Ustick Dental - May/June 2018

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MAY / JUNE 2018

MEETING DENTAL NEEDS ALL OVER THE GLOBE

Isn’t summer in the Treasure Valley great? It’s a beautiful time of year, and everything is blooming. A personal highlight for me is that, this summer, I will become a grandpa. My eldest daughter is having a baby in June, and we’re all so excited to welcome the new little one to our family.

At the office, we’re feeling inspired and grateful after our incredible service trip to Guatemala. It was oriented toward

providing dental care to people in remote areas. In addition to preventive treatment, we helped folks who had some uncomfortable situations — like toothaches — resolve the areas that were bothering them. One of our team members from the office, Jessica, helped us as we performed these treatments. This was the first time I’ve been to Guatemala, and it was a very rewarding and eye-opening trip. The highlight for me was working with the people there. We helped many people with their dental needs, some who’d never had the

care. I was overwhelmed by their gratitude because I felt so grateful to be part of this experience. It’s amazing how good it feels to give back. I’m just so thankful to share my knowledge and skills with people. Guatemala is also a beautiful country, and we spent some of our time hiking through the land. We hiked up a volcano to a fairly high point and looked out across the landscape, where we took in the gorgeous environment. From where we were staying, you could see the sun rise over volcanoes in the distance. It’s a spectacular place, and the warmth of the people there only makes it more beautiful. Now that I’m back at home, I’m looking forward to summer with my family and all that goes with it. We’ve been getting outside more, enjoying the warmer weather, and watching our garden grow. We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins, and we’re eager to start using them in our meals — though the way I enjoy eating them most is fresh, picked right off the plant. In year’s past, we’ve grown Atlantic giant pumpkins — those are the type that you see winning contests, weighing in at several hundred pounds. Ours have never grown that big, but it’s fun to try! I hope you’re enjoying your summer as much as we are. Thank you to all the patients and everyone in the community who supported us and sent their thoughts with us to Guatemala. I hope to do this again and continue to share our knowledge and skills with those who need them.

opportunity to see a dentist before. You can find dentists in the urban areas of Guatemala, but in the outlying regions, it can be more difficult to access dental care. The gratitude we saw from the people we treated was humbling. They were so appreciative to have access to

-Dr. Rigby

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