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Feb 2018 Seaford Town Mission

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Report   to:  Board of Directors, Jamaica Outreach Program

 From:  Roger Plante

 Re:  February 22-23-24, 2018 mission to Sacred Heart Mission, Seaford Town, JA

 March 8, 2018

 This report is all about the fourth mission we conduct to Seaford Town and as a result of the hard-working and devoted missionaries, more than 300   patients were treated to a good dose of tender loving care.

 This mission team consisted of:  (R indicates returning missionary)

Dr. Mary MacKay, Lubec, Me, dentist (R)

Raysa Hache, Miami, ER Physician(R)

Dr. Philip Baier, Estero, FL. Optometrist (R)

Nancy Curti, LPN, Naples, FL

Shelica Anastari, Med Student, B. Raton, FL (R)

Veronica Mills, expanded RDH, Antioch, TN

Ashley Richardson, RDH, Antioch, TN

Paulette Johnson, Dental Asst., Ft Laud., FL (R)

Paul Curti, Trained Optical Assistant.

he team worked very long hours in the unusually hot weather to spread God’s love to those in need.

The following results were achieved:

Medical:   99 Patients seen   over ¼ of them for Blood Pressure issues and over 10 % for Blood Sugar situations.   Many children were seen for various infectious conditions and there were many patients treated for skin issues, chest pain, various respiratory problems and infections.   Unfortunately, the order of supplies we had placed with our supplier in Jamaica was only partially filled and delivered at last minute.  It was very frustrating not having all the proper meds to treat so many who came in seeking our help.   This is an on-going problem which will need to be addressed.

Optical:  Dr. Phil saw 148 patients 69   pairs of prescription eye glasses were fitted and are on their way to Paul Connor in Ohio to be fabricated.   Additionally, readers were given out to dozens of patients from our existing supply.   Many patients were diagnosed with cataract situations, glaucoma and other serious optical situations. Which unfortunately we are not equipped to treat at that location

Dental: Our returning dentist Dr. Mary was very busy working with our portable dental equipment and she along with her assistant Paulette performed 35 extractions and 14 fillings plus many other treatments…..some patients had to be turned away due to the lack of a working X-Ray facility which we hope to have operative in time for the next mission, but mostly for lack of time in the day to take care of them.  Our two RDH, sharing one chair were able to perform cleanings for 52 patients.

Purchase and installation of a third and permanent dental station had been approved by the board, but that has been put on hold until several scenarios play themselves out.   This would be (in addition to the two “souped up” portable units we are now using.  This would allow us to have two dentists working at one time in an effort to make a more significant dent in the huge dental issues that exist at Seaford Town.

One missionary posted on Facebook:  We had a great team this trip and made amazing things happen….These people are very poor and they try to make a living by selling things they have made. Many live the Rastafarian lifestyle and I have learned a lot about the culture this week…….It literally broke my heart to turn patients away that wanted to get their teeth cleaned, we ran out of time and could’ve stayed there for weeks!        ………..Not only did the people appreciate us being there providing vision, dental and medical care and giving so much love to them. This was just as much for me as it was for them.

At present, we have a mission organized for St. Pius in Kingston for April 23-24-25 led by veteran mission leader Michele LaBasi (RDH from Akron Ohio).  They will treat the students at St. Peter Claver School plus a full roster of patient appointments at the VanDomelen Clinic.   Further, we had a dental team of 5 dental persons organized for June 21-22-23. 2018 for Seaford Town, however that has to be put on “hold” as Father Luke will be away at that time.   Hopefully this can be rescheduled.  When we reorganize that group, it would be nice to have some medical folks to join them.

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Feb 2018 Dental Mission

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Report to:  Board of Directors & other interested parties

RE:  February 5, 6, 7, 2018 mission to St. Pius mission campus, Kingston JA.

From: Roger Plante

Date 3/7/18

First of all, sorry for the delay……..have had a mission to Seaford Town last week and planning another to Kingston in April…..all coupled with a fund raising concert next week.

This mission was comprised of 9 U.S. Air Force volunteers and one from the navy.

The participants were:


Caroline Bunce, Team leader, RDH, Charleston, SC.

Dr. Jeffrey Yee         Dentist, Charleston, SC

Dr. Iti   Agarwal  (Yee) Dentist, Charleston, SC

Latasha Turner   RDH         Miami, FL

Angelica Chica        RDH Miami, FL

Patrick Miller, RDH, Charleston, SC

Kayla Ferguson, Assistant, Summerville, SC

Kathy Dietrich,          Assistant, Charleston, SC

Onise Civil    Assistant, Dover, DE

Robert Donnelly, Assistant, (US Navy)   Charleston, SC

The VanDomelen Clinic was host to this wonderful group of military personnel on February 5, 6 & 7, 2018.

The team worked very hard often into the wee evening hours to get the job done and they conducted a fabulous mission in spite of a few equipment slowdowns and other obstacles they dealt with

Following is a total of their numeric accomplishments:

Clinic              Extractions    Fillings           Cleanings     DuPont School

150+               58                    30                    79                    1,330

Per team leader Caroline’s comments

“I have to brag that each member of the team was enthusiastic, patient focused and a team player.”

The St. Pius ground crew consisting of Marie, Boxer and Rosemarie were so helpful and per Caroline, their attitudes made it so pleasant to work with them.   The balance of the St. Pius team, Deacon Vivian, Miss Vivienne Bradford were again a tremendous help to the missionaries.

The idea of having Marie as the liaison to St. Pius (with her daughter’s help) was an excellent one and I understand she rolled up her sleeves and participated in the daily operations as did Boxer in his usual manner.   Caroline’s comments about Marie read: “do not let Marie or her daughter leave your program”

Team member Patrick Miller, Hygienist who worked much of the time with the children at the DuPont School commented:

“The work and services we provided gave me a sense of pride, yet humble at the same time…..Seeing the living and housing conditions  definitely helped provide a perspective on how important these missions are and the great impact they have  the children of the school and community.” “(The mission)”

At present, we are doing the final organization of our April 23-24 and 25 mission to Kingston and that team led by veteran mission Team Leader Michele LaBasi is complete.

We have a team of dental volunteers working on a June mission to Seaford Town and would welcome medical personnel to join them.

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Sept Dental Mission

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Report to:  Board of Directors, Sept. missionaries, Past and Future missionaries

From:  Roger Plante

Re:  September 2017 mission to St. Pius compound, Kingston, JA

Date:  October 23, 2017

This mission took place as planned on September 25-26-27. 2017 and the U. S. missionaries were accompanied for the first time by three Jamaican dentists who so generously gave of their valuable time and energy.

The staff consisted of:

Team leader, Regina Johnson, Expanded Dent. Asst. from Cookeville, TN (3 rd time missionary)

Dr. Sarah, Tibby, Kingston, JA

Dr. Nigel Byles, Kingston, JA

Dr. K    Gilpin, Kingston, JA

Paula Cope, RDH, Nashville, TN

Daniela Yanez, RDH, Boynton Bch, FL

Judith Vasquez, RDH, Norwalk, CT

Tongni Clumson-Eklu, RDH, Stratford, CT

Gardenia Morales, Dent. Asst., Cookeville, TN

Karen Dicristaforo, Dent. Asst., Boston, MA

Kerline Baronville, Dent. Asst., Boynton Bch., FL

Katherine Comeau, US Ph. D. student, helping hand

Our Missionary Daniela Yanez works with Dr. Sarah Tibby’s sister in Florida and she made the connection for us to be so blessed with these three guest dentists, residents of Kingston.  Hopefully, this is a relationship which will develop and prosper over time.


Much of the attention of this mission was to conduct oral education, apply fluoride varnish and do oral exams on half of the student body at the DuPont School and that goal was surpassed.


Statistics for this mission are as follows:  (there was no dentist on duty on Monday, one on Tuesday and two on Wednesday)

Students           Extractions    Fillings   Cleanings    Pts @ clinic


Monday 9/25/17       320                0                      2                    43                  45

Tuesday 9/26/27      318                34                      6                    34                  70

Wed. 9/27/17           327                38                      13                  40                  95

Totals                     965               72                   21             117                210

A huge THANK YOU goes out to these missionaries for working tirelessly, long days, sometimes with lots of pressure……and yet, Regina tells me “no one complained” The team just kept going like a Timex Watch.   I am told that Tongni Clumson, RDH from CT did a great job heading up the school outreach team which was responsible for seeing and processing 965 students in a three day period.   A shout out also to Marie, St. Pius parishioner without who’s help, this could not have been accomplished. Our movement to involve the Jamaican residents in our mission program seems to be working and for that we are ever grateful.   Hopefully that will continue to grow.


JOP continues it’s commitment to St. Pius Parish and the surrounding neighborhood where so many poor people do not otherwise have access to the dental services we offer.  Additionally, JOP continues to reinforce it’s commitment to the Student body at the DuPont School on the grounds of the St. Pius compound.

This was Regina’s third mission to the Kingston campus and she acknowledged with gratitude our devoted friends Rosemarie Warren, Boxer and Paul who were on hand from start to finish of this mission.   Thanks also to Miss Vivienne Bradford for all of her organizational skills and to Deacon Vivian Blair for visiting the mission team and giving them a warm St. Pius welcome.

At present, we have a full Air Force team led by returning missionary Caroline Bunce, RDH, coming to St. Pius in February 5,6, and 7, 2018 and we are organizing a team to be led by five time returning missionary Michele LaBasi for late April also in Kingston.   We have two doctors for that mission and could use 1 more plus a few hygienists and assistants.    Several have expressed interest and I am working on putting that together.


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July 2017 Medical and Dental Mission

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To Board of Directors & other interested parties
From: Roger Plante
Re: July 27-28-29 mission to Sacred Heart, Seaford Town
Date: August 6, 2017

This mission consisted of a dental team and a medical team as there were no volunteers to do the optical part.

As usual, Father Luke and Sister Jhorna were extremely hospitable to the missionaries and they participated in the mission activities from morning to night from the team‘s arrival at the airport until they departed Sunday morning.

The team members included:

Team leader Essy Mbrini, RDH, Toronto Canada (2nd mission)


Dr. Raysa Hache, Miami, (3rd mission)
Allecia Lawrence-Leiba, Nurse Practitioner, Miami, FL
Linda Dosing, R.N., Naples, FL
Shelica Anastaari, Med student…(2nd mission) Tampa, FL


Waji Khan, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Alla Allan, Assistant, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Alwyn Leiba, RDH, Ph. D., Miami, FL

Boxer our friend from Kingston joined the team for his 3rd trip to Sacred Heart and was the all-around “go-for” plus he now has been trained to perform all the sterilizing for both teams.

For the first time, our team traveled to Jamaica with pre-natal and children’s Vitamins in their luggage.  Hopefully, this will be the start of a program to provide vitamins to a population who never had access to them.   If this pilot program goes off well, this could possibly become a part of our fundraising activities in the future.

In all, the teams saw a total of 243 patients—all from impoverished families and all in direr need of our help.

Temperatures and humidity rose to very uncomfortable levels, but the entire team worked through it like real troopers. Unfortunately, THERE IS NO AIR CONDITIONING at the Sacred Heart Mission.

Statistics for this mission are as follows: Total Patients seen: 243 and many of these patients received multiple treatments.

Link to full report.




May 2017 Dental Mission

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May 2017 Dental Mission

To:  Board Members and interested parties

From:  Roger Plante

Re:  St. Pius X Dental mission May 15-16-17, 2017

I am very pleased to report that our May 2017 mission (our 28th dental mission) took place as scheduled and our missionaries were able to take care of many patients in spite of the bad weather they had to deal with.

Michele LaBasi, our veteran Hygienist/mission leader was in charge the group and did a superb job.     The team consisted of:

Michele LaBasi, Akron OH, RDH & Team Leader (returning)
Dr. Ileana Townsend, Miami, (returning)
Dr. Olga Ivasheva, Travis AFB, CA
Rebecca Davis, RDH, Travis, AFB, CA (returning)
Marilyn Lynn Bergman, RDH, Travis AFB, CA
Connie Simmons, RDH, VA
Jennifer Jaku, RDH,  Milwaukee, WI
Sarah Friend, RDH, Tallahassee, FL
Jaleesa Minor, USAF, Boston, MA,   Dent Asst., (returning)
Kathryn Happe, USAF, Dental Asst, CA
Froylan Beccerra Alvarez, Dental Asst, Trav is AFB, CA

Deacon Vivian paid the team a visit upon their arrival as did Vivienne Bradford.   Rosemarie Warren and Boxer were on hand for the balance of this mission.

Unfortunately, there was a serious rain storm and the DuPont School as well as most businesses in the area were closed for one of the days which hampered the operation of the staff and the flow of patients.   This mission involved an outreach to the Peter Claver School which was meant to complete the annual round of fluoride treating all of the students there, but we fell short and will need to play catchup.
The mission was not without it’ ups and downs as because of the rain day, the other two days brought in a  deluged  patients who had missed appointments……all of which meant the missionaries worked tirelessly and endlessly to keep up with the patient demand on those other two days.   They are to be commended for their very special service.

As usual, Immaculate Conception Hostel served well in providing housing for the missionaries.

Link to full report.

March 2017 Dental Mission

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REPORT TO:  Board of Directors & interested parties

From:  Roger Plante (coming from reports handed in by the ten missionaries.

Date:  March 27, 2017

Re:  Mission to Sacred Heart Mission, Seaford Town, Westmorland, Jamaica.

My heart is filled with gratitude to those very special fourteen persons who participated in the March mission to Sacred Heart.   This was the first “three discipline outreach” we staged and everyone  involved said it was a huge success.  Father Lukasz Szweda, pastor at Sacred Heart and the two sisters proved to be exceptional organizers and hosts to the team.

Participants in the mission were:

Father Lucasz Szweda, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish—organizer and accommodator
Paul Connor, Akron Ohio, Optician, JOP Board Member and Group leader 
Dr. Beth Love, dentist from  Dublin, Ohio (dental)         
Dr. Philip Baer, Optometrist from Estero, FL (optical) (third mission with JOP) 
(Dr.)  Raysa Hache, NP, Miami, FL (medical) (second mission to Sacred Heart)  
Paulette, Johnson, Dental Assistant, Ft. Lauderdale (second mission to Sacred Heart)  
Warner, Dublin Ohio, Hygienist, associated with Dr. Love’s office 
Shannon Mc Cloud, Thomasville, GA, RN
Shelica Anastari, Med Student, Tallahassee, FL
Helen Fusco, Lay assistant,  Akron OH—sister of Dr. Love and business associate with Paul Connor
Gavin Hart, Kingston, JA Registration person….Gavin is part of the choir that comes to St. John each year—He volunteered to be the registration person for this mission.
Sr.   Athanasic, R.N.  staff at Sacred Heart
Sr. Jhorna, CNA and General assistant at Sacred Heart   Pharmacy and ongoing patient care.

Boxer our friend from St. Pius who is always present when we need a helping hand.

I have had such glowing reports from the participants it would take some 25 pages to include all of the information given to me.   Here are the basic facts about this mission.   It was a huge success and interaction between the three teams working in unison proved to be incredibly good.

The dental folks experienced problems with the main portable dental unit and fortunately our service representative from Kingston repeatedly came to the rescue of the team and with the addition of subsidiary compressor and water cooled high speed hand-pieces, the problem was resolved….but not without causing a severe backup hiccups in the dental patient schedule……all of which was worked out and in the end, all patients booked were seen and treated.

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Nov 2016 Dental Mission

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The November dental mission to St. Pius took place on November 14-15-16.  The mission leader was Regina Johnson, a dental assistant and dental office manager from Tennessee.   She was a first time participant at our September mission.

The mission team included:

Dr. Teresa Prendiville, Tampa, FL 

(fourth mission with us)

Dr. Justin Scott, Atlanta, GA

(Dr.) Hans Almanzar, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

(repeat missionary with us)

Regina Johnson, Team Leader, Cookeville,TN,

(repeat missionary with us)

Berline Joseph, RDH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

(repeat missionary with us)

Lauryn Sheeley, RDH, Atlanta, GA 

(group organizer for the Atlanta folks)

Claire Smithson, RDH, Atlanta, GA

Tyler Barra, Assistant, Atlanta, GA

Hiba Alsajee, Assistant, Atlanta, GA

Kelsi Velpel, Assistant, Atlanta, GA


The team reports show that there was lots of compassion flowing with team members and with the patients.  As usual, Miss Vivienne Bradford and Boxer were of tremendous help to the team, and they produced fantastic results.

Day                 Extractions      Fillings             Cleanings        Exams             Total patients

Monday           46                    20                    22                    3                      55
Tuesday            76                       17                      39                      0                        74
Wednesday     81                    11                    34                    3                      67

Totals              203                  48                    95                    6                      196

As usual, the staff at St. Pius, Miss Vivienne Bradford and Boxer were super hosts to the group, and having the security folks around was an added bonus both for the peace of mind and for the social interaction.


There was no school involvement at this mission.

Here are a couple of comments from the missionaries:

I was blessed with the opportunity to put together a mission trip with a team of people from the dental office I work at. I went into the mission not sure what to expect, and I was overwhelmed with emotions. It felt like no matter what I did, I wasn’t quite doing enough. The people of Kingston blew me away with their gratitude and appreciativeness! Even though I felt like I was doing little, to them it was everything. This mission exceeded anything I expected, and I am already looking forward to returning in the future.”  LS

I came home to great results from my final state exam and now I’m officially a Hygienist.  As for the November mission it was different from the last, first thing first Regina was an amazing leader, and the Jamaican staff were excellent.    In my opinion, Dr. Hans was the MVP………The hygienist on the first day were very overwhelmed however the next few days they adapted and we made it work. In overall outside the clinic everyone were very nice and had great hearts.  It was very interesting to see how the different work ethics came together.

It was a good mission…Good team.   A few hiccups, as expected in any group dynamic, but by the end, all was working well  and I feel that we did some VERY good work……… a tech I know in Orlando is interested in joining future missions to explore replacing those front teeth we hate to pull.  Thanks Roger, I think it was a good one this time.  Dr. T

I would like to let you know that I personally had a great experience during our 3-day mission. It was so awesome to be able to help other patients that are in need for dental treatments. We wanted to do more things for those people that came in with more than one problem but, of course we had to be mindful of others who are waiting to be seen as well. Regina did an awesome job helping us and guiding us through it all, she is a rock star! Dr. Teresa was amazing and she did an excellent job helping and leading the team, she is phenomenal! And of course Boxer was the man that was always there when we needed him and he was super friendly and very helpful. Overall I felt great about what I did and I will defiantly keep it in mind so I can come back next time and help more patients.   HA

This trip was equally rewarding and gratifying as the September mission was.  There was a few bumps, but all in all,

we came, we conquered, and hopefully left a footprint in the hearts of many that we served.  As before, I loved being

there and helping those who are so very grateful and so very much in need of help of any and all kinds.  My heart is once again full and many many friends have been made, with a lifetime full of joy knowing we made a difference.

Can’t wait to get back there and see all the friends that I have made on both trips once again!!!!!  Regina

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Sept 2016 Dental Mission

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To:  Board of Directors, missionaries and other interested parties
From:  Roger Plante, Dental Mission Leader
RE: Mission Trip Report September 26-27-28, 2016   St. Pius X Mission, Kingston, JA

As usual, I was privileged to serve with 13 extremely devoted missionaries on this our 21st organized dental mission trip at the Van Domelen Dental center.   These missionaries included:
Dr. Cara Corning, Mt. Juliet, TN
Dr. Manijeh D’Amelio (Dr. Jenny) Naples, FL
Dr. Brian Van Slootan, Arlington, VA
Wendy Gibson Mills RDH Brohard, WV Team Leader
Regina Johnson, Dental Asst, Nashville, TN
Berline Joseph, Dental Asst., Ft. Lauderdale
Cindy Weldon  RDH, Naples, FL
Marie Do, RDH, Va Bch, VA
Rachel Dalida, RDH, Va Bch, VA
Rachel Yacoub  RDH  Phoenix, AZ
Brittany Knapp, RDH, Washington,  WV
Jamel Woods, Lay Assistant, San Diego, CA
Jhenell McLeod, Lay Assistant, Kingston, Jamaica

This team far exceeded the established goals for this mission.

Following are the mission tallies:

Extractions    Fillings       Cleanings    Other        Total clinic patients   DuPont School

55                     22               19               4                97                      147= Day 1

48                     28                38               4               70                      240=Day 2

36                     41                40               5               71                      270=Day 3

139                    91                97              13            238                       657 Total

Total clinic procedures:  340 Total patients in clinic:    238 Total patients seen:  895

As usual, our mission team was enhanced by the presence of Miss Vivienne Bradford, Rosemarie Warren and (Boxer) McEwan without whose help many of our little problems would not have been handled so smoothly.

The mission was conducted without incident or any breakdown of equipment and the communication and accord between the missionaries was stellar.

The DuPont staff was extremely cooperative and they again expressed their appreciation for all that JOP does for their student body.

On Thursday morning, Dr. Bran Van Slooten and I left with Boxer for the motor trip to Seaford Town with a truckload of equipment and supplies which we have been collecting from generous donors here in the states, along with some purchased goods to set up the upcoming mission there.  The scheduled dates for our first dental/medical mission there is October 20-21-22.  That mission will include a dental team of 3 persons, a medical team of 4 persons a team leader and two support persons.    This is a maiden voyage and our first real mission outreach to Bishop Burchell McPherson’s diocese. We know there is deep poverty there, and we are looking forward to more such missions at that location.

We are always in need of dental personnel plus ER or clinic type of medical people at our missions and additionally, we are trying to equip our clinic in Montego Bay, so we are also always in need of instruments, equipment and supplies.   Anything you can donate will be acknowledged with a Letter noting your donation.  We are a 501-3-c corporation.

As usual, huge THANK YOU to this team of devoted and dedicated individuals who made up this team, for spreading God’s love to the less fortunate.

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