Where do we begin?
There are impressive results on so many levels. Thanks to the dentists who volunteered a week of their time and financial support, we have achieved amazing things since the Peronia clinic opening January, 23rd 2012.
- Served 125,000+ patients
- 500+ volunteers (230 Dentists & 285 Dental Assitants/Hygienists)
- Opened 7 new Dental Clinics
- Gave patients 11,000 Home Care Packages
- Provided 35,000 Fluoride Treatments & Patient Oral Health Education
- Mentored 40 Dental Resident Students in Open Wide Clinics
- Lectured 300 Students in Advanced Dentistry at local Dental Universities
In a trip to Guatemala City by Open Wide Founders Glen & Lisa Wysel (Oct 2012), a joint partnership entitled "Mentoring & Practicum Program" was formed between OWF and the University of Mariano Galvez Dental School. The program provides mentoring and practicum opportunities for all lst year dental students the Open Wide Peronia Clinic. Our Open Wide dentist volunteers enjoy interacting with these young dentists and sharing their skills, experience, and techniques with them.
Life Changing Experiences for Volunteers
Doctors who have gone to the Peronia Clinic have consistently reported back positive, and in many cases, life changing experiences both for themselves, their families and staffs.
Working Together to improve Oral Health
As part of our partnership, Open Wide Foundation has provided these dentists access to many advanced training materials on best clinical practices and access to online clinical assistance through (SPEAR Education Online).
Since 2012, several University of San Carlos dental students have completed their residency studies in the Peronia clinic . OWF has also increased its involvement with local restorative dental school University of Mariano Galvez to include: a clinic residence programs for up to 5 dental students as a new practicum/mentoring program and adding courses at the University as well as increasing the availability of more advanced technology at the university. The reach and influence of OWF to enhance the education of the next generation of dentists in Guatemala is going tremendously well.