17 new Project HOPE medical volunteers joined the Pacific Partnership 2012 mission aboard the USNS Mercy to provide health care and health education alongside their U.S. Navy medical counterparts. The mission is providing medical services to thousands in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Melissa Alvarez is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer and Nurse Practitioner student from Florida International University.
Dr. Dana Braner is on his ninth medical mission with Project HOPE. A Pediatrician from Portland, Oregon, Dr. Braner is eager to provide medical care to children on and off the USNS Mercy. "I am looking forward to working with the children of Vietnam again," he says. Check out our recently released mini documentary series, #HOPEonFilm featuring Dr. Braner.
Jennifer Carr is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer and Nurse Practitioner student from Florida International University.
Dr. Erin Comer, a Pediatrician from Portland, Oregon, is a first time volunteer with Project HOPE. She is working with family medicine and pediatrics during Pacific Partnership 2012. "I have always wanted to do a global health mission, and the timing was right to join for me," she says.
Lauren Deming, a Nurse from Orem, Utah, is a first-time volunteer with Project HOPE. She is working in the pediatric ward. "I have always wanted to be on a mission like this. I am looking forward to caring for the children and working alongside the military medical professionals from other nations," she says.
Cherri Dobson, a Nurse from Brentwood, California, and a six-time Project HOPE volunteer is working in patient discharge aboard the USNS Mercy. “I will be one of the medical professionals making sure that patients get quality follow-up care when they leave the ship," she says.
Dayna Drobny, a Doctor of Pharmacy student from Shenandoah University and first-time HOPE volunteer, is working with the pharmaceutical needs onboard the USNS Mercy and ashore at the medical sites. "I am looking forward to experiencing the cultures of both Vietnam and Cambodia, and using this experience to help me grow professionally," she says.
Dr. Christopher Truss, a Physician from Birmingham, Alabama, is a veteran volunteer for Project HOPE who is working with adult medicine during Pacific Partnership 2012. “I look forward to helping the local people at the medical sites,” he says.
Dr. Douglas Dulli, from Madison, Wisconsin, is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. A Professor at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Dulli is volunteering as a general health provider during Pacific Partnership 2012.
Christina Grass a Nurse from Pine Key, Florida, is a second-time volunteer with Project HOPE and the Partnership mission. Grass is volunteering in patient receiving and is one of the first medical professionals that patients see aboard the USNS Mercy. "I am excited to be working on a hospital ship,” she says.
Dr. Kevin Kapadia a Neurology Resident at University of Wisconsin and first-time HOPE volunteer joined the mission after hearing fellow volunteer Dr. Dulli talk about the opportunity. "I am looking forward to learning how a health care mission like Pacific Partnership operates," he says.
Barbara Maxwell, a Nurse from Port Angeles, Washington, is a first-time volunteer with Project HOPE. "I look forward to working with patients and their health needs aboard the ship and at medical sites ashore," she says.
Dr. Jennifer Mbuthia, a Pediatrician from Silver Spring, Maryland, is a two-time volunteer for Project HOPE. "I am looking forward to working in a different environment this year while continuing to help patients who need care,” she says.
Kerynne O'Malley, a Nurse from Harleysville, Pennsylvania, and a first-time HOPE volunteer is looking forward to taking care of patients. "I am eager to learn more about how medicine is practiced in various countries," she says.
Randy Roark, Ph.D., a Nurse Practitioner and professor at Florida International University (FIU) is a four- time Project HOPE volunteer. Roark is mentoring two student volunteers from the FIU program while also helping out in family medicine.
Ravipal Singh, a Pharmacist from Renton, Washington, is a first time volunteer with Project HOPE. Singh is working in the Pharmacy Department and mentoring the Shenandoah University Pharmacy students participating in Pacific Partnership 2012. "I look forward to helping the students advance in their careers and working with wonderful people," he says.
Brittany Stewart, a Doctor of Pharmacy student from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, and first-time Project HOPE volunteer is supporting the Pharmacy Department aboard the USNS Mercy and ashore at medical sites. "This is a great opportunity to further my pharmacy knowledge," she says.
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