Compassion Knows No Borders

dentists in Peru

Compassion Knows No Borders

Dr. Amy Hauschildt

Dr Amy helping patients in Peru

Dr. Amy Hauschildt's volunteer work in Peru, offering free dental care to those in need, is truly inspiring. Growing up in Papua New Guinea, she witnessed the urgent need to help less fortunate individuals around the world.

During her dental school days, she seized the chance to volunteer abroad, gaining essential skills and confidence to practice dentistry in challenging, rural settings. This experience motivated her and some of her classmates to establish the non-profit organization International Dental Ministries. After graduating, they embarked on their mission in Peru.

Since 2006, they've been providing dental care in Peru, and what's striking is that some of her most cherished memories aren't just about dentistry but the remarkable journeys to reach remote communities. Think long, winding mountain roads, car breakdowns, breathtaking scenery, getting stuck in mud, and even shared rooms with snoring companions. These adventures have bonded the team and created countless unforgettable stories.

Working in Peru has deepened Dr. Hauschildt's appreciation for the resources available in the United States, like advanced dental equipment, access to specialists, and reliable electricity. It's also pushed her to step out of her comfort zone, often being the only option for a patient's treatment, requiring her to stretch her professional boundaries.

Their work in Peru primarily includes extractions, fillings, cleanings, and extensive oral hygiene instruction. They rely on portable dental units and a Cavitron to provide these essential services. One of their biggest challenges is ensuring everyone stays healthy and hydrated, especially considering they work at elevations between 10,000 and 13,000 feet, where altitude sickness can be a real concern.

Dr. Hauschildt is thankful for the support she receives from Kids Dental Brands, which allows her to continue her mission. Over the years, she's had the privilege of bringing other doctors and assistants with her, making the experience even more rewarding. During their trips, they collaborate with local Peruvian dentists, strengthening relationships and collectively making a difference in the lives of their patients. These Peruvian dentists continue serving their communities year-round, even in their absence.

Looking ahead, Dr. Hauschildt plans to continue her annual trips to Peru, with tentative plans for May 2024. At Kids Dental Brands, they give back daily to their communities by providing care to children who lack access to dental services, aligning both her professional and personal life toward the same goal of serving others.

Beyond her international efforts, Dr. Hauschildt also volunteers in her local community. She dedicates her time to serving at the Gospel Rescue Mission, their local homeless shelter, and participates in various events at her church. Engaging in acts of giving, no matter how small, has transformed her perspective on life, emphasizing the blessings she's received and the importance of helping those in need.