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Local dentists step up to turn a frown upside down

March 03, 2014 - 3:11 PM

Kelowna, BC - Dentists in Kelowna have stepped up to make sure the smiles coming from Kelowna's Gospel Mission Dental Clinic continue.

Due to a scheduling conflict out of  Vancouver General Hospital Dental Residency Program, Kelowna's Gospel Mission was without a resident dentist for January and February, leaving hundreds of patient appointments up in the air.  But due to the combined efforts of several local dentists, all existing patient appointments were treated.

Kelowna's Gospel Mission Director of Dental Services, Shirley Goebel is filled with gratitude. "The efforts of our local dental community is simply overwhelming and amazing. The fact that we were able to maintain appointment continuity makes such a difference to patients who were waiting 3-4 months for an appointment. To have shut down for two months would have been catastrophic, as there is just no other option for clients without the means to pay for a dentist."

Cheryl C. runs her own small business and has three kids.  Over the years, she put her kids needs before her own resulting in a host of untreated dental issues. Cheryl is beaming about her treatment at the clinic. "I feel human again. I feel way better, and I've never been to a nicer clinic. All the dentists here are amazing!"

We are grateful for the volunteer time of Dr Allan Larter, Dr Brent Corlazzeli, Dr Ian Leitch, Dr Carol Pendleton, Dr Greg Magee, Dr Ahmed Ismail, Dr Shane Gagner, Dr Sandy Crocker, Dr Jonathon Visscher, Dr Jason Wasylyk, Dr Ersilia Coccaro, Dr Emily Liu, Dr Alex Li.

Kelowna's Gospel Mission Dental Clinic will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014. Since its opening, the clinic has provided close to $2 million dollars in free dental care to men, women and children in need.

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