Island Senior: Friday Harbor Electric Adds Mullis Center Power Source for Dental Vans

Posted April 27, 2021 at 5:30 am by

Contributed Photo - Fish for Teeth Provides Dental Care

Dental Vans will no Longer use Generators Thanks to Free Installation


“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae.

The Mullis Cen­ter, the mobile den­tal clin­ics and their patients, plus the entire neigh­bor­hood around the Mullis Cen­ter can breathe a big sigh of relief.

Thanks to Fri­day Har­bor Elec­tric for installing, at no charge, the new Shore Pow­er Sup­ply at the Mullis Cen­ter the den­tal vans will no longer have to rely on stinky, noisy, gen­er­a­tors to serve the den­tal needs of com­mu­ni­ty members. 

Fish for Teeth” gets its name from the Fish Taco fundraisers.

If you have not tried these deli­cious fish tacos you owe your­self this treat. The “Smile” Mobile den­tal team sees babies, chil­dren, teens and pregnant/postpartum women on Apple Health or unin­sured. Fish for Teeth does not require spe­cif­ic guidelines.

If you need den­tal care and can­not afford it pick up an appli­ca­tion at the Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter, the Coun­ty Health Depart­ment or online at

Contributed Photo - Fish for Teeth Dental Van

When the Fish for Teeth and Smile Mobile den­tal vans, both of which vis­it our island sev­er­al times a year, expressed inter­est in switch­ing to an elec­tric pow­er source, the Mullis Cen­ter and Fish for Teeth set to work fig­ur­ing out how to fund the switch. 

This change will allow the non­prof­it den­tal vans to tap into the Mullis Center’s elec­tric grid instead of using their loud, dirty and expen­sive gen­er­a­tors. Plus, with a reli­able pow­er source, the Mullis Cen­ter becomes a nat­ur­al home base for the two non­prof­it den­tal vans when pro­vid­ing their ser­vices on San Juan Island.

With Fri­day Har­bor Elec­tric gen­er­ous­ly offer­ing to pro­vide the instal­la­tion of the Shore Pow­er Sup­ply at no charge, the Mullis Cen­ter and Fish for Teeth can stop wor­ry­ing about fundrais­ing for the project and the mobile den­tal care providers look for­ward to a reduc­tion in costs asso­ci­at­ed with pow­er pro­duc­tion, free­ing up more funds to direct­ly serve their patients.

A big THANK YOU to Fri­day Har­bor Electric!

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