HINCHE DENTAL CLINIC
Established November 2012
Two Dental Teams - January 2017
In 1990, Lori Schneider, long term friend and employee of Brown Family Dentistry, and I made our first mission trip to Haiti. In the spring of 2012, she and I returned to Haiti on a dental mission with a dentist who had established a dental clinic in Baudin, a small mountain village. We worked hard and learned a great deal about establishing a clinic in Haiti. On that same trip, we traveled to Hinche, where Lori had been on many medical mission trips before. We explored the possibility of establishing a dental clinic with Lavaud Cheristin, a Haitian minister, who is the head of a church, 2 schools and an orphanage in Hinche.
Upon our return to the US, we spoke to many groups and began fundraising for dental equipment, supplies, and financial donations. In Nov. 2012, after a great deal of hard work and prayer, we had our grand opening in Hinche and our first dental mission with our “new” 4-chair clinic.
To date, we have completed ten mission trips to Hinche, our most recent being 2 teams back to back in January, 2017. We now have a very operational 8-chair clinic! Our dental teams usually number 14-16 people and have been comprised of general dentists, oral surgeons, endodontists, hygienists, assistants, a handyman, and various helpers. We learn, adapt, grow and improve each trip. Over our first ten missions we have performed: 2492 restorations, 2146 extractions, 48 root canals, 981 cleanings and 1974 fluoride varnish treatments! Our most recent trip included the addition of fabricating treatment partials and we completed 3 of them. Although these numbers are very important, the true value is in sharing our gifts and talents in Christ’s name with our Haitian friends.
The clinic provides opportunities for employment and skill development to local Haitians. We have an eager staff of interpreters who translate, provide dental education and even go to the schools and apply fluoride varnish treatments. Our sterilization processes are now totally run by a Haitian. Local Haitian dentists and dental students have been assisting and learning at our clinic. I believe that our impact is far reaching in the Hinche area and we are laying the foundation for continued improvement in oral health.
In addition, we have sponsored two Haitian students at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI. Sylvéus Joseph graduated in December, 2015 in Agricultural Studies and has recently returned to Haiti to utilize his education. He was also very helpful to our last 3 mission teams. In December, 2015, Peterson Benoit received his dental assisting degree and went on to complete an additional business degree in December, 2016. He also worked part time as a dental assistant in our Brown Family Dentistry office. In January, 2017, he returned to Hinche with one of the dental teams and assisted our volunteers and Haitians at the clinic.
Our team at Brown Family Dentistry is an integral part of the success of the Hinche Dental Clinic. In addition to the many trips made by Lori and myself, Dr. Dawn has just completed her fourth mission trip and Dr. Tip has gone once. Other BFD team members that have been to Haiti with us have been: Leesa Blank, Krista Molitor, Heather Meyer, Lisa Blohm and Sam Demler. Drs. Tip and Dawn’s son, Carter, (my grandson) has also joined us on two trips.
Our mission trips would not be possible without all of the prayers and the wonderful donations from all of our supporters. THANK YOU! Past donations have helped us establish the Hinche Dental Clinic. We promise to continue to work hard to utilize our clinic on many mission trips to follow. To do so, we will need continued financial help. All donations help us provide desperately needed dental care to the Haitian people. Donations are tax deductible.
If you would like to contribute to our project, please make your check out to: Not Forgotten International (Hinche Dental Clinic in the memo), P.O. Box 214, Menasha, WI. 54952.
Tim Brown DDS