Through the years, we have seen the long term needs for many of the patients that we serve in our medical missions. This led us to establish permanent services in a local clinic in the city of Arequipa. These services are offered on a daily basis and provide integrated health assistance through personalized attention and excellent service, providing solutions in the following specialties:


Physical therapy services originally began in 2000 with the first physical therapy mission in the city of Arequipa. This annual mission was held in collaboration with university students from the United States and local Peruvian therapists for 10 years. Seeing the need for physical therapy services with every mission and the ability to become involved in the lives of many families, the permanent physical therapy services for children with disabilities began when Jodee Fortner moved to Peru in June of 2010. Since that time, the physical therapy program has grown to include three full-time physical therapists, including two full-time missionaries and one local Peruvian therapist, as well as another part time Peruvian therapist and a full time secretary. While our services are primarily directed towards children with disabilities and their families, our services include the evaluation and treatment of both children and adults with diagnoses such as: hemiplegia, paraplegia, Cerebral Palsy, hip dysplasia, Down Syndrome, clubfoot, musculoskeletal pain, post-operative joints and others. We have also had the opportunity to hold various continuing education courses over the years with an emphasis in training and educating local therapists to improve the quality of care for persons with disabilities in Arequipa. This year 2015, we are sponsoring the Certification course in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, or NDT, in pediatrics, which is a high level, sought after certification in working with children. Each year we continue to hold physical therapy missions in the cities of Arequipa and Lima, as well as assist on medical missions throughout the southern part of Peru.


Optometry services include:

  • Computerized measurement for lenses
  • Manual measurement for lenses
  • Tonometry (eye pressure checks)
  • Prosthetic Eyes
  • Referral to local ophthalmologists for eye pathologies
  • Referral to the ophthalmology project with American volunteers for surgeries regarding pterygiums, cataracts, glaucoma and strabismus

The Eye Shop provides the following services:

  • Frames, resin and glass lenses
  • Prescription and Reading glasses
  • Bifocal and Multifocal lenses
  • Sunglasses with UV protection


The dental program seeks solutions to oral health problems for patients of all ages. Similar to other local clinics, we provide high quality, accessible care to communities. We also care for children in homes for abandoned children in Arequipa. In addition, special cases are referred to us by our diverse programs. Always with the well-being of the person in mind, the services provided include:

  • Fillings
  • Endodontics
  • Extractions
  • Pulpotomy
  • Pulpectomy
  • Oral Rehabilitation
  • Cleanings
  • Orthodontics and Oral Aesthetics


The Psychology program seeks to provide support in the emotional and mental areas, providing services which include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Counseling
  • Vocational Orientation
  • Psychometric Evaluations
  • IQ Evaluations