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Alba Zamora, DDS, located in Chapala Med Clinic - Plaza Interlago Libramiento Chapala-Ajijic #132 - 21. Our number for dental department is: +52 33 2536 9209 Speaks English.   

Ajijic Clinic Open 24 Hours a day - 7 days a week, Carretera Ote # 33 - Ajijic, Dr. Alfredo Rodriguez - G. P. - Speaks English, Telephone: 766 0500 or 766 0662, CELL: 01 333 106 1770

Back doctor - David Barnett uses Bowen Therapy method. Tele: 376. 766. 4539. Email:

Cardiologist - Dr. Hector Briseno Garcia - Excellent and very thorough. For all Appointments 766-5154 He works at Quality Care Medical Specialists also known has Integrity Clinic on the Libramiento - Plaza Interlago #132, Across the parking lot from Tio Sam's Appliance store. Tuesday's and Thursdays 10am - 2pm. 766-5154

Casita Montana Medical Center Located in Ajijic, Mexico, the ONLY after care facility in the Guadalajara and greater Guadalajara area which offers qualified nursing staff and English speaking personal.Before and after care for the patient, transportation, lodging and meals. English spoken. Tele: (local) 376. 766. 5513 (long distance) 918. 895. 4089. Email:

ChapalaMed is located in Chapala at Hidalgo #239, 45900 Chapala, Jalisco. This clinic offers a wide range of services from Women and Men's health care, to pulmonary, gastrointestinal issues, cardiovascular problems, behavioral disorders, ear, nose and throat disorders and more. Telephone: (376. 765. 7777, Cell: 331. 605. 9645 From the U.S. 312. 912. 9087 Email: English speaking.

Chapala Red Cross (Cruz Roja) - 065 - National Emergency, Chapala Office Phone: (376) 765-2553. 24 Hour Support (376) 765- 2308. The Chapala Red Cross operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and serves more than 140,000 people living and visiting in numerous small villages on the north and south shores of Lake Chapala. Red Cross Ambulance Emergency - 065

Chapala Dental Care on the carretera between Chapala and Ajijic. Dr. Eloy Barragan Fernandez, (376) 765 55 84. Speaks English.

Clinica y Farmacia Maskaras --- Located at Hildalgo #79-G in Riberas del Pilar, Dr. Carlos Garcia has a 24 hour emergency and ambulance service, 22 specialists, radiology services, a laboratory, a dentist service, a full farmacia and a bilingual staff. This Clinica serves as Chapala's town hospital. Telefono: 765-4805, Fax 765-4838, and the Farmacia 765-5827. Discount Health Program 

Colonoscopy -  Ajijic Clinic (tele: 376. 766. 0500) twice a month on Saturdays, done by Dr. Leon (Cel 331. 4106. 819) and his team. Speak with Marlene at Dr. Leon's Cell number to arrange for your appointment. She speaks English.

Dentista - Claudio M. Ochoa Chavez, Dental surgeon and odontology. Avenida Madero 560-A Planta Alta, Chapala Centro. Tel: 33. 1549. 2282 - gives a very thorough cleaning. Speaks English

Dentista - Maria de Lourdes Barajas Chavez, #467 Ave. Madero near the bus station. Monday - Friday. 765.2800, Popular dentist in town, reasonably priced. Does good work. Speaks English. Recommended.

Dr. Elroy Barragan, Dentista, at #39 Bugambillias, atthe entrance to Mirasol, on the lateral just west of the entrance. The sign says Chapala Dental. Appointments are required: 765. 5584 and English is spoken. Comes recommended by the Expat community.

Dentista, Fernando Ochoa - General Dentistry, Implants, Oral Surgery. Avenida Francisco I. Madero 560-A, Chapala, Jalisco. Tele: 01. 376. 7655. 295 Cell: 01. 333. 1059. 601 Email:

Dentista, Dra Martha Medina Corona At Dental del Lago, Constitucion #27A (a block E of Colon in the village, NW corner). 766-4503.

Dentista, Dr. Eloy Barragan Fernandez, López Cotilla #272 B - Chapala, Telephone: 765 5584, Cell: 045 333 157 0136

Dentista, Hector Haro, DDS, graduate of Maryland, Paty Ascencio, DDS #83 San Luis Street, (Behind Animal Shelter in Riberas) Riberas Del Pilar, Chapala - Ajijic Area Telefono: 376-765-3193, 765-6974, 765-6410. Cosmetic dentistry, bleaching, porcelain crowns, crown & bridge, dental implants.

Dentists in Mexico  for a list of Dentists around Mexico check here.

Dermatologist, Raul Cuahtemoc Reyes Rayas - (Tuesday from 3 PM until 7), On Zaragoza - At Danza del Sol - Ajijic, Telephone: 766 1198 OR Clinica de Especialidades MMedicas on Juarez No. 563-A Tele: 376. 765. 2400 Chapala, Jalisco. Email: Speaks English.

Dermatologists - Dermika - Highly Recommended, Ajijic Plaza - Next to Bugambilias Plaza, Dra. Tania Sanchez or Dra. Monica, Telephone: 766 2500

Dr. Victor Manuel Garcia Diaz Morelos  #154 in Chapala, 013. 765. 2320/ 765. 2424 Trained in both Western and Eastern styles of medicines. General practitioner, acupuncturist. His wife is a podiatrist in the same building.

Gabriel Garcia, M.D. - Integrative Medicine - Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Surgery, Herbology, Homotoxicology. Consultations with appointment only, 8:30am - 10am. Open Mon-Fri 10-12:30. Sat 11-2:30. Centro Laguna (across from Marti Sports Store, next to the Scandinavian Bakery) Tele: 0045. 333. 841. 0653 email: 

Gastroenterology and Gastro Intestinal Endoscopies - Dr. Ignacio Guerrero Hernandez. Appointments: Saturday 3 PM to 5 PM. For all Appointments 766-5154

Gastroenterologist, Dr. Daniel Briseno. He works at Quality Care Medical Specialists also known has Integrity Clinic on the Libramiento - Plaza Interlago #132, Across the parking lot from Tio Sam's Appliance store.

General Practioner - Dr. Marion Osterberger Romo. Appointments: Monday to Friday 4 PM to 8 PM. For all appointments call 766. 5154

Dr. Gerardo Leon - G. P., On the Carretera before the light across from the Cow, Telephone: 766 5633, Cell Ph: 045 331 410 6819

Grupo Medico - Dr. Geraldo A. Leon, general medicine and surgery. Located on the Carretera in Ajijic, #4-B, Tele: 376. 766. 5633, or 376. 766. 4037 Cel: 045. 331. 410. 6819 or 045. 331. 417. 7267 email: Affordable pricing.

Grupo Medico - Dr. Eduardo Gomez Sanchez, orthopedics and trauma. Same address as above, Tele: same as above. Cel: 044. 333. 170. 6144. Email:

Gynecology and Obstetrics - Dra. Karla Orozco y Orozco - Appointments: Tuesday 9 AM to 2 PM. For all Appointments 766-5154

Hospital San Antonio located on the Chapala-Jocotepec highway across from Chula Vista Golf Club. Full facilities.   

Immunology/Allerology - Dr. Carlos Torres Lozano - Appointments: Saturdays (First & 3rd Saturday of each month) 12 PM to 3 PM. For all appointments - 766. 5154

Integrity - on the Libramiento Chapala-Ajijic #132 Tele: 376. 766. 5154 Cl: 331. 758. 2562 offers a general overview of services including physiotherapy, sports consulting, therapeutic massage, speech therapy and occupational therapy.

Internal Medicine and Rheumatology - Dra. Veronica Gonzalez Diaz, Appointments: Wednesday 9 AM to 2 PM. For all Appointments 766-5154

Dr. Juan Pablo Loza is an excellent diagnostician. He treats symptoms only until examination and test results show him what is wrong and he can prescribe the best medication. No guessing or shot-in-the-dark broad spectrum antibiotics. He is at Calle Guerrero 141-B in Chapala on the corner of Lopez Cotilla. 765 54 77. Cell is 333 141 33 64.

La Abejita - Alicia Godinez Carrillo, Homeopata -  Juarez No. 559, Chapala, Jalisco. Tele: 376. 765. 2266 Hours - 10-2 & 5-8 Monday to Friday. Saturday 10-2.

Lakeside Emergency Response System For a forum discussion on the Emergency Response System and how it functions in the Lake Chapala area. For emergency phrases and more comprehensive information, buy the book, Emergency Medical Spanish

Maskaras Clinic - Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. Jorge Alvaro Gonzalez (Speaks English), Telephone: 765 4805





Massage and Homeopatia - Lolita, Calle Degollado No. 310 Colonio Centro, Chapala, Jalisco. Tele: 376. 765. 2690 Cel: 33. 1076. 9881.    

Medicos Especialistas in Ajijic - Pemex Plaza, Suite # 21 - Off Libramiento. For all Appointments 766-4435

Neurosurgeon - Makes house calls - Dr. Gabriel Varela, email: Tele: (376) 765 6666

Oscar Ibarra Medical Clinic Dr. Ibarra's Medical Clinic has been in this location for 20 years, but few Expats know about it.

Optometrist - Clear Vision - Dr. Carlos A Martinez Huerta - Degollado #333, Chapala, Jalisco. Email: Mon-Friday 9:00 am to 7pm, Saturdays 9-2pm Tele: 765. 3558, eyeglasses, eye exams.

Optica Cardona Jose Gabriel Cardona Hijar, Hidalgo #222, in Chapala, Tele: 331. 395. 0931

Optica - Pinto Opticas, Dr. Antonio Pinto F, Hidalgo 77 - 2 - Riberas del Pilar, Telephone: 765 7793

Orthopedic and Traumatology/ Spine surgeon - Dr. H. Michael Dittmar Johnson - Works at Puerto di Hierro Hospital.

Physical Therapy - Makes Housecalls - Richy Umbarger (Speaks English) - Appt Only Telephone: 766 1536 Cell Phone: 045 331 142 1474

Radiology - Dr. Angel Villabos - Appointments: Wednesday 4 PM to 6 PM. For all appointments 766.5154

Retina specialist - Dr Rigoberto Rios - Carretera Oriente # 1 Plaza la Montaña. Tele: 376. 766. 1521 lasik surgery, cataract surgery and general care of the Eye.

Dr Sam Thelin -

Urology and Gynecology - Dr. Luis Mora Ibanez - Appointments: Friday 11 AM to 2 PM For all Appointments 766-5154

Hospitals - Guadalajara

Americas Hospital Av. Americas 932, Guadalajara,Jalisco, Telefono 01-33-3817-3141 & 3817-3004 email: all major insurance companies in the US, staff US  trained, private rooms with telephone, bathroom, and cable TV.

Hospital Bernardette Hildago #930 Zona Centro, C.P. 4200 Guadalajara, Jalisco Telefono: 01-33-3825-4365. More than 40 years of experience, hospital certified by Mexican Health Department, part of the prestigious Cardiovascular Institute of Guadalajara. Accepts International Insurances.


Hospitals of interest for the non-insured are:

Hospital Civil "Fray Antonio Alcalde" (Viejo)
Calle Hospital #278 (urgencias adultos)
Calle Hospital #310
Calle Coronel Calderón #777 (urgencias pediatría)
Colonia Centro, Guadalajara

Tele: 33 3614 5501
Urgencias Adultos: ext. 174
Urgencias Pediatría: ext. 201

Medicina Interna Adultos: ext 212
Terapia Intensiva Adultos: ext. 201
Consulta Externa: ext. 226
Cardiolgía: ext. 212
Trabajo Social: 33 3614 5801 ext. 177


Hospital Civil "Dr. Juan I. Menchaca" (Nuevo)
Salador de Quevedo y Zubieta #750, S.L.

Tele: 33 3618 9362

For trauma, you can also go to one of two Cruz Verdes that offer orthopedic and trauma service.

Cruz Verde - Francisco Ruíz Sánchez
Antonio Tello Nº 215 (entre calle 52 y Medrano)
Col Medrano
Zona Olímpica

Tele: 33 1201 8401

Cruz Verde - Jesús Delgadillo Araujo
Mariano Barcenas Nº 997 Esq. Privada Veracruz
Col. Alcalde Barranquitas
Zona Centro

Tele: 33 1201 7200

For Poisoning and overdoses, there is a special Cruz Verde. While the Cruz Roja does handle overdoes, scorpion stings etc., this Cruz Verde does only intoxication (drugs, scorpion, spider, snakes, etc). At this moment, the Cruz Roja (and Clinica municipal) do not have any spider anti-venom, thus you would go to this place:

Centro Regional de Información y Atención Toxicológica (C.R.I.A.T.)
Av. Los Angeles, esq. Analco
Unidad Administrativa Reforma, Col. Las Conchas
C.P. 44460, Guadalajara, Jalisco


Contacto Institucional - Dr. Alberto Iram Villa Manzano, Tel. Directo (333) 669.1338, Tel. Comutador (333) 669.1320 al 25, Ext. 1338, Email: 

Dr. Paulo C. Santana Arias, Gastro Surgery, Donato Guerra #619 Colonial Centro, Guadalajara, Tele: 3. 613. 7722 Cel: 331. 314. 2308. 24 hour emergencies Email:

Dr. Vargas at Hospital Ajijic is an ophthalmologist who comes in from Guadalajara twice weekly. Ethical and well recommended by his peers. Speaks English. carretera Ote. #33A Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico Tele: 01.376. 766. 0500 email:

Diagnostico Visual de Guadalajara - optical exams, field of vision tests for glaucoma, Juan Manual 857, Sector Hidalgo, Guadalajara, Tele: 01. 333.827. 6111 Email:

Fundacion Oftalmologica de Occte., Avenida Americas #276, S.H. Tele: 36. 16. 2201, Guadalajara

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Alternative Health Options

Massage Therapist, highly recommended by forum members at Chapala Web Board Forum. Lupe on Lopez Cotilla #202, (tele: 765.5672) Charges 120 Pesos an hour.

Chapala Health Barbara Rotthaler offers alternative health treatments, holistic practice, homeopathy, health lectures and more. Located in San Antonio, she can be reached at the following telephone number in Mexico: 01-376 766-1987

Club Oxigen Hotel Danza del Sol, Ocampo 151 Ajijic Telefono 766-5005, Tai Chi, yoga, pilates, aerobics, step, physical training, weights, water aerobics zumba, boot camp, ballroom & salsa, kid's programs, tennis, sauna, hi-speed internet.

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Independent Living, Convalescent Care, Assisted Living

Look below for a variety of care options, from active adults to those with Alzheimers and dementia problems. You might need wound care, companionship or assistance after surgery. Or, perhaps you would like to invest in a community which would allow you to move into continuous care if you should ever need it.

Alicia's Convalescent Complex

Alicia's Convalescent Complex - Currently there are 3 convalescent homes designed for ambulatory Guests. Fully equipped with a kitchen, laundry and other facilities for group living. A staff of nurses and maids are on hand to attend to clients. Daily meals, laundry, cleaning service, 24 hour care. Tele: from the US or Canada: 011-52-376-766-3152. For an inside look and more information click on our article here: Alicia's Convalescent Complex  Email:
Up on the veranda with view of Lake Chapala, The Blue Home Assisted Living, Jocotepec, Jalisco, Mexico

The Blue Home Assisted Living, Jocotepec, Mexico - opened in July of 2019, The Blue Home Assisted Living facility is privately owned and operated by Nurse Maria Fernanda Blas who holds a specialty degree in Geriatrics. Her co-owner/partner is a nutritionist, Abraham Chávez who has a specialty degree in Food Science and Client Services. English-speaking, pet friendly, affiliated with local clinics and doctors can come on-site for care. Cell Phone: 33. 1228. 6776.  OR Cell Phone: 33. 1039. 1321 E-mail: 

Casa Anastasia Care Home 73B Hidalgo, Riberas del Pilar (next to Clinica Mascaras), Chapala, Jal. 45900 765-5680 - cell 333 452 5864. There are 8 lower units, 3 upper units and 2 "suites" with kitchen for a couple. Very nicely done. Brand new with elevator, pets allowed. There's a hot tub, therapy tub, and pool. 24/7 nursing care, daily exercise programs.

La Casa Azul - The Blue House Assisted Living and Nursing Home owned by Dr. Martinez who is a gerontologist. Medical and nursing services 24 hours, no extra charge. Check vital signs twice a day 24/7 Tele: 376. 766. 3558 or 376.766.1256 or 376.766.1695. Email:

La Casa Nostra Nursing Home/Assisted Living  24 hour nursing staff, weekly doctor visits, free local transportation, meals, medication management, massage. Santa Monica #22 Riberas Del Pilar. Telefono 376. 765. 4187 Fax: 376. 765. 5142, Email:

Casa de Descanso For rooms to rent in a secure and serene location for older adults. Tele: 3161.6339 and 1290.7964. Vereda de los Jazmines #32. On the Carretera in Chapala.

La Casa Nostra

Casa Zoe  Chapala jaisco Cielo vista 45920 Chapala, JAL México, Tele: 33 1574 2583 Open 24 hours. Physical activity according to the capabilities of each person, e.g., swimming, hydro-massage, exercise. Occupational and recreational therapy with entertaining games in and outside the house, e.g., visits to the movies, theatre, walks on the boardwalk, and volunteering opportunities among others. Balanced nutrition, cleaning and laundry services. 

Cielito Lindo in San Miguel de Allende -  a retirement community with independent living services, tennis, thermal water pools, gym. Can provide some level of assistance in the comfort of your own home. For 24/7 care, memory center serves people with medical or cognitive conditions and dementias such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinsons, MS, vascular dementia, aphasia and others.

Happiness Care Residence Santa Clara #504 Riberas del Pilar, Ajijic, Chapala. One and a half Blocks Mountain Side Across from Pemex-OXXO M.D. Rebeca Arroyo V.Email: Tele: +52 (33) 3137 9604 

Lake Chapala Nursing Home - Martha is manager. Tele: 376. 766. 0404. $1500USD per month, Diapers and medicines extra. Email:

La Pueblita

Lakeside Care - provides medical monitoring, wound care, diabetes care, rehabilitative therapies, feeding tube support, respiratory care, bathing, transportation, housekeeping, respite care. Owned by nurse Sara Vega. Email:

Pariso Retirement Home - recommended for compassionate care. Paseo de la Loma #80, La Floresta, Ajijic, Email: Tele: 376. 766. 2365.

La Pueblita - offers active adult living amenities, on-site medical facility, both apartments and cottages, pets welcome.

Mi Casita González Gallo #70 San Antonio Tlayacapan, Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico Tele: 376-106-2081 Email: For a list of services and pricing, click here.   

Shangri-La-Retirement Living Facility - English-speaking owned and operated. Conveniently located, home-cooked meals, family-oriented, short and long term stays. Ramon Corona #169, San Antonio, Jalisco, Mexico. Tele: 376. 766. 1359, Cell: 331. 218. 2375

La Valentina Senior Residence Community  - Carr.#905, North La Cristina, Tele: 376. 766. 5179, Cell 045. 333.157. 5242, Email: Meals, massage, medical supervision, spa tub for exercise, activities, housekeeping, laundry services, transportation, apartments with mini-fridge and microwave, community dining room, kitchen.

La Valentina

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