Sunday, February 22, 2015

26 Days Until We Leave for Vietnam!

Updates from Bruce and Jenni Lehnert as we prepare for our departure next month.

From Bruce

My tenth medical mission to Vietnam is quickly approaching. It's hard believe that I have been doing this for 17 years. What a long strange trip it's been. Vietnam has grown up so much during this time. The hospital has changed. There so few bicycles and now so many cars and scooters. 

The one constant that does not change is the deformities we correct and the lives we change. The support of our donors and volunteers is amazing and allows our grassroots mission to carry on. Thanks to all the volunteers and donors, both past and present. 


From Jenni

There's so much to do before we take off. Finalizing our inventory and packing supplies is just the beginning. We need to orient and train our new volunteers. In addition to all the medical mission work, there's a lot do with our life here so we can check out for two weeks. But it's all worth it!


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Team Member Bio: Dr. Najwa Javed

Dr. Javed will be joining IEP for her first mission with the team. Like the others on our medical team, she's very accomplished with a wide range of experience and training. 

Doctor Javed grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman and received a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and a minor in Ethno cultural Anthropology. After graduating from undergrad she moved to Fort Worth, Texas to pursue a Master’s in Clinical Research and Biostatistics at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.  


She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002, where she attended the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland on a four-year scholarship. She graduated with a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine and received the Phillip Gardner Award for Excellence in Podiatric Medicine. 

She completed her residency training at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto and Stanford Hospital. During her residency training, she continued to pursue research and particpated in multiple research proposals and a publication. Dr. Javed also focused on diabetic limb salvage and rearfoot reconstruction surgery. Caring for these complex conditions is her specialty and passion. 

She is currently on the team at the Silicon Valley Podiatry Group