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2018 Mission

In February/March 2018 completed our sixteenth successful Mission in Quito! Ninety-five volunteers from all over Canada and Ecuador changed the lives of 37 adults and 25 children with desperately needed orthopedic surgeries. Five of the adults and nine of the children had more than one surgery. 

Our team enjoyed a visit from Canadian Ambassador to Ecuador, Marianick Tremblay. Ambassador Tremblay donned our blue scrubs, toured the administration area, kitchen (sterilizing area), pre-op, and even headed to the OR to watch a total hip replacement. Afterwards, she went up to the ward to visit with recovering patients.










Local Ecuadorian orthopod, Dr. Juan Carlos Zabala, scrubbed in with our surgeons, and continues to share new techniques with local medical personnel.











During the mission, groups of our medical volunteers participated in several presentations to local physiotherapists, nurses, general practitioners and orthopedic surgeons, residents and medical students on topics including rehabilitation techniques for stroke survivors, pre-surgery fasting guides, non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis and adult and pediatric orthopedic topics.


Name Role
Adela Sandigo Gross RN – Ward – Adult
Alessandra Gessner Physician - Family Practice
Alex Cerezo Translator
Alexandra Smolinski Physiotherapist
Aline Pourbaix Young Administration
Alyssa Chappell RN – Ward – Pediatric
Alyssa Wilkie RN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Amy Rausch RN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Angela Neufeld Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult
Anna Hebert Physiotherapist
Barb Moreau Administration
Barb Furler Physiotherapist
Beverly Runka RN – Recovery Room – Pediatric
Brenda Wright RN – Ward – Adult
Carole Dugas Lay Person
Cathleen Clarke RN – Operating Room – Adult
Christa Hoefling Lay Person
Damaris Gaete Ortega Translator
Danielle Becker RN – Ward – Adult
Dasha Johnston RN – Recovery Room – Pediatric
Deb Chalupa RN – Ward – Adult
Dedra Scott Respiratory Therapist
Denise Raman-Nair RN – Recovery Room – Pediatric
Don Dick Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric
Donna Brown RN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Edward Masson Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult
Ella Dunlop Student - General
Elysia Dziwenka Lay Person
Eric Entwistle RN – Recovery Room – Adult
Erica Nelson RN – Ward – Adult
Erik Soriano Physiotherapy Assistant
Erika Nguyen Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric
Florian Rudolph Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric
Francisco Gallardo Translator
Gillian Kent RN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Gordon Giesbrecht Lay Person
Grant Clarke Communications – Mission Blogger
Greg Zinter Information Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk
Heather Perl RN – Operating Room – Adult
Jackie Wiebe Administration
Jance McGale Resident - Orthopedics
Jay Valencia Translator
Joanne Montgomery Physiotherapist
Jordan Bunda Communications – Mission Blogger
Julie Cadrin RN – Ward – Pediatric
Justine Ferguson Physiotherapy Assistant
Justine Tolentino RN – Operating Room – Adult
Karen Calhoun Lay Person
Kathy Bonitz RN – Operating Room – Adult
Kayla Strickland RN – Ward – Adult
Khaled Almansoori Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric
Krystle Chilibecki Physiotherapist
Liz Hoeppner Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric
Lormirra Jezelle Alcantara RN – Ward – Pediatric
Mairi Gordon RN – Recovery Room – Adult
Marc Moreau Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric
Maria Echaiz-Eguren Translator
Maria Siegrist O.R. Technician
Marina Francis RN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Mark Rintoul Respiratory Therapist
Marni Wesner Physician - Family Practice
Martha Valencia Translator
Megan Schafers RN – Ward – Pediatric
Melanie Elhafid Translator
Natasha Dugas Student – Nursing
Neethling van den Heever Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult
Neil Saran Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric
Nicole Masson Student - General
Nicole Webb Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult
Odette Brown O.R. Technician
Olivier Gauthier-Kwan Resident - Orthopedics
Omer Ahmad Information Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk
Paul Leung Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult
Pauline Worsfold RN – Recovery Room – Adult
Paulose Paul Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult
Peggy Prodor Lay Person
Rachel Oates Physiotherapist
Rayanne Hillier RN – Operating Room – Adult
Ricardo Rodas RN – Operating Room – Adult
Robert Seal Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric
Ryan Titley RN – Ward – Adult
Ryan Wright Physician - Family Practice
Saison Demitor O.R. Technician
Sara McGale Student - General
Sarah Ngo Lay Person
Shelaina Anderson Resident - Family Medicine
Shinner Hsu RN – Ward – Adult
Silvia Martin Translator
Steve Chevalier Lay Person
Surita Sidhu Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult
Sussana Gaviria Translator
Tara Beatson RN – Ward – Pediatric
Timothy Kostamo Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult
Troy Bornes Resident - Orthopedics
Veronica Kong Administration
YOUJIN CHANG Resident - Orthopedics
Yvonne Sawchyn Lay Person

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