Franklin Dentists Extend Their Family of Patients to include Children of The Dominican Republic
Recently,Dr. Chad Hutchison of Aspen Grove Dental Associates returned from a life-changing adventure with his 10-year-old son, Zaine. For the second year in a row, the two flew to the Dominican Republic to provide dentistry, fun, and encouragement to underserved children in impoverished villages.
“It’s really an extension of our concept of family dentistry”, says Dr. Chad. “We were there as ambassadors of the Servants Heart Ministry. Both Dr. Joe Trammell and I enjoy volunteering for organizations like SHM whenever we can. Most of the patients we see, simply don’t have access to regular healthcare and therefore, are often in desperate need.”
This year Chad and Zaine were joined by Ryan Roberts, a dental student from UT Dentistry. Together they visited three villages in three days: Valla Hondito, Las Charcas, and Las Canoas all situated around San Juan de la Maguana.
Imagine performing dentistry with no electricity! And yet, this team serviced between 15 and 20 children a day -- mostly extractions and a few cleanings as time permitted. Zaine and his friend Taylor Arrington got to spend time with the kids. Together, with Taylor's mother, the boys entertained the waiting children with crafts and games. “As much as anything, we were there to love on these children”, said Dr. Chad.
When asked why he wanted to bring his son along, Dr. Chad replied, “I want Zaine to know there is much more to the world than Williamson County and to appreciate how incredibly blessed we are. I want him to know that we all need to give of ourselves and to help others who have less.”
If you would like to learn more about Servants Heart Ministry, perhaps get involved or financially support this important work, please visit www.servantsheartministry.com .