Dental alumni offer first ‘Clinic with a Heart’
An article in the June 19, 2007, Saipan Tribune newspaper featured an article about the first “Clinic With a Heart” inspired by the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry event by the same name, offered by Saipan Seventh-day Adventist Dental Clinic staff.
According to the article, 66 people in need of dental care and who could not afford to see a dentist received $10,000 in free care on Sunday, June 17.
Ken Pierson, DDS, a graduate of the School of Dentistry class of 2000, said that the clinic exists to serve the people of Saipan, and that the clinic was held to address the needs of those who don’t have access to routine dental care.
Crystal A. Edmister, DDS, said 85 dental procedures including deep cleaning, fillings, and 45 extractions were performed.
The paper also quoted Lorena (Lori) Serna, RDH, dental hygiene class of 1997, who, revealed that Saipan clinic staff also provided education to parents who brought their children to Clinic With a Heart.
“We are talking to them,” she told the reporter, “about how to take care of their children’s teeth, to limit snacks and candies, and to give them water to drink instead of soda.” She also mentioned that Clinic With a Heart was inspired by an annual event by the same name held at the School of Dentistry.
The clinic has three doctors and five dental hygienists, and dental specialists regularly visit the clinic from Guam and the U.S. Saipan Seventh-day Adventist Dental Clinic is located along Quartermaster Road in Chalan Laulau, and has served the people of Saipan since 1973.
By Nancy Yuen