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Haiti Mission Report 2020

Dr. Chris Hansen and Dr. Paul Feit (website and Facebook) are founding members of Christian Dental Missions, a nonprofit organization that addresses the dental needs of underserved populations in Honduras, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
 
The team recently returned  from their 3rd dental mission to Los Cacaos, Haiti.
 
The 2020 dental mission team included: Dr. Chris Hansen, Ann Hansen, Dr. Paul Feit, Dr. Jamie Meunier, Dr. Tom Peterson , Barb Wachowski, Laurie Penke, Maryjo and Kevin Dempsey, Ilona Fisher, and Allison Bouril.
 
Here is Dr. Hansen's personal account:
 
I thought I would share a brief update and a few pics from our dental mission trip to Haiti and the DR February 20-29, 2020. 
 
After a 20-hour journey, with team of four dentists and seven auxiliaries traveling from Wisconsin and Florida, we finally arrived at Sister Maria’s house in Pedro Santana around midnight on the first day.
 
Highlights of the travel day included a missed flight for half our team in Milwaukee, a near missed connection in Atlanta and an hour long standoff in customs in Santo Domingo. Customs officials in the DR were going to confiscate all of our medications and local anesthetic because we lacked proper documentation. 
 
This would have effectively ended our mission work for this trip.  Finally after much discussion, they allowed us to take them through, this one time.  Only later, we found that it was because of a phone call placed by a high level government official to Sister Maria and her vouching for us that allowed safe passage with the needed medical supplies.
 
Arrival in Santo Domingo
Arrival in Santo Domingo   
 
Bus ride to Pedro Santana
 
After our travel day to Pedro Santana, we arrived at the Ag Center in Los Cacaos and worked to set up the clinic. We sorted supplies, set up equipment and tested the vacuum system, plumbing, and pressurized air needed to operate a “modern” dental clinic in this remote region of Haiti. 

With new equipment shipped with the container and the portable dental unit we brought from the US, we were able to set up a clinic with five operational chairs.
 
Thanks to Jim Fitzgerald and his team for doing a great job setting up the week before. It helped get us a running start on the process. 
 
Thanks also to the painting crew to allow us to "borrow” Ruth and Steve, top help with set up and crowd control during our clinic. 
 
Sister Lydia and Sister Valenta were instrumental in screening, prioritizing and organizing patients to help us see the people who needed our services most. Many people were trucked in from remote villages over treacherous roads miles away from the Ag center in Los Cacaos.
 
Transportation to the Ag Center with the team
 
Working on the equipment setup
 
Djimison and Frantz setting up
 
Kevin and Dr Tom working on the suction pump
 
60 + People trucked in from Los Botados to see us at the clinic
 
Some of our team members took in the sights and shopping at the market in Banica. Dr. Paul and I and drove  to Los Botados about 45 minutes away to look at the new community center and house. It was built by Jim Fitzgerald’s crew and painted by the “Tigers of the North” staying at Sister’s house during our clinic week. 

Both the house and Community Centers were impressive structures and the family was very happy with the result. This three bedroom house that four multigenerational families will share was built for Oskarete(?) in appreciation for donating the land for the Center. 
 
We hope to expand our reach and establish a remote dental clinic in future dental missions.
 
On the swing back home we were able to visit the local clinic in Los Cacaos and see the progress in the upgrades in the facility and more medications in the pharmacy. We got a tour from the Haitian doctor on duty, Dr. Prophlle Ecclesiaste, who is working to improve the health of people of that community. 
 
The children with Mary Beth at Los Karete
 
Happy family in Los Botados
 
Inside the Community Center
 
The new residence for Oskaete’s family
 
Local photographer
 
The hospital in Los Cacaos
 
Haitian doctor, Dr. Ecclesiaste
 
The rest of the week was spent in clinic at the Ag Center where a team of four dentists, seven dental support members, three Haitian interpreters and two lay volunteers worked tirelessly in difficult conditions to see as many local people as humanly possible.
 
During the more than five clinic days, we were able to screen close to 400 patients, perform over 1,000 extractions of diseased teeth, put in dozens of fillings, and treat hundreds of teeth with fluoride applications.
 
The waiting area outside the Ag Center
 
The waiting area patients during screening
 
Dr Jamie and her patient     
 
Dr Paul and MaryJo
 
Dr Tom and Laurie
 
Our fine interpreter Stevens with his fan club 
 
Ilona and Ann compiling the stats   
 
Alisen and Dr Chris
 
 
With an increase in the volunteer base and fundraising we hope to expand the clinic to two weeks next year with outreach to the smaller communities that have trouble reaching the main clinic in Los Cacaos.

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Monday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm *every other week

8:00 am - 1:00 pm *every other week

Friday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

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What Our Clients Say About Us

    Very friendly and Helpful

    I recently moved here from Green Bay where I had the same dentist for many years. He set the standard high for tooth care. We searched around this area and talked to patients from several dental offices to see what they had to say. The comments about Dr. Jamie at Two Rivers Family Dental were very good so we decided to give them a try. I came in with necessary dental work needing to be done and the normal amount of anxiety with it. I am happy to say we, "nailed it" with our choice. Dr. Jamie and her assistant Laurie could not be more thorough, personal and educational as she proceeds which helps me relax (somewhat-along with a little laughing gas)! The office from the minute you walk in till you leave is very friendly and helpful if I have any questions. She met the standard we were used to and I recommend her to everyone!!

    Sharon B. November 19th 2020

    Emergency Care

    I had an emergency for my tooth today. Two Rivers Family Dental got me in right away and the staff was fantastic!! Made me feel very comfortable! Thank you Dr. Hansen.

    Katie R. August 17th 2017

    "I can smile again"

    My teeth were in terrible shape and plus I did have one broken off ….I did not want to smile at all ….after Dr. Hansen finished fixing my teeth I can smile again... thank You Dr. Hansen and all your staff for helping me smile again.

    Joyce M. December 19th 2018

    Julie Knows Insurance

    Great dental hygienist in Tracy and fine dental work done by Dr. Hansen. Julie knows insurance better than anyone!

    Barb W. April 25th 2018

    Kind and Respectful

    I had recently got a check up and I needed a filing. They were kind and displayed the up most respectful manner in making my dental experience a positive one. I will continue to be a patient of The Two Rivers Family Dental.

    Rebecca M. Febuary 6th 2018