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A charity is born from a dentist’s desire to help a child with a disfiguring disease.
(Left: Leon Klempner, DG77, with Saline Atiene. Klempner assisted in the surgeries that helped repair her face. Photo: Christopher Appoldt)
On July 1, TUSDM embarked on a new pilot – though Assistant Professor Dr. Ruby Ghaffari would prefer another word.
“I would call this an initiative – I don’t like calling it a pilot,” she said. “I feel like we need to reinvent out of the box.”
It’s a mid-December day on the Zia Indian pueblo, 35 miles outside of Albuquerque, N.M. The air is clear and sharp and infused with wood smoke. Adobe homes that blend in with their rocky surroundings line a winding road that snakes high up into the village where the Zia have lived for centuries.