What is your background?
After graduating from Evangelical University (El Salvador) in 2001, Dr. Luisa began her own private clinic. A love of the seniors in nursing homes she visited as a child sparked an interest in what she would now consider her specialty – senior dentistry. After treating patients at a nursing home on a visit with her church, Dr. Luisa began to revisit to offer her services, eventually landing herself a second job. For seven years she treated patients at her own practice while also seeing patients at the nursing home. Over time, she was named head of the Supreme Court’s dental group, which afforded her the opportunity to receive her forensic dental certificate. In addition to also having her certification from the Dental Association in the United States, Dr. Luisa also began specializing in cosmetic dental work. She eventually added teaching to her resume, with companies/groups sending employees to her to learn dental care.
How did you come to know of Abigail Association and the SJV Clinic?
The former administrator knew Dr. Luisa and reached out to her regarding an opening they had at the San Jose Villanueva (SJV) Clinic. She (Dr. Luisa) had prayed during a difficult time at her private practice that the Lord would provide a different opportunity for her. This communication proved that God had been listening to her prayers.
Although Dr. Luisa held a close relationship with the Lord, she was the only Catholic on the team and wasn’t currently attending church which caused some friction with her team at the SJV Clinic early on. “Janis recommended that I start reading some of the Joyce Meyer books at the clinic, especially Battlefield of the Mind,” she explained.
Once she started reading, she took every opportunity she could to dive into the books and spend time in the word. Little by little, God began healing her heart and revealing bitter roots she had from past situations including inter-family violence.
“Bad stuff had accumulated in my heart and God began to heal it,” she explained.
Dr. Luisa shared that she had also lost a baby, which was very damaging and only added to the heaviness on her heart. When it turned into a depression, Dr. Luisa decided to start reading the books over and over again.
“God changed my depression into happiness,” she said. “Now I feel full of joy!”
The dark depression that had plagued her for so many years was now being lifted as God continued to shine a light on these areas. Over time she had developed a lot of fear, but now she knows how to fight those battles.
“When God brought me here He brought me here for a purpose,” she said. “He put me on a path instead of continuing to be all over the place.”
What changed in your life and heart as you continued working for Abigail Association?
“I have always had prayers asking God for things but with my transformation, I began to learn to fight,” she explained. “Through the books, I began to see who Jesus was.”
Dr. Luisa now attends a Christian prophetic church, holding these books close to her heart like a treasury.
“Through them, God changed my life.”
After a while, she felt the need to preach the Word. Crazy as it seemed, after the books drastically changed her life she felt she needed to share what she was learning. First she started with hosting a five-minute devotion before the clinic opened, always offering an opportunity for people to receive the Lord.
As time went on, she decided she needed to do more, working with the Mayor to start a senior citizen club that now meets monthly outside the SJV Clinic. This is where she preached her first sermon and also how God is continuing to use her to stretch His territory.
“Because of what God did in my life through books and the new birth He gave me, I now want to share with everyone,” she exclaimed.
Dr. Luisa tries to always minister to patients when they come in. She said, “God put me in a position to minister to them and when possible, I give them a book.”
She shared that many patients come back with testimonies of how their lives have [also] changed through these books or receiving the Lord at the clinic. Now that God has opened the door, at least 15-20 patients come just for prayer/ministry.
With the help of the Mayor, Abigail Association and Operation Blessing, the Senior Citizen Club now hosts what everyone considers a “party” complete with free food, worship and a word. The nutritionist also pays a visit sharing healthy and helpful tips with the seniors.
What do you pray for in regards to the future of Abigail Association?
“My biggest desire is that God would touch the hearts of the people who come here,” she explained, “I pray that He would heal them physically and spiritually, transform their lives and help us to fulfill the Great Commission He’s called us to do.”
She wants to see the clinic grow, add another dentist and continue to give patients the best quality of dental care possible. Her dream would be to eventually add equipment to begin cosmetic dentistry, a higher level of dental care they are not yet able to offer. This service would be instrumental in helping change the lives of school age children, who are often bullied for their appearance.
What scripture(s) motivate and inspire you?
Mark 16:17-20 (NIV)
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”