALISA KAUFFMAN, GERIATRIC HOUSE CALL DENTIST
Inspīr’s Integrated Care Model (ICM) is an interdisciplinary, team-based, person-centered approach to whole-person health and wellness. This approach provides highly coordinated, data-driven, and outcome-focused care across providers, settings, and time. Built on a philosophy of vibrant, intentional living and meaningful connections, the ICM synthesizes the expertise of medical professionals across multiple disciplines for the best possible outcomes for our residents.
To delve deeper into the medical professionals practicing within our Integrated Care Model, we invited Dr. Alisa Kauffman, geriatric house call dentist and recent addition to Inspīr’s Integrated Care Team, to share her background and introduction to Inspīr.
MY PATH TO GERIATRIC DENTISTRY AND BEYOND
I always knew that I wanted to go into a medical field. Early on, I decided to pursue dentistry so I could combine science with my artistic abilities. As my studies progressed, I became a master at designing dentures. I knew that I needed to concentrate on what I do best to be the most successful. Surprisingly, there aren’t many dentists (especially ones graduating today) who want to continue the art of denture making. And when my best friend’s dad had a stroke a few years after I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, I volunteered to treat him at home. And that’s where my story begins.