Iquitos, Peru – 2015

Iquitos, Peru – 2015

In early June, 2015, the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach (SDO) team ventured to Iquitos, Peru for the first time. With a population of 500,000, Iquitos is the largest city in the world without road access. At the upper end of the navigable Amazon River, it is only about 300 feet above sea level, with a deep water port 3600 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean, 23 days by cargo ship. The river rises and falls over 40 feet each year, its high water occurring about the end of May.   The Team   We were seven dentists, three hygienists, two chair side

Siquijor, Philippines – 2014

SEMIAHMOO DENTAL OUTREACH: November 24 to December 5, 2014 The Team In November 2014, the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach team travelled for the fifth time to the Philippine Island of Siquijor. Our group of 27 included five dentists (Ken Stones, Murray Bohn, Bob Symonds, Rand Barker and Roger Spink), several hygienists and CDA dental assistants, five Kwantlen University nursing students and two instructors, three RNs and several other volunteers. Our goals were to treat the children of four elementary schools in the village of San Juan, and to teach caries preventive measures to as many residents as possible. The Island Siquijor

Kontum, Vietnam – 2014

Kontum, Vietnam – 2014

In April 2014, the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach (SDO) team returned to work with East Meets West (EMW) for the third time since 2009. The SDO team consisted of six dentists and a hygienist from the Lower Mainland. We were accompanied by three final year UBC dental students. The team was led by Ken Stones and Les Ennis. We worked from a clinic set up with mobile equipment in an elementary school in Kontum, in the central highlands of Vietnam. Over five days we treated more than 700 children, doing restoration, sealants, extractions where required, and preventive care (fluoride varnish and

Siquijor, Philippines – 2013

Siquijor, Philippines – 2013

In November 2013, the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach team travelled for the fourth time to the Philippine Island of Siquijor. Our group of 25 included five dentists (Ken Stones, Gord Blondahl, Murray Bohn, Bob Symonds and Grant Rawstron-all from the BC lower mainland), several hygienists and CDA dental assistants, two Kwantlen University nursing students and an instructor, four RNs and several other volunteers. Our goals were to treat the children of four elementary schools in the village of San Juan, and to teach caries preventive measures to as many residents as possible. For the first time, we travelled with a second

Pryouth, Siem Reap, Cambodia – 2013

Pryouth, Siem Reap, Cambodia – 2013

In April 2013, the Semiahmoo Dental Team travelled to the village of Pryouth to operate a dental clinic for its impoverished residents. There were 13 members on the team, including five dentists (ICD Fellows Ken Stones and Les Ennis, Davis Larsen, Liz Johnson-Lee, Rick Tabata), one hygienist, three CDAs, a physician, and four helpers, all from BC. The ICD funding we received for this project was of tremendous assistance. It provided for the needed supplies and equipment, including required on-site rentals. Our host was Reaksa Himm, is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge atrocities of the 1970s. At the age

Siquijor, Philippines – 2012

Siquijor, Philippines – 2012

In November 2012, the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach team travelled for its third visit to the Philippine Island of Siquijor. Our group of 29 included five dentists (Ken Stones, Murray Bohn, Danny Salcedo, Bob Symonds and Grant Rawstron-all from the BC lower mainland), two hygienists, five dental assistants, eight fourth year Kwantlen University nursing students and two of their instructors, three RNs and several other volunteers. Our goals were to treat the children and teachers of three elementary schools in the village of San Juan, and to teach caries preventive measures to as many residents as possible. Siquijor is an island

Duy Vinh, Quang Nam, Vietnam – 2012

Duy Vinh, Quang Nam, Vietnam – 2012

In April of 2012, the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach team travelled to central Vietnam for the second time. The previous trip in 2009 was a great success and we were so impressed with our local support team we felt a return trip would easily be as productive. Our team on this trip included six dentists and three dental hygienists. Dr Ken Stones and Dr Les Ennis, both ICD Fellows, along with Dr Lange Soo, Dr Janice Boyd, Dr Joan Eaton and Dr Kevin Gee, all dentists in the Vancouver area. The dental hygienists on our team were Debbie McDonald, Christine Penn

Siquijor, Philippines – 2011

Siquijor, Philippines – 2011

In November 2011, the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach team travelled for its second visit to the Philippine Island of Siquijor. Our group of 26 included five dentists (Ken Stones, Gord Blondahl, Murray Bohn, Danny Salcedo, and Bob Symonds-all from the Surrey area), two hygienists, four dental assistants, three fourth year Kwantlen University nursing students and their instructor, two RNs and several other volunteers. Also included was a Chilliwack Rotary Club construction team of four. Our goals were to treat the children and teachers of two additional elementary schools in the village of San Juan, and to teach caries preventive measures to

Siquijor, Philippines – 2010

Siquijor, Philippines – 2010

In November 2010, the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach team travelled to the Philippine Island of Siquijor. Our group of 19 included five dentists (Ken Stones, Les Ennis, Murray Bohn, Grant Rawston, and Bob Symonds – all from the South Surrey area), two hygienists, three dental assistants, two fourth year Kwantlen College nursing students and their instructor, and several other volunteers. Our goals were to treat the children and teachers of two elementary schools in the village of San Juan, and to teach caries preventive measures to as many residents as possible. Siquijor is an island of 90,000 people, with a very