Dental Hygiene Students Aid Children During Nicaraguan Visit

Dental hygiene students prepare to board their plane.

Dental hygiene students prepare to board their plane.

Kristan S. Delbo, left, and Kathrine E. Dixon, with children during a study-abroad trip to Nicaragua over Spring Break.

Kristan S. Delbo, left, and Kathrine E. Dixon, with children during a study-abroad trip to Nicaragua over Spring Break.

Dixon with her first patient in Nicaragua

Dixon with her first patient in Nicaragua

Brandie L. Pate, left, and Karlee A. Smith await their patients' arrival.

Brandie L. Pate, left, and Karlee A. Smith await their patients’ arrival.

Over Spring Break, six Penn College students enrolled in the four-year dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration went on a study-abroad trip to Managua, Nicaragua, to provide dental work to those who cannot afford such care. Rhonda J. Seebold, part-time instructor of dental hygiene, accompanied students Kathrine E. Dixon, of Houtzdale; Sara E. Larson, of South Williamsport; Brandie L. Pate, of McSherrystown; Helen K. Houdeshell, of Lansdale; Karlee A. Smith, of Mineral Point; and Kristan S. Delbo, of Marion Heights. A valuable learning experience, the seven-day trip presented students with a language barrier and a completely different environment than they are used to in the United States. With the help of Nicaraguan dentists, they provided cleanings, extractions and restorations for more than 150 children.
Photos provided by Kathrine E. Dixon

4 Comments

  1. Tushanna Habalar says:

    That is excellent! Good job students!

    Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm
  2. June Kilgus says:

    What a wonderful opportunity to you all. Imagine the doors that experience can open. Go forth young women!

    Posted April 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm
  3. Monica Bernazzoli says:

    Great job! What a wonderful way to help those in need. All of you are great ambassadors of caring!

    Posted April 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm
  4. Carol Kirol says:

    So proud of you guys; changing lives, hearts and mouths…Ditto to all the previous comments as well.

    Posted April 4, 2013 at 8:48 am

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