Dr. Stephen Smith, dentist, and Jennifer Adkisson, dental assistant, work on a patient in the Baptists on Mission dental van. Photo by Julie Dolinger

By Connie Leinbach

The Baptists on Mission’s Dental Ministry van ventured back to Ocracoke island in April to render more free services to islanders.

Thanks to sponsorship by the Southwest Durham Rotary Club, this was the van’s second visit to the island after its first visit in November.

The Rotary club’s banner hung inside the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department during the two days of service. Photo: C. Leinbach

Retired dentists Dr. Stephen Smith of Morehead City and Dr. Jim Hoke of Chapel, along with other volunteer medical professionals, may return in November, said islander Jude Wheeler, who coordinated both visits.

Julie Dolinger, mobile dental ministry coordinator for the Baptists on Mission, said the following services were rendered with a value of $11,018: adult dental patients, 31; hygiene patients, 14; child hygiene patients, 2; bitewings, 55; Xrays,15; composite fillings, 29; extractions,14.

Among the island businesses who donated services were Blackbeard’s Lodge, the Castle, Helios Hideaway, Jason’s, Ocracoke Oyster Company, Oscar’s House and the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department where the van parked.

Smith was happy to check out the beach after two days of nonstop service.

“We had steady patients all day,” he said. “We’re glad to help. It’s just one of those things that needs to be done.”

Dental van personnel are, from left, Jude Wheeler, island liaison, Dr. Jim Hoke, dentist, Jennifer Adkisson, dental assistant, pink shirt), Dr. Steve Smith, dentist, Madison Register, dental assistant, Julie Dolinger, Baptists on Mission dental coordinator, Pamela Hicks, registered dental hygienist, Lee Phillips, van driver. Photo courtesy of Julie Dolinger
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