The G3 Foundation was established in 2004 by Dr. Len Aste and Dr. R. Ganon Rowan. Dr. Aste practices dentistry in Manti, Utah, while Dr. Rowan practices in Albuquerque, NM.
Our purpose is three-fold:
1) To provide international dental care and basic medical services to underserved populations
2) To provide students, doctors, and other volunteers with a humanitarian and cultural experience
3) To provide dental students with an opportunity to further improve their clinical skills under the supervision of volunteer dentists
Provide International Care
The G3 Foundation aims to provide quality dental care and basic medical services to areas of the world where access to this care is limited or unavailable. The foundation has provided free services to people in the United States, Africa, the Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Haiti, and Samoa. More than 20 trips have been successfully completed to date. Trips to the Dominican Republic have taken place every year since 2000. Over that period of time, over 6,500 people have been provided with care.
Provide Humanitarian and Cultural Experiences
Since the creation of the G3 Foundation, more than 600 individuals have participated in various trips. We believe that those giving charity can benefit just as much as those receiving care. Through these experiences, our volunteers have gained a deeper appreciation for the importance of serving those in need. We hope that by exposing dental students to humanitarian work at the onset of their careers, they will go forth as practicing clinicians with a recognition of the importance of service. These students are working hard to develop specialized skills and talents, and we hope to instill in them a desire to use those skills and talents to bless the lives of others.
Provide Clinical Learning Opportunities for Students
A unique aspect of the G3 Foundation is that the majority of the hands-on care is provided by students. Two times a year, 10 to 20 third and fourth year dental students from various schools participate in these week-long service trips. The students are able to receive one-on-one instruction and guidance from the volunteering doctors. The amount of clinical dental work the students do in this one week is often comparable to what they would accomplish over several months at their school. Having a large supply of patients in need and a good ratio of doctors to students allows this to happen.