Earlier this month, Trimester 8 student Taryn Lewis from Cincinnati, Ohio, was one of six students (accompanied by Southfield Health Center Clinician Aimee Jokerst, DC, FIAMA, and Mid Rivers Health Center Clinician Ashley Lewandoski, DC) who participated in Logan’s Clinic Abroad program to the Dominican Republic Jan. 2 through 11.
Taryn on her experiences:
"The Clinic Abroad program was incredibly immersive, and the amount of practice and experience I gained was invaluable because I was required to rely on my skills. I would definitely do it again because of all that I learned from my peers and the clinicians.
We treated patients over the course of six days in two different cities which provided a lot of experience in a short amount of time. Being one of the younger students on the trip (the rest were Trimester 10 students), I was relying on the others’ opinions and critiquing on my adjustments during the first few days, but I quickly learned I could count on my skills and knowledge.
We saw patients with all kinds of symptoms from leg to shoulder problems. One man had previously been shot five times in the leg and was suffering from muscle issues due to scarring. Another man came in bent over and couldn’t look up to see people’s faces. Within three adjustments, he was standing straight up and told us he hadn’t been that way in a long time. It was truly astounding to see the changes in some patents within just a few days.
Many of these people are living very labor-intensive lifestyles with little to no access to medical care outside of groups like us who visit. Even though we couldn’t always communicate, you could tell how grateful they were for our care. Many of them brought us small gifts, like fruit, juice or knick-knacks, just to say thank you."