Dr. Lynn Remington

By: Paula Green

Madagascar is an island country off the east coast of Africa.  It is one of the world’s main suppliers of vanilla and cloves.  This country also provides half of the world’s supply of sapphires.  Madagascar may be rich in minerals, but its inhabitants are extremely poor.  In fact, ninety percent of its citizens are living on less than two dollars a day.

Recently, Sewickley orthodontist, Dr. Lynn Remington and her daughter Cara Kennedy joined 19 other medical missionaries as they ventured to this impoverished area where they administered dental treatments for the villagers.  Cara is following in her mother’s footsteps and is a student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

“Cara was the inspiration behind the Madagascar trip.  She had a great experience two years ago with International Medical Relief in Cambodia doing dental work and she wanted to do it again.  We thought this would be a great mother/daughter experience.  We were the sole dental providers. This was my second mission trip, I also went on one when I was in dental school,” Dr. Remington said.

Dr. Remington chose to practice orthodontics because she enjoys improving the life and health of others.  She and her team certainly succeeded in rendering dental aid to the Madagascar inhabitants.

“Madagascar is extremely impoverished.  At times we had no running water, electricity or even a bed.  Most of the natives had never been to a dentist, and probably will never see one again.  It was very rural and we traveled three hours from the city to get to the villages.  We carried all our dental supplies and water with us from village to village.  The residents traveled for hours to see us, and they were so extremely grateful,” noted Dr. Remington.

“Living conditions were as you expected.  The natives had no shoes and they lived in run down huts.  They had very little food.  I had a translator and the locals were so helpful.  It’s incredible how the team all came together to care for these villagers.  The residents were so thankful.  It was a wonderful and rewarding experience and it makes you appreciate what you have,” Dr. Remington added.

Dr. Remington has been practicing orthodontics for the past 19 years.  She resides in Sewickley with Cara and her two other children Mia who attends Sewickley Academy and Shane who is in tenth grade.

Dr. Remington has two orthodontic offices – one on Broad Street in Sewickley and the other on Beaver Grade Road in Moon Township.  Visit her website at www.remingtonorthodontics.com.