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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  
Barbara-Lynne 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 Gallardo 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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