Stacey Cantrell, D.C. (Davenport '05), of Women’s Wellness Comprehensive Care in Portland, Maine, recently returned home from the Sacred Valley, Peru, where she served 2,600 people with chiropractic care from April 29 through May 3 at the Clinica Kausay Wasi. She worked alongside teammates Rhea Zimmerman, D.C., Austin Komarek, D.C., and Haley Thompson, D.C.
Clinica Kausay Wasi, run by Sandra and Guido Del Prado, host teams of doctors monthly who provide a variety of services to the people of the Sacred Valley. This was Dr. Cantrell’s first time serving at the clinic.
“It’s been almost eight years since I’ve had the privilege of helping people in this way," said Dr. Cantrell. "As a student in chiropractic school, I traveled to Fiji. Our team adjusted more than 2,000 people. It was a life-changing experience and I’ve always known that one day I would return to this type of serving."
Additional volunteers Jeni Olsen and Fiorella Butron were also a part of the Peru team. Ms. Olsen took photographs of the team serving and organized a “positive message sticker exchange” between children in Napa (where she’s from), Portland and Peruvian children. Ms. Butron, a native of Peru, assisted by organizing chiropractic services at Peru schools and serve as a translator.
But that wasn't the only reason Ms. Butron was involved. She was also there to interview the care recipients, clinic staff, and school administrators for a feature documentary. "Love Bomb" is a film about healing and transformation through love and service. It is being produced and directed by one of the team chiropractors, Dr. Rhea Zimmerman. Gregg Marks, of San Francisco, also volunteered as director of photography during the week of service, capturing footage for the film.
One of the primary focuses of the team was to see as many children as possible. Dr. Cantrell specializes in pediatric chiropractic and was thrilled with the opportunity to see a lot of children. As Dr. Cantrell states, “Children do not carry the stressors that adults often do. Just one adjustment in a child can have a lasting effect on his or her health and life.”
This was the team’s third time serving in Peru. The first year the team served at two schools. Each year the project has grown, and this year the team served at nine schools and two orphanages, along with members who served at the clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for the five days of service. The team is committed to returning once yearly until long-term chiropractic care can be provided at the clinic.
“The intention of this kind of work is to spread a diplomacy based on loving care and heart to heart connection,” said team leader Dr. Zimmerman. She hopes that the expert interviews and witness testimonials in her film "Love Bomb" will show what we are all capable of when we live from love.
Said Dr. Cantrell, “It’s impossible to come back from a trip like this the same person you were when you left. Doing this type of work opens your heart wide open and allows you to see the world and your own life from a place of complete gratitude. It’s my hope that I will be able to return with the team to Peru every three to four years.”
For more information about Dr. Stacey Cantrell, visit www.womenswellnesscare.com. To learn more about the documentary "Love Bomb," visit www.lovebombthemovie.com.
Photo 1: Dr. Stacey Cantrell and a young friend.
Photo 2: The team in Peru.
Photo 3: Dr. Stacey Cantrell adjusting an infant.