The Edmond Sun

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July 11, 2014

Edmond dentist offers needed services in Peru

EDMOND — With the World Cup in full swing, it’s not surprising that travel to South America is on the rise. But for Edmond Dr. Jay Peck, his journey south of the equator took him to Peru instead of Brazil, and for a much different reason — to provide dental services to those in need.

The mission trip to Peru was initiated by the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the nation’s largest organization of faith-based doctors. Peck, owner of Edmond-based Redbud Dental, has been a member since he was in dental school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and he was asked to go on the trip. Peck turned out to be the only professional dentist who made the trek.

“It was a great opportunity to serve people who don’t have access to quality dental care,” Peck said. “I had previously been to Peru in 2008 while I was in dental school, and I was excited to return and help out in any way possible.”

The eight-day mission trip began May 24 and included three medical doctors, a physician assistant, a pharmacist, a nurse practitioner and a handful of medical and dental students. The mission went to Pucallpa, which is a low-income, industrial city of 200,000 people in eastern Peru along the banks of the Ucayali River.

Peck, who opened Redbud Dental in 2011, spent the majority of his time serving those with dental needs. The remainder of the time was spent learning the culture and preaching the gospel.

“Going on a mission like this allows you to see the world from a different perspective,” Peck said. “Everyone was so nice to us, and they were so responsive to having us around that it made for a great experience.”

Traveling overseas to provide voluntary dental work is nothing new for Peck, who has made similar trips to the Dominican Republic with NORTHchurch and to Jamaica through the Christian Dental Society. Peck said he would be interested in returning to Peru, especially if it allowed him to use his abilities to help spread the Christian mission.

“I’m a strong believer that whoever you are and whatever you do, use your skills to serve others and glorify Jesus,” Peck said. “Going to places like Peru allows us to spread the word of God while also helping others with medical and dental needs. It is truly a rewarding experience for everyone involved.”

A return trip isn’t on the horizon for the near future for Peck, but he is scheduled to make a return trip to the Dominican Republic soon.

Redbud Dental has three locations with offices in Moore and Midwest City. The original location in Edmond is at 17900 N. Western, Suite 104. More information about Redbud Dental and Dr. Peck can be found at www.RedbudDentalOK.com.

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