Academy of LDS Dentists PV Project at La Cruz Kids Club

John Whitten - Amigos de la Cruz
December 23, 2021

2020 Clinic - Dr Gordon Croft on left front

This is the 18th year that Dr Gordon Croft has lead a team of dentists to the Puerto Vallarta area, primarily in La Cruz. In the past, they have also gone to Punta Mita and Puerto Vallarta. Dr Don Cook will be leading the team beginning next year. This is Dr Cook's fourth year with the Team.

The Academy of LDS Dentists Puerto Vallarta Dental Service Project has been serving the children of the Puerto Vallarta area for over 17 years. Dr. Gordon Croft has lead the organization for 16 of those years and said “It has been a great experience doing dental work in Puerto Vallarta during those years.”

Currently Dr. Croft has a trip planned for January 14-23, 2022. Dr. Croft has recruited a team made up of dentists that are all from the Boise area, plus one Mexican Dentist, Dr. Andrea Muro from Guadalajara. She served with them two years ago and it was a real positive situation for the Mexican people to see them join with one of their dentists.

They are taking a large group this time with 20 staff personnel from two dental offices. They will have five dentist’s work stations and two hygiene stations.

Children at the Infantil Refugio de Santa Esparanza and The Casa Hogar Maximo Cornejo orphanages have been served since the project first began. School children in the outlaying villages of Quimixto, La Cruz, and Punta de Mita have also been served. Mobile equipment has been used to set up clinics in these different locations. Some equipment has been stored year around in Puerto Vallarta.

Dr. Don Cook, DDS, Dr. Croft’s former partner, has agreed to take over leadership of the PV Dental Project. Dr. Croft will be leading the team on the 2022 trip, but he and Dr. Cook will be working together on it. Dr. Croft will orient him on what is involved and assist him. Dr. Croft plans to still be involved with the project, but the main leadership will be Dr. Cook’s after the 2022 trip.

Thank You, La Cruz Marina

This week we had our holiday show at the marina amphitheater. It was a great mix of songs and dance routines featuring a colorful display created by Lilly. The event was attended by parents and community members. What a great culmination to end the term for the kids.

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