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”.