When Pam Jackson began her independent dental hygiene practice and considered how might help those in need, she admits the first thought was reaching out to people in developing countries.
Her husband asked her a pointed question: "Why not right where you live?"
At least part of the answer to that question is being answered this Saturday, Feb. 11, when Jackson will open up the doors of her practice–Healthy Smiles Hygiene Care–as part of the "Gift from the Heart" program designed to help those who might not be able to afford her service.
Running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Jackson's office at 270 N. Christina St., Sarnia, the program is made possible not only through her own initiative but the help of a number of partners, among them dental suppliers Micki Rombouts of K-Dental and Preet Kohli of Dentsply.
Butler/Gum is also contributing through the donation of tooth brushes, said Jackson.
Also contributing in a very real and tangible way are Paula Cockerham, a fellow dental hygienist, and two dental hygiene students–Alicia Campbell and Amber Wiarda.
Jackson said opening her practice, which is located in the Feige Dental Clinic office, gives her the opportunity to reach out to those who aren't currently seeking out dental care such as hygiene services.
"We're certainly not encouraging people who already see a dentist on a regular basis not to do so," said Jackson. "What I do is give people another avenue for seeking out proper dental hygiene in an affordable setting, especially if they don't have benefits coverage."
Jackson can be reached at (519) 332-5783 or by e-mail—firstname.lastname@example.org