HINCHE DENTAL CLINIC
Established November 2012
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 Pastor Lavaud Cheristin, a Haitian minister, who is the head of a Church, two 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 thirteen mission trips to Hinche, our most recent trips being back to back missions in January, 2018. We now have a very operational 11-chair clinic! Our dental teams usually number 14-16 people and have been comprised of general dentists, oral surgeons, endodontists, hygienists, assistants, handymen, electricians and various helpers. We have now had 110 different volunteers join our mission teams in Hinche! Many have returned multiple times.
We learn, adapt, grow and improve each trip. Over our first 13 missions we have performed: 2920 restorations, 2303 extractions, 56 root canals, 1219 cleanings, and 2689 fluoride varnish treatments. 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 observing and assisting 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.
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 gone four times and Dr. Tip, twice. Other BFD team members that have been to Haiti with us are: Leesa Blank (6), Krista Molitor, Heather Meyer, Lisa Blohm (2), Samantha Demler, Jessica Cook and Lauren Vogelsang. Drs. Tip and Dawn’s son, Carter (2) and daughter, Ashlyn (my grandchildren) have also worked with us in Hinche. Please view Carter’s video (below) he made for us after his second mission in January 2017. Dr. Dawn will be leading a team in May 2018!
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 and improve 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 DO need continual financial help. All donations help us provide desperately needed dental care to the Haitian people. Donations are tax deductible. No donations are too small.
If you would like to contribute financially to our project, please make your check out to: Not Forgotten International (VERY IMPORTANT on the check Memo line to write: Hinche Dental Clinic) P.O. Box 214, Menasha, WI. 54952
Tim Brown DDS
If you are interested in volunteering for a future mission trip, please contact Dr. Tim Brown - firstname.lastname@example.org
January 2018 Team 1 January 2018 Team 2
Good teeth! This is one of the children from Pastor Lavaud’s orphanage. Although not every one of the 53 orphan’s teeth look quite this good, 90% of them are now decay free! It demonstrates our preventive measures over the last 5+ years of regular fluoride treatments (they now have toothbrushes), eating and drinking less sugar and timely restorative treatment is really paying off.
These photos are of older students from a school of which we have not treated children in the past. These infected and painful teeth were removed in January 2018. We restored other decayed teeth on these children and in the future we will make a partial denture to replace the missing front teeth.
These photos show some of the beautiful restorative treatment from a member of our team.
Before Treatment After Treatment
Dr. Tip with children from the orphanage. Dr. Tim giving Leesa a service award during Pastor
Lavaud's church service.
Ashlyn Brown having fun with children. Jess getting help making appointments.
Leesa holding infant while her These children were delivered from the
mom was having teeth restored. orphanage to the clinic in this motorcycle/wagon.
It is about a 5 mile ride and the children loved it.