Posted on June 19, 2019.

GDR Superstar Mary Miller

Our veteran volunteers are the glue that holds our clinics together. They set the clinic pace, mentor new volunteers and troubleshoot with our trip leaders. These super star volunteers help us serve more kids and restore more teeth – increasing our impact in the underserved countries where we work.

To honor these special volunteers, we unveiled a new volunteer recognition program in 2019. At the end of each clinic during the farewell dinner, we honor volunteer service with a small token of appreciation and a big round of applause. Here are a few stellar volunteers we recognized this spring:

• GDR mama Mary Miller who has volunteered over 20 times including our inaugural India small adventure clinic.

• Traveling besties Suzanne Maslo and Jill Eckert who have volunteered together in each country where we work.

Dick Dobbin and Jim Gilman who volunteer with their grandkids showing the next generation how to give back.

Darshani and Sanjeev Khosla our MVP in-take team from the great state of Texas who have together volunteered in 30 clinics.

Suzanne Maslo and Jill Eckert volunteering in Guatemala.

Darshani and Sanjeev Khosla in Cambodia.

Tomme Bjerke who loves working with the SMD students and returns every spring to Nepal.

We love our volunteers! GDR veteran volunteers sustain our clinics and our mission. Click here to check out the new volunteer recognition section page on our website. It includes all volunteers who have attended three or more clinics with GDR. We can’t wait to celebrate these superstars on their next clinic overseas!

Don’t have your next trip planned yet? Check out our 2019 – 2020 schedule and start planning your next GDR adventure! Better yet, organize a reunion trip with those you’ve made everlasting memories with while volunteering with GDR.

Tomme Bjerke in Nepal.


At GDR, our mission is to bring free dental care to children around the globe, in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Mexico, Kenya, and Cambodia. Teams of volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, and general volunteers deliver treatment and preventive care in dental clinics that serve children in schools and remote villages. With a vision... Read more »