What We Do
Previously known as Mission Peace, the International Extremity Project grew out of a 1998 medical mission to Vietnam. Our hearts went out to the dedicated and unselfish efforts of those reaching out to help those in need.
IEP provides support for humanitarian projects and supplies medical assistance to the people of Vietnam through medical missions to Can Tho. Our medical missions correct physical lower-extremity deformities to give a new chance at life to many needy Vietnamese. Our volunteer doctors perform surgeries and provide much-needed modern medical equipment and training in modern western techniques to Vietnamese doctors.
All supplies are donated or purchased from donations. Most of what we don't use in patient procedures, we donate to the hospital to help provide supplies that are harder to obtain in Vietnam. We provide all supplies related to the patient care, including medications, crutches, and splints. We also fund and pay the hospital for services used while there.
As we prepare for each mission, the medical team gathers needed supplies, from big to small. Our wish list of supplies ranges from specialized surgical equipment to items as seemingly simple as sutures, blades, and casting materials.
The IEP team is entirely made up of volunteers. We use our vacation time and are each responsible for covering the costs of airfare, hotel, and in-country travel through donations or our own personal funds. All additional funds go toward supplies, in-country hospital charges.
Bruce Lehnert, D.P.M. - Medical Director, Co-Founder
Jeffrey Spanko, D.P.M. - Surgeon, Co-Founder
Jennifer Lehnert - Nursing Director
Henry Duvalsaint - Mission Coordinator
Kim Austin - Marketing Director
On the medical side we have surgeons, nurses, surgical staff, physical and speech therapists, and podiatry residents. On the support side, we're a smaller crew, and come from a range of backgrounds. We share a common passion for making a difference in a significant way.
2015 Can Tho Mission Team
2013 Can Tho Mission Team
2012 Namibia Mission Team
2010 Can Tho Mission Team
2007 Can Tho Mission Team
2017: IEP Mission to Can Tho, Vietnam (December)
2016: IEP Mission to Windhoek, Namibia
2015: IEP Mission to Can Tho, Vietnam
2013: IEP Mission to Can Tho, Vietnam
2012: IEP Mission to Windhoek, Namibia
2010: IEP Mission to Can Tho, Vietnam
2007: Mission Peace Mission to Can Tho, Vietnam
2003: Mission Peace Mission to Can Tho, Vietnam
2002: Mission Peace Mission to Can Tho, Vietnam
1999: Mission Peace Mission to Can Tho, Vietnam
1998: Mission Peace Founded by Steve Warren