Last year, Vicki Brett signed on to chair the Dental Care Project for Montero Medical Missions, a non-profit interfaith humanitarian organization that creates sustainable healthcare projects throughout the world. After nearly a year of careful preparation, the Virginia Beach Campus’ Dental Assisting Program Director has just completed her first mission trip.
Her 20-day journey began in the Philippines where she and her team saw more than 500 patients, performing extractions and surgery. From there they continued to Mongolia, serving more than 400 patients. The care they provided was essential but it’s what they left behind that could have the greatest impact. Throughout the trip, they met with local college and university students and began training them to become oral health educators. “Approximately half the world’s population has serious dental health problems, including tooth decay, periodontitis, and tooth loss,” says Brett. “This is one way we can provide not just temporary relief, but sustainable care to undeserved populations like these.” [Read more...]