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From the Executive Director

Keep Cool Out There!

After the weather we've been having lately, we understand the "desert" part of "high desert climate." Hopefully, the monsoons will start soon and give us some relief! In the meantime, please remember to use sunscreen daily -- protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays which can cause skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher.  We are fortunate to have Jane Haher, MD, volunteer at the clinic to screen for skin cancer. The next skin cancer clinic is on August 8; please email or call the clinic at 983-8561 for an appointment with Dr. Haher.

Pack-2-School, the clinic's program to assist our families with the high cost of school supplies, is right around the corner! If you would like to donate to this school-readiness and esteem-building program for students, please go to our website and make sure you indicate your donation is for Pack-2-School. Or send a check payable to Villa Therese Catholic Clinic and put "Pack-2-School" on the memo line. And please email me if you'd like to volunteer to help organize the backpacks on Tuesday, August 2 or to distribute them on Thursday, August 4.

Save-the-Date! Reserve Friday, December 2, on your calendar for the clinic's biggest yearly fundraiser! More info will follow in future newsletters. We want you to come celebrate the clinic and help us fun-d-raise! And, read the article below for our first pancake breakfast fundraiser!!

Two grants have been awarded to the clinic. From the American Dental Association Samuel D. Harris Fund grant, we have been awarded $5,000 to provide oral health education to pregnant mothers/caregivers of infants and toddlers. Money will be used for the salary of our dental hygienist who instructs on proper oral hygiene to each patient and radio ads to market prenatal and postnatal oral health education services to Hispanic mothers. And from the New Mexico Children's Foundation, we have been awarded $2,000 to provide integrated medical and dental services to children from birth to 18 years of age.

We are grateful for these grants and for all our supporters!


News from the Board of Directors


Reminding our readers that if you have not reviewed the 2015 Annual Report for Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, please take a look! Go to our website and click on the 2015 Annual Report.

Are you interested in being a member of our Board of Directors? If you would like to learn more about the Board and its responsibilities, please contact Ron Aldrich for questions and to submit a resume for consideration.

Pancake Breakfast to benefit VTCC!

Knives and Forks Ready?

The Knights of Columbus, Council 1707, are hosting a Pancake Breakfast to benefit VTCC on Sunday, October 9th from 9 am to 1 pm at the clinic. We are grateful to be the beneficiary of the Knights of Columbus's fundraising efforts. Please come with a hungry tummy!

Dental Services at VTCC

Good Oral Hygiene Improves Overall Health

Haley Ritchey, DDS, who works at Villa Therese Catholic Clinic two days a month, knows that the care she provides is needed and valued by the patients. "Often the patients have no where else to go for the help they need," Dr. Ritchey said. "I've been working at VTCC about three years and experience how grateful patients are that we are in Santa Fe. The dental staff at VTCC is making an important contribution to the community's oral health."

So, who is the VTCC dental staff? And who are the patients they serve?

Working as a team, those involved in providing dental services each have their responsibilities: Michele Tuohey, Executive Director; Raymond Anaya, DDS, Dental Director; Dr. Ritchey; Virgie Lovato, dental assistant; Karen Manduchi, RDH; and volunteer oral surgeons. Plus Cathy Catanach, receptionist, handles scheduling and reminder calls with volunteer Becky Herrera. 

As the executive director, Michele Tuohey, is responsible for writing grants to fund the dental program, insuring compliance with the New Mexico's Department of Oral Health, maintaining and expanding collaborations with  local health organizations to provide dental services and supervising clinic staff. Dr. Anaya offers advice and direction about quality assurance, clinical and administrative dental issues.

Dr. Ritchey, pictured at left, is scheduled to give dental exams and restorative care (filling cavities) on two Fridays a month. She also owns Eldorado Dental  offering broad range of dental care services and holds a full patient load there.

Virgie Lovato, below left, is the dental assistant at VTCC and is responsible for day-to-day operations including insuring strict compliance with OSHA regulations regarding sterilization and infection control. Virgie schedules oral surgeons for the extraction clinic; coordinates the evaluations for Braces-4-Healthy Smiles; orders dental supplies; and assists dentists and the hygienist with x-rays, patient care, and charting.

As the dental hygienist working two days a month, Karen Manduchi (above right with patient) sees dental patients after they have received a dental exam by Dr. Ritchey. Karen takes a brief medical history before she gives detailed, individualized oral hygiene instruction in brushing and flossing. Then she thoroughly removes any plaque or tartar above and below the gum line and professionally brushes the teeth.

"Preventative dental care starts with consistent oral hygiene," Dr. Ritchey said, "and Villa Therese is providing these services at no cost to those who qualify."

At this time, qualifying patients to receive these services are mothers and care givers referred from New Mexico State's Women Infant Children (WIC) Program, patients referred from Southwest CARE Center, and any child under eighteen years of age. 

Extraction clinics for adults are also offered at least once a week. Oral surgeons volunteer their services to remove a tooth that has severe tooth decay, infection, or gum disease. Virgie assists the surgeons before and during the tooth extractions. With varying schedules, the following surgeons generously volunteer their time at extraction clinics: Raymond Anaya, DDS; Brandon Cera, DDS; Lindsay Christensen, DMD; Jared T. French, DMD; Michael Gallegos, DDS; Sean Healy, DDS; Patricia Peck, DDS; Phillip Rivera, DDS; Pete Tafoya, DDS; Edward Urig, DMD; and, Jeffery Wheaton DDS, MD.

"Hopefully, our readers will understand more about the services that our dental clinics offer and the important gap it fills in oral health care for the Santa Fe community," Michele said. "And, what I would like to emphasize is the compassion and soothing care the staff and volunteers offer to patients. Our patients are grateful and happier when they leave!" 


Support VTCC by shopping at Smith's 


It's easy to support the clinic in its fundraising efforts if you shop at Smith's. And, if you already have a Smith's reward card, it's simple to make your shopping dollars do "double time!" And, if you don't have a Smith's reward card, it is available at the customer service desk at any Smith's. In Santa Fe, there are two Smith's stores; one at 2110 S. Pachecho St. (corner of St. Michael's and Pacheco) and one at 2308 Cerrillos Road. 

Your rewards card needs to be registered online at the Smith's website in order for the clinic to receive Smith's donation based on your purchases. Remember, it is Smith's that is making the donation -- your grocery bill or gasoline purchase will not be higher! After your account at Smith's is created, you can enroll "Villa Therese Catholic Clinic" as the beneficiary by typing the clinic's name or using our NPO number: 57484.

Please let us know if you need help registering your card. And, thank you for supporting us through Smith's!

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