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Canadian Health Care Providers Head to India to Provide Dental and Optometry Services

January 30, 2020
by The Golden Star


For the past eight years Golden optometrist Dr. Rebecca Kolbenson has been travelling to remote parts of the world to provide optometry services for those in need.

This year, Kolbenson will be travelling to the northern Indian state of Sarurpur Kalan to volunteer at the Maya Devi Hospital with her husband Dr. Shane Van Biezen, who will be providing dental care as well. The hospital is sponsored by Rotary in Calgary and was selected by the organization Change for Children, which is based out of Edmonton.

“They just need that first stepping stone so they can figure out what they need,” said Kolbenson. “There’s an ophthalmologist there providing free cataract surgery for those who need it, so we have a limited time to get as many people in there that need the care.”

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