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Orthodontist Serves More Than 200 Patients During Mission Trip to Jamaica

July 9, 2018


(June 9, 2018) – Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) orthodontist, Dr. Ciera Scales, recently served more than 200 patients during a mission trip to rural Jamaica put on by Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and the Jamaica Awareness Association of California.

“Words can’t express how gratifying this mission was for me. Not only because of the patients I was able to treat, but also in watching the exponential clinical and interactive development of the dental students I had the pleasure of working with while in Jamaica,” Dr. Scales said. “Each year I attend this mission trip I bring information back to share with my GEDC team to support our continued professional growth.”

The mission trip to Jamaica offered comprehensive care to patients of all ages who live in underserved communities in the country, which included educational components along with medical, pharmaceutical and dental services. Dr. Scales led a team of four dental students chosen to attend by Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and traveled more than an hour into the mountains to treat citizens who only receive medical care through mission trips-often several years a part.

In addition to health services, the Jamaica Awareness Association of California offered scholarships and tablets to five children who passed the entry exam to secondary school – a rare opportunity for many children in the community. Each student chosen had passed the entry exam with a 96 percent or higher and were honored at the closing ceremony of the trip.

Throughout the year, GEDC professionals participate in initiatives and donation opportunities to better the communities they are privileged to serve, as well as communities around the world.


About Great Expressions Dental Centers

For nearly 40 years, Great Expressions Dental Centers has been a leader in preventative dental care, orthodontics and specialty care with offices in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Great Expressions is consistently recognized for contributions to improving oral health through quality and safety initiatives, affordable dental care services, patient convenience, research and more. Great Expressions Dental Centers branded practices are independently-owned and operated in specific states by licensed dentists and their professional entities who employ the licensed professionals providing dental treatment and services. ADG, LLC provides administrative and business support services and licenses the Great Expressions Dental Centers brand name to independently-owned and operated dental practices. ADG does not own or operate dental practices, or employ the licensed professionals providing dental treatment and services. For more information, please visit


Amanda Niswonger, on behalf of Great Expressions Dental Centers
Lambert, Edwards & Associates

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