*Note: Dr. Shirley Amador and her husband Paul are no longer affiliated with Imagen Oral but have opened their own office on Blvd. Freemont in Plaza del Sol by Chef Mickey’s. Please look for the sign that says AMADOR Dental Care. Please check out our most recent blog regarding this.*
Over the years nearly all the border cities such as Juarez, Nogales, San Luis Rio Colorado, Algodones, Mexicali and Tijuana have had Americans as well as Canadians going to them in droves to buy their prescription medicines and get dental work done. In the winter it is not unusual to see several tour busses parked at the entrance to Algodones and also San Luis on a daily basis. The come from the retirement areas like Sun City in the Phoenix area and other retirement cities. Yuma has a huge snowbird population who migrate in their RV’s from all over to the warm climate of Yuma. They drive over and spend the day shopping, having lunch and getting the medications. If you think Rocky Point has a lot of pharmacies it is nothing compared to Algodones. Although Rocky Point is not a border town, we are now having people coming for a variety of things from buying prescription medicines to dental work as we now have a great deal to offer. Over the past couple of years we are seeing the return of the tour buses to Puerto Peñasco and while here many are choosing to have their dental work done. Why here you might ask? What better of a place to have the dental work done and then go back to the hotel or condo and relax while over looking the Sea Of Cortez.
Looking to the future and talking with several realtors and business people, the consensus is that this growth in the medical, dental and ophthalmology fields could be coming our way as well on a grand scale. There has been an increase in the amount of people coming here for dental work especially in the winter time. They come on the bus and spend a few days enjoying the beautiful weather and then get their dental work done as well. Many of the winter visitors that stay at Playa Bonita RV Park, Playa Del Oro RV Park or The Reef Park can now benefit from the new choices they have.
Five years ago Imagen Oral opened it’s doors on Benito Juarez just north of Sam’s Club. Here you will find Dr. Shirley Amador Garcia and Paul Amador Chong. Dr. Shirley does all the cosmetic treatments like crowns, veneers, dentures and fillings with composite material. Her husband Paul is the dental hygienist. Dr. Shirley is from Columbia and Paul is from Mexico City and they met in Phoenix while working in a dental office. From Columbia she and her family migrated to Salt Lake City, Utah and then she returned to Columbia to get her degree. Paul’s family migrated to the North Eastern part of the United States but then his family relocated to Phoenix due to the warm climate. He received his degree from Phoenix College. Paul has been a hygienist for 20 years. I asked why they decided on moving to Puerto Peñasco? Paul stated he was working as a supervisor in Phoenix and never had time to spend time with Shirley and their 3 children and Dr. Shirley was able be certified much quicker here. They also have a love for the people of Rocky Point. They are full time residents of Rocky Point and plan to be here for a long time. Also at Imagen Oral you will find Dr. Augustin Munoz who specializes in Orthodontics.
At Rocky Medical Center, we also now have a facility for things like hip replacements, child birth and more. Rocky Medical Center is located north of the city. It features state of the art equipment and experienced doctors. If you are full time resident of Puerto Peñasco, you are encouraged to stop by and tour the facilities. Since the beginning of 2017 the have performed at 2 hip replacements, 1 hernia repair, 1 hysterectomy and 1 ganglion cyst removal.
Now Dr. Swanson has opened Oftalmalogia y Laser Institulo on Simon Morua #199 (Plaza Mar de Cortez). He is preforming laser treatments as well as doing cataract surgery. Previously if wanted cataract surgery you had to go to either Hermosillo or Mexicali. This meant lots of time away from Puerto Peñasco plus the added cost of getting there and several night s in hotels.
Please feel free to check out these facilities when you are in Rocky Point and see what they have to offer. Remember we are only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson and 1 hour across the US/Mexico border.