Vino In The Vineyard 2012


On August 11, 2012 Ecuadent held it’s Vino In The Vineyard Fundraiser and despite the the threat of rain Ecuadent had one of it’s best fundraisers to date. Thanks to all of those who made donations and attended this wonderful event. Thanks to your effort Ecuadent raised over $19,000! All money raised during this event will be used to support our medical and dental missions in 2013.

February 2012 – Dental & Medical Missions – Salinas, Ecuador


February, 2012- The Ecuadent Foundation in conjunction with the Navy of Ecuador, teamed up the with the Hospital of Salinas (a public hospital) and The Navy Hospital of Salinas to conduct Ecuadent’s annual medical and dental missions. A total of 45 volunteers (20 dental / 25 medical) participated in this great effort. Children came from all over the country to be seen by our surgical team whereas our dental team mainly treated children from the Santa Elena Provence.

This was Ecuadent’s first time in this area and we can not stop saying great things about it. The medical team was fortunate to be working in a great community hospital. The hospital staff and surrounding community were nothing but accommodating to our volunteers. Our dental team was also very fortunate. They were able to work on the base of Ecuador’s Naval Academy. There, we also found the hospital and it’s staff to be very kind and accommodating.

We want to say thank you to volunteers and contributors who worked so hard to made this mission possible!

The results of the missions are as follows:

Dental Mission Results

916 Children

Cleanings: 519
Fluoride Treatments: 349
Extractions: 232
Restorations: 406
Sealants: 557

Total Procedures: 2,095

Medical Mission Results

35 Patients

Cleft Lip &/or Palate: 11
Fistula Repair: 3
Scare Repair: 2
Polydactyly/Syndactyly: 5
Frenulectomy: 5
Alveolar Bone Graft: 3
Excision: 2
Hernia Repair: 1
Skin Tag Removal: 1
Lipoma: 1
Microtia: 1

Total Procedures: 35

Ecuadent Medical Mission February 2012 Salinas Ecuador

July 2011 – Medical Mission – Esmeraldas, Ecuador


July, 2011, Ecuadent Foundation traveled to Esmeraldas, Ecuador to conduct a second 2011 surgical mission trip. A total of 8 medical volunteers participated in this great effort. Children came from all over the country to be seen by our surgical team.

Our teams also had the opportunity to visit a local orphanage in Emseraldas to donate much-needed children’s clothing, school supplies and toys.

Thanks to all of our volunteers and contributors who helped make this mission such a success! The results are as follows:

Medical Mission Results

25 Patients

Cleft Lip &/or Palate: 14
Fistula Repair: 5
Burn Scare Repair: 3
Polydactyly/Syndactyly: 4
Others: 4

Total Procedures: 30

February 2011 – Dental & Medical Missions – Esmeraldas, Ecuador


February, 2011, Ecuadent Foundation traveled to Esmeraldas, Ecuador to conduct its annual dental and surgical mission trip. A total of 36 volunteers (16 dental / 20 medical) participated in this great effort. Children came from all over the country to be seen by our surgical team whereas our dental team saw mostly children from the Esmeraldas province.

Our teams also had the opportunity to visit a local orphanage in Esmeraldas to donate much-needed children’s clothing, school supplies and toys.

Thanks to all of our volunteers and contributors who helped make this mission such a success! The results are as follows:

Dental Mission Results

616 Children

Cleanings: 333
Fluoride Treatments: 253
Extractions: 254
Restorations: 309
Sealants: 787
Orthodontic Appliances: 15
Other: 20

Total Procedures: 1,971

Ecuadorian Naval dentists treated 67 patients

Medical Mission Results

41 Patients

Cleft Lip &/or Palate: 17
Fistula Repair: 5
Burn Scare Repair: 5
Keloid Removal: 4
Polydactyly/Syndactyly: 8
Others: 5

Total Procedures: 44

October 2010 Dental & Medical Missions – Esmeraldas, Ecuador


Ecuadent Foundation teamed up with Fortune Management’s Platinum Circle group to conduct a volunteer dental mission in Esmeraldas Ecuador. Twenty one volunteers traveled from various parts of the U.S. to take part in this initiative. Though this was the group’s first volunteer dental mission, it was indiscernible considering their great teamwork, work ethic and the volume of children they treated. Ecuadorian Naval dentists also joined the initiative to support our cause.

A pediatrician traveled with the team and operated a small pediatric clinic. They examined/treated 182 children for various conditions (though primarily for dermatologically related problems).

Ecuadent provided a small surgical component (comprised of 10 volunteers) to this week-long volunteer initiative. Ecuadent’s surgical team provided 25 surgical procedures for 19 children. Treatments included repair for cleft lip & palate, burn contractures, and other congenital deformities.

Dental Mission results (Platinum Circle Group)

718 Children

Cleanings: 480
Fluoride Treatments: 436
Extractions: 305
Restorations: 393
Sealants: 1299
Other: 57

Total Procedures: 2,970

Medical Mission Results:

19 Children

Procedures:

Cleft Lip – 6
Cleft Palate – 11
Fistula Repair – 4
Rhinoplasty – 1
Partial Hypospadias & penile skin avulsion – 1
Neurofibroma – 1
Scar revision (z plasty & umbilical plasty) – 1

September 2010 Dental Mission – Pasaje Ecuador


The Ecuadent Foundation, working with the Navy of Ecuador and Hospital San Vicente de Paúl, completed a Dental mission in the city of Pasaje (Province El Oro), Ecuador. A total of 837 patients were treated during the 5 clinical days of the mission. This was the first dental mission that Ecuadent conducted in Pasaje. The need for our services was great and our 19 volunteers worked long and hard to ensure that all the children triaged received the emergent dental care they required.

The breakdown of the dental procedures performed are as follows:

Cleanings: 479
Fluoride Treatments: 475
Extractions: 261
Restorations: 407
Sealants: 805

Total Procedures: 2,427

February 2010 Medical Mission – Pasaje Ecuador


The Ecuadent Foundation, working with the Navy of Ecuador and Hospital San Vicente de Paúl, completed a medical mission in the city of Pasaje (Province El Oro), Ecuador. A total of 53 patients were treated.

Ecuadent utilized three OR rooms at Pasaje’s hospital during the mission. An Ecuadent plastic surgeon occupied each one. Surgeons included: Dr. David Kung, Dr. Oliver Simmons, and Dr. Michael Christy.

Ecuadent also provided 55 speech therapy sessions for a total of 48 patients. Ms. Yanchuleff trained cleft lip and palate surgery patients and their parents with exercises that could be completed once the patients healed from surgery to improve their speech. She also counseled cleft lip and palate patients that were not candidates for surgery and she also saw several patients with other syndromes including Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

Ecuadent’s volunteers also trained local nurses and physicians regarding neo-natal care as well post-operative care for cleft lip and palate patients.

A more detailed breakdown of the surgeries is below:

Cleft Lip: 14
Cleft Palate: 16
Frenulectomy: 2
Thyroglossal Duct Cyst: 1
Scar Revisions: 10
Periostoplasty: 1
Polydactyly: 4
Syndactyly: 3
Otoplasty: 2

September 2009 Mission – Pasaje Ecuador


In September 2009, The Ecuadent Foundation traveled to Pasaje, Ecuador. The city of Pasaje is located in the El Oro province. This south-western region of Ecuador is known for its lush banana producing plantations. Ecuadent partnered with a local hospital facility, “San Vicente de Paul”. Prior to Ecuadent’s arrival, this hospital had never provided treatment for a cleft lip or palate.

After 4 days of surgical operations, Ecuadent and its surgeons provided a total of 35 corrective surgeries to the children of Pasaje. 13 of these surgeries were related to congenital cleft lip and palate deformities. The other 22 procedures were relative to hernias and similar congenital deformities.