SpecialtyCare’s Shannon Clark recently participated in a medical mission trip to Jamaica. She details how she prepared for the trip and what she took away from this remarkable experience.
Why did you choose this mission specifically?
I initially heard about the opportunity for the mission trip from Christy Kisner. She sent out an email to the South IONM Region with information about the trip and how to apply. I felt as though it was fate. I sent in my application and was selected to participate based on my accomplishments and experience. I included in my application that “…as a Christian, it’s my personal belief that God has blessed me with a special skill set. I also believe that I should use this particular skill set to help other people. What better way than a life-changing surgery!”
Do you have a history of participating in similar mission trips?
I’d always been interested in serving others on mission trips, but I’d never had the opportunity until this specific mission trip.
What did you do to prepare for this trip?
I feel as though my whole career helped me prepare for this mission trip. I’ve worked in IONM in Nashville for over nine years and, for a majority of that time, I’ve been a preferred clinician for deformity correction surgeries with multiple surgeons in our market for adult and pediatric patients alike.