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It is a life changing experience to love and serve people in need through art, science, and philosophy of Chiropractic! - Dr. Justine Rhee

My story begins with the touch of love and passion. As a chiropractor, I work with my bare hands, touching the lives of many people in my community. To have the opportunity to expand this work across internationally has truly been a blessing and a dream come true. It’s been one of the most incredible experiences in my life. Since 2006, I have had the privilege to participate in gifting this beautiful healing work through chiropractic missions.



My first chiropractic mission trip was in 2010, only a year into my own practice so all I had was time and no financial grounds. I was fortunate enough to have been asked to supervise a group of Gonstead chiropractic students for a mission to El Salvador; and it was truly an honor. I immediately said yes without a second thought, but then when the reality set in, the question was, “where do I get the funds to participate in this phenomenal opportunity and am I skilled enough to help these people?”



I worked hard to save every penny and had barely enough to go that year. Several patients and friends donated gifts for children I was about to meet. Most of the children didn't even have the resources to even partake in one meal a day. Once I was in the crowd of thousands of people who desperately needed a hand, and not to mention traveled from far distance to see us, I knew that I had to return the next year. So, once I returned home, I worked days and nights to grow my practice and determined that one of my ultimate goals was to continue participating in future mission trips, which lead to El Salvador 2011. Ever since then, I was hooked. I knew that I needed to come back and lend my humbling skills and hands to these people and each time, my passion grew along with my skills.




In 2011, I met Dr. Steven Tanaka, a Gonstead chiropractor who I have only heard of through friends and colleagues. I learned of his immense dedication in helping countless number of people and have dedicated his entire career in conducting this mission for the 30 years. When he fell ill and was unable to continue his missions, I know that somehow his work needed to continue. Dr. Randal Johnson, Dr. Jennifer Liu and myself had some level of connection to wanting to continue Dr. Tanaka’s work. We came together to form the Tanaka Chiropractic Missions Organization. It is truly a dream come true for me. As a student I use to daydream about bringing chiropractic internationally and to have the opportunity to do so as a team with other incredible chiropractors is unbelievable.



The dream becomes a reality if you work for it…