Dentist - Milton
Milton Mall Shopping Centre

55 Ontario St. S.
Milton, Ontario, L9T 2M3

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October 13, 2016
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My assistants and I have been on several medical/dental mission trips over the last few years and they have the same basic structure each time.  We travel down to El Salvador or Guatemala with a team of physicians, dentists, nurses, paramedics and pharmacists for a week and spend 5 working days while we are there.

This time, Marisa and I were part of a team that went to Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, which has never really recovered from the earthquake of 2010. The dental team consisted of 3 general dentists, a pediatric dentist and an endodontist (root canal specialist).  Dr. Delle Donne is the endodontist, who happens to practices in Milton as well, and he has been on several of these trips with us.  Having him accompany us is invaluable because he allows us to keep teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.  

We worked most of the time in an area of extreme poverty but because we take portable dental units with us, we can provide high quality dentisty in a third world environment.  

What we didn't count on ..... was Hurricane Matthew!  Fortunatley, we were staying in the capital, Port-au-Prince, when the hurricane hit Haiti.  Port-au-Prince is in the eastern part of Haiti whereas the devastated areas were in the west.  The airport was closed, however, so it took an extra 2 1/2 days to make it home.  The good news is that we took advantage of the delay going home to work an extra day at a clinic in the capital.  

So by all accounts, the trip was a success and we were able to help a lot of people who could not otherwise afford dental or medical care.  We're already looking forward to going back again next year.

But I must say that I appreciate Canada more than ever now.  We have a great country!