SAN BERNARDINO - Margaret McNichols was in pain.
Four cavities. Three broken teeth. No dental insurance.
The 52-year-old student teacher from Mira Loma said she didn't know how she
would get her teeth repaired until she saw a flier for Al-Shifa Dental
Clinic, where volunteer dentists provide care at no cost two days a week.
"To hear of a place where I could come, I'm so excited," the full-time
student at Azusa Pacific University said as she filled out a medical
information form at the Muscoy clinic. "This is a real blessing."
Dental services are the newest offering of Al-Shifa Clinic, which a group
of Muslim physicians started in March 2000 to provide free medical care for
people with no health insurance. The dental clinic opened in July.
Both clinics are located in a portable building on Mallory Street on land
owned by the Dar-al-Uloom Al-Islamiya of America mosque...
What: Free medical and dental care
Where: 2034 B Mallory St., San Bernardino
Information: (909) 473-0600 or www.alshifafreeclinic.or