Operation East Texas: faculty and students trade summer break for outreach

June 6, 2014
TAMBCD faculty and dental students provide dental care in temporary operatories in the gymnasium at Van Junior High School.

TAMBCD faculty and dental students provide dental care in temporary operatories in the gymnasium at Van Junior High School.

Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry faculty and students are spending part of their two-week summer break providing free dental care to needy individuals in the Southeast Texas area through a partnership with Texas Department of State Health Services. Drs. Daniel Jones, Stephen Crane and 34 TAMBCD dental student volunteers traveled to Van, Texas, 72 miles southeast of Dallas. Along with Texas Health Services regional dentist, Dr. Joshua Liescheski, they transformed the Van Junior High School gymnasium into temporary dental operatories for the weeklong event that wraps-up Friday, June 6. The school gym also serves as sleeping quarters at night for the dental team, who sleep on cots after they’ve treated the last patient for the day. The volunteers provided free care to more than 300 patients this week.

The Operation East Texas team was featured on the “Something Good” segment on NBC Channel 5 news in Dallas. 

— LaDawn Brock

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