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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 Rehabilitación. It is located on the site of public hospital in Moca. The project is a collaboration between the Patronato Cibao de Rehabilitación, the Fondación 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.


Clinical Coordinator

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 and in the Dominican Republic. She also serves as a member on the board of the Canadian Chiropractic Orthopedists. Dr. Tavares is the Coordinator of the WSC Dominican Republic Project.

Clinical Supervisor

James Leonard, DC

Portrait of Dr. James Leonard

James was born and raised in Northern Virginia. During his formidable years he discovered his passion for international travel, competitive sports, and helping others. He completed his Chiropractic education at Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa in 2017. While attending Palmer he competed on the Division one Rugby program and completed a VA clerkship in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Following graduation, he began practice in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he developed his clinical skills while satiating his love of Outdoor adventure and endurance sports. During his time in Utah he served as a member of the Utah Coalition of Opioid Overdose Prevention taskforce and as an instructor of the Living Well with Chronic Pain self-management series. James’ primary goal in life is to make a positive, tangible, effect in the lives of those he interacts with.


Volunteers

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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