Jamaica-born, United States-based dentists offer help
Cecelia Campbell-Livingston, Gleaner Writer
Two New York-based Jamaica-born dentists – Dr Dwight Williams and Dr
Kerisa Harriott – are offering their services free of charge to ensure
that new Internet dancehall sensation Gully Bop has a brighter smile.
The two professionals reached out to The Gleaner with their requests.
Dr Williams, a board-certified maxillofacial surgeon and founder of
the Optimum Dental Care, a multi-specialty dental group practice
located in north Bronx, New York, said Gully Bop first came to his
attention when his wife Morvia Reid-Williams saw his video on her
“While viewing the video, I was in awe of how talented Gully Bop was
and then I proceeded to watch some of his interviews on YouTube. What
struck me about Gully Bop was his positive approach to life and the
fact that he was living in the moment and as he claimed, this was ‘his
time'” Dr Williams said.
Being a dentist, he said his attention was drawn to Gully Bop’s lack
of dentition. “The idea came to me that if he was able to have proper
dental care and improve his smile and general appearance, it could
help him along his journey as the latest dancehall sensation” he
Harriott, who is a former Miss Jamaica US pageant winner and a general
dentist, said being a social media head, she discovered Gully Bop.
BIG REGGAE/DANCEHALL FAN
“I am a big reggae/dancehall fan, especially being married to music
producer Paul ‘Cortellas’ Myrie. My husband and I were very impressed
with his intricate flow and lyrics – he seemed like the original Gully
God,” she said.
Harriott is of the opinion that Gully Bop is suffering from
periodontal ‘gum’ disease, which affects many Jamaicans.
“Given Gully Bop’s new image, it is only fitting that he has nice
teeth to match. After all, our smile is the most distinct facial
feature,” she said.
For Williams, who hails from Little London in Westmoreland, reaching
out to Gully Bop is nothing unusual for him to propose.
“I have made several missionary trips to Jamaica to provide free
dental care to the poor and underprivileged. The last such mission was
with the United Mission of Goodwill Inc., a group out of Brooklyn,
where we spent a week at Port Antonio hospital in March 2014. Our
group of four general surgeons performed multiple minor procedures,
such as hernias, lipomas and other minor procedures, in the operating
room, while the dental team worked at three nearby dental clinics in
and around Port Antonio,” he explained.
Harriott who hails from Kingston, is currently in Jamaica and plans to
attend Magnum Sting, which will be held on Boxing Day at Jamworld.
Like Williams, an outreach to Gully Bop is nothing new for her, as she
has donated her services in Dominica and Haiti. She is now looking to
team up with Williams for more missionary work in Jamaica come 2015.