My Journey from Montana, to Africa, to Dental School!
Updated: Apr 29, 2018
....from Reegan, Montana Dental Outreach Team. Reegan’s “eyes were opened” as a result of volunteering four times in Africa (Ghana and Uganda) with Montana Dental Outreach Teams. Before one of her trips to Ghana, Reegan collected over 200 Montana logo tee shirts that were distributed to children and to staff at Nazareth Home for God’s Children. Reegan holds a special place in our hearts — not only because of her service -- but also of because of her smile (that dissolves the fear of dental chairs, surgical masks, and “scary" instruments!) Thank You, Reegan! We hope to greet you in Sang in 2019! My name is Reegan and I am studying biology and chemistry at Carroll College and I hope to attend dental school when I graduate. I heard of Dr. Bartoletti's volunteer trips my freshman year and knew his program was exactly the type of service trip I wanted to be apart of. I have always had a love for serving others and traveling and at the time I was undecided on whether I wanted to go to medical school or dental school. After my first trip, I knew dentistry was what I wanted to do because I was able to see the immediate impact it makes on people and the relief it provides them after being in years of pain. Since my freshman year I have been on three other trips with Dr. Bartoletti, two more to Ghana and one to a refugee camp in Uganda. I fall in love with Ghana and the people more and more each time and learn something new every time I travel. My favorite memories always involve spending time with the children in the orphanage and giving them the love and attention they deserve. I was raised in a very small town in Montana so these experiences have been incredibly eye opening for me. I had never seen so much poverty in my life and I was speechless the very first time I saw Sang Village and the surrounding area. Yet, even though the people in Ghana, and especially the small villages, have nothing, they are the most cheerful and generous people I have ever met. My travels to Ghana have greatly impacted my life and have changed my outlook on the world; they have made me more compassionate and I will be a better dentist because of my experiences with Dr. Bartoletti. Enjoy the video of the March 2017 MDOT trip to Ghana!