Dr. Jessica Minton


June 5, 2012 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and Remote Area Medical (RAM) joined together over the weekend to hold the sixth RAM Health Expedition at LMU. The expedition provided free medical, dental and optical care to 884 individuals in just two days at the Tex Turner Arena. Additionally, 244 animals were served at the veterinary clinic held at the Schenck Center on the LMU Main Campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

During the expedition, more patients than ever received a range of free medical, dental and vision care. These individuals accounted for a total of 1,012 patient contacts. These patient contacts equaled $294,485.00 in free medical services rendered.

RAM provides a wide range of free basic health, dental and optical services to the people throughout the country and internationally. The Knoxville-based organization recruited licensed volunteer medical, dental, vision and veterinary personnel from across the country to provide the services. A total of 404 volunteers came together at LMU to meet the needs of the region.

The dental area served 466 adults over the course of the weekend. The volunteer dentists administered 59 dental cleanings, 181 dental fillings and 1,341 dental extractions. Four local dentists participated including Jacksboro’s Tim Hall, Tazewell’s Jessica Minton and Shaku Patel and Middlesboro’s Cordell Tolliver. Several local hygienists and assistants also provided service including Tammy Grabowski of Tazewell, Candice Ramsey of Tazewell, Amanda Beal of Corryton, Christina Hall of Jacksboro, and Patricia Tolliver of Middlesboro. RAM also recruited dentists from around the country including two groups of dental school students and faculty from the University of Buffalo and the University of Louisville.

In the vision area, the expedition saw 339 patients and provided glasses to 288 individuals, including nine children. A total of 353 pairs of glasses were distributed including multiple pairs for some, readers and sunglasses. The glasses were made on-site in the mobile optical lab provided by RAM. The vision area enjoyed the volunteer efforts of a contingent of optometry students and faculty from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn.

The general medical area was staffed by members of the clinical medicine faculty at the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) and Physician Assistants for LMU-DCOM. The doctors and PAs saw 207 patients. Medical laboratory science faculty and students from LMU’s School of Allied Health Sciences administered labs to patients, and the Claiborne County Hospital processed the tests free of charge. Students and faculty from the Caylor School of Nursing also worked during the clinic assisting in triage and the medical area. Twenty-four patients were able to get mammograms from Thompson’s Cancer Survival Center which sent its mobile unit and two personnel. The Kroger Pharmacy in Middlesboro provided vouchers for generic prescriptions to be filled.

At the Schenck Center, 238dogs and cats were spayed or neutered during the veterinary clinic. Over the six clinics that LMU and RAM have presented, 1,521 animals have been spayed or neutered. If each of those animals were to produce 10 offspring in its lifetime, then the LMU RAM vet clinic has reduced the pet population by 15,210. Additionally, the volunteer veterinarians also performed an emergency leg amputation on an animal that had been struck by a car and removed a bullet from another animal. Six animals received examinations and vaccinations, bringing the total number of animals served to 244. The value of the veterinary care provided at the clinic last weekend was $29,525.00.

LMU was founded with the mission to serve the people of Appalachia in accordance with the wishes of the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. During more than a century of service, LMU has always looked for ways to help not only its students and campus community but also the community at large. RAM and LMU have forged a natural friendship through their shared mission to serve the underserved. Both organizations agree this will not be the last Remote Area Medical Health Expedition at LMU. RAM’s schedule for 2013 is complete, so LMU is aiming for a June 2014 event.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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Caption: Tazewell Dentist Jessica Minton works on a patient at the LMU Remote Area Medical Health Expedition on Saturday. Minton was one of several local dentists who provided services during the two-day clinic which offered free medical, dental, vision and veterinary care.

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