Moca Project, Dominican Republic

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 under served communities.
  • Skilled clinicians trained in conventional spine care from the targeted rural and under served communities; and.
  • Ongoing and sustainable spine care in the targeted rural and under served communities and the establishment of similar programs in other communities.
  • Recruit volunteer spine care professionals to provide primary Spine care.

Clinic Supervisors

Patricia Tavares BSc., DC., FCCO(C) (Canada)

Pat TavaresDr. 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.

Alan Bertolero, DC

Dr. Alan Bertolero graduated from Life Chiropractic College West (LCCW) in 2018 just a couple weeks before heading out to serve a year in the Dominican Republic with World Spine Care. He found out about World Spine Care online and saw that their mission and vision is directly in line with what he was looking for.

While in chiropractic school he served as the president of the Gonstead Club, served in multiple mission trips around the world including in China, Fiji, and Haiti, and was the first LCCW student to complete the student research honors program.

Dr. Bertolero has always had an interest in human movement, which lead him to his BS in Sports Biology at Holy Names University in 2015, where he also played on the men’s basketball team. He continued his passion for human movement by focusing his treatment on movement and rehabilitation while utilizing his knowledge from seminars and certifications he has received in Functional Range Conditioning, Mckenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Global Rehab and Injury Prevention, and many others. He is currently the team doctor for a local professional basketball team in the Dominican Republic.

Pierre Cupif, DC

Photo of Pierre Cupif

Dr. Pierre Cupif graduated from Institut Franco Européen de Chiropraxie in 2018 in Paris, France. He learned about World Spine Care during his activities with the World Congress of Chiropractic Students where he met Aline Bidlingmeyer, a previous WSC clinic supervisor in Botswana.
He was impressed with Aline’s desire to help the people who were in need in Africa and had considered similar work before starting chiropractic school.
Having grown up in the culture of Madagascar, Pierre developed a desire to experience different cultures and different language. He decided to join World Spine Care in the Dominican Republic.
During chiropractic school, Pierre was a Teacher Assistant in Diversified and extremity adjusting technique for 2 years with M. Fabien Terrier, D.C., as well as helping in Gonstead technique with M. Thierry Carris, D.C. and M. Xavier Pigot, D.C.


Dr. José Gomez, Dentist

Dr. José Gomez helped with budget development, insurance contacts in DR, and document translations including MOUs and clinic forms.

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