Dr. Pamela Alberto and Dr. Jan Tracy will lead the 2018 dental clinic team. They will be joined by other dental and medical professionals from the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, the William Paterson University Department of Nursing and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. The Mission hopes to treat more than 700 people.
Dr. Art Sheppell of the Morristown Medical Center will provide wide-ranging medical consultation. Greg Wroclawski will bring the engineering expertise and experience necessary to keep critical medical equipment functioning properly.
John and Carol Cornwell who championed the start of the Cheerful Heart Mission will accompany the team to provide operational support.
Luis Fragoso, the Mission's project director and pastor of The Free Methodist Church of Loma de Cabrera, and his wife Frances, along with members of the church congregation will coordinate with local community leaders to transport children in need of care to the dental clinic. This devoted congregation will also assist with logistics, food preparation, and general support of the mission team.
When asked about the area’s greatest need, the local hospital director said, “If I could ask you for anything, I would ask you for a dentist.” A few years ago the Mission’s founding members visited the DR and Haiti and observed the heartbreaking lack of healthcare. They returned several times to evaluate the medical and dental needs of the area. They then developed and implemented a plan that fulfilled director's request.