More than a few of our members take some time each year to volunteer for things like dental/medical missions abroad and occasional free dental clinics close to home, providing care for people in need.
One young member, Dr. Vanessa Nakayama, recently emailed us about her latest dental mission work in her home country of the Philippines. She kindly allowed us to share her message with you below.
We hope her good words inspire others to give of their time, talents, skills, and knowledge to help others in need around the globe.
I was fortunate enough to be a volunteer translator and assistant in the cleft lip and palate surgeries here in the Philippines and learn from the doctors who came in from the USA. This was a God-given blessing and an answered prayer at the same time because it was always a dream of mine to be a part of such a mission and share what I love to do with these brave little souls. Their smiles give me the courage to work hard and never give up my dream of being a pediatric dental specialist and special care advocate. Well, that's only half the journey, because I want to integrate a biologic/integrative protocol for children. Why not?
After a month, I took part in another dental mission, going strong with my Sacred Heart Parish Family. It is my 7th year with this mission for the less fortunate brothers and sisters in our vicinity here in Muntinlupa City, Philippines.