World Spine Care launched a project in the town of Moca in the Dominican Republic in November 2014. The Moca clinic is located in a rehabilitation center run by the Patronato Cibao de Rehabilitacion. It is located on the site of public hospital in Moca. The project is a collaboration between the Patronato cibao de rehabilitacion, the Fondacion Sol Naciente, the Ministry of Health in the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Higher Education (supporting the scholarship recipients), and World Spine Care. World Spine Care is in the process of identifying a second location for a clinic in a more rural setting. The proposed site is in Cayetano Germosen, close to Moca.
The expected outcomes of the project are:
- Improved health and healthcare of people with spinal conditions and injuries in rural and underserved communities.
- Skilled clinicians trained in conventional spine care from the targeted rural and underserved communities; and.
- Ongoing and sustainable spine care in the targeted rural and underserved communities and the establishment of similar programs in other communities.
- Recruit volunteer spine care professionals to provide primary Spine care.
Stefan Eberspaecher B.Sc., DC (Canada)
Stefan Eberspaecher graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Toronto, Canada(CMCC) in 2005. Prior to this he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Guelph. Shortly after graduating from CMCC he moved to Australia where he spent the best part of five years in private practice on the east coast just outside of sub-tropical Brisbane. Since returning to Canada Stefan has been a locum chiropractor travelling all around Ontario. This has afforded him the opportunity to work in many difference styles of practice and with a wide variety of patients. Stefan jumped on the opportunity to supervise the WSC clinic in Moca, Domincan Republic.
Patricia Tavares BSc., DC., FCCO(C) (Canada)
Dr. Pat Tavares graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) Toronto, Canada in 1995, and attained an orthopedic fellowship designation in 2004. She started and ran a private practice for 14 years in Toronto’s west end. She was the first chiropractic volunteer to work with Health Mission Outreach, a charitable organization that provides multidisciplinary one-day free clinics to communities in need in the greater Toronto area. In 2010 she became a clinician at the CMCC where, she supervises interns during their clinical rotation. As a clinician she participates in the CMCC Outreach Abroad Mission to the Dominican Republic where she supervises interns treating patients in need of spinal care. She is actively involved in research at CMCC in the areas of Low Back Pain and Pregnancy. She currently serves as an elected council member of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario. Dr. Tavares is the Coordinator of the Dominican Republic WSC Program.
WSC would like to thank the following people for their assistance in planning and launching the Moca clinic:
Ariel Ferreiras Martínez, MD
Dr. Ariel Ferreiras graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Santiago, Dominican Republic in 2013. He works as an Emergency Room physician and surgical assistant at the Instituto de Especialidades Médicas, a private Hospital in Moca, DR. He has practiced as a primary health care physician in a rural remote community named Palo Amarillo for a year. He has had the opportunity to participate several times in the CMCC Outreach Abroad Missions in the Dominican Republic as a volunteer physician consultant.
Dr. Ferreiras has provided his expertise voluntarily on an ongoing basis as an advisor and consultant physician to the WSC clinic in Moca, DR.
Nathalie Gomez, MD
Dr. Nathalie Gomez graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Santiago, Dominican Republic (DR) in 2008. She is a voracious reader and devoted physician, though her passion lies on the field of mental health. Shortly after graduating she moved to Santo Domingo, where she stayed and did her internship under the Cardiovascular Department at CEDIMAT. After that she practiced as a general physician for Instituto Bariátrico and Servicios Médicos Consulares. She has had the opportunity to participate several times in the CMCC Outreach Abroad Missions in the Dominican Republic as a volunteer physician consultant.
Dr. Gomez has provided her expertise voluntarily on an ongoing basis as an advisor and consultant physician to the WSC clinic in Moca, DR.
Dr. José Gomez, Dentist
Dr. José Gomez helped with budget development, insurance contacts in DR, and document translations including MOUs and clinic forms.