The weather on Friday was near perfect
for the trip down the Baja peninsula. Six planes were able
to make this trip. The return trip was not quite as easy,
as there were headwinds up to 25 knots at times.
We were very busy seeing 50 patients. The clinic ran very
well under the direction of Marilyn Enns. Some new protocols
were established and the patient flow was greatly improved.
Margo Kenney had a table outside to take blood pressures.
Debbie Murphy was fantastic at triage, making for an efficient
flow of patients for Dr. David Rose and Myra Howard-Cochran,
NP. Chris Huntsman was busy in the lab and Marilyn Enns and
Ross Rankin kept up with the orders and kept order in the
pharmacy. Leo Ramsey made for an excellent interpreter and
scribe for Myra, and his friend Sara and Chris’ sister
Sarah took blood pressures and were runners to make sure
everyone got the necessary labs and medications. Several
patients were referred from the Audiologist Bonnie for treatment
The dental clinic was blessed this month with
a great staff. We had 5 dentists and 3 dental assistants.
Well over 50 patients were seen. Donn Zellet did a great
job with triage. Dr. John Grube, Dr. Yvonne Roshon,and
Dr. Robert Ruby worked non-stop filling and extracting necessary
teeth. The docs were assisted by Larry Cochran and Melodi
Willis. Dr. Stu MacPherson and Roni MacPherson worked diligently
on several root canals and many fillings. Dr. Dick Klein
once again performed his magic with the dentures and partials.
Maggie Crosby was recruited for sterilization and did a
Many thanks to the dental crew.
Bonnie Rettegers, with Susan Grube interpreting,
always attracts a crowd and this trip was no exception.
Bonnie was able to fit new hearing aids and fix broken ones,
well as assess ear infections, for the medical side.
Roni and Stu made up a personal hygiene kits
for the soldiers who have treated us very well over the
years. The intention was to deliver at Christmas but, since
weather was bad, the kits were delivered this time. Roni
and Stu delivered over thirty kits.
Pilots: Larry Cochran, John Grube, Frank Heintz, Stu MacPherson,
Ted Kenney, Ross Rankin
MD: David Rose
Nurse Practitioner: Myra Cochran
Dentists: John Grube, Dick Klein, Stu MacPherson, Ivonne Roshon,
Audiologist: Bonnie Rettegers
RN: Marilynn Enns
EMTs: Chris Huntsman, Leo Ramsey
Dental Assistants: Larry Cochran, Roni MacPherson, Melodi Willis
Translators: Sarah Bridge, Susan Grube, Debbie Murphy,
Teresita, Donn Zellet
Helpers: Maggie Crosby, Sara Huntsman, Margo
Melodi at 805 736-7123.
Trip will be February 8, 2008.
Potluck will be Wednesday, January 30 at the home
of Myra and Larry Cochran. Please bring a dish to share. Click
here for details »
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