We LOVE our patients!

It’s really fun to see so many patients who are so sweet and genuine!


She was SO proud of her Young Womanhood Award. The little “Honor Bee” award on the right* was presented to her because she completed an extra 40 hour project above and beyond the requirements for the award, which are:

  • Attend sacrament meeting regularly (where possible).

    Live the standards in For the Strength of Youth.

    Complete the value experiences and value project for each of the eight values (faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue).

    Keep a personal journal.

    Attend seminary.

    Read the Book of Mormon regularly.

    Record your testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.


  • *  The Honor Bee charm is presented to young women who are willing to do more than is required.  Those who receive this charm read the Book of Mormon a second time, and serve others for at least 40 hours.

Luau at Oholei


One of the daughters of the owner of Oholei Beach Resort. We took our visiting dentist from Samoa (Frank Pitcher and his wife Sandra) to the Luau, with a dozen people from our clinic and Liahona. We have been there a half a dozen times now, and it doesn’t get old!


This time, we sat with Dorothy Tonga, and watched as she sucked out the eyes from a fish. Yummy!


Her son does the “fire-dance.” He is quite amazing!

“In the last days the righteous will flee to the mountain of the Lord.” (J.S.T. Psalms 11:1).


We are lucky to have the temple just a 3 minute walk from our house. We get to serve there as ordinance workers each week.

“In the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the  Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.” (Micah 4:1), On Tongatapu, the Nuku’aofa temple is at an elevation of 241 feet above sea level, which is the highest point on the island.

Chilling out in the clinic


Our Tongan volunteers have a great time in the clinic. (Dorothy on the left, and Narissa, or “Risa” on the right.)


They are seeing patients every day, and using the cavitron on stubborn supra-gingival calculus (that usually gets blown off in HUGE chunks). It’s so much fun being in dentistry!


Just your typical patient. Elder Coombs, our oral surgeon from Australia, removed 254 teeth in March. I removed 16. But I was able to do 661 restorations. That is roughly 661 more restorations I would have been able to do, if Dr. Coombs were not here. This clinic could not function (could not meet its objective of serving the needs of the students, pre-missionaries, and missionaries) without our oral surgeon!


These are the names of the students for whom we have been able to complete all treatment. That usually means four quadrants of restorations (+/- 20), extractions, an a prophy.


Dr. Courtney Fisher, our volunteer dentist, and his wife, Paula, did 593 procedures in March. They have served above and beyond the call of duty. They have been here since January 27 and are leaving April 19, and we are really going to miss them!

We do a lot of restorations that we would never dream of doing back in the bubble (in the U.S.). We just do what we can, and hope for the best. Thank goodness for Thera-Cal and bonding agent. (And our Wave-One Endo system that was provided by Midwestern University).