Read what people are saying about their dental treatment
Cath Butler - Brisbane - November 2016
Well I'll be heading home tomorrow with my brand new beautiful Teef! Big thank you to Dr Joel Gutierrez and his fantastic lovely staff for such an amazing job ...in a caring and friendly environment for less than a third of what it would have cost me to have the same work done in Australia.
You gotta love it when the dentist organises for Blues music to be piped thru the speakers to keep me relaxed.
Big thanks to Robert Graham from All About Asia Meditours for arranging it all for me and last but not least Tom Colvin and the Philippine Blues community for making sure I had fun while I was here. Now! Bring on a nice juicy steak!!!!
Paul and Kate - Cairns - January 2016
Kate and I would like to express our gratitude for the brilliant way you organized everything for our trip to Manila and for facilitating Kate's major dental work there.
In a nutshell, Kate is extremely happy with the outcome. Dr Joel did a superb job. The results are outstanding.
We had no hassles or problems with any part of our trip. The hotel was fine, the location extremely convenient to Dr Joel's practice (within safe, easy walking distance), and we even had time to do some sight seeing.
You can rest assured that both Kate and I are now permanent good will ambassadors for All About Asia -- and for Dr Joel and his great team of dental personnel.
With many thanks for all you've done,
Paul Wright (& Kate Darling).
Paul Neaves, Newcastle NSW, April 2015
I just wanted to get in touch and let you know how pleased I am about the recent Dental work with Dr Joel.
It was a pleasure to meet such a lovely man and his professional services are highly commendable.
After a brief but thorough introduction and interview he proceeded with my oral consultation and examination including several X-rays. He then went to work with the procedures informing me every step along the way. I felt no pain at all and was most relaxed and at ease with his work. I had the ' root canal therapy ' continued by his very professional colleague Dr. Paul, who spent several hours over 2 days with this procedure. I then had the 2 day break between and then returned for the fittings and adjustments for all the crowns ( 5 in total including bridge work and the RCT ) and then on the 4th day he completed everything in the final appointment and I gratefully bid him and his staff farewell.
It is now 2 weeks since my return and I have experienced little or no discomfort which he previously explained in detail to me. It also has been a most rewarding experience financially compared to the prices I was faced with back here in Australia just for the "Root Canal Therapy" alone. I totally profited from my trip and all the work he conducted for less than the one tooth.
This experience was well worth every bit of my trip and I am still amazed at how Dr. Joel was capable of professionally completing this amount of work in such a short time span.
I am more than happy to endorse his highly professional work and will certainly pass on my recommendation to all my friends.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you also for all your help with the arrangements as all went very smoothly from my arrival and throughout the stay. I didn't require the loan cell phone although it was very handy to have with me just the same and Dennis was most attentive during my stay considering it was during "Holy Week".
I hope to be back in touch if there is any future need for Dr. Joel, and again my thanks for everything .
Best regards, Paul Neaves
Barbara Ashmore Melbourne September 2013
Thank you Robert for organising our trip. I usually only go once to a dentist and then put off going back but dr Joel and his staff were so comforting. Had 16 crowns done and no problems. He talked me through everything he was doing and what to expect after.the trip to borocay was fun. St giles hotel staff could not have treated me any better felt like a movie star sometimes and they would make sure I was okay after each dr.appointment. I would recommend your company and dr Joel . Hey a dentist who is all about his patient and not golf. Thank you once again
Jane and John Maynard- Bathurst, New South Wales May 2013
Dear Mr Graham,
I would like to thankyou and All About Asia, for organising our 2 week trip to the Philippines for Dental treatment with the fabulous Dr Joel Gutirrez. From the moment we arrived in Manila, we were greeted at the airport by a representative, given a phone and dropped at our Hotel.
All as promised by you and All about Asia and in fact everything that was noted on our itinerary happened, on time, every time. Our accommodation at One Pacific Place, was very clean and comfortable and importantly air conditioned.
We arrived Saturday and as my first appointment was on Monday, Sunday was given over to a bit of shopping and swimming in the hotel's beautiful pool. Monday morning we were picked up by Sonny and Dr Joel, again on time, and driven the short distance to the dental surgery. After a short
presentation by Dr Joel which outlined a range of options and some of his work, I commenced my 1st 4 hour treatment. This consisted of x-rays, taking
impressions of top and bottom teeth(to make temporary teeth) and the preparation of my teeth for the eventual crowns. I left the surgery after my first day with my top temporary teeth. And able to eat dinner!
Tuesday: again picked up and delivered to Dr. Joel's rooms, began root canal therapy and was fitted with my bottom temporary teeth.
Wednesday and Thursday were ours to explore Manila and the surrounding areas.
Friday we flew out to beautiful Boracay, where again we were met at the airport and transferred to our hotel by bus and boat.The hotel was situated across the road from the turquoise waters and white sand beach, where we enjoyed the sun lounges, attentive staff, very cold beers, Scuba Diving, great food, amazing pedicures and massages on the beach.
Back to Manila on Monday, and prepared for my next appointment on Tuesday.
Tuesday: Dr Joel fitted my upper permanent porcelain crowns, and cemented them in.
Wednesday: Final appointment for cementing of lower porcelain crowns and 2 bridges.
Friday: One last check of the bite, a polish and we are on our way.
I was very lucky, I did not need a gum resection and my gums were unsuitable for implants. I have 2 bridges and the rest of my teeth are crowns (30 in total) . The colour is great, natural looking, straighter than ever before and feel like they have always been my teeth. The most pleasing aspect of this process was that at NO time was I without teeth. Dr Joel has the amazing ability to work in very small openings. (As he kept saying to me "just relax your mouth" I was so relaxed I almost closed my mouth. No split corners of the mouth, no Dislocated jaw feeling. Anaesthetic was plentiful, but not always required. I now have the smile I have always longed for, and can't thank you and Julie and Merci enough for organising this Dental/Holiday for us. I am so happy with the result, I would recommend it to anyone who needs extensive work done, or who has had a frightening quote from your local dentist. I am more than happy to speak to anyone who is considering this option.
Finally, financially it was a far better option compared to the quote from my local dentist which was only for 5 crowns!!
Sincerely thanking you,
Jane and John Maynard.
Nette from Brisbane – Nov. 2015
First off, I just want to thank you for organising an excellent, hassle-free trip for me. Everything went smoothly from the airport pick-up and drop, the hotel stay (really enjoyed that) and the amazing dental service I received from Dr. Joel, Dr. Paul and their lovely assistants.
Dr. Joel and his wife picked me up from the hotel and whisked me off to the clinic. Dr. Joel was very nice and welcoming. Coming from the same university he graduated from (he was 2 years ahead of me), we had a lot to talk about and had a great time reminiscing our uni days. Although Dr. Joel was leaving that night for the US, he spent the whole day treating me, doing everything he could within the available time he got. He then briefed Dr. Paul on what to do the rest of the way.
The next 4 days went very smoothly. Dr. Paul was very patient and accommodating. He ensured that everything was done right, fitted well and that I was comfortable. The ladies at the clinic were very nice too, always there to help.
So, to all those contemplating on getting a dental treatment via Meditour, don’t hesitate. Robert does an excellent job in looking after your travel needs. Dr. Joel is a great dentist who knows his craft and with the very talented Dr. Paul ably assisting him, you’re in very capable hands. See for yourselves, you won’t regret it.
Tina Acas from Perth Western Australia November 2014
Our trip went very well in regards to the appointments with dr Joel, pick ups and drop offs were awesome . We couldn't really organize any trips due to the dental appointments and not knowing how we would feel. We are very happy with dr Joel and everything he did for us and with your organization of things, which we appreciate very much, the only thing we were unhappy with would have been the hotel.
I'm very appreciated dr Joel saw my partner with no preparation or anything and ecstatic with the price we paid for both of us to fix our teeth. We already planning to see him for bit more work(with the mortgage and everything we need to budget :)
Anyhow we are recommending dr Joel to some of our friends due to the fact he is the only dentist we are not terrified of and how he saved us health wise, saved us heaps of money and his work is awesome. Overall I'm very happy I found you on the internet and all the organization that went into our dental trip.
Gerry Ward - Brisbane July 2014
Hi Robert, Well, it's a week tonight since I left Manila after having my terrible old teeth completely renovated by Dr Joel Gutierrez.
Firstly, I was surprised at the modesty of his clinic. Nothing flash, just a basic set-up, but the man and his team of people, are wonderful. He inspected the challenge and very clearly explained what he needed to do to make me handsome again;-) It was a little more expensive than he thought it would be before I went over, but compared to our local dentists, saved me a house deposit!! In all I had 25 teeth crowned, and a bridge. The amazing thing was that he had to re-schedule me to be done over 5 days, as he was booked to go away on a business trip the next weekend, and could not have finished it if I'd had the planned break from Thursday to Sunday, so that was re-scheduled. He prepared the upper teeth on Monday afternoon in less than 3 hours, the lowers in a little over 2 hours on the Tuesday afternoon, and gave me a day off on Wednesday with temporary teeth fitted for comfort. On Thursday afternoon he fitted all the new Crowns and bridge in less than 3 hours, and I was picked up on Friday morning for the final adjustment. That took about 1 hour.
I love the look I have, the comfort and confidence they give me, and the cost was much less than having it done here. I could not imagine it being done as well, as quickly, and with as much comfort here in Australia. I would recommend this service to anyone who'll listen.
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Vaughan - Melbourne May 2013
“ I had a terrific time on my recent dental holiday…. I was recommended to All about Asia tours by a mate who had some work done on his teeth. I was a bit apprehensive at first but from first contact everything ran smoothly….. tickets provided on time, clear itinery provided and all contact details laid out. After being met at the airport and transferred without fuss to the hotel (St Giles Makati) everything went to plan. Dr Joel is a great dentist and attended to my needs as good as if not better than my local dentists. Very professional with full x-rays taken at the start ( unlike Australia) which revealed problems I wasn’t aware of, in this case cavities under existing fillings, and if they hadn’t been caught would have resulted in more expensive dentist trips. My time in between visits to Dr Joel saw me exploring many of the local malls and a historic trip to Corregidor island.
The hotel was clean with happy staff and excellent food, the local night market was my regular eating place for dinner and opportunity for travel to some of the local islands would be easy to plan for. I fully recommend this service and have no hesitation in going back again.. though next time I will ensure I have much more time to travel as they say Boracay is outstanding… !!!
Thanks All about Asia!
Dan Bowden - Buderim - Queesland April 2013
Hi Robert, I am now back from the Phillipines after having a fantastic trip. Dr Joel was awesome, my root canal was totally painless and I did not even need any painkilling drugs or needles! The tour Julie organised with Edgar to Taal volcano and the Pagsanjan Falls was fantastic, a great interlude while in Manila. The Fridays resort recommended by Julie for Boracay was exceptional as well, best place we could have stayed there for sure. El Nido/ Miniloc was totally spectacular too, by far the highlight. Our accommodation was a bit old, and privacy was a bit concerning, but I see there were other newer buildings there on the beach and will keep that in mind for next time. Anyhow, thanks again for organising the trip, one of the best I have ever had in SEA.
Kerry & Mark - Melbourne - October 2015
Apologies this has taken so long - but I am more than happy with the smile Dr. Joel has given me. Here’s my testimonial:
What a shock! I now have amazing and strong teeth and finally feel comfortable raising my top lip to expose my teeth and actually smile. I have spent many years hiding my teeth and in doing so have changed the way in which the muscles in my mouth move. It has taken me quite some time since Dr. Joel’s amazing work to relax my embarrassed smile into a proud, happy and healthy one. This has been all thanks to the chance finding of websites Meditour and All About Asia and the medical tourism that they so professionally provide. I decided to ring the phone number and was delighted to speak directly with Robert Graham, Director and Founder, who wasn’t at all a salesman but rather a genuine soul wanting to help me out. Robert suggested a panoramic X-ray of my teeth and sent it though to Dr. Joel via text and within a day I received a quote and a detailed description from Dr. Joel outlining the dental plan. At this stage we decided to take the opportunity to rework my smile and as a family see a part of the world we’d not seen before. On arrival I was greeted by Dr. Joel, his associate Paulo and the three lovely dental nurses. I felt looked after by humble caring staff who had my dental health and comfort at heart. Dr. Joel sat down on the first day and told me we had all the time we needed to get the work done. He instantly made me feel at ease and I knew I was in trusted hands. I had 20 crowns, 2 root canals, 2 pins ,1 extraction and some partial dentures made and the pain management and hygiene was of an excellent standard. I was so well looked after that to my wife’s surprise, instead of crashing in pain exhausted at the end of each day…..I was out researching the shopping malls for her and my daughter’s arrival the next week. Dr. Joel and his team certainly think of everything and meet all possible needs……they even had a system that meant I could enjoy meals well before the work was completed. Dr. Joel is a Dental Rockstar with a fabulously warm personality and jovial spirit who I can’t recommend highly enough. I also can’t speak highly enough of the service Robert and All About Asia provide - we experienced the most beautiful island in the world whilst staying on Miniloc, the ladies has a fabulous 4 days of shopping that didn’t break my budget and all of the travel arrangements were seamless. A huge thank you to everyone involved.
A very heartfelt thank you Robert,
I want to congratulate you and Vinchu on the services Meditour provides for those wishing for a healthier and affordable dental treatment. John and I were absolutely ‘blown away’ by our experience during the fortnight we were in Makati. We have travelled extensively both home and abroad over the years but this was our first overseas dental/medical trip and certainly now will not be the last.
From the very beginning, everything fell into place. Our return flight on Qantas was one of the best. We were met at the airport and taken to St Giles hotel where a group of very friendly staff greeted us before showing us to our room. The following morning la Lapid, from Meditour, provided us with a mobile phone and information on various shopping and excursion choices.
During our stay at the hotel, the members of staff were always obliging, nothing was ever any trouble and more importantly, they seemed happy. Our room was clean and the bed very comfortable and we slept well whilst we were there. The breakfast was excellent and catered to suit just about every palate.
Our experience with Dr Joel Gutierrez was exceptional, starting from him picking us up and taking us to his clinic. On our return his driver and dental nurse accompanied us back to the hotel every day. This skilful, knowledgeable, caring man did everything to rectify my husband’s and my teeth from start to finish in two weeks. There was much work needed on both of us, including all crowns, bridges and a new partial denture for both of us. He took his time to ensure that our teeth were properly aligned and never rushed or brushed us off. Dr Joel made temporary dentures so we could eat properly.
We are both extremely happy with the outcome, ie, having decent teeth, being able to eat properly. Enjoying food is something I have not experienced for many years. And smiling confidently! We have always had six monthly dental appointments, but could never afford the costs to have the type of work done necessary to obtain what Dr Joel did for us. The cost was significantly lower than here in Australia. If anyone is considering going to the Philippines for dental treatment do not hesitate you will not regret it.
Our grateful thanks to you Dr Joel for your care and making us as happy as you have. To your wonderful staff, a very big thank you: dentist - Paul and dental nurses – Dahlia, Amjee and Nina. Thank you too Vinchu for taking the time to meet us for coffee and Julie for patiently arranging our tour to Tagaytay. To all who contributed thank you very much.
Although our time in the Philippines was essentially dental appointments, we learnt a lot about this country. The “Manila Bulletin” was delivered each morning to our hotel room. This daily paper gave us a little insight into the Filipino culture and politics. It was interesting. The next time we go back for a check-up we intend to take some tours and see more of the Philippines.
Rosalie and John Davis