Local dentist, Dr. Shovon Kasem of Hancock Village Dental, recently returned from a dental mission trip in Ecuador where he and a team of dentists and dental students provided dental care to the rural community.
While Dr. Kasem was a student at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, he learned that dentists could travel to other countries on mission trips and immediately knew he wanted to help. Having been fortunate enough to be selected for three separate trips as a student, this recent trip was the first time he could give back as a newly appointed faculty member at UF. As a courtesy clinical professor, he was able to donate his time to provide care to people in need while also teaching dental students, fulfilling his two passions of serving and teaching.
Dr. Kasem and his team treated hundreds of people in remote villages along the mountains of Ecuador who have limited access to dental care. “We want to serve the community, whether locally or abroad,” Dr. Kasem explained. “It was a very rewarding and humbling experience. It’s nice to be able to help people and they were unbelievably appreciative. I can’t wait to go again year after year!”
If you haven’t met Dr. Kasem yet, you can stop by his office, Hancock Village Dental at the corner of Highway 50 and Hancock Road, or call them at (352)-989-5815. Pictures of his mission trips can be seen at hancockvillagedental.com