ASU Students Building Mobile Dental Clinic to be Completed in May

ASU Students Building Mobile Dental Clinic to be Completed in May

Locally owned Boulders on Broadway plans to donate half of all pizza sales on Wednesday, April 12th, to furnish a mobile dental clinic that has been designed by ASU students for humanitarian outreach locally and in Nicaragua.

The 24-foot long trailer will be on display outside of Boulders on Broadway at 530 W. Broadway Road in Tempe from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday so that patrons can check out the unit, which is the largest engineering project ever undertaken by undergraduate students at ASU.

The students plan to donate the mobile dental clinic to IMAHelps, a California-based NGO that organizes medical and dental missions in Central and South America.

IMAHelps plans to use the mobile dental clinic for humanitarian outreach throughout Arizona and Southern California before sending the unit to a private university in Nicaragua, where it will be used for humanitarian outreach and dental student training.

Sara Mantlik, the 23-year-old ASU student who has served as project manager of the Engineering Smiles team for the mobile dental clinic, traveled on a medical and dental mission to El Salvador with IMAHelps to better understand the design elements that would be serve volunteer dentists working in Central America.

Tempe Councilmember Lauren Kuby has already helped the Engineering Smiles students raise over $2,000 for the mobile dental clinic.

“I met Sara when she received the Tempe Sister Cities ‘Making A World of Difference’ award in 2016. She and her fellow Engineering students just KEPT AT IT, striving over four years to bring this worthy project to fruition. That kind of dedication is rare. How could I NOT help push them over the top? When she asked, I replied ‘Sign me up, Sara!””

Mantlik, for her part, said the students still need to raise about $15,000 to pay for a dental vacuum, autoclave sterilizing unit and other equipment to make the mobile dental clinic fully functioning.

“We feel honored and grateful that ASU students have selected IMAHelps as the recipient for the mobile dental clinic,” said Ines Allen, founder and president of IMAHelps.

She said IMAHelps plans to organize dental missions at various locations throughout Arizona and the Coachella Valley using the mobile dental clinic before relocating the unit to Nicaragua.

Rancho Mirage, Calif.-based IMAHelps is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that organizes medical and dental missions to underserved populations throughout Latin America. During the past 17 years, IMAHelps has provided medical and dental services to nearly 100,000 patients in Ecuador, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Peru, and Mexico.

*For more information about the fundraising event, please click here!

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