On Friday morning three planes departed from Santa Barbara
Chuck Montague and Robin Gauss had already left on Thursday. The weather
was a bit unpredictable and one plane encountered rain and a little turbulence
in the San Felipe area. The other two planes were able to enter Mexico
in Ensenada. The rest of the flight was great! Pilots John Grube
and Robin Gauss stayed in San Juanico and the rest of the planes stayed in Mulege. The
weather was quite warm in Mulege, but pleasant in San Juanico.
The dental clinic was in full swing by the time the planes
arrived from Mulege. The
weather was warm but the registration table was well shaded with the brand new
cover that had arrived via the “cargo” plane (thanks to Robin and
Skylar). The doctors went straight to work with the patients who had already
signed in and were ready to be seen.
The dental department was quite busy, as usual, and as the
morning progressed, the children started to arrive for the flouride
treatments. Thanks to Francie
Naval, DDS, the youngsters got a treatment that was new to them, and tasted good,
to boot! Thanks to all the dental department who work so hard and
have to cope with some very difficult extractions along with their regular workload.
The medical department went smoothly, with two “new to the clinic” doctors. Harry
Knaster, from the Bay Area, jumped right in and, with the help of his translator,
Karen Blumenshine, was able to treat quite a few patients. Patricia Stewart,
because of her specialty, was able to treat many with dermatology problems. Chuck
Montague was able to treat the OB/GYN patients and also some of the overflow
from the other doctors. Thanks to all for a great job!
Our new formulary and method of taking and distributing medicines
was put to the test and survived quite well. With Judy Jensen, RN, getting the pharmacy
in order, all went well and we were able to supply the patients with enough medicine
to last the summer. We are still working out some kinks in the system and
should have a good grasp of the workings come October.
We also left Herlinda with enough medicine to give the regular
patients who could not make it into the clinic this day.
Pilots: Jim Gaskin, Robin Gauss, John Grube, Frank Heintz, Chuck Montague
Dentists: John Grube, Francie Naval, Tad Suzuki, J. C. Ramirez
Dental Assistants: Pam Heintz, Marilyn Zellet
MDs: Harry Knaster, Chuck Montague, Patricia Stewart
RN: Judy Jensen
Lola Rosales (clinic coordinator)
Translators: Karen Blumenshine, Susan Grube, Alex Maingot, Lola Rosales
Gaskin, Robin Gauss, Skylar Gauss, Frank Heintz
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