Dr. Cameron Quayle couldn’t find a nonprofit group whose vision for dental missions aligned with his. So he started one himself.
After completing his first humanitarian mission to Guatemala a decade ago, Dr. Quayle was startled by the deprivation he’d witnessed—and was determined to go back.
“I knew I couldn’t change much of what they lacked, but I could improve their oral health and dental education,” says Dr. Quayle, who practices at Mountain View Pediatric Dentistry, with two locations near Salt Lake City.
Politely rebuffed by a number of nonprofit groups he approached—he wished to undertake longer missions than they could accommodate, he says—he decided to found his own organization, Mason Gives, in 2017. (The name is a nod to Mason the Moose, his practice’s mascot; Mountain View Pediatric’s web address is themoosedentist.com.)
The Benco Family Foundation was the first outside group to donate; companies including KaVo Kerr, Ultradent and 3M, among others, followed suit, enabling Dr. Quayle to embark on a 10-month trip to Guatemala in 2018-19. He and his fellow travelers were able to comprehensively treat more than 1,000 patients in that time.
Read about the high points and the challenges in his recent interview with Incisal Edge magazine.
What motivated the Quayle family to give back?
The desire to live intentionally guides his family, says Dr. Quayle.
“We wanted to do something different, to share our talents for something more than just higher production and more money. We wanted to make a difference in the world. What initially was the scariest thing we have ever done turned out to be the greatest thing we have ever done.”
“Go for it! If you have a dream or a passion you are putting aside, ask yourself why you aren’t pursuing it. Pursuing our passions make us come alive.”
Shoutout to 4 who inspire
Dr. Cameron Quayle
- Glen Dean, DDS. “He was the dentist who initially invited me to Guatemala to volunteer nearly 10 years ago. Since then he has mentored me, answered hundreds of my questions and helped by letting us borrow some of his equipment in Guatemala.”
- Greg and Lucy Jensen. “They moved to Guatemala from the U.S. nearly eight years ago with their four young boys. Since then they started Cultiva International, a non-profit that teaches local, indigenous people to grow their own vegetables and improve their nutrtion.”
- Gaby Munoz. “Gaby is the director of an organization by the name of Faith Seeds. … They work with the extreme poor. These families live on $4 to $5 per day. She has faced enormous challenges and yet still shows up every day to serve these families. She is Guatemalan serving her fellow Guatemalans.”
How can you help?
To help support Dr. Cameron Quayle and Mason Gives through donations or other means, please visit masongives.com.