Faces From Wise, Va.

  • Teresa Perez, 54, Arcadia, Fla.Ticket #311Perez drove 16 hours from Florida with her daughter, Melody Sybert, to get new glasses. Her family slept in the parking lot the night before the Remote Area Medical Expedition (RAM) in Wise, Va., July 23.
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    Teresa Perez, 54, Arcadia, Fla.Ticket #311Perez drove 16 hours from Florida with her daughter, Melody Sybert, to get new glasses. Her family slept in the parking lot the night before the Remote Area Medical Expedition (RAM) in Wise, Va., July 23.
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  • Melody Sybert, 37, Rye Cove, Va.Ticket #308This is Sybert's fourth year attending the fair and she has come to get her eyes and teeth checked.
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    Melody Sybert, 37, Rye Cove, Va.Ticket #308This is Sybert's fourth year attending the fair and she has come to get her eyes and teeth checked.
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  • Jaden Petrusak, 6, Rye Cove, Va.Ticket #314Jaden slept in the parking lot with his family, including his mother, Melody Sybert, as well as his brother, sister, stepfather, and grandmother.
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    Jaden Petrusak, 6, Rye Cove, Va.Ticket #314Jaden slept in the parking lot with his family, including his mother, Melody Sybert, as well as his brother, sister, stepfather, and grandmother.
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  • Kaye Myers, 58, Dryden, Va.Ticket #605Myers, who slept in the parking lot, came to RAM for dental services. This was her first year attending the fair.
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    Kaye Myers, 58, Dryden, Va.Ticket #605Myers, who slept in the parking lot, came to RAM for dental services. This was her first year attending the fair.
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  • James Mullins, 59, Clintwood, Va.Ticket #683Mullins arrived at 6:30 a.m. on Friday to get his eyes and ears checked. He was injured in a motorcycle accident more than 30 years ago and still suffers from the effects.
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    James Mullins, 59, Clintwood, Va.Ticket #683Mullins arrived at 6:30 a.m. on Friday to get his eyes and ears checked. He was injured in a motorcycle accident more than 30 years ago and still suffers from the effects.
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  • Tommy Elliott, 58, Blowing Rock, N.C.Ticket #711Elliott heard about the health fair on the news and arrived Thursday night. He slept in his car in the parking lot.
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    Tommy Elliott, 58, Blowing Rock, N.C.Ticket #711Elliott heard about the health fair on the news and arrived Thursday night. He slept in his car in the parking lot.
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  • Sherry Casey, 30, Lebanon, Va.Ticket #784Casey has never attended RAM before and brought her sons Gabriel and Dathan Rose for dental care.
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    Sherry Casey, 30, Lebanon, Va.Ticket #784Casey has never attended RAM before and brought her sons Gabriel and Dathan Rose for dental care.
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  • Gabriel Rose, 6, Lebanon, Va.Ticket #783Rose came with his family for dental services and had never been to RAM before.
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    Gabriel Rose, 6, Lebanon, Va.Ticket #783Rose came with his family for dental services and had never been to RAM before.
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  • Johnny Yeary, 63, Coeburn, Va.Ticket #788Yeary came for dental and vision care.
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    Johnny Yeary, 63, Coeburn, Va.Ticket #788Yeary came for dental and vision care.
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  • Tiffany Barton, 10, from Honaker, Va.Ticket #771Barton had attended three other RAM fairs, and came this year for vision care.
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    Tiffany Barton, 10, from Honaker, Va.Ticket #771Barton had attended three other RAM fairs, and came this year for vision care.
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  • Johnathan Goings, 49, Meadowview, Va.Ticket #934Goings is attending RAM for dental, medical and vision services.
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    Johnathan Goings, 49, Meadowview, Va.Ticket #934Goings is attending RAM for dental, medical and vision services.
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  • Dr. Know, 61, Norfolk, Va.Ticket #822Know heard about the fair on linktv.org. He arrived at midnight on Thursday, and came for dental care.
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    Dr. Know, 61, Norfolk, Va.Ticket #822Know heard about the fair on linktv.org. He arrived at midnight on Thursday, and came for dental care.
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  • Dr. Fawaz Al-Foraih, 27, is an endodontist from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He performed more than 30 root canals on Friday, July 24.
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    Dr. Fawaz Al-Foraih, 27, is an endodontist from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He performed more than 30 root canals on Friday, July 24.
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  • Matthew Aldred, 28, is a fourth-year dental student from VCU. He saw eight patients and extracted more than 50 teeth on Friday, July 24.
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    Matthew Aldred, 28, is a fourth-year dental student from VCU. He saw eight patients and extracted more than 50 teeth on Friday, July 24.
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  • Meghan O'Hara, 26, is a fourth-year dental hygienist student from VCU. She cleaned the teeth of more than 20 patients on July 24.
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    Meghan O'Hara, 26, is a fourth-year dental hygienist student from VCU. She cleaned the teeth of more than 20 patients on July 24.
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  • David McIntyre, 27, is a third-year dental student from VCU. He assisted with extractions.
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    David McIntyre, 27, is a third-year dental student from VCU. He assisted with extractions.
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  • Elizabeth Toney, 20, is a fourth-year dental hygienist student from VCU. She cleaned the teeth of more than 20 patients on July 24."We got to do a lot of really severe cases that we don't normally see in the clinic," she said.
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    Elizabeth Toney, 20, is a fourth-year dental hygienist student from VCU. She cleaned the teeth of more than 20 patients on July 24."We got to do a lot of really severe cases that we don't normally see in the clinic," she said.
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  • Philip Sherrill, 26, is a fourth-year dental student from VCU.
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    Philip Sherrill, 26, is a fourth-year dental student from VCU.
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  • Heidi Hessler-Allen, 42, is a dental assistant from Richmond, Va. She helped give more than 10 patients fillings on Friday, working from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with no breaks.
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    Heidi Hessler-Allen, 42, is a dental assistant from Richmond, Va. She helped give more than 10 patients fillings on Friday, working from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with no breaks.
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  • Dr. Lanny Levenson, 58, from Richmond, Va., performed restorations, fillings and extractions."This is real MASH dentistry," he said.
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    Dr. Lanny Levenson, 58, from Richmond, Va., performed restorations, fillings and extractions."This is real MASH dentistry," he said.
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