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12th annual chiropractic mission trip to Piedras Negras, Mexico

1/30/2014 (Archived)

Terri Coats, D.C. (Davenport '99), and her husband James Coats, D.C. (Davenport '98), invite you to join them on their Annual Rotary Chiropractic mission trip to Piedras Negras, Mexico, to provide chiropractic care for those in need. This marks the twelfth annual mission trip to Piedras Negras.

The first year the Drs. Coats participated in the mission trip, they were able to care for 150 patients in two days. Two years ago, with the help of a team of volunteer chiropractors, they were able to adjust 2,000 patients.

"In addition to chiropractic, we help support a school," said Dr. Terri Coats. "They even have a special room they call the "Arkansas Room" (the Coats are from Arkansas), which is full of therapy equipment that helps the children learn to walk and become as mobile as possible. The last time we were there, one of the mothers hugged me and said, 'If it wasn't for you, my son would never have walked.' She was thanking all the team members. It was a very emotional time for all of us."

The Coats' local Rotary Club also supports an orphanage each year by sending donations. Dr. Coats noted that "one doctor single-handedly supplied baseball equipment that could outfit an entire team."

"This project has allowed us to help so many wonderful people in Mexico, and we feel we have friendships that will last a lifetime," said Dr. Coats.

They are currently gathering a team for the mission trip scheduled for March 4-8. They are seeking chiropractors, chiropractic assistants, massage therapists and anyone with a desire to help out. Volunteers are responsible for their travel expenses, "but it's an investment that will be remembered forever."

For more information or to sign up for the trip, contact Dr. Coats at dr_terri_coats@yahoo.com or call her office at (870) 743-3311.