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Member Monday: Meet Reeder, Dentist of Preventive Oral Health!

October 16th, 2017

For this week’s Member Monday, we meet Reeder! Read more to learn about Reeder, his love of dentistry, and experience working with Comunidad Connect.

When did you start working for CC?

I started working with Comunidad Connect on July 18, 2016. At that time, a medical group was down here – Doctors Ben & Karen Thrower – so it was with this group that I started my work here.

Describe your role.

Right now I am directing a preventive oral health project. I give educational talks about dental hygiene, give fluoride treatment to children in schools in Los Robles, San Estéban, Datanlí, and possibly Pueblo Nuevo in the future. This is what we focus on, because in a study that we did last year in 2016 we found that there was a really high rate of cavities in this region. Moreover, the children with the most dental needs and with the fewest resources didn’t have access to dental attention or knowledge about these themes. Because of this, the preventive oral health program was born to give the kids educational talks to teach them how to brush their teeth, what kinds of food they can eat and when they should eat them, and after the talks give them preventive fluoride treatment.

What is your favorite part about working with CC?

My favorite part of working with Comunidad Connect is working with kids because they have a special energy. Although you will always find yourself interacting a boy or girl who is a little more challenging to work with, they are the ones who learn most and, in reality, take what you are saying more seriously. Sometimes with adults this is more difficult. Children are always open and receptive to whatever knowledge you are sharing with them.

What got you interested in dentistry?

My mom is a dentist, so from a young age I grew up in an environment with related themes, but at that time dentistry didn’t really interest me. However, when I grew up there came a moment when I began focusing more and having an interest more in people’s teeth and dental hygiene. In reality, after looking at your eyes, the second thing people notice is your mouth and smile. The mouth is constantly moving, when you’re talking to someone else you are looking at their movements, and mouth is what moves the most. So through that, my passion for dentistry began.

What is one of your best childhood memories?

Well I don’t know if this is good or not, but it’s actually related to what we’re talking about and what I do now. Like I said, dentistry didn’t really interest me at a young age. My mother was a dentist, so I would watch her do tooth extractions. I remember one time when I almost fainted, because she needed more light and asked me to shine light on the patient. And when I saw everything, I felt like fainting because I didn’t like it. This story makes me laugh because today this is what I do and it doesn’t make me faint or anything.

 

What is your favorite place to visit in Nicaragua?

Granada because it’s a completely colonial city. It has a historic atmosphere, and it makes you live and remember the colonial time.

What is your favorite holiday in Nicaragua?

Mother’s Day!

What’s your favorite typical dish?

Baho, which is a mixture of plantain, yucca, beef, salad, and green chile. (same answer as Kelly!) It’s the best food in Nicaragua. 

What is your spirit animal?

I used to say dogs, but recently I’ve felt more connected to birds. I have 10 birds: 6 Australian parakeets, 2 African parakeets, and 2 cockatiels.

What hobbies or talents do you have that most people don’t know about?

I’m a Series Marathoner (aka Netflix). I’ll start a series and finish the whole thing in a week. For instance, Game of Thrones.

 

Reeder loves working with the Comunidad Connect team!

Thanks Reeder! Check in next week for our next Member (& Memo) Monday! 

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Member Monday: Meet Roxana, Administrative Assistant!

October 9th, 2017

In today’s Member Monday, we meet Roxana! Read more to learn about Roxana, her dog Lucy, and experience working with Comunidad Connect.

When did you start working for CC?

I learned about Comunidad Connect through my sister-in-law, and started working in 2015.

Describe your role.

I work in office maintenance and administrative work, assisting our accountant and country director with various projects.

What is your favorite part about working with CC?

My favorite part of working with Comunidad Connect is interacting with my coworkers. We’re a small team but it feels like a family.

What is your favorite cultural event or celebration in Nicaragua?

On May 3rd there is the Fiestas de la Cruz in Jinotega, where lots of people climb up to the Peña de la Cruz, a large cross on top of a mountain overlooking the city. It’s the celebration for the anniversary of when Bishop Agustín Morel de Santa Cruz installed the first cross there in  1752.

What is your favorite place to visit in Nicaragua?

Corn Island because it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. It’s off the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, far from everything and has a different culture than the rest of the country.

 

Roxana competing in the Traje de Fantasia (Fantasy Costume) contest in Leon.

What’s your favorite typical dish?

Gallo pinto (rice and beans) with cuajada y crema (cheese and cream) and avocado.

What is your spirit animal?

A bird because they can always fly wherever they want.

If you could invent a new fruit, what two fruits would you combine?

Lucy and Roxana are best of friends!

Pineapple and strawberries.

What hobbies or talents do you have that most people don’t know about?

I love to stay active with sports, hiking to the Peña de la Cruz, boxing, going to the gym in the mornings, and doing yoga. I also like to draw and look for new healthy recipes. Last year, I started competing in Miss Nicaragua Turismo contests. I also have a really cute dog named Lucy, who loves to hike with me!

 

Thanks Roxana! Check in next week for our next Member (& Memo) Monday! 

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