The support for Mercy Dental Clinic (MDC) seems to be growing with each passing day, and we couldn't be more thankful for the financial support of our community and for the time volunteer dentists give us each week! We had a new volunteer dentist this week, Dr. Charles Jordan, and we thought you might like to meet him ...
So, tell us about yourself:
I am from Vidalia, GA. I attended undergrad at The University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University and received a B.S. in Biochemistry. I recently graduated from dental school at "The Dental College of Georgia."
Last year, I traveled to Hinche, Haiti to provide dental care to the townspeople, which included restorations, extractions, and preventive measures. My team and I also supplied food and clothing, and the citizens were very grateful. In the future, I also plan to visit other impoverished countries to provide a service to those in need.
What made you interested in dentistry?
My father [Dr. Hugh Jordan, who also volunteers with MDC] has been an established dentist in Vidalia for almost 40 years. I initially had the desire to live in a larger city upon graduating, but I am now seeing the opportunity to work under my father as a great experience. He is an gifted clinician and is an excellent mentor. I one day see myself taking over his practice and carrying out his legacy of providing quality dental care to the Vidalia area.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to golf, travel, fish and read. In addition to mission trips, I plan to visit new countries to gain a cultural insight and seek the natural beauty of the world. Now that I have additional free time upon graduating dental school, I have been reading books on finance, leadership, and self improvement. I strive to learn something new everyday become a positive influence to those around me.
Tell us something about yourself we might not know:
I can juggle very well. I also have some of best dance moves in the Toombs area. (Allegedly)
How often do you plan on volunteering with MDC?
I initially assisted my dad when he volunteered on Friday mornings every month. Since receiving my dental license, I have attempted to volunteer weekly and would like to continue in the future.
I previously volunteered at the Mercy Clinic when I a undergrad, which was an enlightening experience. Dr. Lloyd Darby was in charge of the clinical rotation for senior dental students, and I enjoyed listening to his stories and advice for the dental profession. I also gained valuable insight from the students on the expectations and rigor of dental school. In undergrad, I loved assisting and communicating with patients as these skills helped mold me into the dentist that I am today. Providing a service to those in need is a rewarding experience as an oral health care professional.
Thank you, Dr. Charles Jordan, for helping Mercy continue to extend a helping hands up to those in need in our own community!