CDCI’s mission is to advance the level of dental care and respond
to the immediate dental needs of endangered populations – particularly
the poor, the isolated, and the displaced – through the provision
of comprehensive and respectful dental services and the promotion of permanent
solution leading to a more just global society.
WHO WE ARE
Compassionate Dental Care International, (CDCI), is a non-profit organization
started in 2004 by a dentist and four dental students with the hope of bringing
dental care to the places in the world that need it most. These five live
by the words of Mahatma Gandhi; “Be the change you want to see in
CDCI obtained 501 (c) 3, non-profit status, on August 24, 2005. Since
then, dentists and dental students have made annual trips to the Dominican
Republic and another trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. CDCI recently
installed a permanent dental clinic in the village of Sabana Yegua, Dominican
Republic where a volunteer local dentist now provides dental care to those
in need ½ day per week. Annual trips by CDCI volunteers continue
with the next trip planned for December of 2009.
CDCI missions consist of five to fourteen people. Teams are diverse and
are made up of dentists, dental students, dental hygienists and assistants.
These trips continue to grow not only in the number of people that participate,
but also in the number of people served! We have found that once a person
volunteers with CDCI, they keep coming back year after year. Support has
been overwhelming and the number of patients being served is growing exponentially.
CDCI’s strategic plan calls for expansion of services as funds become
available, not only in the Dominican Republic but other sites around the
Funding for these trips is provided by CDCI volunteer contributions, community
members and anyone who wishes to “help save the world one tooth at
Dr. Toni Roucka
Dr. Toni Roucka is a 1990 graduate of The University of Illinois College
of Dentistry. Her undergraduate work was in Nursing where Dr. Roucka
received her RN in 1982 from The College of DuPage. Upon graduation
from Dental School, Dr. Roucka served three years in the U.S. Navy,
stationed at Glenview Naval Air Station, Glenview, Illinois. From
there Dr. Roucka has spent most of her career in public health. She
helped found the Spang Center for Oral Health, the first clinic dedicated
exclusively to the treatment of HIV positive individuals. She is a
co-founder of Compassionate Dental Care International. In 2007, Dr.
Roucka received her MA in Population Health / Bioethics from the Medical
College of Wisconsin. She is currently a Comprehensive Patient Management
Group Leader and Clinical Assistant Professor at Marquette University
School of Dentistry. Dr. Roucka has participated in every CDCI mission
from the onset of the company as well as many other mission trips.
Currently, Dr. Roucka is involved in developing a curriculum in Emergency
Dental Care and Health Promotion to be used in long-term refugee camps
around the world.
|Dr. David Paape
Dr. David Paape graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
in 2001 with a B.S. in biology, and then to Marquette University
School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he received his
D.D.S. in 2006. His interest in dental mission trips started during
his freshmen year of dental school when he had the opportunity
to travel to Guatemala and treat the underserved children in the slums
of Guatemala City. This experience sparked an even deeper passion
to continue serving communities in other countries. He subsequently
traveled to St. Vincent and the Grenedines and the Dominican
Republic as part of CDCI. Each trip is unique in its own way and is
personally and professionally rewarding. In the summer of 2007,
David and his wife made the decision to change their pace of life
and move to Anchorage, Alaska. David enjoys hunting, fishing,
camping, hiking, biking and all the other activities the great wilderness
of Alaska has to offer. David looks forward to the next 30 years of
practicing dentistry and being part of and growing with CDCI.
|Dr. Jeff Jamieson
Dr. Jeff Jamieson is a 2002 graduate of St. Norbert
College, receiving his B.S. in biology. He attended Marquette
University School of Dentistry (MUSoD) and graduated in 2006
with his D.D.S. degree. He then completed a one-year General
Practice Residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical
Center in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently a second-year
Orthodontic Resident at the University of Detroit-Mercy. Following
completion of his orthodontic training in 2009, he will receive his
M.S. degree and a Certificate in Orthodontics. He plans
on moving back to his hometown of Marquette, Michigan where
he will work as an associate with his father, Dr. Scott Jamieson.
Jeff's interest in dental mission trips was sparked during
his time in dental school. He attended his first trip to help
provide dental care to the underserved in the Dominican Republic in
2004 during his junior year at MUSoD and eagerly returned in 2005
as well. He has also made a trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines
in 2006. Although he is currently very busy with grad school,
he is enthusiastically prepared to take part in upcoming trips with
CDCI in the very near future!
|Dr. Richard Heidemann
Dr. Richard Heidemann did his undergraduate work at Nebraska Wesleyan
University, where his focus of study was on the reproductive biology
of reptiles. His doctorate work was completed at Marquette University
School of Dentistry. Dr. Heidemann worked in a private clinic and
a public health clinic as well as taught for 2 years at Marquette
dental school in the Milwaukee area before returning to his home state
of Nebraska where he has opened his private clinic, Albion Family
Dental. Rich can often be found enjoying the outdoors, hiking, hunting,
fishing, or what ever the weather of Nebraska will permit.
|Dr. Michaelangelo Aust
Dr. Michaelangelo Aust did his undergraduate course work at Portland
State University in Science and his Doctorate at Marquette University
School of Dentistry. Dr. Aust currently is employed at a FQHC by Marshfield
Clinic in Chippewa Falls, WI, and faculty at A.T.Still University.
He believes that a positive member of society should have access to
health care. Working with federal grants and funding, as well as working
for a non-profit clinic, Dr. Aust treats a wide range of patients
from all walks of life. His role on the mission trips is not only
to deliver care but to also keep the equipment operational. Dr. Aust
is responsible for installing equipment, like dental chairs and compressors,
to fixing a generator when it goes down or repairing air and water
lines when they break.