SNU Alum Gives Care to Thousands

BETHANY, Okla. (February 10, 2011) - Southern Nazarene University alumna Tamera Berg was chair of the 2011 Oklahoma Mission of Mercy last weekend. Mission of Mercy is a two-day clinic designed to meet the critical needs of dental patients of all ages by providing free dental care to as many adults and children as time, volunteers and supplies will allow.

The second annual Oklahoma Mission of Mercy treated a total of 2,201 patients Feb. 4-5 despite snow and ice, tying the national Mission of Mercy record with New Mexico for the most patients treated at the free two-day dental clinic. The total value of the donated dental services was at least $1,091,781 with nearly 9,000 procedures performed; including cleanings, fillings, extractions and anterior root canals.

There were over 1450 volunteers including dental, medical, pharmacy, and lay people. The SNU softball team volunteered on Friday and the SNU football team participated in teardown on Saturday.

“We were incredibly pleased with the turnout for the event,” said Tamara Berg, Oklahoma Dental Association president and Oklahoma Mission of Mercy chair. “Despite our concerns about the weather, we had many volunteers and hit our final patient capacity early on Saturday at 6:30 a.m.”

Berg graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She then attended University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and graduated in 1995.She is currently the President of the Oklahoma Dental Association.

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