Nicaragua International Outpost Team

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Dr. Teresa Bobadilla

Nicaragua Dental Team

 

Dr. Teresa Bobadilla is 54 years old and of Nicaraguan nationality. She is a dentist with specialty training in Public Health, and has 30 years of professional life. Dr. Teresa is a founder of the Nicaraguan non-governmental organization Accion Medica Cristiana (AMC) and since 2010 has served as its executive director.

She shares, “I enhanced my work in clinical care by opting for a lifestyle of service to help the poorest of our country in the dimension of health and overall development. I am founder of several social and academic organizations, and an advocate for women and the poor.”

Dr. Teresa is motivated greatly by her faith commitment and is a great believer in education and for people to strengthen their capacities and be protagonists in their own future. She is married and has four children and three grandchildren.

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Dr. Alicia Reyes

Nicaragua Dental Team

 

Dr. Alicia Reyes is Nicaraguan and 51 years-old with 25 years of professional experience. She has volunteered in AMC’s health program for over 20 years, providing health services and training community oral health promoters for AMC and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health. Dr. Alicia and her husband Dr. Francisco Gutierrez, a program director at AMC, are co-founders of the AMC project in the Department of Matagalpa, one of the locations for SFEF outposts.

Dr. Alicia worked with SFEF SEAL Team in July of 2013 on the tour to Nicaragua, and has led the follow-up outposts with a team of dentists and support from SFEF.

Dr. Alicia and Dr. Francisco have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Dr. Alicia has a private dental clinic in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua.

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Dr. Belinda Forbes

Nicaragua Dental Team

 

Dr. Belinda Forbes is from New England in the United States and earned her DMD at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Belinda shifted her career to community health when she volunteered in Nicaragua using her skills to pioneer a dental health program with a local church. A few years later she was commissioned formally as a missionary of the United Methodist Church and since the year 2000 has been assigned full-time to Accion Medica Cristiana or AMC, a Christian, ecumenical non-profit health and development agency founded and run by Nicaraguans to serve their own people in some of the most remote and impoverished parts of the country. Her work with AMC has included private dental care in a Managua clinic for 17 years and coordinating dental promoter training. Currently Dr. Forbes serves as AMC’s International Liaison for Community Health, facilitating partnerships such as the one between AMC and Smiles for Everyone Foundation. Dr. Belinda is married to Dr. Gerardo Gutierrez, a program director at AMC, and they have 2 children.

Ghana International Outpost Team

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Dr. Thomas Agyarko Poku

Ghana Dental Team

Executive Director, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation

Dr. Agyarko is the regional HIV/AIDS Coordinator and venereologist for Ghana Health Services, a lecturer in Infectious Disease, and Executive Director of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation. He has worked with international agencies such as Care International and the Canadian International Development Agency.

Dr. Agyarko lives with his family in Kumasi, Ghana.

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Dr. Tinuola Esther Mark, DDS

Ghana Dental Team

Clinical Director

Dr. Mark, who has been a practicing dental surgeon for 24 years, is the principal dental surgeon at Ghana Health Service. She has training in Implantology, Orthodontics and is presently concluding a master’s-level program in Public Health, specializing in Health Education and Promotion. She has 15 years of experience in community health projects, working with international agencies such as Unilever, World Vision, and Ark Charity Foundation, and now is carrying on the work of the Smiles for Everyone Foundation (SFE Foundation).

Dr. Mark cares deeply about the less privileged and regularly organizes outreach programs for orphans and prisoners. She is married, has three sons and lives with her family in Kumasi, Ghana.

Thailand International Outpost Team

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Dr. Sylavane Phaouthene, DDS.

Thailand Dental Team, Clinical Director

 

 
Dr. Sylavane Phaouthene graduated from Vientiane University of Medicine with a diploma in dentistry. He has been practicing dentistry for 26 years and currently resides in Laos.

He is so passionate about helping to provide dental care for those in need that he helps conduct dental outreaches in Laos and Thailand.

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Enoch “Nok” Sirikul

Thailand Dental Team

President, Foundation for Leadership and Life Enhancement

Enoch Sirikul is a respected leader who works with government, business and nonprofit organizations throughout Thailand. He is currently President of the Foundation for Leadership and Life Enhancement and Chairman of the “Love Thailand” Project. He has trained hundreds of young leaders and has actively brought people together to meet human needs, uniting diverse groups for a variety of outreach initiatives, including tsunami and flood relief efforts.

Nok is married to Leya and they have a son Noel in high school. The family lives in Bangkok.

Paraguay International Outpost Team

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Judah Mooney

Paraguay Dental Team

President, Diaconia ADP

Judah Mooney, President of Diaconia ADP, founded his nonprofit organization to help break the cycle of poverty in Paraguay for single-parent families. Diaconia ADP provides micro-loans to women who want to support themselves and their families. Prior to founding Diaconia ADP, Judah developed a network of 350 nutrition centers across Paraguay to provide regular meals for over 20,000 children from families in poverty and designed a vocational training program for their parents to learn job-related skills.

Judah has worked with projects in 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America that benefited thousands of needy children and families. As a member of the Smiles for Everyone Foundation’s International Outpost in Paraguay, Judah and Diaconia ADP provide much needed support to under-served Paraguayans without access to dental care. Judah is married to Mary and has a daughter, Emily Grace.

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Dr. Paulina Fernanda Sánchez

Paraguay Dental Team

 

Dr. Paulina Fernanda Sánchez was born on April 10, 1990 in Ascunsion, Paraguay. Her parents, Pablo and Ketty, are both from Chile and moved to Paraguay 26 years ago to serve as missionaries.

After high school, Dr. Sánchez began studying dentistry, which was her dream since she was a child. She always had a passion to do something in a field that helped provide care for others. In 2013, Dr. Sánchez finished her studies and began providing basic dentistry service and social support in poor urban areas and indigenous communities in the countryside.

She began working with the Smiles for Everyone Foundation’s International Outpost in Paraguay in early 2014. She plans to continue to improve her knowledge and grow her skills while helping to care for those in need.

“This has been an enriching experience and has exceeded all of my expectations.” – Dr. Paulina Sánchez