Everyday Oral Surgery

Report of a Mission Trip To Help Ukrainian Refugees, with Drs. Robert McNeill and Stephanie Ganter

October 11, 2023 Grant Stucki - oral and maxillofacial surgeon Episode 212
Everyday Oral Surgery
Report of a Mission Trip To Help Ukrainian Refugees, with Drs. Robert McNeill and Stephanie Ganter
Show Notes

Today, we are joined by Dr. Stephanie Ganter, a board-certified periodontal and implant surgeon, and Dr. Robert McNeill, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who share office space at The Dental Specialists Surgical Specialists in Garland, Texas. They also share a high-energy, community-focused YouTube channel called Between Two Teeth (an homage to Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis), where they interview colleagues, friends, and other leaders in organized dentistry. In April 2023, Bob and Stephanie joined a team of doctors, EMTs, and operations and finance professionals on a 10-day journey that would take them just outside the Ukraine border on a dental mission trip. In this episode of Everyday Oral Surgery, they offer some insight into their service-focused motivations for making the trip, the practical realities of mission trips like these, and the soft skills required to work with limited resources in such a challenging environment. This uplifting and inspiring conversation emphasizes the importance of getting out of your comfort zone as a practitioner, enjoying the journey without fixating on the destination, and the profound and often untold impact you can have on others. Tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The service-focused mindset that prompted Bob and Stephanie’s mission trip to Poland.
  • How this trip pushed both of them out of their comfort zones as practitioners.
  • Insight into Between Two Teeth and their message: connect, discover, inspire.
  • Reasons that working non-stop isn’t an element of what Bob calls “a life well-lived.”
  • The kinds of patients they served and the procedures they performed in Poland.
  • Ways that you can get involved and help people if you can’t be boots on the ground.
  • Practical advice on equipment and licensing for those who want to make a difference.
  • How Bob and Stephanie were impacted emotionally by the people they met in Poland.
  • Opportunities to serve internationally and locally and how to access them.
  • Parting words of wisdom, recommended reads, and favorite films from today’s guests.
  • A reminder that we aren’t learning and growing as practitioners if everything is easy!

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Between Two Teeth — https://b2teeth.com/

The Dental Specialists Surgical Specialists — https://www.dfwdentalimplants.com/

Between Two Teeth on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/B2teeth/

Between Two Teeth on Youtube — https://www.youtube.com/@BetweenTwoTeeth

Dr. Stephanie Ganter on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/ganterddsms

Dr. Robert McNeill on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobddsmd/

Dr. Robert McNeill Email — bobddsmd@gmail.com

American Dental Association — https://www.ada.org/

Everyday Oral Surgery Website — https://www.everydayoralsurgery.com/ 

Everyday Oral Surgery on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/everydayoralsurgery/ 

Everyday Oral Surgery on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/EverydayOralSurgery/

Dr. Grant Stucki Email — grantstucki@gmail.com

Dr. Grant Stucki Phone — 720-441-6059

KLS Martin – https://www.klsmartin.com/