The chance to put her professional training toward a good cause was too tempting to pass up for Dr. Jazmin Torres, a chiropractor at Mountainside Wellness Center in Ahwatukee Foothills.

This month she’s joining Chiro Mission, a nonprofit that consists of chiropractors donating their time to help communities in the Dominican Republic, as they go to the Dominican Republic on one of their biannual mission trips. While there, Torres will learn about the community, help in schools and orphanages in the area, and most of all provide free adjustments to the people.

“I’ve never done anything like this before so it will be an experience,” she said.

Torres said health care in the area they are visiting is poor so many people treat the chiropractors at Chiro Mission like regular physicians. They come to them with a wide variety of issues to assess and help.

Torres has a friend who joined the group years ago and has been encouraging her to get involved. It’s been tough to find the right time to leave her practice and her family for five days, but Torres said this year she decided to make it happen. She’ll leave Sept. 23.

“I’ve always wanted to do something like this,” she said. “Just finding the time to get away with the kids busy schedules and everything is hard, but I have a heart for children. I’ve just always wanted to do it. I feel like we’re here for a purpose. If we have the opportunity to give, why not?”

Chiro Mission was started in 2001. The group is compromised completely of chiropractors, many of them recently graduated and are being led by more experienced chiropractors like Torres, who donate their time and resources. Since 2001 they’ve adjusted nearly one-fourth of St. Vincent, built an orphanage, raised thousands of dollars to go toward food for people in the communities they serve, donated thousands of school supplies, and worked with more than 100 churches to provide their congregations better access to health care. Their goal in the future is to increase the size of the orphanage they’ve already built to reach more children.

The chiropractors that go on the mission trips pay their own way. They’re encouraged to bring supplies for the schools or orphanage if possible. Torres is collecting monetary donations to take with her, which will be easier to travel with than bulky supplies. There’s a box set out at Mountainside Wellness Center, 4909 E. Chandler Blvd., collecting those donations. All donations are tax deductible.

Mountainside Wellness Center will be collecting donations through Sept. 22. To learn more about Chiro Mission, visit

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