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From the Executive Director

Summer is Here!

With school out, we encourage parents and guardians to make appointments for their children's well child check up and dental exam. And, don't forget the sports physicals! If your son or daughter plays sports for the Santa Fe Public Schools, they must have a sports physical. Forms can be downloaded from the district's website

We are honored to have received a grant from CHRISTUS Health for prevention medical services for the uninsured and underserved women and children here in Santa Fe. The $38,400 grant for the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 will assure our ability to continue providing free services for children (infant through 18 years of age) and to mothers. 

By now, you've probably planted in the ground or re-potted the geraniums you purchased at the 25th annual VTCC Geranium Sale. Aren't they lovely? We love ours here at the clinic! Through hard work and efforts of our volunteers, staff and board of directors, the clinic made over $8,500 which goes towards our general operating expenses. Many thanks to Rudy Blea, chair of the geranium sale and to the board members Meryl Chaney, Jim Coogan, Kathy Armijo Etre and Cynthia Lackner. Thank you to volunteers Liz & Todd Braun, Carole Christiano, Bella Lucero, Therese Martinez, Mary Pittman, Pauline Romanik and Teresa Sosinski. And, of course, the VTCC staff, Cathy Catanach, Virgie Lovato and Margie Montoya!

Dr. Haley Ritchey, staff dentist and Virgie Lovato, dental assistant, attended the 107th Annual Session of the New Mexico Dental Association in Albuquerque this month. The four-day session offered a range of talks, lectures and seminars for continuing education.

The VTCC community was saddened to hear of the death of Gary Puro, MD, an ophthalmologist who volunteered at the clinic. Dr. Puro worked for nearly 30 years caring for the vision of residents in Santa Fe, Espanola and surrounding communities. His kind-hearted spirit and willingness to give to those in need will be missed and remembered fondly. We extend our deepest condolences to his family. 

No green thumb necessary! We're looking for a volunteer to help the clinic with mowing our front and side yards and pulling some weeds. If you can't commit to mowing all season long, we'll be happy if you can help us once. Great opportunity for your teen needing service hours! Please call me at the clinic (983-8561) or email me!


News from the Board of Directors

News From the Board and a Thank You!

At the June board meeting, new officers were nominated and approved for the next year. Congratulations to the Executive Officers:

Ron Aldrich, Chair
Kathy Armijo-Etre, Vice Chair
Jim Coogan, Treasurer
Meryl Chaney, Secretary
Cynthia Lackner, Member At Large

Other board business included board committee assignments and the review of the Annual Report for 2015. If you would like to read the Annual Report, go to our website  and click on 2015 Annual Report for Villa Therese Catholic Clinic. The Board also began planning a facilitated Spiritual Retreat for the Board Members, staff and volunteers to be held in late summer or early fall.

The Board also recognized and honored Cynthia Lackner who has served as Chair for the past five years. Cynthia also ran the clinic for ten months before Michele Tuohey came on board. The VTCC community is indebted to Cynthia for the leadership, dedication, numerous volunteer hours that she gave to us -- all with a smile and a friendly tease that raised your spirits. 

Braces-4-Healthy Smiles

More Than Just a Pretty Smile!

Each year, since at least 1977, Villa Therese Catholic Clinic has coordinated an orthodontia program that has positively impacted the health and self-esteem of hundreds of young teens here in Santa Fe. The clinic seeks grants that help defray the cost of orthodontia supplies and orthodontists generously volunteer their time and expertise and treat the selected patients to correct the malocclusion. 

Earlier this year VTCC received a $3,750 grant from the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Foundation's Pancake on the Plaza Grant Program. With this grant, Braces-4-Healthy Smiles will be able to help five patients with orthodontia treatment. Eleven adolescents were evaluated on June 17 by orthodontists for the five available slots. These five patients will be treated by Stephen Kellam, DMD; Daniel Meyers, DDS, MS; Clarice Pick, DDS; and, Peter Spalding, DDS, MS of Adventure Dental.

We are so grateful  to these orthodontists and to the following who last year with more available grant money, were able to treat eleven patients: Stephen Kellam, DMD; Daniel Meyers, DDS, MS; Clarice Pick, DDS; William Schackel DDS; Peter Spalding, DDS, MS of Adventure Dental; and Devan R. Vest, DDS, MS.


School Supplies, Backpacks and More!

Who has not realized that when we invest in helping children and families with getting school supplies that it results in long-term gains for students in their academic career? Study after study confirms that students who show up with the necessary supplies and a backpack are more likely to have success throughout the school year. We want to invest in assuring that our children feel empowered and have a solid start at school.  

Jennifer Baird and Steve Turner, serving on the board of directors, are co-chairs this year for Villa Therese Clinic's Pack-2-School. In addition to being responsible for organizing the event, Jennifer and Steve also raise all the necessary funding to pay for Pack-2-School with the help of grant writing from Michele Tuohey.

Fundraising efforts are going well; to date Pack-2-School has received grants from the LANL Foundation, Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community, and the WalMart Foundation, as well as numerous donations from individuals. A complete list of donors will be published after the backpacks are distributed in August.

It is not too late to make a donation -- every penny donated for Pack-2-School is distributed to the students in need. You can donate through our website. When you review your donation, click on "special instructions for your donation" and type in the box: Pack-2-School! Or mail a check to the clinic writing Pack-2-School in the memo line. 

And, please consider volunteering for Pack-2-School! On Tuesday, August 2nd, we'll be getting the backpacks ready to distribute and on Thursday, August 4th, the students will be picking them up at the clinic. Please email if you'd like to help out either day -- or both!

Volunteer Spotlight at VTCC

"Sharing Gifts of Education and Unique Skills"

Many components make up the Villa Therese Catholic Clinic as it strives to bring free health and dental care to the uninsured and underserved children and families in Santa Fe and the surrounding communities. Three of those components are the clinic's volunteer medical, dental and pharmacy directors -- Dr. Sue Katz, Dr. Raymond Anaya and Dr. Elizabeth Long.  Because these doctors generously give of their time and expertise, the clinic is able to maintain health care standards necessary for state licensing.

Sue Katz, MD began volunteering at VTCC shortly after she arrived in Santa Fe in 1990 and began working for La Familia Medical Center; a few years later she began also serving as the VTCC's medical director. In addition to holding a well and sick child clinic once a month for VTCC, Dr. Katz also is consulted on all medical clinical matters, safety issues and serves on the quality assurance committee at the clinic. She and Margie Montoya, staff nurse, are working on the final revisions to the medical policy and procedures manual. 

"Villa Therese is a real safety net for the community," Dr. Katz said, "because there is a need for free services we offer. I'm proud to serve here at a clinic which serves everyone no matter where a person is born."

Raymond Anaya, DDS is the clinic's dental director. He has been volunteering as a dentist at VTCC for 26 years and has been the Dental Director for 20 years. "As the dental director, I give advice and some direction about clinical and administrative dental issues," Dr. Anaya said. "I have tried to keep things simple for our dentists so that volunteerism continues at a good level."

Dr. Anaya sees VTCC as an important part of our community. "The clinic provides services that are important in our community and I hope that it continues to move forward with the same mission," he said.

Elizabeth Long, RPh, is the clinic's pharmacy director. Dr. Long has been volunteering since June 2015 having taken over from Mary Neparko, RPh, a pharmacist with whom she worked with at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center."I do a bimonthly inspection, chart audits, remove expired medications, and just generally make sure that policies and procedures are being followed with regard to dispensing of medications to clinic patients, Dr. Long said. "In order to dispense medications, the clinic must have, by law, a consultant pharmacist filling these functions."

Dr. Long is also a parishioner of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and  believes that serving others is a tradition of her faith. "I see it as important to share with others my gifts of education and unique skills, where I can," Dr. Long said. "I'm happy to be of service to Villa Therese, as it provides needed services to a sector of our community who can't obtain them elsewhere, and I'm inspired by the other volunteers here who have served for so many years."

"We are inspired by all our volunteers!" Michele Tuohey, executive director, said. "​The expertise and dedication that ​​Drs.​ ​Sue Katz​, Ray Anaya and Elizabeth Long offer to our clinic and patients as ​directors​ ​of their respective areas ​is invaluable. I am so touched and grateful for ​their​ volunteer service to VTCC.​"​

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