Granger, IN – James Douglas, DDS from The Dental Center of Granger donated his time and talents to provide free dental care to 121 people in the earthquake-ravaged country of Haiti.
Dr. Douglas, on a mission trip led by Dr. James Wierman from Dowagiac, Michigan, spent a week in the small town of Laegone, Haiti, which was near the epicenter of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake.
The two doctors, along with two nurses and three assistants provided dental and medical care to Haitians in desperate need, including over $10,000 worth of vaccines.
With support from two assistants, his 17-year-old daughter Makaela and his friend and philanthropist, Tom Dalton, Dr. Douglas provided dental treatment to 121 patients in only five day.
Dental Care Alliance provided supplies along with donations from other dentists, a local dental supply company, and a philanthropic foundation. Midway Dental also built a portable ultrasonic kit, a necessary item because there was no running water where they worked.
According to Dr. Douglas, “There is still much to be done in Haiti, there is a steady stream of volunteers going to Haiti daily, and I know the people of Haiti appreciate everyone’s generosity.”
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Being a sole practitioner for 17 years with multiple locations in different cities was a wonderful opportunity and experience for me. I absolutely loved every minute of it. During those 17 years, I thought I had seen everything, and overcome pretty much every challenge imaginable, but who could have imagined COVID-19 and the economic struggles we are all facing in 2020?
Having DCA as a business partner during this unprecedented tragedy has provided a wealth of support, expertise and team work I could never have experienced as a sole practitioner. During this difficult time, DCA has shown tremendous support to staff, has leveraged powerful supply chain support, answered every call and offered the depth of experience only a seasoned DSO can offer.
Myself and my entire team deeply appreciate all DCA has done and continues to do as we all work to come out of this struggle together. It is a pleasure to work with the professionals at all levels of DCA and we note the sincere and genuine leadership. I am happy to have somewhere to turn for solutions I could not possibly offer on my own as a single proprietor.