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DO GOOD

Online exclusive:
A deeper dive into
Townies' work in the
Dominican Republic
The Scheduling Institute sent a
professional writer to witness
what dentists have been able to
accomplish in the new Dominican
Republic clinic. To read her story,
go to dentaltown.com/magazine/
DRclinic.

"One gentleman had been told he would need to have all his teeth extracted, but I filled the
cavities instead," says Dr. Ashkan Alizadeh of Marconi Dental Group in Carmichael, California.
"He was so appreciative that he insisted on giving me a handmade bracelet-probably one of his
few possessions. I was so moved, I've worn it almost every day ever since."

"Concern for patient comfort is not taught in
dental school in the Dominican Republic-it's not
part of the culture," says Dr. Kirk Specht of Central
Coast Orthodontics in Santa Maria, California. "It
was rewarding to teach and demonstrate to their
young doctors and dental students how we show
compassion for patients, and to see the immediate
change in their behaviors to provide a better patient
experience." Specht, one of the first dentists to begin
participating in missions through World Mission
Partners, has already done three to Costa Rica and
the Dominican Republic.

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Dr. Daniel J. Beninato of Premier Dental in Omaha, Nebraska, took a team of 25 on his first
mission trip, which he calls a "great team-building experience, spending so much time together
outside the office in an environment new to everyone." He plans to do a mission every two
years, rotating staffers to ensure everyone's lives can be touched by the experience. "It's hard to
translate that to people; you just have to experience it."

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