Author Archives: Lisa Wysel

Looking back; Open Wide 2011

It’s been ten years since the first Open Wide clinic opened its doors to patients in Peronia, Guatemala. On January 21, 2011, several hundred community members and officials showed up for the new clinic inauguration with lines of people around …


2020 Holiday Message

Greetings! What a year it’s been! All of us at Open Wide are thinking of all of you, our loyal volunteers and donors who have, in one way or another, supported the foundation this year – even while we can’t …


Peronia Clinic Announcement

It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Vivian Garcia, the Peronia Main Dental Assistant is leaving to pursue a new career opportunity. We will all miss her so much!

Changing lives every day

Open Wide Foundation is changing smiles and lives every day… When one patient receives a new smile or is finally out of pain, they see themselves differently and live their lives accordingly. When one volunteer gives of their skills and …


Peronia Dental Clinic Fourth Anniversary

At the end of a long workday, on January 21st of this year, an intimate group of Peronia dental clinic staff and volunteers celebrated the fourth anniversary of the Open Wide Foundation. It was a quiet, unremarkable moment, representing a …


CEREC Crowns and Implants Center

In Guatemala, the average annual income is the equivalent of $800.00 and 80% of the population live in extreme poverty. Access to good dentistry like Crowns or Implants is simply limited to the small percentage of the population that have …


Patient Education Stations

In Guatemala, as in most impoverished countries, preventive dental care is an unheard of term. Just keeping food on the table, managing illness and staying safe are the biggest priorities for families. Going to the dentist, if one is available, …


Etelvina’s Kids

Every morning Nun Etelvina Zepeda Abrego arises to greet her young residents at Hogar Marina Guirola Leal. “Como amanacio?”, she asks each one (a good morning greeting in her native Spanish.) as she begins another day of caring for the …