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Promising Ajijic dental clinic project falters

Dr. Miguel Villaseñor Calvillo is the protagonist of an upbeat saga with a bittersweet denouement that is playing out at the dental clinic created almost a year and half ago at Ajijic’s Centro de Salud public health facility.

As supervisor of oral health for Jalisco’s Ministry of Health (SSJ), Villaseñor helped spearhead the remodeling of the health center to accommodate a new dental care area dedicated to treating low-income patients. It was designed as a pilot project to be a model for upgrading oral health care services at other state-run centers.

The clinic was fully equipped through a community fund-raising campaign that brought in 68,500 pesos from private donations and proceeds from the town’s annual San Andrés fiestas. It was inaugurated with great fanfare on December 17, 2014, with María del Sagrario Diáz, mother of Jalisco Governor Aristóteles Sandoval, attending as the project’s godmother. 

Villaseñor relinquished his high-ranking SSJ post and corresponding pay scale, to take the lead in offering weekend appointments in orthodontics, prosthodontics and other dental specialties to people unable to afford private care. He has accomplished his mission with a long list of success stories for adolescents afflicted with severe oral deformities and seniors desperately in need of bridge work or more complete prosthetics.  

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