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Dr Bob’s 2017 Mission Trip to Honduras

Posted on March 14, 2017

Dr Bob was honored to be a member of the 2017 Medical Mission Team serving the mountainous town and remote villages of La Esperanza, Honduras. Dr Bob and 7 other Illinois Dentists joined the Honduras Medical Mission group from Moultrie, Georgia.  Together, the 35 member mission team was able to provide essential medical treatment as well as both restorative and surgical dental care.

The trip started on Friday, where the group of Illinois volunteers flew to Atlanta to join the Medical Team. Supplies were sorted and packed for the flight to Honduras. Early Saturday morning, shuttle buses were taken to the airport. Following the 3.5 hour flight, a 4 hour bus ride was taken to the town of LaEsperanza.  On Sunday, the dental clinic was set up and organized.

The Dental clinic was open Monday through Friday and was staffed each day by four of our Dentists and numerous volunteers. The additional dentists as well as the remote medical team traveled to outlying smaller villages on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Late Friday afternoon, the clinic was dismantled. The equipment and supplies were cleaned, broken down, and repacked for the return trip home. After an early Saturday morning bus ride to the airport, and flights to Atlanta and then Chicago, the Illinois group returned home late Saturday night.

The team consisted of many incredible volunteers, who paid for their expenses, supplies, and equipment rentals. The amazing group was lead by Dr. Seth Berl and his wife Linda, who have coordinated the mission for the last 14th years. They are truly an inspiration to all. Dr Bob noted that “It was an honor to serve along side such generous, caring, and devoted team members” and that “the mission would not be possible without all he support from our family and friends at home”.  To see more pics, please view our office Facebook page “Dr Bob’s Family Dental”.

Dr Bob was honored to participate in the 2017 El Nino Rey Dental mission trip to serve the town of Teozintla, Mexico.  This years 15 member team included 5 dentists, 1 hygienist, 8 volunteers, and Father Matt Foley, the founder of El Nino Rey.  Each year, a village is selected for the Dental clinic so as to best cover this region of Guerrero.

Getting There

To reach this year’s destination of Teozintla, a flight was taken from Chicago to Houston, then on to Acapulco.  Once through Mexican Customs, a 3.5 hour bus ride to Quechultenengo was taken.  Saturday night was spent in a rented house where the team organized supplies and equipment.  Early Sunday morning two supply trucks were loaded with the clinic equipment and supplies.  The team, along with two Federales guards, rode the trucks on the mostly rough rock and dust roads for a 2.5 hour journey to the village of Teozintla.

The Clinic

Once in Teozintla, the trucks were quickly unloaded and the Dental clinic set up.  After a short lunch break, the clinic opened.  Patients were treated Sunday from 1:00 P.M. until  7:00 P.M.   On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, patients were seen from 9:00A.M. until 8:00 P.M.  On Thursday, the final clinic day, patients were treated from 8:00A.M. until noon.

In total, 332 patients were treated, providing 207 cleanings, 526 fillings, and 446 extractions.  A large amount of tooth decay in children was observed.  This is caused by the increased consumption of sugary soda drinks and candy.  Many villages have small business store fronts stocking many sugary treats.  The kids now have easy access to these treats.  Educating the parents and children on prevention is a priority.

Return Trip

Thursday afternoon, the clinic was broken down, packed and reloaded on the trucks.  The afternoon return trip to Quachul was followed by an effort to reorganize, inventory, and clean all supplies and equipment.  On Friday morning, the bus was taken back to Acapulco for one day of R and R.  The team returned home late Saturday night after a long stop over at the Houston airport.

Some Details

Volunteers sleep on the floor using air mattresses , take bucket showers, and eat authentic food cooked by our local contacts.  Only bottled water is used.  There are No toilet seats in the village, so standing is the norm.  Generators are used to run our equipment.   Volunteers pay for all travel costs and accommodations.    Supplies are brought from the USA using green and gray travel crates.  The team was awakened late Sunday night with a 4.8 Magnitude earthquake that shook the clinic building. Scorpions are a common site.

This was Dr. Bob’s 7th El Nino Rey Trip, but first to Teozintla.  Please enjoy some of the pictures that were taken.  Visit Dr Bob’s Family Dental Facebook page for more photos.

2016 Mission of Mercy

Posted on November 30, 2016

Dr. Bob, Dr. Jackie, and Dr. Jackie’s husband Drew volunteered their time and expertise at the 2016 Mission of Mercy.  This years two day event was located at the Gateway Center in Collinsville Illinois. On July 16th & 17th, Volunteers provided free dental care to needy patients. This was Dr. Bob’s fourth, and Dr. Jackie’s and Drew’s third Mission of Mercy. The clinic was a great success.

2016 El Nino Rey

Posted on November 24, 2016

January 2nd-9th, 2016, Dr. Bob traveled to Mexico with the El Nino Rey Mission team. This years trip served the remote village of Xochitlan, located about 200 miles northeast of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero. A team of four Dentists, one hygienist and nine volunteers provided care for the families of Xochitlan and the many surrounding villages.. The five day clinic was equipped with portable equipment and generators, which was transported along with the volunteers in two supply trucks. As usual, armed police escorts accompanied the team. Over 400 patients were treated, providing more than 670 fillings, 270 extractions and 400 cleanings. This was Dr. Bob’s 6th El Nino Rey Mission trip. …..Link to El Nino Rey

2015 C.U.R.E. Network Event

Posted on November 24, 2016

Dr Bob & Dr. Jackie participated in the 2015 C.U.R.E. Network event. The two day, 45 dental chair clinic serviced the South West side of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Dr. Bob and Dr. Jackie coordinated the dental triage (Patient Diagnosis and Screening), as well as providing surgical services. For more information, or to volunteer for future events please contact: C.U.R.E. Link

Global Links

Posted on November 24, 2016

Did you ever wonder what do we do with our used uniform tops and scrubs?? We donate them to Global Links. Global links is a medical relief non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving healthcare in resource-poor communities. Global Links utilizes surplus medical supplies donated by U.S. healthcare providers, and distributes them in areas such as Latin America and the Caribbean. Hospitals and clinics in these under-served communities often lack the supplies and equipment necessary to provide basic care to their patients. Visit Globallinks.org for more information.

Mission of Mercy June 2014

Posted on November 24, 2016

Dr. Bob, his wife Sue, Dr. Jackie, and her husband Drew provided dental care through the Mission of Mercy Illinois event. The 2 day clinic, which was located at the Peoria Illinois Civic Center, screened and treated over 2000 patients.

C.U.R.E. Network 2013

Posted on November 24, 2016

Dr. Bob provided triage and dental diagnosis for the fall 2013 event. The C.U.R.E. Network is a local charity that provides donated Dental, Medical and Vision care to the Chicago area. The one day event was held in McCook, Illinois. It was the first time that Dr. Bob got to perform dentistry on field turf.

Mission of Mercy June 2012

Posted on November 24, 2016

Bob & Peg’s Dental participated in the second I.S.D.S.  Mission of Mercy located at the Lake County Fair Grounds. Together with the  C.U.R.E. Network, patients received donated Dental, Medical and Vision care. Over the two days, 2100 patients received over $1,100,000.00 of donated dental care.  Dr. Bob led the 12 dentist triage team which included Dr. Jackie and Dr. Peg. The dental triage team examined each patient, assessed their dental needs, and directed them to the corresponding treatment areas of the clinic. Dr. Jackie’s fiancé, Drew McMahon, as well as other family members were part of the 1400 person volunteer team.

E.N.R. 2012

Posted on November 24, 2016

Dr.Jackie and Dr. Bob returned to Mexico with the El Nino Rey Mission .  The village of Xochitlan and the
neighboring villages were served.  During the week, over 450 patients were seen.  The mission provided 540 fillings, 295
extractions, 2 root canals, and 171 cleanings.  This was Dr. Jackie’s third mission trip and Dr. Bob’s fifth with ENR.

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