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Giving smiles to others

The Gospel Mission's dental clinic is expanding.

The clinic, which has treated more than 2,100 patients since opening, will be expanding from two chairs to five this summer.

"When we started this clinic 10 years ago, we had no idea how many people in our area cannot afford access to dental care," said Gospel Mission Executive Director Randy Benson.

"There is incredible need, and with our small clinic, we are unable to meet those needs in a timely manner. Therefore, we are excited to expand our clinic from two to five full clinical operatory chairs."

The new clinic will allow for a full time staff dentist to provide a continuum of patient care, along with providing even more opportunity for our volunteer dental community to serve with us.

Dr Emily Liu has been volunteering with the clinic for over a year.

"The patients inspire the dentists. They're so appreciative. It is amazing to see what happens at the clinic. We're very blessed that the clinic can expand, as it will mean even more resources."

These encouraging changes will allow the clinic to see even more patients, and better meet the need of our community. Since opening in 2004, the clinic has provided $2 million dollars in care.

The clinic will be renovated between May and July, with the re-opening scheduled for August.

This past Thursday night, the clinic's volunteer dentists were presented with the 2014 Anita Tozer Memorial Award for exemplary community service.

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