We’ve asked the dentists who traveled on the Smile Brands sponsored trip to Thailand in May 2012 to share their stories. Here is today’s, from Dr. Stanley Hong, a lead dentist and Market Dental Director for Bright Now! Dental based in the Temecula/ San Diego area.
The trip to Thailand was such an awesome experience and makes me anxious to do more. Being immersed into the Thai culture was an experience that I don't think can be duplicated and will forever leave a footprint in my soul. I hope what little I was able to do for the children of Thailand will leave a mark in their lives also.
My takeaway from this trip was how lucky we are to be here in America with so much available to us. These children have so little and what I was able to provide for them hopefully gave a little more sunshine in their lives. These children were so receptive to our services and greatly appreciative of what we as Americans take for granted as a right instead of as a luxury. It was a real eye opener seeing how other people in different parts of the world live. I saw families literally living in squalor directly behind the pool of a resort hotel.
I truly enjoyed working with my team and it would be safe to say that I now have some lifelong friends. I personally like to thank Steve Bilt and Smile Brands for choosing me to join this elite group to humbly serve the Thai people. If I ever receive the tap on my shoulder to do this again (and it wouldn't be too soon either) I would jump at the chance to do this.