I received a message a few weeks ago from someone scheduled to receive care on the May 31/June 1 Orcas dental van. He indicated that his circumstances had changed and he now had dental insurance, so although his insurance would not cover all the cost of the care he needed, he wanted to be sure that he could give his spot to someone else who was in greater need than he. It is exactly that kind of thoughtful generosity and community-minded spirit that keeps the volunteers motivated to provide tens of thousands of dollars worth of dental care to our island community. Thank you, Michael Armenia!
The success of the two clinics in 2013 is totally attributed to the volunteer efforts of our local dentists (Dr. Bailey and Dr. Ivans), hygienists (Tina Davidson, Megan Surbaugh and Adrienne Vierthaler) and assistants (Luann Pamatian, Debbie Shaw and Patricia Tullock). A huge thank you as well to Dr. Triplett for his four extraction clinics in 2013! Behind the scenes, my deepest gratitude to Jim Biddick, Kay Miller, Barbara Ellenwood, Renee Fritschie, Diane and Patrick Whitley, Pam Harney, Velma Doty, RN Carol Owens, the Orcas Angels, the Lions, Rose’s Bakery, Jim Connell, Midge Kraetzer, Sally Buchanan and of course, all led beautifully by Hilary Canty and Kate Long at the Orcas Island Community Foundation. Our partnership with Medical Teams International and van coordinator Ellen Broyles is a huge blessing and I am personally indebted to the wisdom and partnership of my fellow RN, Barbara Ehrmantraut.
Our next two clinics are scheduled for September 13 and 14 (Dr. Brar, oral surgeon will be volunteering on the 14th) and November 8 and 9. If you are a qualifying islander who has any urgent pain or infection, or have yet to complete an application for the dental van, please do so.
Applications can be found at www.oicf.us and at the Orcas Library. Once completed, drop them off in the green box marked “Dental Van” outside the library. They will be reviewed and we will do our best to meet priority needs. Although the needs currently outweigh the number of appointments available, please apply and contact either Barbara Ehrmantraut (376-3395) or Rita Bailey (376-6264 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.