A Virginia Beach dentist recently traveled more than 3,000 miles to brighten the smiles of children in Bolivia.
This summer, Dr. Danielle Johnson and five other Kool Smiles team members went to the country’s rural Altiplano region to provide free dental care to families in a local village.
From May 28 to June 4, Dr. Johnson and the other members of the volunteer dental team conducted dental exams, extractions, fillings, and cleanings for children in the Aymara indigenous community.
Many of these villagers live in conditions that are difficult for most Americans to imagine.
Some families have never seen a dentist and lack basic dental supplies like toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Dr. Johnson is currently an associate dentist at the Kool Smiles location on Holland Road. She has been there for almost a year, and loves working at Kool Smiles because of its core values: quality, integrity, diversity, compassion, teamwork, and fun.
“It allows me to make a commitment to give quality treatment to the underserved every day,” Dr. Johnson said.
The program is part of a collaborative effort by the Kool Doctors Giving Back program and CHOICE Humanitarian to provide quality, compassionate dental care to communities both in the U.S. and in other countries.
CHOICE has helped more than 250 villages and has worked in the Altiplano region of Bolivia for over 25 years.
Willy Mendoza, program director of CHOICE Bolivia, works with children within the Aymara communities and believes in the importance of creating better opportunities for those with limited resources.
“Poverty is a lack of opportunities and CHOICE Bolivia’s work helps create these opportunities for people all over the country,” he said.
Like Kool Smiles, CHOICE Bolivia wants to cultivate a culture of love and compassion.
According to the program’s website, CHOICE is convinced that it can truly be a world free from extreme poverty, and the key to making this happen is solidarity.
To learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities in Bolivia and other countries, take a look at CHOICE Humanitarian’s Expedition Calendar.
To learn more about the Kool Doctors Giving Back program, visit http://www.koolsmilesjobs.com/ksgivesback.