Fish for Teeth musters $15K in free dental care

Twenty-eight islanders of low-income received free dental care worth $15,749 in the fourth visit by Fish for Teeth to San Juan Island.

The two-day clinic in Friday Harbor, Jan. 25-26 brought to 150 the number of people treated in 13 months by teams of dental health professionals on Lopez and San Juan island at Fish for Teeth-sponsored Tooth Mobile.

The value of the volunteer dental care provided to date totals $74,579 according to Fish for Teeth.

It costs the locally based non-profit roughly $2,000 to bring the Tooth Mobile to San Juan County for a two-day clinic. Rotary, the Legion Auxiliary, Soroptomists, the Lions Club of Lopez Island and many unnamed individuals contribute to the cause, in addition to proceeds from the sale of fish tacos.

Fish for Teeth gives credit and thanks to the volunteer dentists and their staff: Dr. Mike Horn, Sam Horn, Barbara Foster, Lori Miller and Susie Steenkolk; Dr. Michelle Reynolds, Jill Eakins and Andrea Champlin; Dr. David Te Grotenhuis and Kris Phillips.

The fish for the fish tacos was provided by Matt’s Fresh Fish (Alaskan rockfish) and Peter Pan Seafoods (Bristol Bay sockeye salmon). The Mullis Center provided parking for the van and pre-screening space.


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