Updated Nov. 30, 2018: Life West student Peyton O’Connor was a member of the service trip team. He said by email this week, “The India trip was one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had in Chiropractic. I would most definitely recommend it to anyone considering, and I even look forward to going back one day!
I am still processing the experience, and a bit beyond words, however, I think it is safe to say that the India trip embodies the concept of Give, Do, Love, Serve and even takes it one step further: Give, Do, Love, Serve, GROW!
It was awesome being able to reference Dr. Mac’s clinical genius and Dr. Tayal’s philosophical insight while on the trip. The whole experience couldn’t have been better!”
Thanksgiving is the time of year when many people head home for the holidays to catch up with family and friends. A group of Life Chiropractic College West students and doctors skipped the traditional Thanksgiving festivities, wrapped their arms around the Life West mantra to Do, Give, Love and Serve, and traveled to New Delhi, India to give back to the community there at the 71st annual Nirankari Sant Samagam.
Life West President Dr. Ron Oberstein, Life West Board Chairman Dr. Jimmy Nanda, Dean of Clinical Education Dr. Tamara MacIntyre, and Chair of Philosophy Dr. Ankur Tayal guided the Life West team of 20 student interns.
Life West worked in conjunction with the Indian Association of Chiropractic Doctors, Sant Nirankari Mission, and doctors from all over the world to serve thousands of people from the India community during this service trip. The philosophy of the Sant Nirankari Mission relates to that of chiropractic, which creates an environment for the healing potential and innate intelligence to be experienced.
During their stay, Dr. Oberstein said that the team provided chiropractic care to more than 11,000 patients in three days. The Nirankari Sant Samagam drew over 1.5 million people.
“We had an amazing time in Amritsar, with nonstop people ready for chiropractic care,” Dr. Ron Oberstein said in a recent Facebook post. “We’re off to a great start serving the people of India, and with 2 billion people in India we see the need to make big changes in the health and lives of this great country.”
Life West students serve thousands of patients in India during a November service trip. View more photos here.
The experience was certainly surreal for many new goers.
“India trip was one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had in chiropractic. I am beyond words and still processing the experience,” Life West student Peyton O’Connor said. “The India trip embodies the concept of Do, Love, Serve and even takes it one step further, Do, Love, Serve, and Grow!”
Life West is planning to build a permanent chiropractic satellite clinic in New Delhi in 2019. Life West also continues to spread chiropractic to other global communities. Service trips are planned for Tonga in December, and for Fiji, New Delhi and Mumbai in 2019.
To learn more about Life West’s India service trips and how to get involved, visit lifewest.edu/the-india-mission. The next scheduled mission trip is in January in Mumbai.