Steve La Liberte, O.D., receives assistance examining a patient in Peru.
Peru is almost a home away from home for Wisconsin optometrist Steve La Liberte, O.D. For many years, he has led Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) missions to first Nicaragua and now Peru.
Dr. La Liberte’s daughter, Stephanie, an Illinois College of Optometry student, has even accompanied him on his last two trips.
“Our first Lima mission was in 2001 on which we had a surgical team doing crossed eyes, cleft lips and cleft palates, a dental team, and our VOSH eye mission all together,” said Dr. La Liberte, who practices at the Mayo Clinic in Wisconsin. “That group proved to be too large for the orphanage we stay at to accommodate us, so we later split into separate missions. But our VOSH work there continues, as does the surgical and dental care. We have built a full-time dental clinic there and Father Sebastian actually has plans drawn up and a scale model built for a permanent hospital and clinic to be built on the orphanage grounds. So the seeds we planted there have grown into health care for thousands of very poor in the Lima area.” Read the rest of this entry ?