FACES Surgical Team 2016



Dr. Tom Albert, President & Co-Founder

Dr. Tom Albert is a professor at Oregon Health Sciences University in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Albert was involved in an extensive medical education effort concerning cleft care with Project Hope in China from 1983-1993 and has continued to be involved independently since then. His interest has been to develop ways to extend truly comprehensive cleft care beyond surgery alone to difficult to reach populations




Angela J. David, Executive Director

Angela has served as the foundation’s director since August 2014. She manages patient health records, team travel logistics, and the social media and fundraising branches of FACES. Her experiences living abroad in Argentina, Switzerland and France have prepared her for a lifetime of international involvement. Angela is also a certified Spanish-English medical interpreter. This will be her 6th trip to Peru.




Delia Delgado, Peruvian Coordinator

Delia is an accomplished English teacher in Chiclayo, Peru, and studied languages in university. She enjoys meeting new people and visiting new places and, when not working, her favorite free-time activity is walking. Delia loves her work with FACES because she is in direct contact with people, which she says is always a learning experience. She finds great satisfaction in seeing people’s health and lives improve.





Kelly T. Jensen, VP International Relations

Kelly T. Jensen, B.A., M.B.A, is a business leader and management consultant with over 25 years experience introducing new technologies and management practices in the United States and Latin America. Specializing in healthcare, Mr. Jensen has worked with over 300 hospitals and health care systems to improve their effectiveness. In addition to supporting FACES, Mr. Jensen provides leadership for volunteer programs in faith-based organizations and alumni associations of Harvard University. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and conversant in German and Tzotzil Maya. Kelly has traveled to Peru with FACES over a dozen times.




Dr. Dana Smith, Lead Surgeon

Dr. Smith is a Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who is currently Director of the Kaiser Permanente Northwest Cleft Palate Clinic in Portland, OR. He is an Otolaryngologist at Kaiser and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at OHSU. Dr. Smith has been to Peru several times for cleft surgery trips, cleft screening trips and international medical conferences. He has also traveled to Russia for a facial reconstructive surgery trip. Dr. Smith has been our lead surgeon for several years: he is a true asset to the FACES Foundation.



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Dr. Myriam Loyo, Surgeon

Dr. Loyo is an assistant professor at OHSU and a surgeon in the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery division. She completed her medical education in Monterrey, Mexico and continued her specialization at Johns Hopkins Hospital and OHSU. Dr. Loyo accompanied the FACES team in November for a medical conference and patient screenings. We are thrilled that she is joining the team in Peru for the surgical campaign.




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Dr. Tom Wang, Surgeon

Dr. Wang’s practice is centered on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face. He is currently the director of the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department at OHSU. He is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents, and he is an excellent mentor to the surgeons on the team. His professionalism and standards of perfection are wonderful qualities that we value immensely. This will be his third trip to Peru with FACES.




Dr. Jessyka Lighthall, Surgeon

Dr. Lighthall is an assistant professor of surgery at Penn State MSH Medical Center and the department director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is recognized for her medical talents as well as her compassion for each one of her patients. Dr. Lighthall appreciates the value of collaboration and mentor-ship, and we are so grateful to have her on the team. This is Dr. Lighthall’s third medical mission with the FACES Foundation.





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Dr. Lourdes Quintanilla-Dieck, Surgeon

Dr. Quintanilla-Dieck is a surgeon in the department of Head and Neck Surgery at OSHU. She began her medical education in In Monterrey, Mexico and continued her specialization at Mass Eye and Ear (Massachusettes), OHSU (Oregon) and Vanderbilt (Tennessee). She is a talented surgeon and a compassionate doctor. This will be her second trip to Peru with the FACES Foundation.





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Dr. Dane Barrett, Surgeon

Dr. Barrett is a surgeon in the department of Head and Neck Surgery at OHSU. He has recently moved to Oregon from Virginia and has brought with him a wealth of experience in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. This is Dr. Barrett’s first trip with the FACES Foundation, and we are honored by his participation.






Anesthesia Team

Dr. Berklee Robins, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Berklee Robins is pediatric anesthesiologist at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital/OHSU. Originally from NY, he has been living in Portland for the past 20 years. This will be his 10th medical mission. His academic interests include global health and global anesthesia issues and resident education. He recently completed a graduate program in Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Robins has been instrumental in organizing the 2016 Anesthesia Team. This will be his second trip to Peru with the FACES Foundation.



Brian Ryder, CRNA

Brian was born and raised in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He completed his undergrad work at University of Pennsylvania and then the Anesthesia program at Lankenau Medical Center in Philadephia, PA. Brian has worked at Kaiser for the 14 years, 8 of which he was the Chief CRNA. Brian has worked with Operation Smile for the past 14 years and this will be his sixth mission with the FACES Foundation.




Dr. Uma Parekh, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Parekh completed medical school and anesthesia training in India. She completed her residency in the United Kingdom, and her fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia in Canada. She currently practices at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as an anesthesiologist. This year, Dr. Parekh will be adding Peru to her long list of countries benefited by her skill and passion. We are excited to have her join the FACES Team this year.




Dr. Lindsey Loveland Baptist, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Loveland Baptist works with children full time as a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist, and as a mother of four young children. During her undergraduate studies, she spent two months at an eye hospital in India, which she describes as one of the best experiences of her life. After several years of training and practicing, she says, “the time has finally come again for me to give back and spend some very meaningful time in another country and culture.”  Welcome to FACES, Dr. Loveland Baptist!




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Dr. Ona Dachsangvorn, Fellow

Dr. Dachsangvorn grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. She commenced and completed her medical schooling in Texas, her residency in Virginia, and is in the middle of her fellowship at OHSU. Earlier this year, Dr. Dacnsangvorn returned to Thailand with Operation Smile for a medical mission trip. This will be her first year with the FACES team, and we couldn’t be more delighted to have her with us!

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Dr. Sarah Deverman-Ayoroa, Fellow

Dr. Deverman is new to the FACES Team, but she is a seasoned professional who has studied in Houston, Chicago, and now Portland. During medical school, she spent a month in Beijing, China working at Xuanwu Hospital. Her husband is a native of Bolivia, and he will be joining us this trip as an interpreter. We are so pleased that she is joining us in Peru this year!

Dr. Luis Sauceda-Cera, Resident

Luis is a new member of the FACES Team this year, but enjoys the association of many FACES team members at OHSU. As a medical student, Luis volunteered with SMILE Network, and spent a week in rural Guatemala as both an interpreter and an anesthetist.  He will certainly be a valuable member of the FACES Team, and we are grateful for his willingness to serve.

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Chris Baylis, CRNA

Chris Baylis is a certified nurse anesthetist at Northwest Permanente. He brings with him the experience of tending to patients of all ages in all types of surgery and has practiced in 4 states. Chris has been on medical mission trips before, but this is his first year joining the FACES Surgical Team. Welcome, Chris!

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David Steinhardt, Medical Student

David is the winner of the Thompson International Fellowship, which sponsors 4th year medical students pursuing careers in anesthesia. Although new to the FACES team, this is not David’s first mission trip. In 2013, he spent three months in Honduras promoting public health and volunteering at a rural medical clinic. We are grateful that is he is bringing his passion to Peru.

OR Nursing Team

Thersea Nera, RN

Theresa is an operating room nurse at OHSU’s South OR. She is been on multiple international mission trips, and over 5 medical trips with FACES (she’s losing count!) We are grateful for the enthusiasm and skill she brings to the team.

Jenn Ploeger, RN

Jenn has been a perioperative RN for the past five years, focusing on ENT/Facial plastics and OMFS surgeries. She is passionate about volunteer work and is an energetic team member. This is Jenn’s third year volunteering with the FACES Foundation.

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Heather Bemrose, RN

Heather brings 4 years of operating room experience to the team, with a background in a number of specialties. Currently, Heather leads the nurses of the pediatric general surgery service at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. She is an active volunteer in her community at home, and we are happy she is extending her sphere of influence.

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Julie Syverson, RN

Julie is a pediatric operating room nurse who, like many of our team members, does not shy away from international service opportunities. In 2005, she traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she provided much needed basic medical care and public education. She comes highly recommended by her colleagues, and we are thrilled to have her on our team!

Tawnya Bradfield, RN

Tawnya is a talented nurse who currently works in the South Operating Rooms at OHSU. Before joining the OHSU team, Tawnya worked at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. She is not only volunteering to give of herself and her talents during the FACES Surgical Campaign, but she has invited her husband Wade to also participate! We are very grateful to both of these remarkable individuals for their service.

Pre/Post-Operative Nursing Team

Beth deLaney, RN

Beth has been a PACU RN for 9 years and currently works at Kaiser Westside. This year, she has taken the lead of the pre/post operative nursing team for the upcoming trip. She is very generous with her time and talents, and we count ourselves lucky to have her on the team. This is Beth’s 4th trip to Peru with the FACES team.

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Janet Nash, RN

Janet is a talented and compassionate recovery room nurse at OHSU. Her work in the pediatric unit makes her a wonderful asset to the team. This is Janet’s third trip with the FACES Foundation. We are so glad she has returned for 2016!

Heather Foster, RN

Heather is an incredible source of skill, experience, and kindness. She has worked at Kaiser Permanente for 36 years, and currently serves as the Pediatric Department’s Team Lead. She has volunteered in a number of capacities on over 14 medical mission trips. This is her second year with the FACES Foundation, and we are so grateful to have her on the team.

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Morgan Luke, RN

Morgan is employed as a PACU nurse at Kaiser Permanente. Since 2008, she has practiced as an RN at Kaiser, where her skills have been cultivated and fine-tuned, and her kindness has touched the lives of many people. This will be Morgan’s second medical mission with the FACES Foundation.

Support Staff

Gabe Ayoroa, Interpreter

Gabe’s expertise is finance, international business, and marketing. He has most recently worked as an investment analyst, but marriage to his wife Sarah has given him a first row seat to the medical world. Gabe has generously agreed to help the FACES team with interpreting and tech support. Welcome to the team, Gabe!

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Wade Houck, Photographer

Wade has an academic background in Anthropology, with a focus on influences and consequences on Developing World cultures by disease, childbirth practices/mortality, and poverty. He has a penchant for photography, and the perspective of a non-medical professional. He will be a great asset to the team!

Makena Kerr, Patient Representative

Makena is an ambitious high school student who has made volunteering an integral part of her life. From the Key Club to the Red Cross to the Special Olympics, Makena’s influence blesses many lives. Makena is a cleft patient of Dr. Dana Smith’s. She will be a wonderful resource and inspiration to the families of the patients in Peru. Thank you for joining the team, Makena!

Barbara Kerr, Patient Representative

Barbara is bringing a wonderful perspective to the team as a mother of children with born with clefts. Both of her daughters are adopted from China, and both were born with cleft lip and cleft palate. They are patients of Dr. Dana Smith, FACES Lead Surgeon, at OHSU. Her experience as a mom of a cleft patient makes her uniquely qualified to offer support to the patients of FACES and their families. We are so grateful that she will join us in Peru this year.

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Julia Davis, Interpreter

Julia is a very bright high school senior who will join FACES team as a medical interpreter. Six months ago, Julia traveled to Panama for a summer of community service and language immersion. Her love of people and passion for cultures grew, and she continues to seek ways to use her talents to enrich the lives of those around her. She will be a very valuable team member.

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