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The weather for the January trip was great southbound on Friday. Stu and Roni only used 25 gallons of fuel from San Diego down. Sunday’s return had headwinds most of the way, and their return trip took 52 gallons. There were three planes from Santa Barbara, one from San Diego, and one from Mulege; a total of five planes for the clinic on Saturday.

Since we did not have the clinic in December, there were many medical patients to be seen this month. EMTs John Lawrence and Joe Moore took vitals while Teresita Carmello handled triage. Dr. Erine Erickson and Myra Howard-Cochran, NP, examined and treated patients. Cheri King translated and did patient education for Myra. The final stop for many was the pharmacy, efficiently managed by Patsi Hodges, RN, with help from Kathy Mitchell. Many patients were asked to come back next month for follow-up. 

With repairs made and all equipment up and running, the dental clinic ran smoothly. There were root canals and fillings for Stu and Roni MacPherson, and mostly extractions with a few fillings for John Grube and assistant Larry Cochran. Karyn did double duty of sterilizing and triage and kept things moving.  Angela did her usual great job as hygienist and translator. Teresita helped with some translations.

Noteworthy:  From John Lawrence, after his first trip, “Just want to say it was a rewarding weekend for me. I felt privileged to work side by side with many of you.  Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to doing it again.  You guys ROCK! “

Pilots: John Grube, Frank Heintz,  Stu MacPherson, Irwin Green, Larry Cochran, Terry Rahe   MD:  Erine Erickson  NP:  Myra Cochran  Dentists: John Grube, Stu MacPherson, Dental Hygiene: Angela Vanden Brulle  RN: Patsi Hodges    EMTs: John Lawrence,  Joe Moore   Dental Assistants: Roni MacPherson, Larry Cochran, Karyn Yule Hygienist: Angela Vanden Brulle  Translators: Teresita Carmello, Cheri King, Kathy Mitchell

February volunteers, call Karyn 805 895 6750.                 Feb. trip will be February 14th.

Potluck:  Wednesday, Feb 4, 6:30 p.m. At the home of Kay Bradley and Cris Simeral, 250 Rametto Rd., Montecito.  Please bring a dish to share.  Drinks will be provided.

Heads up on the March trip…  Please call now if interested.  It is usually a full trip!

P.O. Box 538
Goleta  CA 93116

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