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Dental school alumna writes word of thanks to students and faculty

Dr. Maggie Conde helped lead group on a mission trip to Antigua

Dr. Maggie Conde (Class of 2020), of Conde Family Dental, trained in rural oral health care and is a provider in rural Upshur County. On a mission trip to Guatemala, with West Virginia University School of Dentistry students and faculty, she was among the providers to offer treatment in rural Antigua. The mission trip, organized by Hands for Hearts, resulted in hundreds of needed procedures for children and adults. You can read an online perspective from students and faculty.

Dr. Maggie Conde
Dr. Maggie Conde is a 2020 dental school graduate who helped lead the mission trip.

Dr. Conde reflected on the trip and shared words of appreciation for members of her team from the dental school. 

Faculty and Staff of WVU School of Dentistry,

Thank you again for your incredible generosity and support of our mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala, 2024!. What you have done to facilitate student involvement this year had a truly massive impact on the number of patients and lives we were able to affect on our trip. I can't thank you enough for everything you did to enable their participation. You have given us the power to change so many people's lives. I wish everyone had a chance to see it in person.

The students lit up when interacting with the patients. Each and every one of them impressed me so much with their clinical competence and professionalism. In diagnosis, chairside manner, and confidence I saw them grow so much during our trip and it was sincerely awesome to witness.

I hope to work more with WVU SOD on future mission trips to allow more students to join. There was a wealth of personal and professional growth for the students themselves, and so much patient care given that we would not have been able to provide without their help.

(We joined the local dentist who we meet each year at this clinic. His name is Dr. Barahona and he works with his assistant, Thelma. They are overjoyed with the help we provide and to the donations we bring. They work all year to coordinate with visiting dentists to bring help to their community and the people in need. We couldn't have done all these things without your support.
Sincerely, Maggie Conde, DDS

Dr. Barahona and assistant Thelma
Dr. Barahona and assistant Thelma