Special Humanitarian Service Update Edition

Academy Examiner

President’s message
Dear friends and colleagues, Looking back over the past year, sometimes we wonder, “What did I accomplish that will make a difference?” As we contemplate our answers, we might consider this counsel from American writer Leo Rosten: The purpose of life is not just to be happy . . . It is to be useful, to be honorable. It is to be compassionate. It is to matter, to have it make some difference that you lived. These are not just lofty words—they are keys to living well. Put into action, they build character, shape a positive outlook, and bless the lives of others as well as our own. In this issue, we are sharing various aspects of dental service. It is awesome to see the myriad ways in which dentists have chosen to share their skills with others to help improve dental health in underserved areas. As you read or peruse the Service Section of our website, you may be inspired to join with your team, your dental friends, and perhaps your family to go help the needy patients who are longing for the service you can give. As we mention “Academy Service” we must acknowledge that a major impetus for the growth in service areas over the past 13 years has been the input and direction of Dr. Jerry Summerhays. He has served as our “Project Development and Church Relations” specialist. Jerry does service in many aspects of his life and is going to be the new Rotary Governor for Utah. With that demanding position and opportunity, he is needing to leave our executive team and participate with the Academy as a member from the sidelines. Our sincere gratitude and respect goes to Jerry for all he has done to help create our emphasis on many aspects and venues of Dental Service. As we make our plans for the future, may we choose to be useful, honorable, and compassionate. We will then find that our lives have indeed mattered, that it has made some difference that we have lived. At the beginning of every year we encourage our members to renew their Academy memberships so our organization can continue to grow and remain a viable influence in our profession. As involved members of the Church, we often have assignments that sometimes conflict with the Academy schedule; thus we are not always able to attend the annual conference. We have noticed that many associate the annual conference registration with keeping their membership dues current. Dues and the conference are two separate items. Of course, current Academy members are given reduced conference fees. Membership dues, whether or not you attend the conference, are essential to enable us to fulfill the purposes of the Academy. When each member is current with his or her dues, we are able to accomplish so much more. We thank you in advance for responding when you see a dues reminder. May you have great experiences as you participate with the Academy and as you share your professional skills with others.
President: John A. Gerritsen Vice President: Evan Roundy Secretary/Treasurer: Laurence Palmer Past President: David Geddes Founder: Gordon Christensen

2010–12 academy council

John A. Gerritsen, DDS 2010–2012 President

At the Utah Dental Association’s Annual Convention in February, two members of the Academy of LDS Dentists will receive distinguished service awards for outstanding humanitarian service: the Academy’s service chairman, Wayne Chisholm, and Alex Larsen. Congratulations. We are proud of your accomplishments.

Alex grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Fairview, Idaho, outside Preston. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in English and received his DDS from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. He served as a dental officer for three years in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He’s been in private practice for 31 years in Utah County. Dr. Larsen has served as president of the Provo District Dental Society and of the UDA. He is on the advisory committee for the Utah Valley University dental hygiene program and currently serves as chair of the Utah Dental Advisory Board. He serves as an examiner for the Western Regional Examining Board and on the Utah Controlled Substance Advisory Board. He has three children and eight grandchildren. He feels that the rewards of his service in dentistry have been the wonderful friendships and associations he has made.

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Wayne was born and raised in Holladay, Utah and attended the University of Utah. He received his DDS from Washington University in St. Louis in 1972. After graduation, he served as the chief dental officer with PHS Indian Services at the Navajo Hospital in Winslow, Arizona. He then had a private practice in Winslow until 1978, when he moved to Utah and set up a practice in Monroe, where he continues to practice. He has served as president of the Central District Dental Society and as a delegate for several years to the UDA. He was also president of the Central Park Association and the Richfield Music Guild, and district chairman of the Fishlake District, Boy Scouts of America. Since 1995 he and his wife Jeannine have made annual trips to the South Pacific, doing service projects in Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati, Fiji, and Vanuatu. He has set up volunteer clinics in Tonga, Samoa, and Kiribati. He coordinates with other dentists and dental personnel, helping them to arrange travel, accommodations, and licensure to work in these countries. Wayne is a member of the executive board of the Academy of LDS Dentists over service projects. He is also a dental advisor to Deseret International Foundation. Wayne and Jeannine are the parents of five children, three of whom are dentists. They have 19 grandchildren. Rob McDonald of Superior, Colorado: “I talk to friends about the Academy; use the tactic of referrals.” Fred Deal of Centerton, Arkansas: “Knowing the stake presidents in the area, I wrote letters asking for the names of dentists in their respective stakes. I also mentioned that the LDS Church wants to staff the Guatemala Dental Clinic with LDS dentists—for this reason, I was inquiring about the names of LDS dentists in Arkansas who could help with the clinic.” Drew Cahoon of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: “Just ask around in various wards; ask the area leaders as to the LDS dentists they know in the area.” Glen Golden of Westerville, Ohio: “It really helps if I wear the Academy’s lapel pin and people see it and ask what it is, since most brethren do not wear lapel pins to church activities...” You can assist the Academy significantly because you know the dentists in your area and we do not! To invite a dentist to the Academy, go to www. AcademyofLDSDentists.com, click on “Join,” then “Invite a Dentist.” Or if you can e-mail a list to: LDSDentists@ gmail.com.

Wayne chisholm

acad·e·my reP·re·sen·ta·tive

noun: \ə-ˈka-də-mē\ \ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv-\ one who serves as an agent of the Academy of LDS Dentists and identifies others who are not members of the Academy, then reports their names to the leadership for possible membership; any member of the organization can assist. Over 70 of our members have agreed to be Academy Representatives. The main responsibilities are to identify potential Academy members in their respective areas and give names and contact information to the Academy. It is surprising how many LDS dentists are not aware of the Academy in spite of its almost 35 years of service. Our goals of EDUCATION, SERVICE and FELLOWSHIP have enabled members to better themselves, bless their fellow man, and strengthen their families and friends. We frequently find LDS dentists who are pleased to learn of the Academy. We are always looking for ways to increase awareness of the Academy. Several Academy Representatives have identified ways to identify LDS dentists who are not members of the Academy: Michael Smuin of Vernal, Utah: “I really don’t have a complex strategy. I just looked at the list of names and recognized dentists who are members of the Church who were not listed on the Academy membership list.”

the origin of salt lake donated dental services
by Ralph B. Montgomery http://www.donateddental.org/

As a Rotary International dental volunteer in 1989, I worked in the Vietnam Refugee Camp on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. I accompanied the local physician to mountain villages where we treated tuberculosis patients, and as he said, every one of them had a toothache. When I got home I applied to Rotary International for a grant to build a mobile dental clinic. I was granted $387,000 for a mobile dental clinic that included sleeping spaces and a shower that doubled as a dark room. The clinic would be on the road for a week at a time. I brought the clinic to Salt Lake City for a trial run. I placed it in the parking lot of the St. Vincent DePaul/Weigand Homeless Day Center and it was announced there would be free dentistry for a week. Dr. Wally Brown and I treated patients that week and found that the homeless of Salt Lake City were doing just as poorly dental-wise as the villagers in Palawan. I resolved that when I got the clinic established in Palawan I would do something in my hometown. On 6 August 1990 we opened the doors of Salt Lake Donated Dental Services in a small room in the St. Vincent DePaul Center. I called 60 of my dental colleagues and asked them to give me one day each month to serve the homeless. Fifty-six of them said yes. With the help of Intermountain Health Care and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we moved to the Fourth Street Clinic at 400 South and 400 West. After sharing space with that medical clinic for two years, we moved into a separate part of the building. In 2006 I met with city officials and discussed the possibility of a new clinic in the Sorensen Unity Center in the Glendale neighborhood. The city agreed to build a fivechair clinic if we would provide the dental equipment and free dental services to those below the poverty level. In 2006 the clinic was opened. This is the 21st anniversary of Salt Lake Donated Dental Services. We have treated about 90,000 patients and performed services valued at more than $13,000,000. More than 200 dentists volunteered during those years, and at present 70 dentists volunteer on a rotating basis. I am grateful to my colleagues who have given their services. Editor’s Note: This is a great model that could work in any local area of the USA. Let the Academy leadership know if you have a model that has worked in your area.

opportunities in the south Pacific islands
The South Pacific Islands are in need of volunteer dentists. If you’d like to have a working vacation with your spouse, or even with your whole family, you may want to look at Tonga, Samoa or the Republic of Kiribati. Deseret International, are partners with the Academy of LDS Dentists and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has set up permanent dental clinics on the Church School campuses offline, Pesega, and Moroni in these beautiful island countries. The options are open as to which island you would like to serve. There are people ready and willing to arrange housing and transportation and help you in any way needed. If you have interest in providing dental care in the South Pacific, contact Wayne or Jeannine Chisholm at wchisholm@live.com cell: (435) 896-7688.


uganda and rWanda, east africa
By Tom Sorensen www.adoptanafricanclinic.org

Uganda—In October 2011, Dr. Drew Cahoon, a few others, and I began this area’s 16th humanitarian dental expedition. The first week of our trip was spent with the Rotary Outreach Program initiated by Dr. Cahoon in 2007. We visited Atraumatic Restoritive Treatment schools with the public health dental officers and did some outreach. We also evaluated the current program, introduced a new computerized reporting system, and secured funding for next year. The program is doing well. Rwanda—A shipping container filled with 15 dental units, two Panorex units and other equipment from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) arrived at the Kigali Health Institute (KHI) in Rwanda one week before we did. More than 300 blankets and 80 pairs of shoes were added to the container and are being distributed to hospitals near Kigali. Six dental clinics in district or regional hospitals throughout Rwanda and the dental school at KHI were prepared to receive the equipment. Each clinic had minimal supplies for restorative dentistry, and at present 98% of procedures are tooth extractions. In February, another expedition of eight dentists, three hygienists and other auxiliaries will visit Rwanda. The first week will consist of teaching dentists and therapists with staff from the KHI Dental School. The second week will incorporate hands-on mentoring by clinicians. Adopt an African Clinic—This program, developed by Dr. Drew Cahoon from Alberta, Canada, is intended to create dental education treatment sites in East Africa. Six dental practices in North America—all LDS dentists and members of the Academy—have each sponsored a rural Rwandan clinic through Adopt an African Clinic. They will be responsible for funding, training, continuing education, mentoring, and participating in outreach with “their” clinic. With equipment in place, we will be able to significantly enhance preventive and restorative dentistry in Rwanda. In October 2012, we will introduce a Composite Restoration Course and in February 2013 an Anterior Endodontics Course for practitioners at these clinics. Each course will be followed by a week of mentoring by our clinicians.

This program is working with the ministries of health in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania to prepare for the installation of 60 A-dec dental chairs donated by the University of Alberta for distribution in East Africa. More North American dental clinics are needed to adopt African clinics. To find out more, please contact Dr. Drew G. Cahoon at (406) 260-6518 or dgcahoon@gmail.com

flying samaritans
By Greg Hatch www.flyingsamaritans.net

Flying Samaritans, in existence for more than 40 years, is a volunteer organization that operates free medical and dental clinics in Baja California, Mexico. Ten chapters from California and Arizona support these clinics. Each chapter organizes and plans a monthly trip to the clinics supported by that chapter. Most of these clinics have dental operatories all set up and ready to use. Procedures generally performed include fillings, extractions and cleanings. The trips are all on weekends, so by taking a Friday off work, you can have a great humanitarian experience and help many. We fly to Mexico in mostly single-engine private aircraft with four to six seats. Volunteers are assigned to an aircraft and pilot. After clearing Mexico customs at a port of entry, we continue the trip, landing on an airstrip close to the clinic. We stay in modest hotels in Mexico, usually for two nights each trip. Each participant pays his own way, including hotel, food, visa and a portion of the aircraft fuel cost. Typically the total cost per person is around $250. I have had the opportunity to take my wife and all of my children, on each of these dental service trips. All of my family has had the opportunity to serve others, and all have gained a great appreciation of the need to serve others, particularly those with very limited options. My oldest daughter, Jennifer, was so moved by how much good a single person could do that she decided to become a dentist. She and her husband Mason have just started dental school in San Antonio, Texas. They both accompanied me last December to Laguna San Ignacio and helped to provide dental care to those in need. They were both extremely touched by the people and wish to continue with humanitarian work after they graduate. Because of all the experiences and opportunities I have had, I encourage everyone to find a way to provide service to others. I have received so much more than I have provided. While I have been able to combine my love of flying, dentistry and Spanish in traveling to Mexico and Latin America, there are many opportunities throughout the world, as well in our local communities, to provide service. It may take some work to find these opportunities, but it is worth it.

dental volunteers for israel (dvi) in Jerusalem
by John Goodrich • http://www.dental-dvi.co.il/

The Dental Volunteers for Israel program operates a free dental clinic in Jerusalem for disadvantaged children and youth-at-risk aged 5-18. The clinic is staffed by dentists from around the world who volunteer for periods of 1–4 weeks. In the clinic there are 6 dental workstations, trained dental assistants, and have equipment and supplies sufficient to treat the Israeli and Palestinian children. Prevention techniques are taught and required of the children before they can be treated. There are condos for the visiting dentists and family to stay in while working at the clinic. The clinic is open only until 1:00 PM each week day. This leaves each afternoon open to tour and explore the many Holy Sights in Jerusalem.. Also their weekdays are Sunday through Thursday because the true Sabbath to them begins Friday night and goes through Saturday. Therefore, the clinic expects a working commitment on Sunday. That all works out because LDS church services at the Jerusalem “The Muslims say you center are on Saturday also. aren’t a “real” Muslim I think that is by agreement unless you have made your trek to Mecca. After between the Israeli governvisiting and experiencing ment and the church since the Holy Land, I feel that the church doesn’t actually own the Jerusalem Center. way about us Christians It is leased from the Israelis and the need to visit this and as long as we follow area considered “the their guidelines we will center of the world,” continue to have privileges where it ALL began.” there. We began our trip to Jordan and then went on to Israel. It was so amazing that after going in February, I went back with my entire family and a single-adult group for three more weeks in June 2011! I’m glad I went to Petra and the holy sites in Jordan on the way to Israel. In Israel we visited almost every holy site, including going north to Galilee and Nazareth. Christ spent most of his life in Nazareth and most of his ministry around Galilee, Lake Tiberias, and especially Capernaum, nicknamed “City of Jesus.” Of course, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Garden Tomb are among the most powerful holy sites,

but many others you will never forget. The New Testament will come to life as you literally walk where Jesus walked. The Jerusalem Center was a real eye-opener for me. I had no idea how influential that facility is and the good that it represents in Jerusalem for the restored Church. The Israelis and especially the Jews revere it highly. The children’s clinic or DVI is an amazing opportunity that I coordinated my trip around. I was lucky to be able to work in the clinic both times I went to Jerusalem in 2011. The clinic managers insist on providing decent housing for the volunteers, free of charge. If anyone is interested in getting involved in this great adventure, feel free to contact me at goodrichdds@gmail.com.

By Karl R. Koerner

Two humanitarian trips to China are scheduled for spring 2012. We still have openings for participants, both dentists and hygienists. Our hosts in China are gracious and accommodating. Translators are there to help us. In the modern facilities provided, we treat orphans and other needy people. It is a rewarding experience. The allinclusive cost is about $2,000. For many, it is the experience of a lifetime. We work hard doing humanitarian service for five days and then enjoy two days as tourists. The trips are: April 20–30—Suquian (near Nanjing), including two days of sightseeing in the beautiful city of Guilin and by the famous Li River. May 11–21—Xi’an, which also includes two days of sightseeing. It is the home of the Terra-cotta Warriors. These ancient statues were discovered under farm fields in 1978. Contact Karl R. Koerner karlrkoerner@comcast.net soon for the adventure of your life!

teaching Providers in needy countries
by Dale Linton

Paraguay, south america
By Dwayne Zobell

A few years ago, Gordon Christensen suggested we could help developing countries in a number of ways. One was to deliver much-needed dental care to a few. A second was to raise the level of care offered by local dentists. I have felt fortunate to accompany Gordon Christensen, Karl Koerner, George Bailey, and Scott Healey to teach in countries including India, Thailand, China, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Guatemala, Venezuela, Peru, and Chile. We have shared our knowledge and experience with numerous doctors and dental school educators in these countries. We also have held discussion sessions. Gordon has shared his update course and passed on tips they can take home and use with their own patients. If between 200 and 600 dentists attend each of our lectures, and each dentist has 1,000 patients, we raise the level of care for 200,000 to 600,000 patients. Usually we give these courses to four or five groups of In the Classroom in India dentists in each country. We have met wonderful people in these countries and have been able to introduce them to the Academy, the Church, and our belief in Jesus Christ. We are always invited out for supper, and we invite the local mission president, his wife and two missionaries to introduce them to the leaders of the dental community. It is a real pleasure to be involved with these great dentists in this service project over the years. If you are interested in serving on a team of instructors, write to: email@AcademyofLDSDentists.com. “We have met wonderful people in these countries and have been able to introduce them to the Academy, the Church, and our belief in Jesus Christ.”

The Area Presidency asked me to treat the indigenous population of Paraguay in November 2011. I have worked many years with these people and know the area fairly well. Over three days, I was able to provide care for 95 patients—mainly extractions and restorative procedures. I worked out of one of the Health Care rooms constructed in La Abundancia a few years ago. Donations were received for composite restorative materials and local anesthetics, and I supplemented these from my personal office. The people in Paraguay have mainly a subsistence living, and most work during the week for local Mennonite ranchers and farmers. Their diet is very high in refined carbohydrates, and consequently their level of tooth decay is very high. Prevention is not a priority. After much thought and with the aid of inspiration, a local dental contact was found. Marcos Mendoza is a 62-year-old Nivaclete native who worked as a dentist in a Mennonite health care system for many years. Although recently retired, he has been constructing a dental office in an extension of his home. We talked and invited him to see the clinic. It was an answer to prayer. He came to the clinic and was shown how to work with lightcured composite materials; we left the excess materials with him. Also, he is now able to offer removable prosthodontic services and has quite a few supplies. The portable dental Drs. Mendoza and Zobell unit and compressor were left at the local LDS Institute building in downtown Asunción for use in future service projects. As with most projects, the need is great and there is more work to do. Travel to Paraguay is a bit more involved, though all our luggage and supplies passed quickly through customs without any delay or payment of duty. For questions on serving in South America, contact Dr. Dwayne Zobell, the Academy’s Area Coordinator for South America, at DDZDDS@mac.com.


guatemala dental clinic:
Summary of Services Provided since the clinic began less than 30 months ago

Approximately 488 future missionaries referred by local priesthood leaders have had all their dental work completed to mission standards, greatly increasing the number of youth able to serve missions in a country where the dentist to population ratio is less than 1:10,000 (compared to Utah County at 1:867) and the cost for dental care is a major barrier to missionary service. Over 631 missionaries in the Guatemala MTC have been brought to mission standards through the screening and clinical work provided. Approximately a third of potential Latino missionaries exhibit significant problems that would require treatment during their mission at significant cost and liability to the Church. Over 232 missionaries currently serving in Guatemala have received emergency dental care while on their missions at no cost to the Church after experiencing acute dental need. Approximately 900 local orphans from six different orphanages in Guatemala receive regular dental care through the program, giving visibility and credibility to the Church’s mission of caring for the poor and needy. The clinic provides an opportunity for service and training in humanitarian service to dentists who volunteer through the LDS Academy of Dentists and other humanitarian organizations, and to local Guatemalan dental students. It provides training in dental assisting skills to youth in the Church and orphanages, allowing for job opportunities and career development through a pilot training program.
Consider Volunteering in Guatemala

You have an open-ended invitation to visit this dental clinic whenever it is convenient for you. At 5,000 feet, the climate is ideal year-round in the capital of Guatemala. Your work will be varied (as you can see from the above statistics). The five state-of-the-art dental units and handpieces might be some of the best you’ve ever used! The Calls and the Johnsons will recommend accommodations, restaurants, and local sites of interest. Consider an excursion to the clinic sometime this year. Contact Elder or Sister Call or Johnson at GuatemalaClinic@ gmail.com to arrange a time to volunteer at the clinic.

Puerto vallarta, mexico
by Gordon Croft

The Academy has joined efforts with the LDS Church in establishing this clinic as a potential model for providing service in a “community of need” and to serve potential and current missionaries.

While several dentists were interested in serving in Puerto Vallarta in early 2011, for one reason or another they could not go this year. I did succeed in recruiting Dr. Brion Lowry of Boise, Idaho, so my team consisted of our wives and us. We also had a pre-dental student from BYU; Brandon Robbins accompanied us and speaks Spanish well. We were in Puerto Vallarta If you are at retirement January 14–23, 2011. While age, speak Spanish, there, we treated children and would like to at the two orphanages as we have in other years. We saw serve a full-time no activity that made us feel 6-23 month mission unsecure or in danger. in this ideal setting, Overall we enjoyed our trip please contact to warm, beautiful Puerto Elder Rich Call. Vallarta. As always, doing Your services are dental work for the children needed in this area is satisfying. We have decided of the world. that we will go back in early 2013. We’ll announce the dates when they are known. With the present economic situation and other factors, I feel it would be better to have three or four leaders who are familiar with the project so one or two leaders can rotate out for a year here and there. Any Spanish-speaking dentists who would like to help lead teams in Puerto Vallarta, please let me know. We could possibly take you down on this next trip to give you experience so you can help lead future teams. If you have any questions, please write me, Gordon Croft, at gacroft@msn.com.

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