Cara and Dr. Steve Hewett had an initial desire to reach beyond their immediate community of Winter Haven Florida and serve a culture in need. With Cara’s background in education and Steve’s 30 years of experience in the dental field, an idea became reality as connections were made and the Mayans of Guatemala would welcome their impetus.The rest was history…

In 2008 the word was spread over the radiowaves and posted flyers around the highland hamlet of Chichicastenango, Guatemala that locals could receive practically free dental work during the week our team would be present.  We did not realize there was such a dire need for dental care and attention until began seeing these locals.  Our new Guatemalan patients would line up 50+ at a time outside the gate of our makeshift clinic and wait as long as possible to be seen by one of us.  Although our goal has been to triage our patients‘ conditions and address their chief problems, we knew that we needed to educate these stoic people to take their oral health into their own hands.

Prior to succumbing to a more westernized diet, the Mayans lived off the crop of the land and only recently  are they facing exceedingly rapid oral and generalized health issues that are a consequence of this sugar and carbohydrate-laden diet.  It is our mission to bring to their attention the urgency of oral healthcare at home within the family unit so as to slow the decay rate observed of the Mayan population and to continue offering our servitude that is hard to come by in the rural regions of this beautiful country.  The Mayans have received our care with warmth and gratitude, and above all, sonrisas felices (happy smiles.)