About Us

The Problem

3 out 4 people in Latin America lack access to dental care

Our Mission

Provide high quality preventative on-site healthcare services to reduce health costs and improve health outcomes

Our Vision

Bridge the gap of access to preventative healthcare services in Latin America, attacking one of the principal causes of poverty

Our Model

We provide care through mobile and stationary clinics on the job site, ensuring regular preventative and curative care. As a social enterprise, we work exclusively with employers committed to their workers’ wellbeing. Typically the employer covers the cost of preventative care and the worker is able to access additional treatments through extended financing that we offer. Our pricing and financing structure allows us to reach the working poor who otherwise would lack access to quality dental care. Since we are on the job site, patient flow is guaranteed. This improved volume allows us to create a significant savings which we pass directly onto the patient.

Our History

2016
January 2016: Operations begin
2016
June 2016: Focus on preventative education
2017
April 2017: Creation of the "Fiestas Sonrisas en Familia" initiative
2017
May 2017: Fixed clinic at FLORECAL
2017
August 2017: Study on Reproductive Health with the Clinton School of Public Service
2017
October 2017: One of the best social startups in Latin America - I3Latam
2018
February 2018: Construction process for a clinic at Quito International Airport begins.

Our Philosphy

We believe in the “the preferential option for the poor.” We focus on empowering each patient we visit. Through his or her employer we give them access to high-quality, best practices health care services with financial support from the employer. We give on site workshops to ensure that patients are empowered to make the right decisions and also see the evolution of their health as time passes and more care is delivered. 

Our two pillars to reduce poverty: empowerment and equality

Empowerment: We believe in human empowerment through education, awareness, and access to high-quality health care to create an empowered human being able to make decisions to be healthier and to be self-sufficient. Empowerment is “a process of reducing vulnerability and increasing the own capacities of the poor and marginalized sectors, which leads to promote among them a human and sustainable development.”

Equality: We work directly with the employer to ensure optimal conditions: a significant financial contribution to cover at the least the cost of regular dental check ups and cleanings, support in managing our onsite services, time granted during the work hours for education and delivery of care. These responsible practices that we promote from the employer generates a transfer of power from the employer to the employee and creates a better workplace environment. It’s a win-win for employer, employee, and society. By also ensuring that the materials, equipment, medical professionals, and patient experiences is top-notch, we also are raising the bar for the population we serve which unfortunately most often has access to low-quality care. We strongly believe that all human beings deserve access to the best healthcare.  

Reduction of poverty: By generating these two pillars of empowerment and equality, with time, sustainability, and consistency in the approach, we have measured statistically significant changes in our patients’ behaviors, their level of awareness, knowledge, and habits around  hygiene and prevention. This generates major reductions in health complications and in turn a significant reduction in poverty as our patients are then more able to focus on their family’s improvement, education and happiness.

Meet Our Team

Greg Krupa

Greg Krupa

CEO

Greg nació en Estados Unidos, aunque su corazón le pertenece a América Latina. En 2007 se mudó a Guatemala para trabajar en la fundación ROMP. Logró levantar fondos para pacientes con necesidad de prótesis, montado sobre una bicicleta desde Oregón hasta Guatemala. Trabajó con Abogados sin Fronteras, iniciando su lucha por los derechos humanos. Vivió en Chile, donde obtuvo un MBA de la Universidad de Chile y Tulane. Él es un emprendedor social de cepa: co-fundó Krupa O&P y fundó Novulismed S.A. en el 2015.

Paúl Quiñonez

Paúl Quiñonez

Vice President

Paul started his professional career in the public sector. First, as a legal advisor in La Superintendencia de Bancos  for 2 years then in the political field, he worked as a legal advisor in La Asamblea Nacional of Ecuador for 4 years. In 2016, he studied a MBA at the San Francisco University in Quito, Ecuador. In May of 2017, he joined the Novulis team full-time, managing the company’s growth and creating a corporate governance.

David Krupa

David Krupa

Strategy director

David is a strategic partner of Novulis, David contributes to the development and execution of corporate strategy which is set to strengthen the company’s innovative healthcare model. David was born in Chicago with a congenital defect that resulted in the amputation of his left foot when he was one and a half years old. He has depended on prosthetic technology his entire life. He is an American Board Certified prosthetist and co-founder of the Range Of Motion Project (ROMP), an NGO that has provided prosthetic limbs to more than 3,100 people living with amputation in the Western Hemisphere. Through his work in ROMP and in private sector endeavors in Ecuador, David has helped to strengthen and develop innovative health systems that serve people with amputation in Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico and the USA.  David strongly believes that the health well-being of all individuals is a critical component to building more peaceful, productive, and happy societies. The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists presented David with the Mohamid Amin Award for Humanitarian Service in 2007. In 2013, he received the Charles C. Stewart Young Humanitarian Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2015 he was named recipient of the Henry Viscardi Achievement Award which recognizes contributions to society made by leaders in the disability community.

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Jasmin Benitez

Jasmin Benitez

Operations Manager

Egresó como Odontólogo General de la facultad de Odontología de la Universidad José Antonio Páez (Venezuela) en marzo del 2014. Fue parte del equipo odontológico de la Cruz Roja Venezolana en la sede de Valencia, estado Carabobo. En marzo de 2016, llega al Ecuador y meses después ingresa al equipo de Novulis. La experiencia adquirida al servicio de una institución como la Cruz Roja, la ha capacitado para ejercer funciones de dirección al interior de nuestra organización.

Liz Reich

Liz Reich

Project Manager - Reproductive health

Liz Reich grew up with Greg Krupa in Forest Park, Illinois and studied journalism at Illinois State University before serving two years in AmeriCorps Oregon. During this time she worked with vulnerable populations in public health around mental illness and reproductive health, developing a passion for both. She next spent a year teaching in the Republic of the Marshall Islands before relocating to Austin where she worked for a non-profit focused on youth development through substance abuse prevention and social emotional learning. In 2016, she received a scholarship to pursue a Master of Public Service at the Clinton School of Public Service. This program provided the opportunity to collaborate with Novulis to conduct original research to help expand Novulis’ services and explore unmet health needs in the Andean Highlands.