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25Sep, 2014

Kathleen Howard with F.O.C.O.S.

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Recently I traveled to Accra, Ghana to volunteer with FOCOS to help correct severe scoliosis deformities. As cliché as it may sound, this trip honestly changed my life forever and I will always be grateful for this opportunity provided to me by Biotronic. Dr. Rick Hodes is an American physician who now lives in Ethiopia and refers the majority of the patients to FOCOS. You can see the actual patient’s pictures and curves we did during my two weeks on his website’s homepage: rickhodes.org **Rick Hodes also has an absolutely amazing story of volunteering in […]
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23Sep, 2014

Laura Muncie in Colombia

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My involvement with the Orthopedic Spine Trip to Colombia has been an incredibly rewarding experience and has enriched my life in countless ways. I have accompanied Dr. Mardjetko, Dr. Rinella, and Dr. Geck on 5 outreach trips and am eager to continue my involvement. It has been my great pleasure to provide the intraoperative spinal cord monitoring for the complex orthopedic procedures that are performed on this trip. I would like to share some of my experiences and provide a brief snapshot of the outreach program for potential volunteers. I […]
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23Sep, 2014

Lindsay Barrett and Mundana Rashidy in Ghana

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I was lucky enough to receive the opportunity to go to Accra, Ghana in November with FOCOS. This was a special trip and has made me grow as a clinician as well as a person. I was there for 2 weeks, the first week was joint week and the second was spine week. Upon arrival everyone immediately becomes family. You live in the same house, eat all your meals together, travel to and from work together and spend all day at the hospital together. This was one of my favorite […]
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23Sep, 2014

Alexandra Marchese Represents BNN in a New Joint Undertaking with SRS in Bulgaria

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My recent monitoring adventure began when I received an inquiry as to whether or not I would like to accompany Drs. Mardjetko and Sanchez as a part of the Scoliosis Research Society’s, SRS, mission to Bulgaria. I was honored to be asked and immediately replied that I would accept this amazing offer. Within the next few days, I gathered GPO supplies from Dana and packed my bags for what would turn out to be one of the most rewarding, marvelous experiences of my life. This was the first time this […]
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