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Indiana University Fort Wayne Student Finds Purpose in Mission Work

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Indiana Univ. Tyler PryorTyler Pryor is a dedicated student—both to his studies and to community service. As a student at Indiana University Fort Wayne studying Dental Laboratory Technology, he has participated in the Jamaica Dental Mission for the second time in as many years. The Jamaica Dental Mission was founded by Dwight McLeod D.D.S., M.S., Dean of A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Seventy-seven volunteers comprised of dentists, pharmacists, dental and pharmacy students and general volunteers devoted their time to help the citizens of Jamaica. 

As a team, the group operated out of three clinics and served over 1,000 Jamaicans. While on the mission, Mr. Pryor worked alongside a dental laboratory technician from Trinidad and Tobago. Together they crafted 31 partial dentures and made repairs on existing dentures. 

This trip has only increased Mr. Pryor’s desire to become a dentist and take on a bigger role in mission work. His experiences in Jamaica have been integral to his education, and he encourages anyone to volunteer their time in mission work as an opportunity to learn many valuable lessons. 

Published on Oct. 9, 2019


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