It has always been a dream of mine to bring chiropractic care to the world. My dream came true in December 2009. I, along with 8 other chiropractors, journeyed to Dheradun, India to serve the Tibetan refugees. I went with the purpose of bringing quality care to a population whose culture had been completely destroyed. Being my first trip out of the country, I had no clue what to expect, yet I was hopeful to make an impact. After spending two weeks serving this community (3 Tibetan elder homes and one Tibetan orphanage) I realized that their culture left more of an impact on me, than I could have ever given to them!
Before I went on this mission trip I was very focused on the physical body and it's function. Being a chiropractor, my work is incredibly physical and my patients come to me with physical complaints. In general, I have found our society as a whole is very focused on our physical bodies wether it be our appearance, how we feel, our weight, etc. The Tibetans on the other hand, have very little awareness of their physical condition and instead live in a much more enlightened and spiritual state. They do not let the limitations of their physical body hinder them at all and they spend most of their day in prayer.
It was such an honor for me to have the opportunity to bring a bit of physical awareness to this population. In return they taught me how to become a true healer. With their kindness and patience, they taught me that helping the soul to heal while also helping the body to recover at the same time, can bring my patients to a deeper level of healing. I now incorporate the lessons that they have taught me into every one of my patient visits!