Vivian Garcia, MA

Previous Main Dental Assistant, Infection Control Supervisor

(Peronia, Guatemala)

Vivian’s personal and professional growth is one of the amazing ripple effects Open Wide has witnessed in our partnership with the local community of Peronia.

When the foundation was preparing to open it’s first flagship clinic in Guatemala the local county was looking for staff members who could become part of the local dental clinic team.  Vivian was a resident of Peronia who had recently graduated from High School and spoke some English. Although she did not have dental clinic experience, she was hired to be trained as the main dental assistant for the clinic.

Over the first few years, Vivian’s openness, passion for learning and working together with volunteers were some of the elements that made the program successful and proved that becoming locally sustainable was possible because of the quality and commitment the local team embodied.

As the main dental assistant, Vivian continually expanded her role in the clinic, becoming responsible for inventory management, clinic flow, translations, clinical statistics production as well as supervising infection control.

Countless numbers of times, volunteers shared their experiences with the foundation saying “Vivian is a rock-star” or “Vivian’s chair-side with patients made my week and the patients’ experience amazing!”

While working full-time, Vivian also pursued her higher education by taking university classes in the evenings and went on to get both her college degree and recently received her Masters Degree in Business from the University of Mariano Galvez .

In April 2019, Vivian was offered a wonderful opportunity to pursue her dream of being in the apparel industry and begins her new role with prominent company as their Ordering Supervisor.

At her departure party, Vivian was awarded an Open Wide Ambassadorship in recognition of her impactful contributions to the development and success of the Peronia clinic. As an Ambassador, Vivian will continue to stay in touch with the program.

You can view a recent interview of Vivian sharing her story below:


Ana Edith Hernandez Escobar Peronia Dental Clinic  | 5a Calle y 3ra Ave La Selva, Peronia Zona 8 de Villa Nueva  |  011-502-4000-9991

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