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Dedicated to improving the oral health of under privileged children
in Southeast Asia, and promote the spirit of volunteering.

ABOUT PACIFIC SMILES

Pacific Smile is a non profit program which mission is to provide charitable dental care and preventive dental health education to orphaned and underprivileged children along the Pacific Rim with a concentration in South East Asia. Volunteer dentist, hygienist, dental assistants, and non-medical volunteers deliver treatment and preventive care in partnerships with local local organizations that serve children in schools. orphanages, and remote villages.

The programs success is measured by how well we prevent and treat dental disease for these underprivileged children. Since 2011 we have treated over 400 children in Vietnam and Mexico.

  • Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
  • Nha Trang, Vietnam
  • Bacolod, Philippines
  • Shijiazhuang, China
  • Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
  • Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Pleiku, Vietnam

LEADERSHIP

MICHAEL FRENCH, D.D.S.

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Dr. Michael French has dedicated much of his professional career towards outreach both locally and internationally. He finds that his dental missions are enriching to the soul and reinforces his commitment towards community service and healthy living.

DAO FRENCH

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Dao Nguyen French is a co-founder and director of Pacific Smiles with a deeply rooted commitment to volunteering and community service. She plans and organizes yearly dental missions and also acts as the organization's primary translator.

SAM WHEELER

BOARD MEMBER
Sam Wheeler is the CPA based out of Tuolomne County California. He has a long history and passion for community service, and his contributions have been instrumental to Pacific Smiles missions overseas.

THIEM PHAM

BOARD MEMBER
Thien Pham was born and raised in Vietnam before immigrating to the United States. He studied Engingeering in the San Francisco Bay Area and owns a successful technology company. Thien is also a generous contributor and advisor to Pacific Smiles.

CHRIS M FRENCH

BOARD MEMBER
Chris French is a media specialist responsible for moderating communications between the organization's various media outlets both online and in print.



MISSIONS

Da Nang, Vietnam

JULY 1st - 5th, 2016

With the help of a local dentist, Dr. Pham, and transportation provided by Furama Resort, we provided dental treatment to 45 children in a Da Nang orphanage. The first day, with my daughter, Michelle helping me translate, we conducted dental exams to access the needs of the children and hand out toys to smiling faces.

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Saigon, Vietnam

JULY 6TH - 8TH, 2016

We re-visited Mai Tam Shelter for HIV children in Saigon to provide Fl treatment, and distribute toothbrush kits to all the children. And spent some time discussing with the priest how we can provide much needed dental treatment on our next trip to Vietnam.

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Da Nang, Pleiku & Saigon, Vietnam

DECEMBER 16 - JANUARY 6, 2015

Da Nang- volunteer with East Meets West Foundation providing dental treatment to children at their dental clinic. Pleiku- volunteer with the Diocese of Kontum providing dental treatment to the girls in Kim Phuoc Boarding School. Saigon- meetings with Ms Hang, Director of Eviva Travel and Dr Andrew Tsang of Journey for Smiles.

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

MARCH 6TH - 9TH, 2013

Aid for Kids - Since 1999 has been arranging Dental Outreach Programs to provide dental care to children in orphanages, street children centers and in high poverty stricken areas where dental hygiene is almost unknown. Working with Joy Degenhardt, Director of International Development, we visited the Center of Rehabilitation which support handicap children in Ho Chi Minh to access the children’s dental needs.

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Nha Trang, Vietnam

FEBRUARY 26TH - MARCH 4TH, 2013

Lantern’s Vietnamese Restaurant, owner Robert Costabile, escorted us to a remote orphanage (Chua Phat Bou Orphanage) headed by a Buddhist Monk. Robert, through his restaurant, has been working with 12 local schools/orphanages to provide support, scholarship programs. and food supplies since 2006 in the Khahn Hoa providence.

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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

NOVEMBER 18TH - 24TH, 2012

First time to San Jose del Cabo, so we had several meetings with local social workers to find the organization that most needed oral health care. Sarahuaro Foundation has been providing social service that improves the quality of life for low income women and children since 2005.

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

DECEMBER 3RD - 20TH, 2011

Journey for Smiles provided us a location, Westcoast International Dental and volunteer dental assistants to assist us in treating children from a local HIV orphanage. These children face discrimination due to being HIV-Positive and are in desperate need of dental care. As always the children we saw were extremely sweet and well behaved.

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CONTACT

 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

889 Buckthorn Drive

Murphys, CA

United States

Phone: +510 821 1220

Fax: +510 821 4100

Email: mfrenchdds@mac.com

Website: www.pacific-smiles.org