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IMPACT T H E G LO B E 2 0 1 6 hen USA Fellow Mike Kenney attended Dr. Frank Serios program on Volunteerism in Dentistry he didnt expect to be joining a dental mission to San Jose de Ocoa in the Dominican Republic later in the year. Fellow Serio initiated the project in 1982 with the Catholic Medical Mission Board and the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph. Dr. Kenney joining with Dr. Serio and his American and Dominican team arrived a day early to organize supplies and equipment. The days of Team Ocoa began early each day by loading trucks with two generators dental chairs portable dental units instruments and supplies. The team traveled to different villages each day in remote INSPIRATION AND DEDICATION mountainous areas where they set up restorative and surgical suites in small schoolhouses. Local health committees and missionaries provided extensive help. Many of the Dominican volunteers have assisted for 30 years and remarkably eight of the volunteers who helped as children have become dentists. Four hundred and fifty patients were treated with extractions and restorative care. It was inspiring to see how the Dominicans were so happy with so little and to experience their gratitude and appreciation. Dr. Kenney summarized his experience noting I was in awe seeing what Frank had accomplished over the 33 years. His leadership organizational skills relationships exhausting work and dedication were truly amazing. in Dentistry he didnt expect to be joining a dental mission to San Jose de Ocoa in the W TEAM ON A MISSION American and Dominican team members have provided many years of dental care to the people of San Jose de Ocoa in the Dominican Republic. At the same time building camaraderie and long term friendships among the volunteers led by Dr. Serio top left photo 3rd from right with Fellow Mike Kenney top left photo far right corner. Journal of the International College of Dentists 1 9