How to Perform Portable Dentistry Safely and Comfortably in Austere Environments.
Workshop » Global Topics
Dr. Bob and Diane Meyer
Christian Dental Society
Dr. Bob and Diane want to encourage participants to step out of their comfort zone to provide dental care to the disadvantaged both here and abroad. This practical workshop teaches “how to” plan, coordinate, organize, transport, and provide quality dental care anywhere in the world, comfortably and safely, utilizing portable dental equipment. We have learned many lessons over the last 25 years and 60 trips, and are excited to assist others towards volunteering, as the great need for physical healing opens doors to spiritual healing. Bob and Diane have published three books on the subject titled, Truth, Teeth, and Travel, Vol I and II as well as Dental Mission Manual for Portable Short-term Dental Trips. They will draw upon personal experiences, stories, demonstrations (a complete portable clinic carried in four 50-pound airline checked bags), and visuals from 30 developing countries to excite, stimulate, and inspire others toward a life of service.
Colonel (Retired) Bob Meyer, DMD, MAGD, ABGD, FADI is the Executive Director of the Christian Dental Society and is a full-time dental volunteer. Colonel Meyer started a 30-year Army career at West Point and commanded the only Air-borne Dental Unit in existence, deploying dentists around the world.
He received specialty dental training in the two-year Advanced Residency Program in General Dentistry and, for the last six years of his Army career, directed the Army’s Advanced General Dental Educational Program at Fort Carson, Colorado. From 1999-2015, Dr. Bob provided comprehensive dental care in private practice until an eye injury redirected his life to full-time missionary dental service with the full support and presence of his wife, Diane Meyer, R.N. BSN, MST, and EdD student.
Dr. Bob is a diplomat of the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and was Board Certified by the American Board of General Dentistry.
He has been awarded the Medical Order of Merit and the Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designation. Dr. Bob is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow in the Academy of Dentistry International, and has authored scientific articles in numerous dental journals.
Dr. Bob and Diane have published three books on portable mission dentistry. Dr. Bob and Diane provide dentistry to the less fortunate in Colorado through the Kids in Need of Dentistry, the Mission Medical, and the Colorado Mission of Mercy clinics.
In the last 25 years, they have traveled to over 35 countries utilizing 25 different Christian organizations to provide dental care to the under-served in the developing world on over 60 mission trips.
Dr. Bob and Diane have been blessed with three married children and eight grandchildren; all are active in their churches. They have found their joy and significance in serving God and others.