Enova Mission Program

Mission trip surgeons volunteer their time year after year to help others. At Enova we admire that. That’s why we have an Enova Mission Program.  This program, which has always been part of Enova’s company mission, is designed to provide LED surgical headlights to surgeons who donate their time to perform surgeries in rural and remote countries throughout Central and South America, Asia and Africa.

Plastic Surgeon Jessica Collins, M.D., wearing her Cyclops XLT-125 by Enova Illumination
Plastic Surgeon Jessica Collins, M.D., wearing her Cyclops XLT-125

In August 2013, when Enova Illumination first interviewed Dr. Jessica Collins, she was in a Fellowship in Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery with the University of California in San Diego and she had recently donated her time and skill with Operation Smile in Brazil. That was the first time Dr. Collins had used Enova’s Iris S-100 through the Enova Mission Program.
She continues to donate her time and skill today, as she now volunteers with Fresh Start Surgical Gifts every sixth weekend in the San Diego area. Fresh Start is a nonprofit focused on helping children with deformities through reconstructive surgery. The organization has given over 6,800 children fresh starts and provided over $29 million in free medical services since it started in 1991.
Dr. Collins completed her medical studies, passed the Canadian Medical Board exam and plans to take the United States Medical oral exam this coming November. She practices plastic surgery at OasisMD Lifestyle Healthcare in San Diego. Much of her time is spent performing trauma reconstruction surgery for adults and children; she also performs facial, hand and extremity, and aesthetic surgery. OasisMD offers multi-disciplinary medical services focused on wellness that include—in addition to plastic surgery—orthopedic surgery, oncology, chiropractic services, as well as laser, spa and cosmetic services.
Based on her positive experience using the Iris S-100 in Brazil (see original story below), Dr. Collins was interested in purchasing the surgical headlight from Enova to use in her practice. When she contacted Jim Nelson, Enova’s Director of Sales and Marketing, she learned that the company had launched two new headlights: the Cyclops XLT-125 and XLT-225.

Dr. Jessica Collins
Dr. Jessica Collins
I’m very happy with it [Cyclops XLT-125]. It is a thinner piece of equipment than it looks at first glance and that makes it very portable. The new headlight is brighter than the S-100 and the spot size is adjustable. This all makes the headlight extremely useful.
~ Dr. Jessica Collins

“I’d done my research on a variety of LED surgical headlights when I chose to use the S-100 on my mission trip and trusted Enova’s products. I already knew that this headlight was comfortable, ergonomic and bright,” said Dr. Collins. “After reconnecting with Enova, I wanted to evaluate the Iris D-200 and the Cyclops XLT-125. Enova was very generous in letting me evaluate both headlights for a month. As far as I know, no other headlight manufacturer lets doctors try their headlights without purchasing them.”
In fact, Enova’s Evaluation Program lets surgeons evaluate their headlights for up to 30 days without risk or obligation. Enova will request a credit card number, but will not charge the credit card unless the headlight meets the surgeon’s needs and agrees to purchase it.
Dr. Collins ended up choosing the Cyclops XLT-125.
“I work in six hospitals and two surgical centers and take the XLT-125 with me everywhere,” said Dr. Collins. “I’m very happy with it. It is a thinner piece of equipment than it looks at first glance and that makes it very portable. The new headlight is brighter than the S-100 and the spot size is adjustable. This all makes the headlight extremely useful.”
“Enova really believes in their products and it shows,” she said. “The headlights are superior in all areas—comfort, quality of light, portability, ergonomics—just what I needed.”
Here are the questions we asked Dr. Collins in August 2013.

Enova Illumination caught up with Dr. Jessica Collins, a surgeon currently fulfilling a Fellowship in Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery with University of California, San Diego in San Diego. She shared her firsthand experience using Enova’s Iris S-100 while volunteering with Operation Smile in Brazil as a plastic surgery resident in June 2012.
Enova Illumination: What is Operation Smile and how did you hear about it?
Dr. Collins: I heard about Operation Smile when I was a plastic surgery resident in Canada. Operation Smile is a medical charitable organization that sends volunteer surgeons around the world to perform life-changing procedures to heal the smiles of children born with a cleft. The organization has been around since 1982 and all of the surgeries are free for the patients, who range from children to young adults.
Enova Illumination: And, you were interested in a surgical mission?
Dr. Collins: Yes. I applied for Operation Smile’s Medical Resident Program. Residents of Plastic Surgery, Anesthesia and Pediatrics can apply for a Stryker or Regan Fellowship, which pairs a resident with a mentoring physician on a mission. I was fortunate to be selected for the fellowship.
Enova Illumination: Where were you sent? How was the mission conducted? 
Dr. Collins:  The team I was on was sent to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This was in June 2012. Another resident as well as a full team of anesthesiologists and nurses were flown in from around the world to work with 5 surgeons in Brazil; it was an amazing international melting pot of professionals. We began by running clinics the first two days to evaluate patients and determine who would get the surgeries.  Then there were five days of scheduled surgeries to help repair the deformities.

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