- Dr. Joel Strohecker, DO
Joel is the president of Camotan Clinic and co-founded the clinic with Vice President Gustavo Valdez. A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Strohecker attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed a family medicine residency at University of Colorado in Denver, CO.
Since completing his residency, Dr. Strohecker has practiced as a hospitalist at Lutheran Medical Center in the Denver suburbs. He is both board certified in hospital medicine and family medicine. Dr. Strohecker has always had an interest in mission work. He has been active mentoring underprivileged youth and has been involved in community outreach and environmental organizations for years.
His interest in Guatemala started with a mission trip in 2010 and annual trips followed each summer until 2016. At that time, he and Gustavo Valdez, along with Kairos Ministries, decided to set up Camotan Clinic. Dr. Strohecker is an avid outdoorsman and loves to ski, hike and trail run in the mountains of Colorado where he lives.
- Gustavo Valdez and Elizabeth Valdez
Vice-President and Treasurer
Gustavo Valdez is Vice President of Camotan Clinic and is the President of Kairos Ministries Guatemala. Gustavo and his wife Elizabeth started bringing medical teams to Guatemala 15 years ago through Kairos Ministries. It was then that they had the dream of being able to open a permanent health clinic for the people of the Camotan region. When Gustavo is in the states, he works as a professional Spanish translator and contracts with local high school districts and businesses to serve the needs of Spanish speaking families in Pennsylvania where he and Elizabeth live. In his spare time, Gustavo is an avid soccer player, participating in several leagues throughout the year and enjoys rooting for Barcelona. He is also heavily involved with their three daughters and enjoys being outdoors, traveling and discovering new foods to enjoy.
Elizabeth Valdez is the Treasurer of Camotan Clinic and also runs Kairos Ministries Guatemala with Gustavo where she serves as Vice President. Along with being very involved in their three daughters’ lives and activities, Elizabeth has long had a heart for volunteering. In her spare time, she volunteers with several organizations including her church’s women’s Bible study. She also is coach of her daughter’s field hockey team. When not in Guatemala, Elizabeth uses her twenty years of clinical mental health experience working as a school counselor and a health and wellness coach in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In the summer, the entire family travels to Guatemala where they serve together with the different teams that come to work. They get to spend time with their extended family during these trips as well.
- Jennifer Strohecker, Pharm D
Jennifer is a pharmacist who completed her Bachelors degree at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science and her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Florida.
For the duration of her 20-year professional career, Jennifer has worked with underprivileged patients, where she passionately strives to improve health outcomes and the delivery of care on an individual and system level. She is adjunct faculty; teaching and precepting doctoral students from the Colleges of Pharmacy at the University of Utah and Roseman University.
Jennifer became connected to the needs of the Camotan community through her twin brother Joel. She travels frequently to Guatemala and assists with clinic operations, medication ordering and is developing a chart system for all the residents of the mountain villages surrounding Camotan. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys summiting mountains and traversing landscapes on skis, by foot or by bike. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and five children.
- Ana Victoria Ruiz Recinos
Ana is the Clinic Administrator, resident in Chiquimula, daughter of Christian pastors, graduated from Oriente High School (ESDEO) with some approved physiotherapy courses, has work experience as a bilingual secretary in medical clinics and center of diagnostics.
She came to Kairos Ministry in 2009, she began helping in the attention of missionary groups and as a translator, in January of 2017 she started her work in the clinic.
- Dr. Jovita Toledo, DMD
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Jovita graduated from the faculty of Dentistry of the University of San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC). Specialized in Hospital Administration and Maintenance, she graduated from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of San Carlos de Guatemala.
In 2011 she won a recognition of the Faculty of Dentistry of the San Carlos University of Guatemala (USAC) as one of the three best EPS (supervised professional practice) performed in Los Macizos village, Chuquimulilla, Santa Rosa.
She currently works with Fundación Dr. Alfonso Ponce Archila as a dentist and in the department of the preventive oral health programs. This program is aimed at schoolchildren, employees of companies and vulnerable populations with high rates of diseases of the oral cavity. She participates in the preventive programs of Zero Caries for Certifications of Public and Private Schools in Guatemala. She coordinates dental clinics and offers her professional services in general dentistry to different institutions and collaborates through non-profit institutions in medical dentistries, aimed at communities without decent health services possibilities, creating better opportunities and facilitating access to them.
She also works in private clinical practice, performing general dentistry.
- Josselyne Karla Analí Garcia Duarte, RN
She is the Kairos Clinic Nurse in Camotán. She lives in Chiquimula with her husband and two children.
Previously, she worked as a Supervising Nurse at the Health Center in Ipala, Chiquimula. She graduated as a Professional Nurse with Primary Care Orientation at Rafael Landívar University, based in Zacapa.
Currently studying the Bachelor of Nursing at the same university. She enjoys spending time with her family and making crafts.