Whale watching is one of the highlights of the March trip
and most said this trip was one of the best. In calm seas,
with great weather, everyone who really wanted to pet a whale
did so. There was also a geology field trip for the 18 people
who stayed on the San Juanico side. We learned that Baja
is relatively young… about ten million years old. We
hunted for fossils with mixed success and ate extraodinary
meals, prepared by Silvio and the two Marilyns. Thanks to
geologist John Minch, who put up with our questions.
The medical side saw close to 30 patients. Dr. Steve Enright,
with Polly Parker assisting, and Myra Howard, FNP, with Susan
Grube assisting, saw a mixture of new and returning patients
with many different diagnoses. Marilynn Enns and Bobbi Bliss,
with the assistance of others, kept the pharmacy running
in an organized and efficient manner. Christine Gaskin, Zack
Hoover, and others kept the lab and blood pressure station
flowing, while Debbie Murphy did another excellent job of
triage and interpreting. The new organization of the medical
side has been well received by all.
Last year at this time the dental side saw the most patients
ever, only to be eclipsed this time by a record 66 patients.
Marilyn Zellet did triage. Michele Picone was a welcome addition,
busy all day with many needed teeth cleanings. Janice Smith
did sterilization and other chores, as needed. Chuck Moggia’s
smiling face and great attitude were a blessing on this busy
day. Patsy Hodges assisted Chuck. Stu and Roni, as always,
efficiently kept the patients flowing, even as Stu did a
couple of root canals. Dick Klein had to turn away some patients
until next season, as time was running out on denture completion
time. John Grube and Larry Cochran did a record number of
extractions with, luckily, no time consuming complications.
The suburban blew a hose and damaged the fan belt right
in front of the clinic, with a big bang that startled everyone.
Since we needed the suburban for the crowd that was staying
on the San Juanico side, Frank Heintz and Jon Goerke went
right to work and found the problem. Dale Smith volunteered
to fly to Mulege and get spare parts. Dale returned later
with all the parts needed and the car was ready on Sunday
morning. Thanks to all for a super effort!
Pilots: Craig Arcuri, Larry Cochran, Jim Gaskin,
Frank Heintz, John Grube, Ted Kenney, Stu Macpherson, Ross
Rankin, Elwood Schapansky, Dale Smith
MD: Steve Enright
Family Nurse Practitioner: Myra Cochran
RNs: Bobbi Bliss, Christine Gaskin, Polly Parker
EMT: Zack Hoover
Dental Hygiene: Michele Picone
Clinic Coordinator: Marilyn Enns
Translators: Debbie Murphy, Susan Grube, Marilyn
Dentists: Dick Klein, Chuck Moggia, Stu Macpherson,
Dental Assistants: Patsy Hodges, Larry Cochran, Roni
Helpers: Karen Schapansky, Janice Smith, Dale Smith,
Margo Kenney, Amy Musante, John Goerke, Annekate Wagner,
Geologist: John Minch
Melodi at (805) 736-7123.
Trip will be April 11.
Potluck will be Wednesday, April 2 at the home
of Mary and Silvio Diloreto. Please bring a dish to share. Click
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