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San Diego Dentist Haunted by Smiles in Dominican Republic
Date:10/1/2007

Dr. Kim Corrigan-Dankworth Part of a Team that Provided Critical Services

to Over 1,000 in 5 days

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Kim Corrigan-Dankworth is one half of the husband and wife team that makes up La Costa Dental Excellence, a North County dental practice. Dr. Corrigan-Dankworth and her husband usually focus their attention on the dental needs of their North County patients. Recently Dr. Corrigan-Dankworth traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of a group assembled by the international dental organization -- The Crown Council. The group journeyed to remote villages and worked for five days providing much needed dental care to over 1,000 children and adults in the rural areas.

"We quickly realized that five days was nowhere near enough time to care for everyone who needed it. We worked from sun up to sun down to see as many as possible," said Dr. Kim Corrigan-Dankworth. "Those smiles still haunt my dreams," she said.

The team of 30 included six dentists, four dental hygienists and 20 other various staff struggled with both the elements and the primitive conditions while confronting the poor state of dental health of most of the islanders. Dr. Corrigan-Dankworth and her colleagues pulled over 36 teeth deemed beyond repair in one bizarre 90 minute span.

"Less than 6% of the population live above the poverty line. Our patients didn't have the means or the education to care for their teeth," Dr. Corrigan- Dankworth commented. The group had the challenge of their professional lives as they had to jerry-rig flashlights to function as dental lights and lawn chairs became dental chairs. "In spite of all the challenges the entire team felt enriched. For me it was the smile of a little four year old. I was her first dentist. She was all eyes and smiles. I'll never forget her. My life has been changed and I hope I changed a few lives too," said Dr. Corrigan- Dankworth.

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