For all those who hail from the war torn West African nation of Liberia hope certainly is not totally lost because there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel! This assertion is proven daily by the huge numbers of Liberians in the diaspora who are making good use of their time seeking higher education and qualifying themselves in various areas of disciplines.
Over the past twelve months for instance, we have witnessed and attended many graduation ceremonies of Liberian youths and adults earning their undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate degrees in diverse professional fields in the sciences and humanities that could benefit the reconstruction process of Liberia someday and help to restore Liberia to normalcy and put Liberia back on track among the comity of nations as Liberia was during the Tolbert and Doe administrations prior to the outbreak of the Liberian civil war. This indeed is not impossible, that is, if we learn to make good use of our human resources and to put “square pegs in square holes” in terms of tapping qualified Liberians to assist in the speedy recovery process in post war Liberia.
One shining example of a Liberian in the diaspora who is academically and professionally prepared to put Liberia on the world medical map of dentistry and whose name readily comes to mind is the young, dynamic Liberian entrepreneur and University of North Carolina trained dentist Dr. Anbec Deshield. She is the daughter of Dr. MacKinley Alfred and Earlene Deshield, Jr. Dr. Deshield was former Dean of the College of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Liberia and the first Sponsor of Dehkontee Artists Theatre in the mid 70’s. He also served as Professor of Plant and Earth Science at the North Carolina A & T State University prior to his passing in the United States. Hence, it is true that a ripe plum certainly does not fall far from the plum tree.
Several decades ago when Anbec was born her birth coincided with my academic sojourn to the University of North Carolina at Greesboro as a graduate Theatre Arts major in the College of Arts and Sciences in the early 1980s. She was then an infant and her parents named me as her God Father when she was christened. She was a very lovely child that was very cheerful and always had a smile on her face and she was a delight to babysit whenever I spent time with the Deshields those days. After my graduation in 1983 I returned to Liberia to contribute my quota toward nation building and remained in our homeland for more than fourteen years teaching and producing theatrical productions through the Dehkontee Artists Theatre I started back in the day when I was a student at the University of Liberia. However, distance and time did not sever my God Daughter and me because I always found time to inquire about her well-being and to monitor her progress from time.
In 2005 my wife and I were very proud to attend Anbec’s graduation when she obtained her baccalaureate degree with a double major in Chemistry and African Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Very studious and determined to make a difference in life and to put Liberia on the world medical map, she chose to continue her education at UNC and enrolled in the prestigious UNC School of Dentistry (UNC-SOD) from whence she graduated in 2009. For the past six years Dr. Deshield worked with FirstHealth Dental Care Centers, a non-profit dental center located in Southern Pines, Troy, and Raeford that serves the underserved youth of North Carolina. She is an adjunct faculty of UNC-SOD and enjoys mentoring students and new graduates from both UNC-SOD and East Carolina School of Dental Medicine, and is also an active member of the American Dental Association, National Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society (NCDS), and Old North State Dental Society since her graduation from dental school. Dr. Anbec Deshield believes in the power of organized dentistry.
True to the pursuit of her dreams Dr. Anbec Deshield recently established a state-of-the-art dental practice called “Best Smile Dental” at 1307 Lees Chapel Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27455. Recently during my recent visit to North Carolina as guest speaker of the Liberian Community in the Research Triangle (LCOT) in Raleigh, North Carolina, I made an appointment with Dr. Deshield to do a regular dental routine on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 and also to view her new facility and experience the joy of being treated by a dentist whom I once held in my arms when she was an infant!
I was very impressed with the high level of professionalism demonstrated by not only Dr. Deshield but her front desk staff that gave my wife and me a warm homely welcome and treatment. We were taken on a guided tour of the “Best Smile Dental” facility which is still being expanded and I was amazed to see how much progress my God Daughter had made to establish such a wonderful practice, as well as the variety of services she provides in her clinic.
At “Best Smile Dental” one receives the following services: (1) initial oral examination; (2) the six-month smiles technique that employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely with clear adult brace; (3) veneers—thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape, particularly teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked; (4) root canal therapy to treat tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of the root; (5) services in dental emergencies; (5) implants; (6) toothaches; (7) crowns and bridges; and (8) teeth whitening.
The best smile you can ever get in this world is when you are treated at “Best Smiles Dental” Clinic by a professional Liberian UNC-SOD trained dentist Anbec Deshield! These days when I smile, you can see my last “jaw bone teeth” because no greater joy and happiness can one ever experience in life than to be treated by one of the best brains in the world and above all, a young Liberian dentist par excellence! Call now to make your appointment @ (336) 288-0012. “Best Smile Dental” at 1307 Lees Chapel Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27455 where your happiness and dental health is assured by the staff of "Best Smile Dental"!
Rabbi Prince Joseph Tomoonh-Garlodeyh Gbaba, Sr., Ed. D.
Client, “Best Dental Smile”
11 November, 2015