Three dental professionals from the Shingle Springs Health and Wellness Center recently returned from a weeklong mission to Honduras. The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (Tribe) funded their participation in the Rolling Hills Christian Church’s mission to support local medical/dental needs, assist with construction needs and work with a local orphanage in Tela, Honduras.
Thank you for reading the MtDemocrat.com digital edition. In order to continue reading this story please choose one of the following options.
If you are a current subscriber and wish to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com, please select the Subscriber Verification option below. If you already have a login, please select "Login" at the lower right corner of this box.
Special Introductory Offer
For a short time we will be offering a discount to those who call us in order to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com and start your print subscription. Our customer support team will be standing by Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm to assist you.
If you are not a current subscriber and wish not to take advantage of our special introductory offer, please select the $12 monthly option below to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com and start your online subscription
Dental assistants Jessica Olvera and Victoria Gallegos, along with hygienist Marci Tait treated hundreds of patients.
Fortunately, they were able to communicate with patients by using local interpreters from an English language school in Tela.
They worked under the guidance of volunteer dentists to provide many services including fillings, cleanings and extractions in primitive but functional conditions. Lawn chairs and cardboard recliners provided treatment areas, and without suctions, many patients spit in cups, cans and trash cans.
All the patients were very appreciative of the services rendered.
“This was a life-changing experience. The people were incredibly appreciative. They have so little, yet they wanted to give to us. I’d like to go on another mission,” Olvera said.
“The tribe was proud to send dental team members on this mission. They work hard every day providing exceptional care to our patients. It was meaningful to give them the opportunity to help people with so few resources in a third-world country,” said Nicholas Fonseca, tribal chairman.