Eastern Shore 2003 M.O.M. Project: Bigger and Better!! For many individuals living on small incomes or without dental insurance, dental care is a luxury that they cannot afford. Many go for years (sometimes decades) without seeing a dentist. The 3rd Annual Mission of Mercy Project, hosted by the Eastern Shore Rural Health System, would welcome the indigent and uninsured to the one and a half day dental clinic that many have come to rely on as their only option for receiving any type of dental care. On March 29th, people began forming a line as early as 2 a.m. outside the Nandua High School in Onley, VA for the chance to receive much needed dental care. When the doors opened at 7 a.m. 90 dentists, 20 hygienists, 50 dental assistants, 41 students and 38 staff were waiting. Some of the stories told were heartbreaking. Time after time one would hear how this was the only opportunity to receive dental care in this rural community. For others it was the last stop, as they have what it is left of their decaying teeth extracted because of the limited or no access to dental care. One woman drove from Chesapeake to have all of her teeth extracted because she was in pain and had no other option. But without the selflessness of our volunteers, these projects would not continue to be so successful. These dedicated dental professionals were willing to give up their weekend to work in two woodworking and mechanical shop areas that were temporarily transformed into make shift M.A.S.H. units. And the efforts of this team of volunteers paid off. Great (and record breaking) things happened on March 29-30th. The MOM team provided services to some 786 people and included 1,343 extractions (OMS Team led by Charlie Cuttino and included Jackson Faircloth, Glenn Fritz, Paul Hartmann, James Krochmal, Darryl Pirok, Rick Quigg, Warren West and Omar Abubaker- 395 more extractions than last year), 412 restorations (87more), and 196 prophys (thanks to the leadership of Coral Diaz and Kim (sealant queen) Puckett -28 more). This was the first Eastern Shore M.O.M. where volunteers provided sedation and sealants to pediatric patients. The number of children treated significantly increased thanks, in part, to the four Navy dental vans (provided courtesy of Captain Wally Milnichuck of the Mid-Atlantic Naval Command- we also appreciate drivers: DT3 Carlette Washington, DT3 Shucko Jackson, DN Ronald Patterson, DN Randy Bonilla, DN James Walker, DN Jacinte Miller; and repairman: DT1 Kenneth Lawrence for their valuable contribution to this project) and to the dedicated Pediatric dental team (Matt Cooke, Frank Farrington, Roger Wood, Mike Avent, Meera Gokli, Jim Keeton and Steve Lubbe). Amazingly, the denture team ( Dr.’s Bud Zimmer and Anne Adams and Edie and Tina from Geri Zeno’s Lab in Virginia Beach) was able to construct 2 full sets of dentures and 2 flippers in fifteen short hours, (along with several denture repairs and relines)- something never before offered on the Eastern Shore. Make sure you thank Geri the next time you use his lab (Virginia Dental Lab). Tina and Edie were there Saturday night past 8 pm- true team members. Overall, $268,925 in services were provided to those in need (up from $185,237 in 2002). I don’t know how much the neck and back massages were valued at but we sure appreciate Kristin Farrington’s (Frank’s daughter) talent in giving up her weekend to loosen us up! Each M.O.M. project continues to treat an increasing number of patients and provides more and better dental care. Volunteers complete one M.O.M. project only to anticipate the date of the next. More and more people are showing their support for this worthy cause by providing their professional services, donating needed supplies, and providing monetary contributions. Plans are already being finalized for the Eastern Shore M.O.M. 2004 project (March 20-21, 2004). You are invited to join the “TEAM” July 25-27th as M.O.M. returns to Wise County, VA for its fourth project. Volunteers may register at www.vadental.org under Mission of Mercy. Sign up soon as hotel rooms go fast! Dr. “Bud” Zimmer’s (VDA Past President) “Make A Difference” pins sum up the mission of every M.O.M. project. It is through the dedication and compassion of M.O.M. volunteers that make this outreach program possible. The VDA would like to express its gratitude to the following for making Eastern Shore M.O.M. 2003 the most successful Eastern Shore M.O.M. Project to date: Dr. Dave Abbott Denny Cheshire Dr. Hunter Francis Jonathan Jones Dr. Omar Abubaker Tom Childrey Dr. Scott Francis Kim Jones Dr. Abrar Algharair Donna Cockerille Jan Franklin Jennifer Joyce Carolee Allen Dr. Matthew Cooke Michele Freeman Dr. James Keeton Brad Allen Dr. Tom Cooke Dr. Glenn Fritz David Keeton Stephanie Arnold Milton Cooke Gabriel Fritz Debbie Keller Dr. Michael Avent Sherry Corraro Christina Gaffos Dr. Todd King Katherine Aylor Dr. David Crouse Dr. Graham Gardner Shera Kite Joyce Barcroft Carol Crouse Bryan Geary Dr. Rodney Klima Dr. Richard Barnes Ben Crowley Avi Gibberman Carol Klima Sheron Barnes Dr. Charles Cuttino Dr. Meera Gokli Dr. Louis Korpics Dr. Bob Barnes Dr. Colleen Daley Laurie Grasso Dr. James Krochmal Ricardo Belinchon Robin Dalton Missy Griffith Carol Krochmal Jennifer Benedict Dr. Bruce DeGinder Jenny Gross Dr. Richard Lachine Bill Berara Jill Delvillar Wendy Hager Kim Lake Beverly Berry Dr. David DeViese Christie Hagert Dr. James Lance Pamela Blankenship Coral Diaz Dr. Madeline Hahn Jocelyn Lance Elaine Bowser Dr. Terry Dickinson Bill Hall Margaret Larson Dr. Jay Boyle Dr. Wally Edens Dr. John Han Bonnie Lellingwell Dr. Carol Brooks Sayword Edwards Cindy Hanrahan Kelly Lewis Dr. J. Wayne Browder Joyce Estes Dr. Paul Hartmann David Lewis Becky Brown Pam Evans Dr. Mike Healy Dr. Dan Lill Dr. Bruce Brown Rob Eye Dr. Clay Hendricks Dr. Steven Lubbe Kendra Brown Dr. Jackson Faircloth Amy Hendricks Dr. Ron Lynch Keri Butler Dr. Frank Farrington Heidi Hessler-Allen Megan Lynch Dr. Gibby Button Kristin Farrington Dr. Lanny Hinson Anna Manilla Dr. Shawn Cabbell Abby Ferrar Tina Horne Ron Manilla Dr. Robert Candler Marcus Fields Shalie Houseknecht Dominic Manilla Zachary Candler Kathleen Filicko John Howard Danny Manilla Abby Candler Rachael Finch Dr. Ralph Howell Joey Manilla John Candler Patrick Finnerty Tammy Howell Dr. Diana Marchibroda Shannon Candler Carol Finnerty Jennifer Jacovides Mim Martenez Susan Carr Helen Fortner Cathleen Johnson Nicole Matern Carol McCarthy Alejandra Perez-Rubio Anna Nichole Rollins Cathy Toler Whitney McDaniel Jackie Perry Dr. Noel Root Amanda Tucker Angela McElreath Michelle Peters Dr. Jennifer Rose Charlene Velvarde Marina McGraw Annah Phung Rosanne Rosenberg Carol Walsh Dr. Tony Meares Dr. Darryl Pirok Cheryl Rosner Jennifer Waterman Dr. Emanuel Michaels Rebecca Pirok Dr. John Ross Dr. Jerome Weinstein Faye Miles Stephanie Pirok Angela Rowan Dr. Edward Weisberg Naomi Mitchell Dr. Brad Pirok Vicki Semter Dr. Jeffrey Weisberg Niloo Mofakhami Dan Pouchot Kara Shantz Dr. Charles Wesley Melissa Moore Melissa Pouchot Sue Shekoski Dr. L. Warren West Dr. John Mosher Dr. McKinley Price Wendy Shinault Deena West Dr. Byron Murphy Kim Pucket Vali Shoop Dr. Gregory Whitmer Amir Naiminejad Sherry Purchas Heather Simmons Teresa Wiley Barbara Nichols Cameron Quayle Dr. Albert Solomon Dr. Daniel Williams Bonnie Nickerson Dr. Rick Quigg Betsey Soulsby Keith Williams Dr. James Nottingham Bridget Reilly-Sheridan Robyn Sparks Jonathan Williams Lin Nunnally Dr. James Rhodes Dr. Carl Steger Dr. Hollis Wolcott Hannah Oakland Paige Rich Dr. Matthew Storm Dr. Roger Wood Dr. Stuart Oglesby Dr. Gary Riggs Lisa Storm Dr. Krista Woodlock Dr. Udo Ogueri Dr. Kathryn Roberts Dr. Richard Suter Judy Woolridge Dr. Edward S. O'Keefe Patrick Roberts Mary Suter Dr. Allan Zeno Nicole Olsen Dr. Kate Roberts Sharon Swanson Arlene Zeno Rose Marie Owen Pat Roberts Dr. Jack Thompson Dr. Andrew Zimmer Sara Painter Sharon Robinson Margaret Thompson Dr. Russell Pape Neal Rollins Alison Thompson Julieta Perezrubio Barbara Rollins Ben Thornal There was a noticeable absence by one of our Team Leaders- Carol Brooks (who hasn’t missed one project until this one). In spite of her medical challenges lately, she, until the day before, was prepared to come but made the right choice in staying home and taking care of herself- what dedication! We also missed Dr. Jack Pash who was in the hospital the day before the project and we hope to see him in July with Wally Edens at his side. Our thanks to Jennifer Rose for stepping in Carol’s shoes and managing the oral surgery side of things. A special note of thanks should go to the packing and unpacking team of Tom Cooke, Al Stenger, Bryan Brassington, Clint Norris and Greg Cole. Al and Bryan didn’t work the project this time but did drive over Friday afternoon to help with the set-up (just a 6 hour round trip!). And we have to honor our new team members, Pat Finnerty and his wife Carol. For those who don’t know, Pat is the new Director of the Department of Medical Assistant Services (Medicaid, etc.) and Carol is a dental assistant who works for a dentist on the Southside of Richmond. Pat called and wanted to help with the set up and he and Carol did! Not only for the set-up, but walked out with Terry Dickinson, Graham Gardner, Frank Farrington and Bill Hall as we shut it down on Sunday afternoon. Speaking of Bill Hall, we can’t say enough about him and his dedication to our project. He comes early and stays late! He, because of the high winds on Sunday, had to leave his trailer in the parking lot at the toll booth heading back and had to return to pick it up another day- he keeps on giving! Terry Dickinson and Darryl and Becky Pirok got to spend the night since both were pulling trailers. There was hope that the winds would die down on Monday morning. Unfortunately they didn’t and Darryl and Becky headed north through Maryland and then back down as they had their office equipment with them and couldn’t operate without it. Terry finally gave up and left his trailer there as he knew he would be coming back to rescue the VCU bus- but that’s another Keith story. The VDA would also like to send a special thanks to those who donated over 265 stuffed animals for the children seen at M.O.M. There is no price to great to pay to see that smile on a child’s face when handed one of the stuffed animals. M.O.M. continues to make caring visible.
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