International Dental School Deans.  

Dr. Mike has had the amazing good fortune (blessings) to have established relationships with the Deans of 3 dental schools in SE Asia. It has been really remarkable how I have been given the amazing gift to witness, hear and learn from these men on the challenges they face as the Deans of their respected dental schools. In fact with two of them – Dr. Suchit and Dr. Narong, I was honored to have them share with me their personal experiences and the countless financial and bureaucratic hurdles they had to overcome in the process of building their Universities –  brand new dental school buildings. Honestly, it is extremely difficult for me to understand why I was so incredibly blessed to “fall into” their lives. I have been richly rewarded in countless ways.

Dr. Suchit Poolthong – Dean of Chulalongkorn University Dental School in Bangkok Thailand. I have known Suchit since 2012. He has helped support our project in North Thailand for many years. Behind us in this photo is his brand new Dental School building in Bangkok. He is extremely proud of it! It is beautiful!

Dr. Heng Sopanha Vice Dean and Dr. Seng Rossamith, Dean of University Health Sciences (UHS) Dental School in Phnom Penh Cambodia. I have known these two men since 2016 when they invited our team to meet with them. Since that first meeting, it was obvious that both of these men are fully committed to improve the education and experiences for all of their dental students. I have the utmost respect for these two leaders of the dental school, as the challenges they face in operating a dental school in Cambodia are numerous to say the least. Recently, the Dental School opened a new wing to provide dental services to their patients. Understandably, the administrators and dental students are particularly excited to work in this new wing.  I have been invited to travel with Dr. Sopanha and his UHS dental students on 4 village-outreach trips to provide dental services to rural villages outside of Phnom Penh. These trips have been eye opening. Even in the absence of resources, the UHS dental students continue to amaze me with their positive attitudes and genuine desire to provide desperately needed dental care to the people in rural Cambodia. It has been an honor and a privilege to be a member of these outreach trips as I get to experience first hand the complexities and challenges of delivering dental care in Cambodia

Dr Narong Dean of MFU Chiang Rai Thailand

Dr. Narong Lumbikananda – Dean of Mae Fah Luang University Dental School in Chiang Rai Thailand. I have known Dr. Narong since 2016. His dental school building has been open for 1 1/2 years. His dental school building is also quite beautiful and the rural setting surrounding the school is absolutely breathtaking.