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Volunteer Medical and Dental Missions to Mexico

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MARCH  2010

Two planes left Santa Barbara on Thursday morning and five planes came down on Friday morning, in generally great weather. Fortunately, the strong winds of the previous week were not an issue.  Several planes were able to go whale watching on Friday at the San Ignacio Lagoon.

Tobin Greensweig, who helped in the initial set-up of the Cadeje satellite internet system, and is now a first year med student, was able to get some time off and join us on this trip. He, John Vallee, Jim Scheib, and nurse practioner Carol Gemberling, saw patients on the medical side. They were assisted by three nurses, Brieann Reidl, Megan Kotlarz, and Jill Katzer, all first time volunteers. The pharmacy was run by Pat Burkhard, with help from Margo and Lisa. Sarah, Mike and Ben took blood pressures, and Christen did lab work. Thanks to all for a great job!



The dental clinic had Nina  doing triage with Maile and Robin sterilizing instruments and Lois helping with patient education and post-op instructions. Casey jumped in the hygiene spot and cleaned teeth. Dick was, as usual, the maker of new smiles, with his denture work, while John and Stu handled the “routine dental needs”. Stu did three root canals and multiple ffillings while John handled most of the surgery. Roni and Larry worked as both dental assistants and sterilization instructors.

Pilots: Craig Arcuri, Larry Cochran, Frank Heintz, John Grube, Roni Macpherson, Ted Kenney, Tom Koff, Terry Rahe, Frank Issac      MDs: Jim Scheib, John Vallee      RNs: Brieann Reidl, Megan Kotlarz, Jill Katzner, Lisa Fabian, Christen Isaac     EMTs:  Mike Nizic, Scott Lowe, Sarah Bridge     Pharmacy: Pat Burkhard, Margo Kenney         Dental Hygiene: Casey Martin     Translators: Nina Scarcello, Lois Moore, Sheila Cullen        Dentists: Dick Klein,  Stu Macpherson, John Grube   Dental Assistants: Larry Cochran, Roni Macpherson                   Helpers: Maile Scheib, Robin Cullen, Tobin Greensweig               NPA: Carol Gemberling 


Noteworthy: There will be a celebration of Dick Klein’s help, and the help of all our Mulege friends, on Saturday night in Mulege.


APRIL VOLUNTEERS, call Melodi at 805 736-7123.              e-mail— 
APRIL TRIP will be April 9.

POTLUCK: March 31, at 6:30 p.m., at the home of John and Susan Grube… Please bring entrée or side dish, ready to serve.---- Only bring desserts if your last name begins with x or z please.

---- Information about pot luck below----

John & Susan Grube:
4750 Sierra Madre
Telephone: 964-5664

Map to John & Susan Grube's house


P.O. Box 538
Goleta  CA 93116

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