Dr. Kumar recently returned from a Volunteer trip to Peru! She joined her husband with a team of Dental professionals and ventured deep into the Amazon to provide care to those whom otherwise would not have any access to healthcare. During their 4 days of treatment, over 450 patients were served! Here is a bit more about her story.
“This was a trip of a lifetime and truly an eye-opening experience! I have done previous volunteer trips, but never one with this dynamic of health professionals. Our team consisted of 2 Oral surgeons, 4 Dentists, 3 Dental Hygienists, 3 Dental assistants, myself as a Chiropractor and a few other volunteers who helped service all around! We also had 2 Nurses on our team who helped assist in sterilization and infection control.It was overwhelming to see the turnout. Patients would line up early in the morning, and there would be a steady stream throughout the day. We generally started at 9 and would work through until 5, just before sunset. Upon arrival, we were bombarded with kindness from the locals, who would rush to help unload all of our equipment and help provide us with necessary materials required to have a functional workplace. Improvisation was key! For many, it was their first time accessing dental care and almost all, their first exposure to Chiropractic. Everyone was very open-minded and very receptive to care. Generally, in these regions where western medicine is inaccessible, traditional and herbal remedies are more common. In Peru, Shaman’s are still widely used and often herbal concoctions are used in place of medicinal anaesthetics to help with pain management. It was lovely to see how compliant everyone was to care. (My theory is that heat turns you into butter and in Saskatchewan, we are all in a semi-frozen state.)”