Satan! Satan! Come And Play.
Emancipated. However Drag the Chain.
Let Blackened Blood Fill Your Vein.
Escape From Thought. Go Insane.
On with the Horns! Masquerade!
Now Rise Like Ash of Burned Cane.
– Rise Like Ash of Burned Cane –
Floating Excessive. Past Terrain.
Over Clouds to the Astral Aircraft. The place
Rivers o’ Rum By no means Drain And We
Reap the Harvest Each Day. So
Eat and Drink, Smoke and Slay that
Soca Beat That’s In Your Mind. ‘Trigger
That is The place You’ll Stay – An
Limitless Social gathering with Pals and Flames to
Attain New Highs: It’s Jab’s J’ouvert.
– Now Come and Play! –
There’s one thing particular about Grenada. Admittedly, this so-called “Isle of Spice” exports among the world’s finest nutmeg, cocoa, cloves, cinnamon, mace, bananas, coconut and unique fruit (together with my absolute favorite: soursop!). And, sure, its scenic landscapes characteristic picturesque seashores and colored homes atop lush hills.
However Grenada is rather more. It’s an island that has suffered super battle and trauma through the years – from warring factions of Indigenous peoples, French and British colonization, slavery and emancipation, independence and civil battle, a U.S.-led invasion in 1983 to quell a Marxist-Leninist coup d’etat and even Hurricanes Ivan (2004) and Emily (2005).
However regardless of this, the character of Grenadians right now is exemplary. They’re a welcoming and vibrant individuals (with simply over 100,000 souls). They boast a secure democratic system, a self-reliant and sustainable financial system, comparatively low crime, and an affordable value of dwelling. When you haven’t been, you merely should.
And that’s why, after I’m not making ready, advertising and promoting dental practices, I really like organizing annual dental outreach journeys to this lovely Island of angelic individuals. However don’t be fooled; devils dwell right here, too.
Once we did our first journey in August 2019, we didn’t know what to anticipate with this new island. At one level, our adventurous group of dentists and hygienists determined to take part in Spicemas – Grenada’s annual carnival celebration.
One occasion, referred to as “Jab Jab” (actually: “Satan Satan”), noticed tens of 1000’s of Grenadians converge on a foremost avenue within the capital of St. George’s through the wee morning hours to have a celebration to finish all events. Many dressed like a molasses satan: oiled or painted, donning cattle and goat horns and holding thick chains, consuming and smoking, and dancing to darkish and heavy soca music, which was being blasted from vans outfitted with large audio system. It. Was. Surreal.
Jab Jab dates again to Grenada’s colonial days. Main as much as Lent, the French ruling class would masquerade in fancy costumes and dance to well-tuned orchestras. Ex-slaves, with restricted means, would exit into the streets to rejoice the festivities, however with an enormous twist: they made themselves appear like molasses devils and dance to crude beats they comprised of hitting drums and blowing on conch shells. The aim? To each scare the white colonizers and remind the entire evils that society had inflicted upon them. Jab Jab epitomizes Grenadians’ freedom they usually rejoice proudly.
Quick ahead to August 2022.
After a 3-year hiatus attributable to COVID-19, we had been lastly capable of come again to Grenada to provide again to the locals. And we got here again with a vengeance: an enormous group of U of T dental college students (led by Dr. Daniel Biner and his household), Canadian and U.S. dentists, hygienists from Oregon, and assist workers had been capable of deal with a whopping 2,018 sufferers after 15 medical days (that’s roughly 2 % of your entire inhabitants) with extractions, fillings, cleanings and even root canals. Via our partnership with Nice Form! Inc. (a U.S. not-for-profit), we had been capable of arrange a 21-operatory dental clinic on the Nationwide Cricket Stadium and smaller clinics on the Sandals Grenada (which graciously hosted our teams free of charge) and the adjoining island of Carriacou (which can be a part of Grenada).
And whereas all of the volunteers are tremendous proud to have been capable of assist so many individuals, it’s their tales – their tiny miracles – that made the journey life-altering for these concerned. Listed here are a number of such tales.
U of T Dental, Graduating Class of 2024
Dental pupil Clara Zhou’s tiny miracle occurred along with her very first affected person. And it introduced her full-circle.
“A bit of boy was my first and favorite affected person. I gave him a cleansing. He was an absolute pleasure to work together with. We talked about faculty and life. His household and mine. And on the finish of the appointment, he appeared me within the eyes and stated, ‘I wish to be a dentist. You impressed me. You had been so type to me.’ And my coronary heart simply melted. It jogged my memory of why I went into dentistry: as a toddler, I had loads of cavities (my immigrant dad and mom weren’t effectively versed in oral well being care) and my childhood concerned a number of appointments to the paedo clinic on the hospital. I at all times appreciated what others did for me. And now, with this little boy, I noticed myself and I used to be lastly capable of give again.”
U of T Dental, Graduting Class of 2023
Dental pupil Adam Tepperman’s tiny miracle occurred on his very first knowledge tooth extraction:
“It was my first time taking that tooth out. First time utilizing these instruments. And below the supervision of Dr. Sunny Sehgal, to my shock, it truly went rather well. A sequence of tiny miracles”.
However whereas he relished the accomplishment, he mirrored on the larger image.
“I began to consider the affected person. She made it by as effectively. She had an enormous supply of an infection eliminated. She will be able to dwell life just a little extra usually. And that’s when every thing stood out. As a dental skilled, it’s straightforward to take your work with no consideration – solely as soon as in a blue moon would you do life-altering work. However right here, in Grenada, with each affected person we noticed, every thing we did was amplified due to their socio-economic background or lack of oral well being care or schooling. We had been offering tiny miracles for the lots.”
Dr. Amin Alibhai
Oral Surgeon, Ottawa
Dr. Amin Alibhai (or simply “Amin” as he prefers to be referred to as) is an actual salt-of-the-Earth type of man. Extraordinarily humble, however outfitted with an incredible skillset. When pressed about what sort of tiny miracle he skilled in Grenada, he talked about his teammates’ complimentary abilities, widespread objectives and optimistic attitudes:
“I didn’t know who was going to help me on this journey. So after I was teamed up with Kimmy – a hygienist and dental therapist out of Oregon – it was a tiny miracle. Together with her expanded dental skillset and go-getter perspective, we simply clicked. We ran three dental chairs concurrently, doing complicated extractions for grateful sufferers. And once we had been ready for extra extraction sufferers, we stored busy: I’d speak to fellow restorative dentists about sufferers they might refer over to us for extractions whereas Kimmy cleaned little children’ tooth. Out of the 2 of us, Kimmy was the actual rock star.”
Dr. Kosta Abate
Dr. Abate isn’t Grenadian, however she would possibly as effectively be. Her love affair with Grenada led her to spend weeks there doing dental mission journeys from 2012 to 2014 with NYU dental faculty (which included doing sealants on 14,000 kids). Heck, earlier than she arrived on the island, she already knew greater than everybody else about Grenada (even the organizers)!
Dr. Abate’s miracle was evident for everybody on the clinic. It’s not what she noticed; it’s what she did that others noticed. It got here down on the finish to a 15-year-old woman. Her father, a janitor with restricted means who labored on the Nationwide Cricket Stadium, introduced her to our clinic once we had been executed and packing up till 2023. This lovely little woman had been in ache for years and wanted her higher entrance tooth handled instantly: deep carries in her 11, 12, 21, and 22 required 3 endos and 4 everlasting fillings.
Per Dr. Abate: “It was a human tragedy. She was going to lose her higher tooth and find yourself with no entrance tooth from her teenage years”. However with our 3 week program ending, there was nothing we might do.
Till Dr. Abate’s miracle occurred: “Screw it. We’re doing this. What’s 3 hours of my time for principally years of smiles for this little woman?” And with that, Dr. Abate got here up with a plan to save lots of this little woman’s smile. The plan concerned us packing up a conveyable x-ray unit, gathering endo supplies, and bringing an assistant (Len Liang) to Grenada’s chief dental surgeon’s (Dr. Julie Du Bois) dental clinic on a Saturday – i.e. Dr. Abate’s and Mr. Liang’s break day.
The end result: nothing wanting a miracle. A giant, vivid, lovely smile on a teenage woman that may hopefully final with correct care.
When you haven’t executed a dental mission journey, contemplate coming right down to Grenada or different Caribbean islands with DMC and expertise your individual tiny miracles. And when you occur to go to Grenada throughout Jab Jab, be ready to fulfill some devils – or higher but, play as one!
Concerning the Creator
Michael Carabash, BA, LLB, JD, MBA, CDPM is a founding accomplice of DMC LLP, Canada’s largest dental-only legislation agency that helps dentists promote and purchase practices in Ontario. Michael leads DMC’s annual Caribbean dental mission journeys (Grenada, Jamaica, and Turks) Michael is now organizing Sint Maarten and Philippines dental outreach journeys for 2023. Michael may be reached at email@example.com or 647.680.9530.